Query Hell

Two of my friends and critique partners, Shannon Alexander and Jason Beineke, are going through query hell right now. For those of you not familiar with the publishing process, that’s where you boil down your whole book into three or four paragraphs designed to make a literary agent slather and chomp at the bit to […]
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Computer Games, Copy-Editing, and the Book Publishing Industry

(Originally posted at The League of Extraordinary Writers) My guilty pleasure is computer games. Lately I’ve been playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Civilization V. And yes, that stuff at the beginning of my debut novel, ASHFALL, about World of Warcraft is from, ahem, personal research. I played a shadow priest to level 80 […]
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Are Teen Guys Under-Represented in Young Adult Literature?

I’ve been following the debate over the relative dearth of young adult novels targeted specifically at guys. I blogged about the subject last month. Robert Lipsyte decried a lack of edgy novels targeted to teen guys in the New York Times recently. Saundra Mitchell responded with an excellent list (I’m being self-serving here, given the […]
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