Aunt Bessie s How to Survive a Day Job While Pursuing the Creative Life

You don't ... you can't hold these things as abstract desires : I want to be a writer .
You have to plan to give two hours a day every day to the business of writing .
And if that means you make a list of the things that take up the time in your day
you ...

Author: Joel Eisenberg

Publisher: Topos Books

ISBN: 0976757508

Category: Humor

Page: 380

View: 428


Clive Barker, Tom Cruise, Larry Hagman, Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephen King, Brad Meltzer, Sir Ian McKellen, Carolyn See, Stuart Woods and many others describe their humorous and frequently touching journeys to success. This motivational volume is hosted by the ever-controversial 'Aunt Bessie, ' who some refer to as a dangerous cross between Eminem and Ann Landers.

The Day Job

The idea that l was writing scripts to keep me going until the day I could become
a full—time gardener was one I hadn't considered, and l was going to put her
right, but then I realised she would have been disappointed. Gardening had a ...

Author: Mark Wallington

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448166954

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 918


Mark Wallington has a dream. He is going to change the face of British comedy. Unfortunately for the residents of north London, he's going to finance this dream by becoming a gardener. The result is The Day Job, an account of a year spent working in other people's gardens: people like Mrs Fleming who is convinced there is buried treasure in the bottom bed; Mr Walters who is trying to create a fascist state policed by gnomes in his well-guarded plot in Gospel Oak; Mrs Glover who is probably the most attractive woman living in Britain; and poor Mr Nugent, who likes to save his urine in jam jars and pour it over his compost. Over four seasons Wallington crosses Hampstead Heath from job to job. He survives brushes with the evil contract gardeners who keep trying to knock him off his bicycle. He strives to impress literary agent Herman Gapp who might represent him - depending on what sort of job he does on Gapp's Alpine Terrace. He even finds time to fall for a housecleaner-cum-actor named Helen, as he becomes part of a strange band of artistes, each with a day job of their own, all waiting for that first break. This is the story of long nights spent in the back room of a pub trying to write unsolicited scripts, and of much longer days spent trying to understand the British and their strange obsession with gardening.

Writing What People Buy

If you have a day job, don't quit because writers earning twice their salary or more
from books are still holding onto their own day jobs. If you've made the best-seller
list many times, you still can't quit because your book will be out of print in two ...

Author: Anne Hart

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595219360

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 706


This book is for writing instructors and writers on 101 writing projects to write and sell or to create internships and externships and/or writing jobs or assignments and projects. What Will You Write? If you ever thought that you don't know what to write, you will now. And you will be able to research, write, revise, and sell to well-paying markets with these projects. Create Your Own Internships and Externships in Professional Writing: Projects to Do. Pick subjects for term papers, special studies or independent study courses, or commercial, high-paying book projects. Write salable magazine articles. Freelance or create your own job or project. Create Your Own Internships and Externships in Professional Writing with these Projects to Do for Writers, Organizers, Researchers, Writing Students and Teachers from Middle School to Graduate Schools of Journalism, Creative Writing, New Media Studies and Communications, for MFA and PhD projects in Creative Fiction Writing, Journalism, Playwriting, Scriptwriting, and Creative Nonfiction. Familiarity sells in fiction. Give 'em the familiar because it sells big. Don't given 'em Crystal Pepsi when they expect classic Coca Cola to be brown. In other words, the same Cinderella or Cinderfella story sells in ancient China or Egypt as it did in Europe in 1900 as it does today in Internet romances or virtual worlds avatars. So two points, 1) familiarity and 2) universal values always make best sellers in sagas, novels, multimedia books, and scripts or games.

Romance Is My Day Job

Every day, I work withfriendly, smart people atmy job.I get to deal with writers
wholove writing about love. They make me love love, even when I hate it. These
books even compel meto hope that everyone finds herown happilyeverafter—not

Author: Patience Bloom

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698148567

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 449


“Highly recommended for romantics of all stripes."—Library Journal, starred review Why isn’t real-life romance more like fiction? Patience Bloom asked herself this question, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like their heroines: That shy guy she had a crush on would sweep her off her feet and turn out to be a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Patience kept hoping. Years later she found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin itself. Every day, her fantasies came true—on the page. Her dating life, however, remained uninspired. She nearly gave up hope. Then one day Patience got a real-life chance at romance, but Sam lived thousands of miles away. Was it worth the risk? Could love conquer all?

