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Jun.28.2013
I've been thinking for some time about the best way to provide legitimate help to indie writers. Writing scrupulously honest reviews can seem a bit unfair, I think - those books published by major publishers have the advantage of serious editing and proofreading, which are the main elements...
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May.09.2013
  Writer’s Chronicle, May/Summer 2013   This writer’s mag isn’t always thematically consistent from issue to issue, but this time I see a pattern.  In Liz Radford’s interview with artist/novelist Audrey Niffenegger we discover that Niffenegger cares not a whit about the traditional...
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Apr.22.2013
It's always tempting as an indie writer to go your own way in editing. It can be done - and  done well - but you often get caught up in the minutiae and lose the big picture of your characters and story. The five simple guidelines at the link below will help make self-editing a success. But...
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Jan.12.2013
In case you haven't exposed yourself to the particular subset of U.S. authors who write so-called postmodern tomes (it's rather unique to the USA, I think), think David Foster Wallace. Jonathan Franzen. Jonathan Safran Foer. Thomas Pynchon. Michael Chabon. Don de Lillo. (A caveat: I'd like to...
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Jun.24.2012
Many writers would like to blog a memoir. It's not that different than blogging a novel, which I wrote about in a recent post, except, of course, you are blogging or writing about your own experiences. That makes your book as work of nonfiction rather than fiction. That said, it must read like...
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Feb.28.2012
I've recently had advice from an agent (who didn't sign me) concerning one of my novel manuscripts, and my pal Lyn is deep into negotiations with her agent over her novel's structure.   image via altongansky.typepad.com   What seems clear from both conversations is that agents are, for...
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Sep.07.2011
Anna Karenina – Section Four, by Leo Tolstoy  image via free-ebook-download.net The gulf between Anna and husband Alexéi Alexándrovich grows now. They are living in the same house but apart, their lives a tension that somehow has to be resolved. This tension is exacerbated by Anna’s pregnancy...
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Jul.24.2011
Lost in Shangri-La, by Mitchell Zuckoff   image via layersofthought.net Mitchell Zuckoff has unearthed a compelling story of a lost world amid the global conflagration of WWII. Under his hand, however, the story’s facts aren’t given their just deserts. Here’s the story, writ small: A group of...