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April 27, 2015

Critical Question for Authors: To Trend or Not to Trend?
Gazing into the Crystal Ball of Young Adult Literature

It’s no news to anyone who wanders into a bookstore now and then that young adult fiction is in its prime. It claims more space on Barnes & Noble’s shelves—and on the bestseller lists—than ever before. The world has yet to recover from the phenomenon that was Twilight, The Hunger […]
May 17, 2014

Plot Perspectives – Part I
A lesson for novelists from Matt Damon and the Jason Bourne series

It wasn’t too long ago that the news hit Hollywood that Matt Damon was bowing out of his leading role as Jason Bourne. The untitled film he passed would have been the fifth in a series based on a trilogy that we have Robert Ludlum to thank for. […]
April 2, 2014

PUBSMART 2014 Highlights
Recommended Reading for Authors

Some of the many valuable takeaways from last week’s amazing PUBsmart writers conference were suggestions for recommended reading by two keynote speakers: Hugh Howey and Jane Friedman. There were many other worthy titles suggested by these speakers and others. But the first three of these four titles struck me as having […]
February 1, 2014

Feeling Good And Going Green
A new paperless submissions and working policy

Well, we finally did it! After 34 years of accepting manuscripts in hard copy for our critique and evaluation services, I’m pleased to announce that we are going fully “paperless” in our manuscript submission policy. As of January 27, 2014 we will no longer accept printed manuscripts or […]
January 5, 2014
deadly straits by re mcdermott book cover

Deadly Straits
A new novel considers terrorism on the sea

Where were you on September 11, 2001? R.E. (Bob) McDermott was in Singapore when the Twin Towers fell. The increased airport security after that was a constant reminder of the new threats we faced. But Bob was thinking about another area of vulnerability: shipping. McDermott knows ships. He is […]
December 10, 2013

Author Andy Gavin Tackles the Wild Adventure of Time Travel in Untimed

Video game designer, polymath, and author of acclaimed debut novel The Darkening Dream, Andy Gavin has been thinking about time travel for decades. His newest book, young adult adventure Untimed, explores travelling through the time continuum. Says Gavin, “Untimed began from a fusion of ideas. Lingering in my mind for […]