News, Perspectives, and Insights on Writing and Publishing

From the Staff of The Editorial Department

May 17, 2017

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. […]
May 12, 2017

Who Needs A Brand Name?
Critical information about author brand

A perfect, real-world example of the power of author brand comes from looking at the sales of a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling by John Galbraith. According to Peter Hildick-Smith, founder of the Codex-Group, when first released in April 2013, the book sold 449 copies. A few months later, after […]
April 17, 2017

Part I: The Editorial Department’s Manuscript Evaluation: Then, Now, and Always
Getting the substantive and honest feedback your work deserves

Okay, so we all know being a novelist isn’t easy. It’s laborious, grueling, emotionally taxing, and sometimes an outright torturous journey down an unpaved road. And one thing I hear all the time from writers on the topic of their frustrations is how hard it is to get […]
March 18, 2017

Know Your (Copy) Rights: An Introduction to Copyright for Authors

Over the years, I have attended many workshops, classes, and author panels, and copyright is always a hot topic. Unfortunately, it is also a topic shrouded in misinformation and anecdotal advice. As with many legal issues, copyright is a huge and often intimidating subject, and I don’t intend […]
March 13, 2017

The Role of Mystery in Fiction

Unlike nonfiction, fiction’s motor doesn’t run on information, but on its opposite: mystery. I’m not talking about mystery as a genre, but as the essential quality in all fiction that cultivates curiosity, stimulates the imagination, invites participation, and generally keeps readers reading. Every step of the reader’s journey […]
March 8, 2017

South of Hell by P.J. Parrish
A "First 50" Review

Flap Copy: For Louis Kincaid and his lover, female detective Joe Frye, the present and the past collide when they team up to find out what happened to Jean Brandt, who was reported missing by her husband from their Michigan farmhouse in 1981. Jean’s daughter Amy, only five at […]