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SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith A large question when one is starting a new novel is whether or not to outline the plot, the characters, and all the characters’ actions. That is, to have a clear idea of its “arc”– its beginning, middle, and end which will tell the reader whether the protagonist gets what […]

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Getting Reviews

Getting Reviews

A Session with Steven Manchester   The process of getting reviews begins long before your book is ever released. For years, I’ve been coaching aspiring writers to “place the cart before the horse” and go after pre-publication book reviews (or endorsements)—once their completed manuscript has been professionally edited. By recruiting online magazine editors, authors, and […]

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The Query Letter

The Query Letter

A Session with Steven Manchester For years—at workshops and writers conferences throughout New England—I’ve worked with hundreds of aspiring writers. Besides trying to inspire them to have enough faith in their work to weather the storms of rejection we’re all forced to face, I’ve also shared five basic requirements that have helped me to get […]

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