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Blog post how-to-learn-the-craft

How To Learn The Craft

Learning to write is like learning anything else and can be broken down into three general parts. Research First, there are entire books written on this subject, and it’s important to realize that any information I give will be in greatly abbreviated form. With that in mind, the first step would be to read a […]

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Blog post The Four Basic Elements Of Any Novel

How The Four Elements Are Related

Plot, Style, Character Development, and Length are always related. Any good novel has exactly the right balance of each, one that is appropriate to the genre and story. Also, it’s important to note that genres tend to “weight” those four factors differently. In literary fiction, the weighting generally goes something like this: Most important factor: […]

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The business side of publishing
Author signing a contract with an agent

Advice For Finding An Agent

There are only three steps to this: Write a great novel Research literary agents Write a great query letter Make your novel the best you can make it. Make it original, with an exciting plot, great writing style, and interesting characters and settings. Don’t send it up if “it just needs a little work,” or […]

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