The Writer s Quotebook

Day. Job,. and. the. Economic. Realities. of. Writing. Thinking you'll get rich by
writing books is like thinking you'll get ... For the great majority of published
authors, writing is a vocation supported by a primary occupation—the dreaded
day job.

Author: Jim Fisher

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813538822

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 239

View: 151


If you have ever stared at a page that remains stubbornly blank; if you have ever wondered why writers write, or whether good writers are born or made; if you are a novelist, playwright, poet, or journalist, or simply delight in the written word, The Writer's Quote book is for you. Whether you keep it in your office, on your coffee table, next to your keyboard or your bed, this rich compendium of over one thousand quotations will inspire, invigorate, and illuminate the often challenging, sometimes humorous, but always fascinating task of those who bring words to life.From William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway to Doris Lessing and Joyce Carol Oates, more than five hundred published writers put pen to paper on what the literary life is all about. Selections come from seasoned professionals as well as those just establishing their voice, and they represent a variety of nationalities and genres. The book is divided into three sections. The first part is devoted to the creative process, including thoughts on where writers get their ideas, the role of inspiration, what kind of people write, and where talent comes from. In part two, the subject shifts to writing as a craft. Here, authors ponder the creation of protagonists and points of view, the writing of dialogue, setting and description, creating plots, and the anatomy of style. The final third of the book deals with the challenges and rewards that come with the writing life. Subjects in this section include the economic realities of writing, classes, conferences, and workshops, dealing with rejection and bad reviews, writing habits and rituals, despair, alcohol, and suicide, and fame.Articulated with elegant metaphor, in straightforward prose, or with wry wit, the carefully selected and thoughtfully organized quotations come together to form a narrative that entertains, informs, and in the case of aspiring writers, shows the way to better writing.Jim Fisher is a professor emeritus at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of five nonfiction books, including The Lindbergh Case (Rutgers University Press) and Ten Percent of Nothing.

The Writing Diet

He also began writing again, and one more time his monologues met with public
success. “I think I have a knack for this,” Alan told me modestly. I suggested he
find a dayjob that left him with enough energy to pursue his writing in the
evenings ...

Author: Julia Cameron

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101158638

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

View: 256


From the bestselling author of The Artist's Way, a revolutionary diet plan: Use art to take off the pounds! Over the course of the past twenty-five years, Julia Cameron has taught thousands of artists and aspiring artists how to unblock wellsprings of creativity. And time and again she has noticed an interesting thing: Often, in uncovering their creative selves her students also undergo a surprising physical transformation-invigorated by their work, they slim down. In The Writing Diet, Cameron illuminates the relationship between creativity and eating to reveal a crucial equation: creativity can block overeating. This inspiring weight-loss program, which can be used in conjunction with Cameron's groundbreaking book on the creative process, The Artist's Way, directs readers to count words instead of calories, to substitute their writing's "food for thought" for actual food. Using journaling to examine their relationship with food-and to ward off unhealthy overeating -readers will learn to treat food cravings as invitations to evaluate what they are truly craving in their emotional lives. The Writing Diet presents a brilliant plan for using one of the soul's deepest and most abiding appetites-the desire to be creative-to lose weight and keep it off forever. I'm a creativity expert, not a diet expert. So why am I writing a book about weight loss? Because I have accidentally stumbled upon a weight-loss secret that works. For twenty-five years I've taught creative unblocking, a twelve-week process based on my book The Artist's Way. From the front of the classroom I've seen lives transformed-and, to my astonishment, bodies transformed as well. It took me a while to recognize what was going on, but sure enough, students who began the course on the plump side ended up visibly leaner and more fit. What's going on here? I asked myself. Was it my imagination, or was there truly a "before" and an "after"? There was! -from The Writing Diet

2015 Writer s Market

First, it depends on how you value yourself as a writer. Are you a hobbyist, writing
on the side either strictly for pleasure or for a bit of extra income? Or are you a
professional, going at the business of writing as a day job? Make no mistake: ...

