December 16, 2017

Road to a Novel #3: Selling Beyond the Bookstores


    “Only 25% of authors make a living as a writer.” That was one of many eye- openers from Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada at the daylong Writers Workshop in Monterey, CA (see “Road” Blog Posts #1 and # 2). Both literary agents offered such know-how and insights as: “Pay your dues to the muse. Write every day,” said Elizabeth who noted if you write one page a day, that’s one book in a year. Then she quoted William Faulkner who said, “Write when the spirit moves you, … [Read more...]

Road to a Novel #2: Know What Group Jack London Started?


    As promised, I’m taking you inside a Writers Workshop presented by literary agents Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada (see “Road” Blog Post #1 for their stellar credentials). Since 1972, this husband-and-wife team has sold hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books to more than 100 publishers. Besides their high-profile agency, they are co-directors of the San Francisco Writers Conference ( Michael specializes in non-fiction titles while Elizabeth represents … [Read more...]

Road to a Novel # 1: The Author Goes Back to School

Macro of red HB pencil peeking through a book

  Before tackling Vegas Snap, I had written prolifically as reporter, editor, and market researcher (see tab above, “Meet the Author”). But fiction’s a different animal. You must learn about plot, character, dialog, point of view, style, descriptive narrative, and voice. So I had to go “back to school” to learn the craft of fiction. Attended writer’s workshops, the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, and a “Blockbuster Plots” seminar. Also devoured classic books on … [Read more...]

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