Guest Post by Jennifer Johnson-Blalock on the Dreaded Synopsis

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I’m so pleased to introduce you to Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Hyphen Editing and Coaching. I first met Jennifer through Pitch Wars when she was a participating agent, and as a reader, I’m a huge fan of some of the books she’s represented over the years. Jennifer travels the world, reading, editing, and coaching, and if you are in need of a coach of any kind – for editing, for querying,…

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THE FIRST DRAFT OF ANYTHING IS SHIT. (Thanks, Ernest Hemingway)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

After writing four books, here’s what I’ve learned about drafting: it’s hard, frustrating, invigorating, confusing, inspiring, MESSY, and it sort of sucks. Author confession: I hate seriously dislike drafting. It reminds me a lot of those early days of dating – yes, there’s the excitement; the sizzle of THERE MIGHT REALLY BE SOMETHING HERE. But along with that excitement comes the awkward realization that at any moment the whole thing…

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How to Outwit Second Novel Syndrome

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fog has descended on Lisfenora village thus reviving the myth of Grey Man, the dark faery who festers off shore waiting for its chance to ooze inland and snatch unsuspecting victims back out to sea. So is it figment or reality, the figure that DS Danny Ahern’s son insists he saw lurking near their house? Who is the lost boy left to die in a field of grass? What’s the connection between Merrit Chase’s…

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