Do women write the best novels starring women? Do men write the best novels starring men? In many cases, yes. But while there's a lot to be said for "living the gender," there are also some great literary works featuring title characters who are the opposite sex of the author.
What gives a writer a reputation as "teachable" but not "great"? In Weldon's case, is it because her writing is forever associated with her successful television work that we're suspicious of her?
I began writing Love Gone Mad with that What if? premise in mind. Soon, more complexities, complications and permutations evolved, so by the novel's third draft, the plotline went far beyond the initial What if?
Gretta Monahan is hard at work promoting her new book. For years, she says, "I helped celebrities discover their own style," but she is keenly aware that all women "have the same issues."
The book The Miracle Chase is a story about three women on a search to understand the mystical, namely miracles. It is also a story about a gorgeous friendship. It remains solid and supportive during serious health problems, a divorce, and a father's death.
If the cover intrigues potential readers, they'll read the product description and the sample pages. And that's where you'll hook them. From there, if your book lives up to the promise the cover made, your reader will make the journey from interested stranger to avid fan.
A very frequent fiction theme is "boy meets girl." But some past and present novelists don't pay a lot of attention to romance in their most famous books.
Books are the new blogs. If you want to write a book and get it published, you are not alone.
The book raises fascinating questions about one of the most popular presidents in American history. If JFK was ripped from the '60s and thrust into today's media, what would the reception be?
Care tenderly for your baby -- your personal brand -- and you will reap the rewards of your efforts. One day everything will change for you.
Margot has a compulsive fixation in being non-Jewish. She obsessively worries that someone will notice her arm, tattooed by the Nazis, so she literally with a sweater, keeps herself under wraps. The sweater serves as a thin veil to keep her apart from others.
What matters to publishers is whether an author has built up a strong enough brand and social media presence to make selling their book a no-brainer. If you have enough people following you on Twitter, you could sell word soup to a major publisher.
In case you're an Indie author reading this looking for the silver lining, let me say now that it does not exist, not yet anyway.
It got worse: The day after I was mugged, he emailed me negative comments he claimed the group made about the book after I left. Apparently the people who really disliked the book were too intimidated by my presence to say so -- at least that's what he reported.
The reason for rejections typically comes down to a few key issues. Follow these solutions, and my bet is doors will start opening.
Ever read something in a novel and feel you've read something similar in a novel by a different author? I'm not talking about plagiarism, but a variation on a scene or theme.
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Published on September 24th, 2013