Finding the Sweet: Dealing with Rejection

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Finding the Sweet Write what you want to write, say the editors. Write what you love, say the editors. I write. I love this! Well, say the editors, it lacks a plot. OK. I write what I love and make sure it has a plot. A good 'un. (Hey, I've studied Hunger Games, and the Edgar winning mysteries; I know a good plot when I read it.) I ...

The REAL Goal of a Manuscript Critique

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When you do a manuscript critique at a conference, you must be ready to push for an answer to a crucial question; and you must have a back-up plan. I've been backstage at conferences, in the break room where the editors are gathering and chatting. I've heard them come back from a critique session and talk. Editor: ...

Donna St. Cyr: 2k9 Debut Novelist

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Introduced first in 2007, authors debuting children's books have formed a cooperative effort to market their novels. Last year, I featured many of the stories of how the 2k8 Novels Were Revised. This is part of the ongoing stories from the Class of 2k9 authors and how they went about revising their novels. From Creative Writing ...