Tag Archives: writing

It’s about telling a good story: Maha Gargash

By Roz DeKett As Maha Gargash notes herself, few books come out of the United Arab Emirates that are written by and about Emiratis. So her second novel, That Other Me, is a rare gem in more ways than one. … Continue reading

Posted in Author interviews, Fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writing is about revision: the wisdom of Hallie Ephron

By Roz DeKett The battle with the draft seems never-ending. There’s nothing quite like taking a preliminary 70,000 words, pulling it apart and throwing out what doesn’t work, and realizing you only have 16,000 words  you can live with. For … Continue reading

Posted in Writing tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Query letters to literary agents: Don’t be weird

By Roz DeKett Literary agent Janet Reid runs the Query Shark web site. There are some of my notes from her talk at the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. I’ve posted about the right way to query literary … Continue reading

Posted in Writing tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Who cares about your characters?

By Roz DeKett At the Writer’s Digest 2015 Annual Conference in New York City, Talcott Notch Literary Services President and Executive Editor Gina Panettieri spoke about developing compelling characters. Here are my notes from her talk. You’ve heard it before, … Continue reading

Posted in Writing tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What literary agents want … and don’t want

By Roz DeKett Pitch slams Let the passion you have for the book shine through. Tell them what it’s about, what the main character goes through, what happens at the end. They need to know this to get interested in … Continue reading

Posted in Writing tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The kind of stories that bring us together: Dorothea Benton Frank

By Roz DeKett “I think we’re all kind of in the same boat,” says Dorothea Benton Frank. She’s talking with me about her readers and her new novel, All the Single Ladies, published in June by William Morrow. “We’re dealing … Continue reading

Posted in Author interviews, Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writing from a deeper place: Ellen Sussman

By Roz DeKett As Ellen Sussman’s second “French” novel, A Wedding in Provence, comes out in paperback, we talked about the attraction of France as the setting for two of her four published novels. “I knew that I wanted to … Continue reading

Posted in Author interviews, Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment