Tools for the Taking

What They Want: Editors Chiming In

Hear it straight from the horse’s mouth: Top 10 questions Dutton Editors ask Themselves When Looking at a ManuscriptA Diamond in the Slush: What Picture Book Editors Are Really Looking For

How is a Picture Book Like a Golf Swing?

One of my favorite golf pros practiced simplicity in his instruction. Rather than giving me twenty-minutes of pointers to think about during my five-second swing, he’d address just a few. One of his more memorable lessons was when he placed me in perfect body position at address, then backswing, then finish. He had me hold… Read more »

Talking about Titles – More Links

A few more folks are talking about titles: Jill Corcoran, Literary Agent – your title is your billboard.Editorial Anonymous – a fabulous title can move you to the top of the slush. See my original post for more discussion on the importance of titles.

National Novel Writing Month – I’m Jumping In

I just signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m s-o-o-o-o excited. NaNoWriMo begins November 1st. It’s touted as “Thirty Days and Nights of Literary Abandon!” How can I resist? I’ve written three other novels which are at various stages of resting and revision. But they weren’t written under pressure. I noodled around with… Read more »