Author: Robert Lee Brewer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638607

Category: Reference

Page: 922

View: 498


The most trusted guide to getting published! Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let the 2015 Writer's Market guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings include contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Beyond the listings, you'll find all-new editorial material devoted to the business and promotion of writing, including advice on pitching to agents and editors, managing your freelance business, and building a readership. This edition also includes the ever popular--and updated--pay-rate chart, plus dozens of articles and essays like these: • Kate Meadows, freelance writer and editor, shares seven habits of financially savvy writers. • Carol Tice, professional writer, teaches you how to build your writing career with social media. • Dana W. Todd, public relations professional, explains how to successfully pitch you and your work like a PR pro. You also gain access to: • Lists of professional writing organizations • Sample query letters • A free digital download of Writer's Yearbook featuring the 100 Best Markets Finally, NEW TO THIS YEAR'S EDITION is an exclusive webinar "How to Find More Success Freelancing," taught by Robert Lee Brewer, editor of Writer's Market. It takes a lot more than flawless writing to be a freelance writer. This hour-long webinar will help you to increase your chances of success. You'll learn the current freelance landscape, how to find freelance opportunities, how to secure assignments, negotiating strategies, and more. Whether the goal is to publish a book, write a magazine article, or freelance for local businesses, this webinar is for writers looking to find more success with their freelancing and ultimately make more money. "Every writer needs a toolbox filled with craft, a drop of talent, and hope. Successful writers know they must add the Writer's Market. You should too." -Barbara O'Neal, author of The All You Can Dream Buffet, 7-time RITA award-winner, and RWA Hall of Fame member "The business of writing is unnecessarily intimidating. Editors want good writing, so why can it be so hard to get published. Writer's Market helps make sense of that big question, offering the kind of straight-shooting advice writers needs. I bought my first copy over a decade ago and still feel grateful that I was able to send my first submissions without embarrassing myself. Writer's Market is an invaluable tool that I find myself recommending again and again." -Erica Wright, author of the novel The Red Chameleon and poetry collection Instructions for Killing the Jackal, as well as Senior Editor for Guernica Magazine

The Writer s Mentor

BE ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING AS A WRITER? The first job of a writer is to get a
job. —ro.vr MORRISON “Don't quit your day job” is a rule that holds firm at just ...

Author: Cathleen Rountree

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 9781573245708

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 273

View: 517


Written in a question-and-answer format, this guide to writing passionately shows writers how to find ideas and inspiration, break through blocks, and achieve "flow." Original. 25,000 first printing.

52 Weeks of Sales Success

DAYJOB,. NIGHT. JOB. There are many other useful ways of prioritizing your
daily tasks. The novelist Elmore Leonard used to juggle his book writing with a
daytime job at an advertising agency. He'd get up at 5 AM, work on his latest
novel for ...

Author: Ralph R. Roberts

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470393505

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 273


52 Weeks of Sales Success, 2nd edition is based on Roberts' series of popular weekly sales seminars originally offered to his staff. Ralph now delivers the same energy and sales-generating wisdom and closing tools to everyone who is committed to achieving his or her full potential. In this second edition, Ralph has expanded and updated the material to address issues important to today's salespeople and reveals his field-proven strategies for selling in the 21st Century: Stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like an entrepreneur Surround yourself with positive people Develop systems and procedures Hire an assistant, so you can concentrate on clients Know your product, yourself, and your client Under-promise, over-deliver Turn problems into opportunities

Daily Rituals

While he was writing his first book, The Mezzanine, Baker worked a series of
office jobs in Boston and New York. Then his routine was to write on his lunch
break, taking advantage of this “pure, blissful hour of freedom” in the middle of
the day ...

Author: Mason Currey

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447241836

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 344


'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times Benjamin Franklin took daily naked air baths and Toulouse-Lautrec painted in brothels. Edith Sitwell worked in bed, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas. Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in gin-fuelled bursts - he believed alcohol was essential to his creative process. From Marx to Murakami and Beethoven to Bacon, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey presents the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Whether by amphetamines or alcohol, headstand or boxing, these people made time and got to work. Featuring photographs of writers and artists at work, and filled with fascinating insights on the mechanics of genius and entertaining stories of the personalities behind it, Daily Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and utterly inspiring.

