WRITING

On Writing: Barbara Sissel

On Writing: Barbara Sissel

My children were born in a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, but their first home was a state-issued, singlewide trailer on prison grounds some 70 miles east of Lexington in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I was expecting my first son when I moved there with my then husband who had been promoted from prison […]

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Forty-Two Year Old Women Don’t Have Adventures

Forty-Two Year Old Women Don’t Have Adventures

Forty-two year old women don’t have adventures. She’d just be more appealing if she were thinner, taller and younger. We’ll buy it if you made her 25 and sexier. Female protagonists should NOT be flawed.. Why does she eat so much? And that wine—seriously? Can’t you… No I can’t and no I didn’t. Those were […]

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Life In Words — My Writing Journey

Life In Words — My Writing Journey

  As a young Scots lass whose family led a somewhat peripatetic existence, moving around the world, reading and writing were a constant that I treasured and often turned to. I was initially inspired by the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’d draw lines on plain paper and write adventure stories, then bind the pages […]

September 16, 2017 | By | Reply More

HOW TOs and TIPS

How To Pitch A Series

How To Pitch A Series

A few weeks ago, I announced the Gamer Girl series, three books coming out from Kensington’s Lyrical Press starting in 2019. Since this is my second series, many people have asked me how to get an editor to buy multiple books rather than just one. Initially, if you do not know the editor and have […]

September 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
On Writing a Series – Practical Hints and Tips

On Writing a Series – Practical Hints and Tips

Everybody loves a series, especially readers – and publishers! – in the crime genre. I’m currently working on the fourth novel in my Lotte Meerman series and for those of you working on a series yourselves, I would like to share some practical tips from my personal experience. Tip 1: Readers will read your books […]

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sounds: Bringing Back the Often-Forgotten Sense

Sounds: Bringing Back the Often-Forgotten Sense

Arguably, the most common advice to new writers may be “show, don’t tell,” and “use sensory details.” Most of us do well using the sense of sight—after all, we must describe what’s going on for the story to make sense. When we’re trying, we may add a taste a smell, but all too often, the […]

September 12, 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, […]

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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

Social Media: To Share Or Not To Share?

Social Media: To Share Or Not To Share?

In this golden age of social media, I still find it a bit of a novelty that I can tweet my favourite author.  Even more so on the occasions when they tweet me back! Having this kind of direct access to an author would have been unimaginable just 20 years ago.  Back in the old […]

July 4, 2017 | By | 12 Replies More
Covering Your Assets

Covering Your Assets

  When you browse around in a bookshop or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or wherever – what is the first thing you look for when choosing your next book? The author’s name? The amount of stars it has from reviewers? The book’s description? Or is it the book cover? I admit to often […]

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to Build a Better Book Launch

How to Build a Better Book Launch

You have worked your heart out to write your book, sweated, been anxious, revised, revised, revised, researched, then sweated some more, revised again, copy edited, argued with designers over the book cover and at long, long last…you have a finished book. Congratulations! Now, how to give it a coming out party, to help it debut […]

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

Q&A with Kathleen Barber

Q&A with Kathleen Barber

Kathleen Barber was raised in Galesburg, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University School of Law, and previously practiced bankruptcy law at large firms in Chicago and New York. A registered yoga teacher and incurable wanderer, when Kathleen isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband. Her debut thriller […]

September 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Q&A with Laura Dave

Q&A with Laura Dave

Laura Dave is the international bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes, The First Husband, The Divorce Party, London is the Best City in America, and now HELLO, SUNSHINE (2017, Simon & Schuster). Her novels have been published in eighteen countries and several of them have been optioned as major motion pictures (think: Reese Witherspoon & […]

July 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Catherine Ryan Hyde

Q&A with Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde is absolutely one of the most bold-faced names we’ve interviewed here at WWWB. She is the author of 32 books and counting, including ALLIE & BEA (Lake Union, 2017), SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW, LEAVING BLYTHE RIVER, ASK HIM WHY, WORTHY, THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHERE WE BELONG, WHEN […]

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More

Recent Essays

Always Recycle

Always Recycle

“Always Recycle” The best piece of writing advice I ever got came from Bird by Bird by Annie Lamott. It had to do with accepting the idea of  “ shitty first drafts.” The second best piece of advice came from a professor whose teaching assistant I had been in English graduate school in the 1960s. […]

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing It Out

Writing It Out

Any writer will tell you that the main components of fiction are experience, observation and imagination. But sometimes, particularly when the impetus to write comes from powerful personal experience, experience that, it seems, must be honoured, imagination can have a hard time freeing itself from the shackles of ‘what was’. For me, the question that […]

September 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Possibilities are Limitless

The Possibilities are Limitless

Being an author to me is more than just getting published and hitting the bestseller list. For me, it is about reaching people through my stories, either fiction or non-fiction; knowing that somewhere, someone is touched by my words as they come to life and spark another’s imagination. The struggle for many authors to make […]

September 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
The “Lazy Way” To Write a Humorous Self-Help Book (Hint: There Really Isn’t One)

The “Lazy Way” To Write a Humorous Self-Help Book (Hint: There Really Isn’t One)

It’s either perfect or ironic that I ended up writing a humorous self-help guide about being lazy. Perfect, because I happen to be one of the laziest people I know, and therefore speak from experience. Ironic, because writing a book isn’t really the kind of project where laziness comes in handy. Probably it’s a little […]

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Too much Research – Part 2

Too much Research – Part 2

Too much Research – Part 2 (Read Part 1 HERE) (or why you must leave awesome things out of your book) Case Study: WHERE THE SWEET BIRD SINGS Subject: Can your spit tell you where you’re from? Authors choose to write about a subject, location, or timeframe because there’s something about one or all of […]

September 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Playwright To Memoir

From Playwright To Memoir

I live in Bethnal Green in London, England. When I was born it was a place nobody went to, except the locals who lived there. Even the police gave it a wide berth and we pretty much managed on our own without them. The occasional murder elicited their attention, but that was all. I didn’t […]

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