WRITING

Slightly South of Simple: Interview with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Slightly South of Simple: Interview with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Once again, Kristy Woodson Harvey immerses us both into the South and into the lives of her characters.  In Slightly South of Simple, we find ourselves rooting for Ansley and her daughters as they grapple with letting love and each other into their lives. Focusing on Ansley in addition to her daughters takes Slightly South […]

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Evolution of A Writer

The Evolution of A Writer

The first time I ever heard the words anchor out I was sitting at the old Café Trieste in Sausalito, probably writing “morning pages”, as directed by Julia Cameron. Stormy days on the bay when boats tossed and turned, masts jangled in the wind singing out their storm songs, brought me to the warmly lit […]

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Kate Brandes

Q&A with Kate Brandes

Kate Brandes is the debut author of THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2017) and a member of and contributor to WWWB. There is no better feeling than when one of our own makes it. We are so proud of and happy for you, Kate! About her – “I grew up all over the east […]

April 22, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More

HOW TOs and TIPS

Balancing Creative Life

Balancing Creative Life

A number of life events pierce a person’s sense of finite time. Becoming a parent sits high on my list. My husband craved financial stability before we decided to start a family. For me, it was feeling the sting of our temporal existence; I watched my mother and aunt battle cancer at the same time. […]

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
What’s Your “3×3 Rule” Tally?

What’s Your “3×3 Rule” Tally?

All right, ladies. We all want to write a wonderfully layered and complex book, right? Well, here’s a formula I implement into each and every chapter with the intention of creating wonderfully layered and complex drafts. I call it the 3×3 Rule. Start 1-3 new threads Continue 1-3 threads Teach us 1-3 new things about […]

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Publishing With a University Press: A Fiction Writer’s Perspective

Publishing With a University Press: A Fiction Writer’s Perspective

What do university presses publish? Although university presses focus on scholarly works, some also publish books meant for a more general audience—poetry, essays, memoirs, short story collections, and, in certain cases, novels. These titles tend to fall on the literary, rather than commercial, side of the spectrum. My path to publication My first novel, Maranatha […]

April 23, 2017 | By | Reply More

AGENTS

Q&A with Literary Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s […]

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with  Evan Gregory, Senior Literary Agent  Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Q&A with Evan Gregory, Senior Literary Agent Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Evan Gregory began at Ethan Ellenberg in 2008. He is currently expanding his client list. He has widespread interests including: FICTION – Horror, Mystery, Thrillers, Science-fiction, Fantasy, Women’s literature. NONFICTION – Arts, Cinema, Photography, Biography, Memoir, Business, Investment, Cooking, Food, Wine, Health, Diet, History, Nature, Ecology, Parenting, Family, Politics, Current affairs, Pop culture, Entertainment, Science, […]

March 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Literary Agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency

Prior to joining The Stuart Agency, Christopher Rhodes was an agent at The James Fitzgerald Agency. Previous to that, he worked at The Carol Mann Agency and in the sales and marketing departments at Simon and Schuster. Specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction, Christopher is actively seeking queries in the following areas: literary fiction and […]

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More

MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

When you’re a published author, whether self-published, with a small publisher, or with one of the big boys, you find out pretty quickly that promotion, for the most part, falls on your shoulders—and stealthily slips its sticky fingers into your wallet. Business cards, bookmarks, Facebook ads, magazine ads, Website ads, Kirkus Reviews, BookBub, any number […]

January 15, 2017 | By | 13 Replies More
My Eight Book Deal

My Eight Book Deal

I can honestly say that I spent the first fifteen to twenty years of my writing life constructing stories that burned inside me but using characters I thought publishers and agents would like. Over the years the majority of rejections stated ‘we liked it but we just didn’t love it’. This comment caused me to […]

November 23, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
A Day in the Life of a Publisher, with SilverWood Books

A Day in the Life of a Publisher, with SilverWood Books

SilverWood Books (silverwoodbooks.co.uk) provides self-funding authors with professional book production services, wholesale and retail book distribution, and a high level of support. Publishing Assistant Rowena Ball takes us through a typical day in the life of a dynamic publishing team… Morning Continuous communication is vital, and the day begins with running through our production schedule […]

