How I Write a Manuscript Critique | An Editor’s Rant About Debut Novels

I’m writing this post to explain how I, as a developmental editor, go about reading a book and writing a manuscript critique so prospective clients will know what they’re getting, but I also have some thoughts that might be of interest to writers in general, including my take on what’s required of a debut novel … Continue reading How I Write a Manuscript Critique | An Editor’s Rant About Debut Novels

2022 Market Trends in Book Publishing | My Unqualified Speculation

Last year I laid out my predictions for what book market trends would look like in 2021—including what readers would be reading and what publishers would be buying. It turned out to be the most popular post I’ve ever written, so it behooves me to make my admittedly unqualified speculation an annual tradition and offer … Continue reading 2022 Market Trends in Book Publishing | My Unqualified Speculation

Please Stop Tweeting Offers to Retweet PitMad Pitches

Every PitMad event, I feel compelled to tweet this sentiment like I have some sort of top-down command over others: If you’re someone who tweets offers to retweet PitMad pitches, please stop. I don’t expect anyone to care what I have to say, and I’m not mad at anyone who does it, but I want … Continue reading Please Stop Tweeting Offers to Retweet PitMad Pitches

PitMad Tips and Strategies | Twitter Pitch Events

With the last PitMad of 2020 coming up on December 3rd, I thought I’d share my latest tips, tricks, strategies, magic spells, and general thoughts on how to get results for this and other Twitter pitch events--and things you can take away from PitMad even if you don’t get that coveted agent like. [Want to … Continue reading PitMad Tips and Strategies | Twitter Pitch Events

Inciting Incident vs. Call to Adventure | A Clarification

I WANT to talk about the difference between the inciting incident and the call to adventure in a novel. Recently there’s been a lot of discussion on ye olde Twitter about whether or not you should start your story in the midst of action and how long you should hold off before introducing the inciting … Continue reading Inciting Incident vs. Call to Adventure | A Clarification