Archive for April, 2014

dialogue-tags-1024x402A great piece by Lynette Noni! The He-Said-She-Said Of Dialogue Tags.

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Deadly Cult CoverI’ve got a confession. I’m gay. Okay, perhaps not a big deal today, but growing up in the 1970s it was. I also had a double-whammy. My father was a minister, which made me the preacher’s gay kid. Check out the piece I wrote for Bold Strokes Books’ Author Blog

Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Agents going off the rail: is a great piece.

“A while back I posted a question from a writer who seriously wondered if her agent was dead or abducted by aliens.” Read more.

Writer Tim Federle, author of two books for young readers, appeared in the New York Times “The Read Around.” It’s worth watching!

Brooklyn-Graves-InviteAnother great blog by Triss Stein. “I have been asked before about writing routines, methods, process, schedule, and I am tempted to say, ‘What is this language you are speaking?'” she writes. “While I am a person who in real life makes lists, uses calendars, keeps addresses, labels freezer packages (and harasses my family to do likewise), my writing life only works when I lean back and let it happen. This is not the same as waiting for inspiration, though. Professionals show up ready to work.” Read the full article here.

pinkerI’m fascinated by Steven Pinker’s book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Pinker argues that violence in the world has declined over the span of time. (He also talked about this subject at TED Talks.)

His thesis is pretty convincing. But after reading the article Books Bound In Human Skin in the International Business Times, I’m absolutely convinced Pinker is right.

Since violence is declining over time, does this spell the death of crime fiction? I doubt it. Pinker also argues that because of today’s almost instant media, the public is more aware of violence, and therefore believes that society today is more violent than in other times.

On the topic of connecting with your readers: sometimes your biggest fans won’t read your books. And that’s all right. Here’s a year-old post I did for Bold Strokes Books.