Motivate Your Writing

28 When You Are Not Writing In the course of this book , it may appear that I
blithely assume that you write constantly or want to do so . I do , if that is ... sleep
sometime . You 188 may have to deal with a day job , as When You Are Not

Author: Stephen P. Kelner

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1584654538

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

View: 891


Energize and organize your writing life by tapping your fundamental motivators.

A Writer s Book of Days

A Spirited Companion & Lively Muse for the Writing Life Judy Reeves ... We'll be
joined by six or eight or ten others — writers with day jobs who come on their
lunch hour, self-employed writers who call their own hours, writers whose day
jobs ...

Author: Judy Reeves

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577319368

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 245

View: 945


Since it was first published a decade ago, A Writer's Book of Days has become the ideal coach for thousands of writers. Author Judy Reeves meets writers wherever they may be on a given day with get-going prompts and exercises, tips and habits for finding time and creating space, insight into blocks, ways to find images and inspiration, advice on working in writing groups, and suggestions, quips, and trivia from accomplished practitioners. Updated — including new information about technology — Reeves's holistic approach addresses every aspect of what makes creativity possible (and joyful): the physical, emotional, and spiritual. And like a smart, empathic inner mentor, she helps readers make every day a writing day.

How to Write About Music

Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from
Industry-leading Writers ... For the 331⁄3 book, I was fortunate to have a stretch of
three months away from my day job to focus solely on writing; the majority of the ...


Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628920468

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

View: 137


If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, you'd do best to hone your chops and avoid clichés (like the one that begins this sentence) by learning from the prime movers. How to Write About Music offers a selection of the best writers on what is perhaps our most universally beloved art form. Selections from the critically-acclaimed 33 1/3 series appear alongside new interviews and insights from authors like Lester Bangs, Chuck Klosterman, Owen Pallet, Ann Powers and Alex Ross. How to Write About Music includes primary sources of inspiration from a variety of go-to genres such as the album review, the personal essay, the blog post and the interview along with tips, writing prompts and advice from the writers themselves. Music critics of the past and the present offer inspiration through their work on artists like Black Sabbath, Daft Punk, J Dilla, Joy Division, Kanye West, Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead, Pussy Riot and countless others. How to Write About Music is an invaluable text for all those who have ever dreamed of getting their music writing published and a pleasure for everyone who loves to read about music.

Inspired Creative Writing Flash

1 why write? Unlike learning to master a musical instrument, writing does not
demand hours and hours of repetitive ... The famous Czech writer Franz Kafka
had a day-job as an insurance clerk but by all accounts, his reports and minutes
were ...

Author: Stephen May

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444141429

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 96

View: 675


The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Inspired Creative Writing is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to learning the basic principles of creative writing in a few short steps. Whether writing a novel, poetry, non-fiction or just experimenting, in just 96 pages you will discover how to master the essential principles and create captivating and memorable work.

Will Write for Shoes

I wrote my first five novels while working at a day job of one sort or another. Still,
kibitzing with day job workers is different than socializing with other writers.)
When you're in the process of writing, networking with other writers can be

Author: Cathy Yardley

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781466850200

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 251


* What is Chick Lit exactly? * How do I write a Chick Lit novel? * What are the steps I need to take to get published? Once dismissed as a fad by the popular press and literary community, the women's fiction genre called Chick Lit is now one of the hottest growing markets for new writers. In Will Write for Shoes, veteran Chick Lit and romance author Cathy Yardley addresses the common questions (and misconceptions) about the genre. Based on years of teaching about commercial women's fiction, this definitive guide provides invaluable tips and step-by-step methods for writing and selling a successful Chick Lit novel. Features include: * The history of Chick Lit * A blueprint for writing a Chick Lit novel * New trends in the genre * Tips and tools for breaking into the market * FAQs and miscellanea A directory of agents and publishers who acquire Chick Lit, sample submission materials, and online resources make this fun and comprehensive manual a must-have for all women who want to write a Chick Lit novel.

Writing for the Hollywood

As I mentioned in the introduction, this book is intended to help the prospective
Hollywood writer build a career by giving him or her information that often can ... If
you have to work a day job, write when you get home, even if it's just an hour.

