As promised, I’m going to continue my blog and great book recs leading right into the new year, but first I want to talk about the HarperCollins strike. As many of you may know, the HarperCollins Workers Union authorized a strike by an overwhelming 95.1% vote. Per the press release available via their open letterContinue reading “HARPERCOLLINS UNION STRIKE – WHAT’S IT ABOUT & HOW YOU CAN HELP”

The Trademark Issue

So, there seems to be an exciting new trend in publishing (not) where people are trademarking or attempting to trademark perfectly common words already in widespread usage throughout the industry in titles, series, imprints, etc. A friend on Twitter recently asked for my thoughts, and since I have yet to figure out how to doContinue reading “The Trademark Issue”

Characters, Conflict and Publishing, Part III

The Publishing Process (as previously noted, I’ve written about this before, so it may seem familiar to some readers)… First of all, there’s no one path. Successful publishing takes a village. If you have the time, energy and personality for it, you may want to be that village (or hire it). If so, you mayContinue reading “Characters, Conflict and Publishing, Part III”

Characters, Conflict and Publishing, Part II

Conflict The shape of your conflict will vary depending on your genre, but all novels need both internal and external conflict. Internal: I’ve already talked a bit about this (see Part I). What makes things personal for your protagonist? Whatever drives the character and invests him or her in the outcome will invest the readerContinue reading “Characters, Conflict and Publishing, Part II”

Characters, Conflict and Publishing, Part I

 Last night I gave a talk at the Hart Memorial Central Library in Kissimmee, FL on Characters, Conflict and Publishing, which put a smile on my face, because my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Hart, was the one I credit with sparking my love of writing and with teaching me about butt in chair and other lessonsContinue reading “Characters, Conflict and Publishing, Part I”

Publishing Then and Now with David B. Coe

David B. Coe won the William L. Crawford Memorial Award for best new fantasy author for his The LonTobyn Chronicles back in 1999. Since then he’s gone on to publish the Winds of the Forelands and Blood of the Southlands fantasy series with Tor Books, the Case Files of Justis Fearsson (SPELL BLIND, HIS FATHER’SContinue reading “Publishing Then and Now with David B. Coe”

Installment 3 of How I Met My Client/Agent

I really love this new How I Met My Client/Agent series on the blog and hope you do too! One of my favorite things about it is that it illustrates the many paths to finding representation. I first met Carol Berg at a pitch appointment at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in 1999. Now, I’mContinue reading “Installment 3 of How I Met My Client/Agent”

Installment 2: How I Met My Client

This is technically the third installment of How I Met My Client, since these posts were inspired by one of our Knight Agency newsletters where I talked about the story of meeting Lynn Flewelling for the first time and had her share the story from her perspective as well.  Not long ago, Christie Golden kickedContinue reading “Installment 2: How I Met My Client”

Installment 1 of How I Met My Client

Inspired by The Knight Agency’s April newsletter and the Agents of the Roundtable prompt, I decided to start a regular thing on my blog: “How I Met My Client”. Something like “How I Met Your Mother” only a lot briefer and, sadly, without the benefit of Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris). To that end, IContinue reading “Installment 1 of How I Met My Client”

How Books Saved my Life

When our awesome newsletter coordinator Travis Pennington sent this month’s Agents of the Roundtable question around, I opened it as usual with no idea that it would provoke such an emotional response in me. You won’t get it either. Not at first. Here’s the question. Read on to the answer. What were some of theContinue reading “How Books Saved my Life”