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Project 2015, Part 4: Making a Scene

It’s a writer’s job to make a scene. Drama is our stock in trade, and we’re always plotting something. (Always the quiet ones, right?) Seriously, though, I have spent fifteen, geeky years proselytizing my love for the most basic, beautiful element of story structure: the scene. A novel has between forty and sixty of them. That’s not a lot, considering that you have…

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Project 2015, Part 3: “Strong Protagonists” Remind Us How to Feel

There is a scene in Love Actually (2003) where Emma Thompson’s character turns to her husband and says, “Joni Mitchell is the woman who taught your cold English wife how to feel.” The line stuck in my head–inevitably, because Love Actually has become the de rigueur Christmas movie in our house. Also, I think, was the provocative idea that art could teach a person how to feel. Yet hasn’t every book lover…

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Deal announcement: Imprint of Simon & Schuster buys “The Regulars”!

We’re sending all the collective hip-hip-hoorays of the Internet writersphere to client Georgia Clark, whose second novel, THE REGULARS, sold last week in a preempt deal to Emily Bestler Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. It’s due out in 2016, but what a way to start 2015! I loved this manuscript for its whip-smart humor and clever premise: Three twenty-something women…

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Project 2015: A Famous Rejection Letter

Orwell died this day in 1950. Here’s Knopf’s form rejection letter of a “stupid and pointless fable” called Animal Farm: Moral of the story? Don’t ever, ever stop at no. Do at least one thing today to make your past rejection letters frame-able. Read more about Project 2015 here!

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David Kalis makes Kirkus best-of-2014 list

Congratulations to Threepenny’s client, author David Kalis, whose coming-of-age memoir Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser made the Kirkus Best Indie Memoirs of 2014 list. Here’s from the site: An affecting coming-of-age memoir looking at life in the Soviet Union at a time of political and social change by American debut author Kalis.   Recent college graduate David found himself at loose ends. He knew…

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Editing and freelancing resources

I have been on a hunt for great editing and freelancing resources these past few weeks. The changing of the seasons always inspires me to take a fresh look at my writing and editing business, and make sure everything is on track. Once in a while, Amazon’s list of book recommendations is spot-on, and I thought I’d share a few…

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Editor interview! Shop talk with author Georgia Clark…

Author Georgia Clark is making the jump from writing YA novels to adult fiction with a speculative twist, but made some time for a quick editor interview on writing. A little backstory: she hired me to read through her fascinating and funny new manuscript, The Regulars, before sending it off to her agent. I loved working on it for so many reasons: Besides…

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The Cost of Editing a Book

In her Guardian article about self-publishing, Lisa Renee Jones estimates that to publish your own book well, the cost of editing is $6,000. She figures in all the costs, everything from $125 for the ISBN to $300 for buying review copies. By far, the largest expense she cites is $4,000 for editing. What do I think of the editing figure?…

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