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Interview with SOURCEBOOKS Editor Leah Hultenschmidt

Posted by Guest at Dec 4, 2012 9:00 am in , , , , , ,

Please welcome Leah Hultenschmidt, a senior editor acquiring YA and romance. She has agreed to answer questions in order to give you a new perspective from the other side. Please tell our readers about the publisher you represent.  Sourcebooks is the largest woman-owned publisher in North America and releases a wide array of fiction and […]

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ALIEN SEX by author Margaret Fieland

Posted by Guest at Oct 16, 2012 8:30 am in , , , , , , ,

I read a review of a science fiction book recently in which the reviewer commented that he had particularly enjoyed the book because the aliens in question were really alien and not some sort of human in disguise. This interested me particularly because when I invented the aliens in my recently published novel, “Relocated,”I went […]

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Behind the Scenes: An Editor in Action by Mary Hughes

Posted by Guest at Oct 11, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

Editor Christa Desir What does an editor bring to the storytelling process? I’m thrilled to share a few insights from an actual first-pass edit made by brilliant editor Christa Desir on my latest vampire romance, Biting Oz. These samples are by no means all an editor can do to make your story shine, but hopefully […]

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CONQUERING FEAR by Author Renee Wildes

Posted by Guest at Oct 4, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , ,

I am a true April Taurus—earthbound, practical, stubborn and temperamental. My life is ruled by fear. In true “bull” fashion, I tend to meet it head-on. It’s what drives me, not a weakness but a motivator. I’ve always been a tomboy, preferring horses to boys growing up. I belonged to the Wilderness Challenge Club in […]

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WORLD BUILDING by Raquel Rodriguez

Posted by Guest at Aug 31, 2012 4:17 pm in , , , , , ,

Going some place new is always fun, especially when the surroundings are not what you see every day. The anticipation mounts, and the excitement fills you up so much that you can hardly wait to arrive at your destination and begin your new adventure.  Whether a city, small town, mountain range, or beach, architecturally interesting […]

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What Makes a Good Character? By Nell DuVall

Posted by Guest at Aug 21, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

Three major factors determine a character: the genre, the experience and expectations of readers, and the author’s intentions. In romance and romantic suspense, readers like the alpha male, the strong silent type. They also like to see spunky heroines. In speculative fiction, which may or may not include a romantic subplot, heroes regardless of gender […]

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Five Tips for Writing Paranormals by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted by rbramlett at Jul 5, 2012 1:00 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Happy July, everyone!  I wasn’t able to find somebody to post today at FF&P, so guest what?  Yep.  You get me.  🙂  I think the key to writing a good paranormal is to make the world somehow normal for your reader.  Through the last year, I’ve come up with five tips for writing a paranormal […]

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The End of Rejections by Tina Gerow

Posted by Guest at Jul 2, 2012 11:00 am in , , , , ,

I started writing seriously for publication in August of 2003, and soon stumbled on the horrible phenomenon we know as rejection.  It’s part of every writer’s (and artist’s life) in some form or another, and something that no one loves or even likes. Granted there are different types of rejections – scathing rejections, form rejections […]

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Modern Physics and Magic: A Few Words by Valerie Roberts

Posted by Guest at Jun 26, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

Hello fellow writers. I’d like to take a few minutes today to talk about modern physics and magic (or magick,  if that’s your preferred spelling). Now I know you already think I’m crazy, but hang on for a minute. Because I have a few words that I think you might find interesting. The first one […]

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What the Heck is Deep Point of View? by Carrie Lofty

Posted by Guest at Jun 12, 2012 7:30 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

So often when receiving critiques from peers, editors or agents, the subject of “deep point of view” can rear its head. What, exactly, does that entail? How can we add depth to characters–and therefore depth to our stories–by immersing readers into unique, powerful points of view? My upcoming course for FF&P is title “Beyond Research: […]

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