Author: Tony Blake

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781425784195

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 188

View: 302


Whenever I speak with aspiring Hollywood writers, the first question they ask is ¡§How do I break in? How do I get an agent and how do I get that first job.¡¨ But getting an agent and that first job isn¡¦t going to get you very far. What aspiring writers should be asking is ¡§How do I build a successful career in Hollywood?¡¨ The agent and the first job is just the beginning. Hollywood is full of writers who sold one or two scripts and were never heard from again. What it takes to succeed on your first job and then build on it to get the next job and the next is what separates the ¡§one script wonder¡¨ from the writer with a Hollywood career. Among the questions aspiring writers really need to ask are: « How Do I Know When My Spec Script Is Ready For Submission? « What Does An Agent Look For In A Writer Beyond Their Scripts? « Once I Have An Agent What Else Should I Be Doing? « When I Go To A ¡§Meet & Greet,¡¨ What Do I Say? « How Do I Prepare For The Different Types Of Pitch Meetings? « How Do I Handle Notes I Disagree With? « Do I Need A Lawyer And A Manager? Most writers discover the answers to these questions through trial and error. But in Hollywood, errors can be costly to a writer¡¦s career. More than one writer has seen his career thwarted due to a simple lack of awareness. The goal of ¡§Writing For The Hollywood $¡¨ is to arm aspiring writers with as much information as possible so not only will the road to their first agent and sale be easier, but they¡¦ll also be able to avoid costly mistakes and have a much better chance of turning that first job into a another and another. ¡§Writing For The Hollywood $¡¨ begins by asking the writer to do some serious self-examination as it lists the basic ¡§ingredients¡¨ beyond a good script that a writer will need if they expect to build a career as a Hollywood writer. From here it goes on to cover topics such as dealing with executives, the different types of pitch meetings, the script notes process, the realities of working on a television writing staff and avoiding potential land mines that can damage a writer¡¦s forward progress. ¡§Writing for The Hollywood $¡¨ provides invaluable information for anyone who¡¦s ever aspired to write for the screen, by someone who¡¦s actually been there and done it.

The Healthy Writer

1.10 LONELINESS AND ISOLATION "Writing is a lonely job. Even if a writer
socializes regularly, when he gets down to the real business of his life, it is he
and his typewriter or word processor. No one else is or can be involved in the

Author: Joanna Penn

Publisher: Curl Up Press via PublishDrive

ISBN: PKEY:6610000094691

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 330

View: 461


Do you suffer from physical pain relating to your writing life? Are you struggling with back pain, weight gain related to sedentary working, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, neck pain, eye strain, stress, loneliness, digestive issues, or Repetitive Strain Injury? These are the most common issues reported by writers and if you struggle with any of them, you are not alone. Writing is not a physically healthy job, but if you want a long-term writing career, then you need to look after your body. I've been through my own pain journey over the last six years. I used to get crippling migraines that sent me to a dark room, and back pain so bad that I couldn't sleep, as well as stress levels so high that I wasn't able to breathe normally. Now, my back pain, migraines and RSI have almost gone completely, and I manage my writing life in a far healthier way than ever before. I share my personal journey and insights with you in this book. My co-author is Dr Euan Lawson, who shares his insights into how we can reduce pain, improve health and build a writing career for the long term. The book covers: Introduction and survey results from 1200 writers 7 Reasons why writing is great for your health Part 1: The Unhealthy Writer Stress, anxiety, burnout Back, neck and shoulder pain Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) A personal journey to a pain-free back Writing with chronic pain Sedentary life and inactivity Sleep problems/ insomnia Eye strain, headaches, and migraine A personal story of headaches and migraine Loneliness and isolation Weight gain or weight loss Joanna's Letter to Sugar Digestive issues and IBS A personal journey through IBS with FODMAP Mood and mental health Riding the Waves: Writing with depression Alcohol - the good, the bad, and the ugly Coffee and caffeine Supplements, substances, and nootropics Part 2: The Healthy Writer Improve your workspace Sort out your sleep Sort out your diet From fat to fit Sort out your back Lessons learned about writing from yoga How to use dictation for a healthier writing life The active writer mindset Strategies for the sofa-bound The active writer: Three golden rules The running writer: Three rookie mistakes Lessons learned about writing from walking a double ultra-marathon Find a community Build wellbeing with mindfulness Develop healthy habits for the long-term Conclusion: It's your turn. Choose life! It's time to be a healthy writer!

