Tag: Firsts in Fiction

Managing Multiple Projects

Managing Multiple Projects

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: What are some do’s and don’ts with backstory? AARON: I’ve heard that backstory should be avoided at all costs. I think this is a newer, trendier “rule” bandied 

Habits of Highly Successful Writers

Habits of Highly Successful Writers

  Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music NEW BI-WEEKLY FORMAT. Firsts in Fiction will now cast every other week as opposed to every week. Our next cast will be on January 17th, 2016. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dennis Lee Bates Jr. via 

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From lanie Peterson via aarongansky.com: What’s the best way to promote your book–press releases, book signings, a party (a book signing and potluck dinner)? AARON: This is an excellent question. To keep 

Sneaky Prose Killers

Sneaky Prose Killers

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Visit altongansky.com to see “Typewriter Tuesday,” a brief video of a 1915 Corona 3 typewriter (like Hemingway’s first typewriter). ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dave Fessenden via aarongansky.com: In my first novel, the editor changed a 

Book Reviews Review

Book Reviews Review

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: What’s the rule governing opening your work with dialogue? Especially when it sets the course for the rest of the story. AARON: I believe I may be 

Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Jacqueline Patterson: Indie or traditional publishing: which would route would you recommend for an unpublished writer? AARON: That’s a tough one. I’m of the mind that one should always give traditional publishing 

Marketing Analysis and Author Platform

Marketing Analysis and Author Platform

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via Facebook: Are agents & editors absolutely crucial to the writer’s life & their success or lack of it? I do my own editing & do not have an 

The Power of Proposal

The Power of Proposal

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! VIDEO ASK THE AUTHOR: Jenny Snow: Is there any rule about how often to use the character’s name vs. he or she? For example: A. Sarah dashed a note to her husband. Or B. She 

Proposals: Query Letters and Bios

Proposals: Query Letters and Bios

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via Facebook: For the Christian writer: how much is too much, when it comes to love scenes, and is language ever permitted in your work with characters who aren’t 

WILDCARD – 10 Reasons You’re Not Getting Published

WILDCARD – 10 Reasons You’re Not Getting Published

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Jenny Snow via Facebook: What are the major plot points and reader expectations an author needs to hit for a romance? Mystery? Fantasy? AARON: Super good question, but I worry we