Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Links of Interest

TIME TRAVEL: A theoretical physicist discusses the possibilities of time travel. Includes a podcast

BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING: Why your first novel shouldn't be the start of a trilogy.

MARKET NEWS: Carina Press, Harlequin's ebook only line, is looking for historicals.

AGENT INTERVIEW: Agent Jennifer Laughran. (YA and children's books)

AGENTS: Why sometimes an agent isn't the right answer for your career.

CRAFT: When narrative and the viewpoint character's voices clash.

CRAFT: Problems to look for as you revise your story.

MARKETS: The fantasy short story anthology (strong female viewpoint!) SWORD AND SORCERESS's guidelines for this year.

WRITING A SERIES: Hints before you sell that first book.

CRAFT: The very important small things to look for when you are doing a revision.

CRAFT: How to find the problem when you sense that something is going wrong in your novel.

WORKSHOPS: I now have two workshops scheduled with another TBA.

The Big Question: How to Create a Powerful Novel from a Few Ideas and One Big Question, April 11-May 8, 2010 at

Have you ever read a story then felt dissatisfied by it as you put it down? All the story elements--plot, characters, romance, and suspense--were there, but something was missing. That something is often called depth or resonance, and it's that element that turns an ordinary story into one you couldn't put down.

How do you create a story like that? It starts with the creation of the story. I’ll show you how to take a simple plot idea, premise, or character and turn it into a novel with resonance.

Magic, Monsters and Amour: Creating a Believable Paranormal, Fantasy, or SF World. October 4-31, 2010 at October 4-31, 2010 at

Are vampires, fairies, and space aliens real? If you create the right background for your paranormal romance, they will be to a reader. I'll show you how to create a fantasy or paranormal background from scratch and how to make it utterly believable.

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