Poll: What Do My Rejection Letters from Literary Agents Mean?

Ever since I read Nathan Bransford’s post “Why You Are Receiving Rejection Letters,” I’ve been thinking about my own rejection letters from literary agents.  I’ve been trying to decide whether I should set aside my middle-grade historical fiction manuscript and start writing a new one, or if I should persevere and stubbornly continue submitting it. Continue reading “Poll: What Do My Rejection Letters from Literary Agents Mean?”

4 Things You Should Do While Waiting for Your Million Dollar Book Deal

It is NOT procrastinating.  Cross my heart and swear.  All of the following steps are acts of harvesting material to inspire your brain.  You can’t circle the same ideas in your head all the time.  Your writing will start looking like dirty dish water.  Or laundry water.   So go experience something different to help yourContinue reading “4 Things You Should Do While Waiting for Your Million Dollar Book Deal”

Reading Material, Including a Little Known Harry Potter Short Story

Every once in a while I need to step away from my latest creative writing project and get some fresh perspective on the craft. On Writing by Stephen King I’m not a huge fan of Stephen King–I know, I know, this fact outrages a lot of people–or his writing style, this book included.  I wasContinue reading “Reading Material, Including a Little Known Harry Potter Short Story”

Writing for an Audience vs. Expression of an Idea

When do you start taking the audience into account during your writing process?  With most writers, one day they want their creative writing to be read.  Ideally, to be read by strangers in some officially published format.  (It’s great when our parents and friends read our work on the computer screen, but I don’t thinkContinue reading “Writing for an Audience vs. Expression of an Idea”

Choices: Do New Writers Have to Submit to Online Literary Journals?

Like Chicken Little, a lot of people are running around shouting that the publishing world is going under.  This allegedly inevitable transformation to digital is going to delete jobs, while journals and magazines that don’t keep up and reformat for iPad will go extinct.  Literary journals are traditionally characterized as small and underfunded.  Basically, they’reContinue reading “Choices: Do New Writers Have to Submit to Online Literary Journals?”

Elementary: You Don’t Need to be Sherlock Holmes to Figure Out What’s Wrong With Your Manuscript

You just need to be Extremely Patient.  In the Ungodly Long-Term sense. I have this middle-grade historical fiction novel about Joan of Arc that I’ve been working on for what feels like forever.  I researched for a year and a half.  Towards the end of that research process, I simultaneously wrote the first draft inContinue reading “Elementary: You Don’t Need to be Sherlock Holmes to Figure Out What’s Wrong With Your Manuscript”

There’s Absolutely Nothing New or Interesting in the Publishing World

Or at least, if there is, I don’t know about it. I’m on vacation in Georgia this week with the best boyfriend in the world and it is a complete vacation.  I refuse to be chained to my computer or worry about all the NYU publishing institute homework I should be finishing up.  In fact, I leftContinue reading “There’s Absolutely Nothing New or Interesting in the Publishing World”

The One Downfall to Being Published Electronically: You Can’t Sign a Kindle

Personally, I started out being rather iffy/stand-offish/old-fashioned about the whole e-book revolution.  Give me a physically bound book or give me death, I cried over-dramatically.  I was particularly fond of Meg Cabot’s continued complaint that ebooks are not bathtub friendly (not that paper books are really very compatible with getting wet either, but at leastContinue reading “The One Downfall to Being Published Electronically: You Can’t Sign a Kindle”