November 10, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

SHORT STORIES

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s why. You slump, shrink, curl down in your seat, never stand up straight. As if an arrow might pick you off. Not an arrow, a bullet. Not a bullet, a blow. Not a blow, words. Not words, looks. Here’s why. You’re a freak. Four inches in one year? Your father’s colleague says he keeps […]

May 20, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

“Where are you off to? “ Sally had asked me. I felt a bit guilty I must admit. I was supposed to be home boning up for my job interview in the morning. I really wanted the job at Kelly and Hart Publishing and I don’t know where my head was when I agreed to […]

February 26, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

He wanted you to have this. It was written with exaggerated clarity on a scrap of paper, as if the author was unsure of the reader’s grasp of English. The torn paper, rather than a proper card, another signal from the sender. It was signed Elaine, with a rounded, buxom capital E. On the padded […]

January 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

INTERVIEWS

Slightly South of Simple: Interview with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Slightly South of Simple: Interview with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Once again, Kristy Woodson Harvey immerses us both into the South and into the lives of her characters.  In Slightly South of Simple, we find ourselves rooting for Ansley and her daughters as they grapple with letting love and each other into their lives. Focusing on Ansley in addition to her daughters takes Slightly South […]

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Kate Brandes

Q&A with Kate Brandes

Kate Brandes is the debut author of THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2017) and a member of and contributor to WWWB. There is no better feeling than when one of our own makes it. We are so proud of and happy for you, Kate! About her – “I grew up all over the east […]

April 22, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
In conversation with Sonia Taitz,  author of Great With Child

In conversation with Sonia Taitz, author of Great With Child

  Having gone to law school and practiced law for several years, what made you decide to write books?  I was one of those people, common in the children of immigrants, who wanted to “succeed” in academics and my career without really knowing what I wanted out of life beyond that. I always loved writing […]

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More

Recent Essays

Radio Daze: How Working In Broadcasting Influences My Fiction

Radio Daze: How Working In Broadcasting Influences My Fiction

“Let the listener invent their own dragon.” I can’t remember who uttered this line, but it has stayed in my mind since last century, when I took a BBC News Skills training course in London. The nervy young broadcast journalists renamed it News Kills. Until a man in tweed came to our stuffy classroom to […]

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
So You Want to Be a Detective

So You Want to Be a Detective

We writers are many things. Sometimes, our subjects make us into even more. When writing and promoting The Magician’s Lie, which features a stage magician as its main character, I did a lot of thinking about the similarities between illusionists and novelists. And to write my new book Girl in Disguise, inspired by the life […]

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Please Don’t Give Up

Please Don’t Give Up

This is for all the struggling writers out there who are considering giving up. Please don’t. What if Kathryn Stockett had given up? Or J.K. Rowling? Sure, they’re big names so I’ll throw in other big names, friends and colleagues: Camille de Maio, Julie Buxbaum, Emily Carpenter, and Jamie Brenner to name a few. The […]

April 18, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Five Books, Five Destinations: A Mystery Tour

Five Books, Five Destinations: A Mystery Tour

“Reading a good book is like taking a journey.” * I write mysteries, not travel books. So my journeys usually take me to the exotic locale of Buffalo, New York. If this sounds incongruous, let me explain. The best stories are all rooted somewhere. And at times, the setting itself is like a main character […]

April 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Litsy: Connect to Readers, As a Reader

Litsy: Connect to Readers, As a Reader

Last year, I doubled the number of books that I usually read. From the time I made one simple change to the end of the year, I read an average of eleven books a month. That simple change: I joined Litsy. Litsy is a social media platform for readers. Users (sometimes called Littens) post blurbs […]

April 16, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Believe It, She’s Tried

Believe It, She’s Tried

In 1995, I probably could have published my first novel, Landings. But I didn’t. For the next ten years I wrote almost nothing. Telling this story means explaining the cluster of years that diverted me, those three years when I lost a marriage, a literary agent, and a job. The job wasn’t such a big […]

April 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More