A wise book coach once advised that the query letter sells agents on reading the pitch. The pitch entices them to want more. When I first started pitching to agents, I had a few full MS requests. (Yay!) Wrong. But I didn’t give up. A few months later, I attended a workshop by Jennie NashContinue reading “Guest Post: In the Querying Trenches”
Guest post by Tonya Briggs My grandmother instilled a love of reading in her children and many of her grandchildren. In fact, two of us are librarians. Growing up, I had access to the personal libraries of my grandmother, aunt, uncle and mother. In my aunt’s personal library, there were books with characters created byContinue reading “The Absence of African Europeans In Historical Fiction”
In honor of Women’s Fiction Day 2023, I recorded an interview with fellow Women’s Fiction Writers Association member, Barbara Dullaghan. Take a listen!
Why did Jesus teach in parables? Why do we tell children fables and fairy tales? Why do we use terms like cautionary tale, morality tale, allegory? Because stories help us understand other people. Stories help us remember things. Stories open a window to understanding that preaching at people does not. When you listen to peopleContinue reading “Books can change the world, but not by preaching at people…”
Last summer, I decided I wanted to attend a writing retreat, and I had very specific goals in mind for this retreat. As luck would have it, my amazing book coach Robin Henry, announced in January that she was offering a personal writing adventure in Estonia. (see the previous post) In this post, I wantedContinue reading “Going on a Personal Writing Adventure, part 2”
This one had been on my TBR pile for a while, and I finally decided to get a subscription to Audible so I can listen while I run. I usually listen to Nonfiction, but I am trying to branch out! Anyway, I LOVED this book. The reviews and accolades that have been showered on itContinue reading “Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose”
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee is a little older, but it was recommended by Jane Friedman, a publishing professional for whom I have a great deal of respect. I am SO GLAD I read the book. It is insightful about what makes a story work, helpful in explainingContinue reading “Craft Book Review: Story by Robert McKee”
This pair of episodes discusses unlikeable/self-absorbed main characters. Terry and I read The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Take a listen!
Are you looking for some inspiration for your next project? A lot of stuff gets posted during March for Women’s History Month, so I thought I would save a little inspiration for April! Here are four women I came across in my content consumption that might give you a great idea for a story. IContinue reading “Looking for Story Inspiration?”
WARNING: there are spoilers…and there is a Howler 🙁 This book is classified as literary suspense for those of you keeping score. It is Kukafka’s second novel and now I will probably have to go read the first one. (!) The question she is asking here is all about power. Why do we insist onContinue reading “Book Review: Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka”