Are you adrift in outer space (or Starbucks) without any connection to other writers like you? Here’s 11 writing communities you should join immediately.
Do you struggle with making your characters sound consistent? Here’s an easy to follow guide to help you win the battle against inconsistent voice.
How do you know your genre when your genre is still emerging? We talked to NY Books Editor Kiele Raymond who has expertise in learning a genre–fast. While at Simon & Schuster Raymond worked on a number of novels in the fast-emerging new adult category, including bestsellers by authors like A. Meredith Walters and J.M…. Read more »
Need help deciding between traditional and self-publishing? We’ve got you covered. Check out this list of pros and cons for both.
Agents, who are the first potential champions of a new manuscript, do their fair share of editing. They also know when a book is ready to be seen by the people who, if all goes well, will buy it. Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Agency, whose clients include Michelle Gable (A Paris Apartment) and… Read more »
There are many difficult things about writing a book, among them remaining focused and simply staying the path. It’s incredibly hard to continue to write, especially if you feel uninspired or lost. You may wonder – is my story working? Are my characters compelling? Where am I ultimately going here? And, on other days, you… Read more »
What distinguishes memoir from other forms of nonfiction? What makes a memoir, well, memorable? How much does an author writing this kind of book need to adhere to the facts? For answers we turn to resident expert, and NY Book Editor, Daniel Burgess who, at Simon & Schuster, acquired memoirs from New York Times contributor… Read more »
Film producer Dete Meserve has always loved a good story—her production company, Wind Dancer Films, has been behind such hit TV shows and films as Roseanne and What Women Want—but it was her desire to have a solo project that drove her to write her first novel, Good Sam. She talked to us about how… Read more »
Literary agent Chelsea Lindman and editor Heather Lazare say it was a desire to “nurture new talent” that drove them to establish the Northern California Writers Retreat. The event, which will happen for the first time in March, will host a small group of authors in an idyllic setting: the Santa Cruz mountains. We spoke… Read more »
Wendy Simmons, president of New York City eyewear company MOSCOT, has been all over the globe. But it was a 10-day trip in North Korea that inspired her to take pen to paper—or, rather, fingertips to keyboard—and write a book. Simmons, who worked with one of our editors, talked to us about getting the writing… Read more »