You don’t need advice from me about querying, but you’re getting it anyway. Here are five additional thoughts about what we all hate doing.
You’ve probably heard people say “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” For a long time I wasn’t sure what that meant, not until I realized I had been doing exactly that. Here are some rules about breaking rules.
It’s not a surprise that publishers balked at the book because of the graphically described sex. By today’s standards, of course, it’s not even something to blink at. In the 40’s, however, it would have been passed around in a plain brown wrapper.
“Bad boy, staring at my legs like that.” She pushed the toe of her shoe against his shoulder, rocking him gently. “That’s what gets you into trouble. First you’re staring. Then touching. Then. Well, then you go too far is all, and then I have to clean up the mess.”
I hated the three different first-person narrators, constant time shifts, and what occasionally felt like a soap opera, but the ending was worth it.
Biography by David McCullough
Historical fiction/romance by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fiction by Greer Macallister
Memoir by Cary Elwes
Fiction by Douglas Preston
This edition includes:
Memoir by Normal Lear
Fiction by Stephen King
Novel by Steve Martin
Classic by Carson McCullers
This is a semi-repost from what was originally posted back after the Sandy Hook school shooting. I’m going to re-post this – slightly modified – each time there’s another mass shootings.
A memoir by Pete Townshend
Science fiction by H. P. Lovecraft
Post-apocalyptic by Josh Malerman
Young Adult by Megan Abbott
Literary fiction by John Irving
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty
UR – Stephen King
A Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay
In the Tall Grass – Stephen Kind and Joe Hill
I expect by now you’re sick of articles telling you what to do or not to do in order to write better. Here’s another one.