May 30, 2010

BEA 2010 – Steampunk Panel

“Steampunkery: Why are today’s teens embracing 19th-century technologies?” Moderator: Cory Doctorow, Author Panelists: Authors Scott Westerfeld and Cherie Priest; Karen Grenke, Library Manager NYPL and fan girl * Grab your headphones for the best sound […]
May 29, 2010

How To Keep Writing When Life Gets In The Way

I’m on a heinous self-inflicted deadline, having promised to deliver my manuscript to my Long-Suffering Agent (LSA) on June 24th. So, of course, now that I’ve given myself no room for mishaps, the gods are […]
May 28, 2010

Where Do You Write?

I have a huge office at the front of my apartment with two desks and everything a writer could want in the way of printers and colourful necessities from stationery shops. So why do I […]
May 18, 2010

Starting a Second Novel: the Benefit of Hindsight

This morning I started thinking about which book to write next, which means I’m closing in on the end of my current one, at last. Will I approach the next one differently? You bet. Writing […]
May 16, 2010

The First Five Pages

There’s nothing more stressful than taking a cold, hard look at the first five pages of your manuscript only to realize they’re unlikely to compete favorably against the other submissions out there. You’ve learned so […]
May 13, 2010

How To Write A Selling Synopsis Without Losing Your Mind

After spending the last five years writing my first novel, I have the uneasy feeling that if I’d figured out how to write a synopsis sooner rather than later I could have cut that time […]
May 7, 2010

The Best Class Available on Writing The Short Synopsis

Mary Buckham is the woman who single-handedly ended my inability to write a one-page synopsis. During a 2-week intensive online class she showed me how to reduce my rambling epic fantasy to five essential turning […]
May 5, 2010

I Love My Agent!

[Photo: from left to right—Debby Garfinkle, agent Laura Rennert, Jay Asher] Today’s post is a short update on the Writer Beware Blogs! mention of me by Alyx Dellamonica, one of my teachers at the UCLA Writers […]
April 30, 2010

Social Media: Time Suck or Valuable Asset?

There’s a guest post by Alyx Dellamonica at the Writer Beware blog today mentioning me as an example of a writer responding to the current market pressure to build a social media presence online in […]
April 17, 2010

LIST: Agents Who Blog

Still in the dark about how to submit to agents? Looking for enlightenment? One of the best ways to stay informed about the state of the industry, improve your craft, clear any confusion about how […]
April 12, 2010

Favorite Fantasy Pets, Familiars and Animal Companions

In a genre that is as much about wish-fulfillment as it is a reaction to the Scientific Revolution that denied us mystique and magic in favor of equations and mechanics, it is hardly surprising that […]
April 11, 2010

My Desert Island Book Choice: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Writers often get asked “If you found yourself marooned on a desert island and you could only have one book with you, which one would you choose?”