How To Write For The Market While Still Writing For You

Let me quickly say: I don’t believe any writer should be following trends. That’s not what this post is about. However, I do believe that writers who want to get published traditionally need to have their eyes open to what the market is doing. Why You Don’t Follow Trends Trends are something that no oneContinue reading “How To Write For The Market While Still Writing For You”

The Myth of the Overnight Success and What Those Stories Have in Common

Publishing has become a sensationalized industry. Journalists love to write about the death of the business, while those of us in it know it’s a multi-billion dollar industry that’s doing just fine, thanks. Big stories consume the media cycle: the million dollar advance! the 18-year-old who secures a big publishing deal! and lastly, the overnightContinue reading “The Myth of the Overnight Success and What Those Stories Have in Common”

What is New Adult Fiction?

I still get asked about New Adult on a regular basis. So here’s my notes about what it is: New Adult is about characters from age 18-25 engaging in the next step of their lives It’s about many firsts (like romance and going out into the world to live alone) It’s intense, 1st person writing,Continue reading “What is New Adult Fiction?”

Plotting Fiction: has it all been done before? 5 ways to keep fiction fresh.

This infographic about Man Booker 2011 prize plots got me thinking. There are only x number of plots in fiction. Some have argued 7, some have argued 36, some have argued over 100. So how do you continue to keep it fresh? High concept: big plot ideas (THE LEFTOVERS, THE AGE OF MIRACLES) with traditional humanContinue reading “Plotting Fiction: has it all been done before? 5 ways to keep fiction fresh.”