Our on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books
Like so many of our novels, Tracy created The Gravity of Birds from other works.
“I had two short stories I liked, but couldn’t seem to finish. One was about how the relationship between two sisters is altered when one is forced to assume the role of caregiver for the other. The second story concerned a young man, recently out of school, who unexpectedly finds his career on a downward trajectory, a situation he’d never prepared himself for. No matter how I tried, none of the endings I came up with seemed … Read more
Thank you Brenda Knight, a recent Newbie Writers Podcast guest for her wonderful insights and advice for our readers.
The Art of the Book Deal
Insider Secrets to Navigating the Publishing Process
From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple. Twenty-two year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New … Read more
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The market. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve certainly all talked about it. But, what really is “the market”?
The market is a few things, but most of all the market is 100% unimportant to your creative process. Yep. You heard me, forget about the market.
Now, I know you’re probably thinking, but, uh, doesn’t the market dictate whether or not my book will sell? Um… sorta.
If you haven’t completed your book, worrying about the market won’t do you any good. I know writers who are constantly trying to chase the next big trend. AND, I … Read more
Read a bad book.
I know common wisdom enjoins us to read only really good books. Read the classics! Children don’t read the classics anymore! If only we would read the classics everyone would be literate and erudite and smarter and vote for my party candidate.
It can get out of hand.
When it comes to the classics, I know I’ve done what you’ve done. Stood before the library shelf helpfully labeled “Classics” thinking, hell, I’m out of school. I don’t HAVE to read Tolstoy, not when there is a perfectly good four part series out on Netflix starring Lily … Read more
DIY memoir, a memoir based on crafts. These memoirs are either historical, the author looks back and says, wow, there is a pattern here, I can construct a book around that pattern. OR the writer picks up a craft on purpose and as she creates each item: the cupcake, the sweater, each recipe in the cook book, she uses those projects as triggers and organizing memes for each chapter in her memoir.
Either approach can be very effective. And on first reading: easy.
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