Archive: December 2013 -

Athena’s Daughters (Women in Sci-fi, Let’s Hear You Roar!)

Athena’s Daughters (Women in Sci-fi, Let’s Hear You Roar!)

One of the authors in my Washington DC authors colleague group, Janine Spendlove, told me about a kickstarter project she and a bunch of other women writers created.  I looked at the kickstarter link http://tinyurl.com/athenasD, and I'm really impressed with the group of women involved.  I also like the fact that it's highlighting woman and scifi because that genre has been male-dominated for a long time.  The publishing industry is seeing an up tic of women authors entering the scifi genre and a lot more women heroines in the books. (ex. Hunger Games, Divergent, Pandemonium, Across a Star...

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Guest Post from Author S. M. Johnston

Guest Post from Author S. M. Johnston

Author S.M. Johnston (from Australia!) joins me today to discuss the five things she learned after she wrote her book, SLEEPER.  The novel released December 2nd.  I love her information on Australia, how her main character isn't white, and what she was told about the new adult genre from publishers.  1) I was writing a New Adult novel: When I first wrote SLEEPER, New Adult wasn’t a term that was commonly being thrown around. Whiling I was querying there was still a lot of resistance from agents to NA, and to a degree there still is. I probably would have been better making Mishca seventeen...

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ELECTED Now in Line Edits!

I promised you guys I would give periodic updates about where ELECTED stands in the editing process.  So I'm pleased to report the book is out of developmental edits as of yesterday!  That means the content changes are finished.  It went back and forth for between me, my agent, and my various editors at Entranced.  Now it's been approved to move into line editing, which means a different editor will check the manuscript for spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes.  The deadline to finish line edits is January 7th.  And after that it goes to production, including creating a galley and getting...

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Changing Narrators in a Book Series

Is it ok to change narrators in the middle of a book series?  I'm talking about a series that starts out from character A's perspective in book 1 and 2.  Then lo and behold, in book 3, when the trilogy is ending, all of a sudden there are multiple narrators switching back and forth among chapters.  Chapter 1 is from Character A's perspective, and then Character B takes over in Chapter 2, etc. Is this ok?  As a reader, I like reading chapters that shift among different people.  It's a cool writing style that keeps things moving.  Jodi Piccoult does this particularly well. But I also...

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