The Point When Everything Changes
Recently, I was
obsessing over critically watching the fabulous TV show, Sherlock, and in the episode called “The Hounds of Baskerville”, Sherlock says this to his client:
“And what happened when you went back to Dewer’s Hollow last night, Henry? You went there on the advice of your therapist, and now you’re consulting a detective. What did you see that changed everything?”
And that simple exchange set me to thinking. In a novel, there is always That Point–the point when everything changes for your main character. The point when he/she can no longer go back. The pivotal moment (or change) that spurs the MC to take the next step forward…. (read the rest of this post here)
Prime Real Estate
I’m not a real estate agent, but I do know there are things that real estate agents do to sell a house: they play up the important features. Their other favorite thing to talk about, if it’s good, is the neighborhood and the location of the property. After all, isn’t it all about location, location, location? Well, these considerations are applicable to novel craft, because once you know the important information features and the prime locations for material in your story, you can play around and really present your reader with important information, in a way that seems important, and in places that will make it seem even more important. Let me explain… (read the rest of this post here)
Query Letters: Constants and Not so Constants
Recently, I've taught several workshops on query letters and in studying examples of recent queries that work, I've noticed some minor changes in the trends…. (read the rest of this post here)
What’s an Author-Agent Agreement?
Today let’s talk about the agreement between the writer and the agent, known as an Agency Agreement. This is different from a publisher contract. The agency agreement formalizes the working relationship between you and your agent. It can be simple and relatively brief (the one we use at Books & Such is three pages) or it can be more complicated.
Here are a few things the agreement might specify. Your agreement might not cover all these points, or it may cover more…. (read the rest of this post here)