story development

WHERE DO EDITORS COME IN?

At the recent Novelists’ Inc conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Mary Theresa Hussey and I offered a panel discussion on the role of freelance editors in the publishing process. ...

How to Have a Great Conversation: Listen Up!

It’s not a secret:  the best conversationalists are rarely the ones with their mouths open. Your wittiest friends likely have great powers of observation, and those people you most admire...

For April Fools’ Day: Twelve Famous Bad Calls

I probably have more sympathy than most people for all those editors whom history has come to ridicule for rejecting stories that have now become classics. I freely admit I spent...