Novel Openings: What Works

Case Study 1: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Ask any agent, any writer who has ever queried a novel, any editor, and, I daresay, any reader, and they’re bound to agree: a strong opening is one of the most important aspects of your novel. Readers who browse bookstores (or download samples ofContinue reading “Novel Openings: What Works”

On the “gift” of feedback

Writers constantly receive feedback on our work. Solicited feedback from writing groups, beta readers, agents, and editors; unsolicited feedback from commenters, reviewers, or social media followers. I’ve been told (especially in my business life) that feedback is a “gift.” I used to think: there are few gifts I’m less eager to receive than this one.Continue reading “On the “gift” of feedback”