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Worse, I had no time for my day job, which was to write a second novel; and the
screenplay, after five drafts, was never made into a film. The point being: this was
less of a writing year than any year in which I taught and coached full-time.

Author: John Irving

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781628726282

Category: Fiction

Page: 460

View: 396


A commemorative hardcover edition of the only collection ever published of the celebrated novelist's shorter works. Here is a treat for devoted fans of John Irving. First published twenty years ago, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed contains a dozen short works by the author, beginning with three memoirs. The longest of the memoirs is "The Imaginary Girlfriend," his candid account of his twin careers in writing and wrestling, which, as the Denver Post observed, is filled "with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels . . . [and] combines the lessons of both obsessions." The middle portion of the book is fiction. Over a career that spans thirteen novels, these are the six stories that Mr. Irving considers finished. Among them is "Interior Space," for which he won the O. Henry Award. In the third and final section are three homages: one to Günter Grass and two to Charles Dickens. To each of the twelve pieces, he has contributed author's notes, which provide some perspective on the circumstances surrounding the writing of each piece. For readers who prefer a hardcover, this commemorative edition is a book to treasure. For new readers, it is a perfect introduction to the author of works as moving and mischievous as The World According to Garp,A Prayer for Owen Meany, and In One Person. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Mysterious Writers

My day job now is as an editor, mostly fiction! I could devote more time to my
writing than I do, and it's something I'm aiming for this year, but I really love
editing! As for a schedule...not really my thing! Do you have a set amount of
words or ...

Author: Jean Henry Mead

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Inc

ISBN: 9781615952373

Category: Reference

Page: 200

View: 899


Mystery novels are published in a number of subgenres to satisfy the tastes of every reader. Not only do we have the traditional mystery—also known as the cozy—there are historicals, suspense and thriller novels, crime, police procedurals, private eyes and senior sleuths (also known as “geezer lit”). Then there are medical thrillers, romantic suspense as well as science fiction mysteries and the niche novels that cover endless subjects. The mystery writers interviewed here have written articles about various aspects of publishing, including writing techniques, marketing, promotional advice and their opinions on the current state of the publishing industry. Carolyn Hart, bestselling author of the Henrie O and Death on Demand series, talks about her new protagonist, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, who returns to earth as a ghost to anonymously solve mysteries. Jeffrey Deaver’s varied careers prepared him to write insightful as well as thrilling novels, John Gilstrap explains why some bestselling novelists hold down fulltime jobs, and Rick Mofina provides sixteen great tips for writing thriller novels. A number of Canadian and UK authors share their publishing views as well as comparing books from their own countries with those of the U.S. suspense novelist Paul Johnston writes from his native Scotland as well as his home in Greece while Tim Hallinan divides his time between Thailand, Cambodia, and southern California, writing much of his work in Bangkok cafés. Gillian Phillip writes YA mystery novels from Barbados and her native Scottish highlands, and international airline pilot Mark W. Danielson composes his suspense novels during layovers in various parts of the world, while S. J. Bolton thrills us with snakes and other creepy creatures in and from the British Isles. English native Carola Dunn writes historical mysteries about her countrymen as does Rhys Bowen, who writes about historical English royals. Other historical novelists include Larry Karp, who provides us with the history of Ragtime music and the people who made the genre popular during its heyday and Beverle Graves Myers delves into operatic mysteries set in 18th century Venice. The work of several writing teams inhabits this book, including Eric Mayer and Mary Reed, who pen historical mysteries. Mark and Charlotte Phillips write suspense novels, and Morgan St. James and her sister Phyllice Bradner collaborate on humorous mysteries. Jeff Cohen, Tim Maleeny, and Carl Brookins also add humor to their mysterious plots, so prepare to laugh when you open their books. There are police procedurals, medical thrillers and romantic suspense novelists represented here as well as niche mysteries designed for readers who love dogs, scrapbooking, zoos, the Arizona desert, space shuttles, weight-loss clinics, actors, designer gift baskets and other specialty subjects. Nonfiction books about the mystery genre round out this eclectic collection with Edgar winner E.J. Wagner, Agatha winner Chris Roerden, Lee Lofland, Jeffrey Marks, and small press publishers Vivian Zabel and Tony Burton. The advice offered here is invaluable to fledgling writers, so pull up a comfortable chair and begin the mysterious tour of nearly every subgenre.