manuscripts

Street date

My author copies have arrived. I even know when Dockside will appear in stores, because there is a sticker on the packing boxes: The label says, “This box contains Dockside

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"Write or Wrong"

Top 3 ways to get me to watch a TV movie: Make it be about a writer. Play a Talking Heads song during the credits. Have the main character say, “If

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The heart of your story

Here’s a chance to meet one of the best writers and teachers I know. Work with the incomparable taskmaster on the deepest, most essential part of your story. His most

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Extreme Makeover

I’m nearly finished with a first draft of Snowfall at Willow Lake. The thing is a complete mess–but I love it. I love Sophie and Noah and their chemistry and

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Writing in the Garden of the Gods

‘Tis done. We talked, sang, laughed, cried, created, learned, ate and had an incredible day at the Field’s End conference. Thanks to all the amazing speakers and writers who participated. Special

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How good is your first page?

Page One is probably the most important page of your manuscript. It’s so important that we’ve given Page One its own room at the Field’s End Writers’ Conference this year.

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Judging a cover by its book

Oh, I deeply love getting an e-mail attachment from my editor when they’re working on cover art for my book. It’s really the first time you get to “see” your

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