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Brooklyn BookFest: A Retrospective

Last week (September 11-17) was the Brooklyn Book Festival, one of the premiere book festivals in the US, and the largest free literary event in New York City. Brooklyn BookFest is a unique kind of festival. Rather than being centralized

Posted in Passion, The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Bad Beginnings

The beginning. It’s a rough spot for many first drafts. As writers, we routinely place a disproportionate amount of attention on our introductory paragraphs. For good reason. Sometimes we just don’t know where a story is supposed to start. And

Posted in Process, Writing craft

13 Week Rewrite: Week Six – False Victory

This week your hero will experience something that leads her to believe there’s a chance she’ll achieve her goal. This is a critical point, because without it, your reader won’t understand the meaning the hero ascribes to her goal. Each

Posted in Editing, Process, Writing craft

People-Watching: It’s Not Just For Peeping Toms Anymore

The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like. Imagine All the

Posted in Character, Process, World-Building, Writing craft

Name That… Character!

Do you know the meaning of your name, and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you? What about your children’s names? And what about your characters? Ask ten different authors about how they choose names for

Posted in Character, Writing craft

Author Spotlight: Aaron-Michael Hall, Spec-Fic Author

Aaron-Michael Hall is a Speculative Fiction author (Epic Fantasy and Science Fantasy with an EDGE) originally from southern Illinois. Since August 2015, she has written eight full-length novels and published four. Her first novel, The Rise of Nazil, has won

Posted in Author Spotlight

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…

Think of your blog as a mirror: what does it reveal? Consider your blog name, theme choice, design, bio, posts… what does every element tell you about yourself? Who Am I? My blog is now two years old in its

Posted in Author Platform, Blogging, The Business of Writing

Moved to Tears

I don’t know about you, but after the last few months, exploring the business end of fiction, I’m about ready for a break. For the next few weeks, I’m going to write about anything but business… Real Men Don’t Cry…

Posted in Writings, ramblings, and related thoughts

Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, by Tom Fallwell

Dragonblood Throne: Legacy Orphaned as a young child and growing up alone in the forest, Delina lives a life of isolation; her only companion a saber-toothed panther. Her strange eyes frighten those she occasionally encounters, so she keeps to herself,

Posted in Announcements, Author Spotlight, Fiction

Fiction Book Proposal: Now What?

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been exploring the business-end of the writing life: finding agents, querying agents, and preparing a fiction book proposal. Today, we’re going to talk about what happens next, once you’ve found your agents and written

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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