Fiction Friday: How a Manuscript Becomes a Book

Posted Apr 24 2015

Now that I have a finished manuscript, I get asked this question a lot: when is your book going to be published? This is a simplified version of the publication process. It doesn’t include: The agent asking you to revise and resubmit (sometimes multiple times) The editor selling the rest of the publishing house on […]

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Fiction Friday: Beats, Week 2: Robert McKee’s version

Posted Apr 11 2015

As I mentioned last week,according to Robert McKee, the famous screenwriting guru, a beat is “an exchange of behavior in action/reaction. Beat by Beat these chagning behaviors shape the turning of a scene.” This week we’re going to take a passage from one of my favorite novels, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, and analyze […]

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Fiction Friday: Beats Week 1: Introduction

Posted Apr 4 2015

According to Merriam-Webster, the word “beat” means: 1) (verb) To strike repeatedly and violently 2) (verb) To defeat 3) (noun) A main accent or rhythmic unit in poetry 4) (noun) An area allocated to a police officer to patrol 5) (adjective) Completely exhausted 6) (adjective) Of or relating to the beat generation or its poetry […]

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