Submitomancy!

ETA: Submitomancy fell short of the funding goal, unfortunately, so isn’t going to happen. (Thank you, Zac, for your suggestion that we add a note about the project’s status.) Guest Post by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley I first experienced the magical power of recent responses on Absolute Write. I had just started sending out my first novel … Read more

Interview: Screenwriter Madeline DiMaggio

Follow Your Dream: An Interview with Madeline DiMaggio By Christina Hamlett (Excerpted from “ScreenTEENwriters”) Former actress and published author Ms. Madeline DiMaggio is a successful author and television screenwriter whose trademark wit and imagination have been stamped on such shows as Bob Newhart, Kojak, Three’s Company, as well as documentaries, soaps, animation and movies of … Read more

How to Write a Book That Will Actually Sell

By Patricia Fry Is it possible to predetermine the success of your book before you start writing it? To a degree, yes. Some of your choices during the planning and writing phases of your book can definitely influence eventual sales. There’s no sense in leaving the future of your book to chance, when you can … Read more

Interview with Bernard Cornwell

Interview by Christopher Seufert Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944, an illegitimate “war baby” whose father was a Canadian airman and whose mother was in Britain’s Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted as an infant and raised in Essex by a family belonging to a religious sect (now extinct) called the Peculiar … Read more

The Pulse of Publishing

Guest Post by Marian Perera Changes always seems to be going on in the publishing industry. New publishers appear, editors change jobs, more authors are self-publishing and scams are revealed. How much of this should writers be aware of? It’s easy to spend hours reading about current news—or even old but scandalous scams—in the publishing … Read more

Why Wikileaks Should Matter to Writers

Guest post by A.L. Berridge I lost my political virginity in Ireland, when I heard for the first time the reality behind the Troubles. English schools hadn’t been too hot on explaining why these nasty IRA terrorists wanted to blow us up, and I’d been content to accept a simple world of good guys and … Read more