First-Time Authors

Harpo Character Point of View POV

You’re finally ready to begin your novel. You’ve settled on that intriguing big idea, created a unique main character, and sharpened your story arc. But, do you know what point of view you will use to tell your story? Just as you figure out the big elements of your novel in the first stages of the book-crafting process, you should also choose which point of view to use in your novel before you even start writing. This means pinpointing which character (human, dog or otherwise!) should be the main eyes for your story. The right point of view serves your story; a wrong lens can cause the whole novel to fall flat. Often, authors discover the latter after many months, or years, of writing. Save… Read More

How to Find the Writers Retreat for You: 3 Tips

Looking to find a writers retreat, but aren’t sure how to choose the right one? Getting away to focus on your writing can help you finally finish your novel, refine your craft, or connect with other authors and editors in a positive environment. But there are several things many writers forget to ask themselves before selecting a retreat. Make the most of your time—and your money—and consider these points:… Read More

Opera on Writing

Recently I performed a featured role in an opera production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. I know. What is a book editor doing singing opera? As it turns out, I’ve been singing all of my life, and had a career in musical theater  before I landed in book publishing and writing. But opera? That’s a whole other ball of wax. After going through this experience, it occurred to me that singing opera was not all that different from writing a book. So here, then, are five lessons learned:… Read More