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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Andrew Sean Greer's LESS

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We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

Henriette Lazaridis

Books & Reading Craft Advice

Catching an Agent or Editor’s Attention: What's the Secret?

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By Katrin Schumann

This spring, a new writer—let’s call her Sharon—sent out dozens of queries for her novel and received zero response. Nothing, not even a single no thanks. She contacted me to ask if I could help with her query letter. Understandably, she thought there might be a secret to writing a query that would catch an agent's attention, and she'd missed it.

Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice

Twenty Tips from Published Writers (That They Wish They'd Known Earlier!)

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By Katrin Schumann

The best advice comes from people who have been in the trenches. Battled the highs and lows, enjoyed successes and perhaps been disappointed--or delighted--by the unexpected.

I recently asked some of my writer colleagues, friends, clients and former students--all now published--for advice they wish they'd known before launching into the process. Here are the top twenty tips:

Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life

One Argument, Two Books, a Magazine Article and a TV Show: How the Hell Does Creativity Work?

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By Katrin Schumann

Instead of feeling grateful I was annoyed. My husband and I were wandering among the 18th century gravestones, talking books. 

He was excited. “And then you can have the guy, it’s set in modern times, maybe he’s an international spy or a drug lord or something big, and he’s thinking back on what happened with his mother and that’s how you tell the Ibiza story?”

Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Pat Barker's Noonday

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We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

This month's installment focuses on Pat Barker's use of verb tenses in her novel Noonday--in one sentence in particular that moves nimbly between ...

Henriette Lazaridis

Books & Reading Craft Advice