Archive | March, 2012

The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas Releases Today!

If you aren’t one of those people who pre-ordered The Assassin and the Desert or instantly downloaded it the moment you woke up this morning (erm, as I did), then NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO GET IT. Trust me: you want it. And not just because of the lovely yellow and turquoise cover, but because it’s a truly wonderful read. In case you weren’t aware, this is the second novella to release (the first was The Assassin […]

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Secondary Characters

I love creating characters. I love love love creating characters. More than anything, character creation is by far my absolute favorite part of the writing process–and no character is more fun for me than The Secondary Character. (or Secondaries, what I call them for short) Protagonists (and usually antagonists) get plenty of attention—but sometimes I feel like Secondaries are left by the wayside, and slotted in whenever convenient. Certainly these types of characters are necessary, […]

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Life as a Publishing Sales Rep

Ah, publishing. The glamorous life of schmoozing with authors, publishing great books, lounging around in comfortable chairs reading for hours on end, and attending a whole lot of parties and events. Right? Generally, when people think of the publishing industry, they think of  writers and editors. When writers think of the publishing industry, they think of literary agents and editors and bookstores and that damn slush pile. And even if you don’t really realize it, […]

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Bologna Book Fair for Beginners

When I first started in publishing, I heard about “rights fairs” in Bologna, Frankfurt and London and they sounded like wonderful, magical things. You flew to Europe to attend parties, eat good food, and to talk about the books you love. What could be better? Well, now that I’ve actually attended a conference like this, I have to answer that question: not much could be better. I will admit that the schedule is rather grueling, but […]

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The Mysterious Getting of Ideas

One of the most common questions writers get is about their ideas: where they get them, what they are doing when they get them, and why they get them. As far as I can tell, the getting of ideas is a very mysterious process. Everyone wants to know about it. Well, my friends, I’m here to give you some answers. I’ve asked the question so you don’t have to. Where do the Pub Crawl girls […]

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