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A is for Angels
B is for Beta Reader
By Dawn Frederick Imagine wearing the figurative agent hat and reading thousands of queries in a year, let alone the materials resulting from those queries. Oftentimes people assume we get t...
C is for Copyedit
By Laura Zats There are entire books written about why your book was rejected by an agent or editor, just as there are entire books about how to ensure that they don't reject you. But I didn't writ...
F is for Friends
By Jennie Goloboy Please, authors, please--don't write about characters who have no friends at all. Chapter one will work. It will be deep inside the character's head, and the reader will me...
G is for Genre
By Laura Zats I'm always telling authors to read outside the genre that they write in. Usually, it's with a little bit of exasperation and accompanied by a roll of the eyes, and here's why: Reading...
E is for Empathy
By Dawn Frederick "Empathy: The imaginative projection into another's feelings, a state of total identification with another's situation, condition, and thoughts. The action of understanding, being...
D is for Dystopia
By Jennie Goloboy Thanks to THE HUNGER GAMES, I get a lot of queries for YA dystopian novels. While I feel it's perfectly reasonable to write a book set in a bleak society that destroys its ...
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Being around a successful author would surely be exhausting and inspiring in equal amounts. As well as all that wisdom they put into their books, their thought-provoking one-liners would literally be falling out here, there and everywhere.
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The Wilderness Downtown
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H is for Heart
By Laura Zats Agents are lucky. We get to choose who we work with. It means we can surround ourselves with a whole group of like-minded, creative, and passionate people. Some are editors, some are ...
I is for Indie Publishing
By Laura Zats Indie publishing is a very exciting development of the modern age. For the first time ever, writers have an economically feasible option to put out their own work rather...
J is for Jack-of-All-Trades
By Jennie Goloboy Back in the nineteenth century, rural New England was filled with tiny farms. After the harvest, when the snow started falling, that didn't mean that the farm famili...
K is for Kryptonite
By Dawn Frederick There's nothing more exciting than being inspired. Being inspired to write a book, let alone create new worlds and characters is the essence of the being an author. ...
L is for Listening
By Laura Zats Writing is often a very solitary endeavor. However, if you're smart, you probably have people to help you by giving you feedback. First, there is your writing group (which everyone sh...
M is for Monster Hunters
By Jennie Goloboy Joss Whedon is the man. We can all agree on this, right? He is THE MAN, and the ultimate progenitor of approximately 79.2% percent of the TV and movies I've enjoyed ...
Interview with Author Jamie Wyman
We here on the Sofa are excited to introduce you to Jamie Wyman, whose urban fantasy WILD CARD comes out November 25 from Entangled! In a Las Vegas that's overrun by gods, Cat Sharp learns that her...
N is for Naming
By Jennie Goloboy Science fiction and fantasy has a long and proud tradition of incredibly stupid character names. (My "favorite": Bink, from Piers Anthony's A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON. What's yours?) H...
O is for Opening Sentences
By Jennie Goloboy Let's say you've written the entire novel. Now it's time to go back and fix the opening! But what should the opening sentences look like? If you study lists of favorite open...
P is for Postapocalyptic
By Jennie Goloboy I'm going to tell you something that may surprise you: I'm not a robot. I'll sit here for a moment while you get over your shock. Ready? As a non-robotic slush reader, I have my o...
Q is for Questions
By Laura Zats If you work very hard and are very, very patient, after an agent requests your entire manuscript they might want to have a chat with you. What this usually means is that they're inter...
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S is for Salt: A Cover Reveal Extravaganza
By Laura Zats Hello, Everyone! Today, Red Sofa is taking a break from our scheduled NaNoWriMo rants and raves and tips to talk about something new and exciting happening in the literary world. Beca...
R is for Representative Categories
By Laura Zats Ok guys, I'm going to have some realtalk with you today. It's a BAD IDEA to throw your query letter at a bunch of agents and hope that it'll stick to one of them. This is because we e...
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T is for Triangle
By Jennie Goloboy Love triangles are an old idea—so how do you make sure that your version of a love triangle is engaging to your readers? 1. Don't imitate Twilight. I see a ton of novels in which ...
U is for Unique
By Dawn Frederick A good way to make an agent's eye twitch is to claim one's book is unique in a query, especially when there is already a long list of competitive titles for the idea. Unique is a ...
V is for Veracity
By Dawn Frederick Veracity is a word that requires action vs. fuzzy words and cloudy thinking. Veracity is defined as being truthful, honest, and accurate. I've often used this word w...
W is for Writer's Workshops
By Jennie Goloboy I can't say this often enough—you really should be a member of a writer's workshop. Not only will you get a sense of what people are writing right now (is your novel as unique as ...
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X is for eXcel
By Dawn Frederick This is a warning, OCD Dawn is about to enter the blog post. Yes, we're going to discuss the computer program Excel and why every writer should be prepared to implement this tool....
Y is for Years
By Dawn Frederick For anyone starting down the path of publishing, assuming that immediate success will happen is a misconception (to say in the least). Here are two examples: • Erik Larson ...
Z is for Zats
By Dawn Frederick This past June, the brainstorm for the letter "Z" took on a life of its own. What word in writing and literature is associated with the letter Z? Several months later, we all agre...
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Aiming for the "we" approach to writing
By Dawn Frederick Imagine walking into a room full of hundreds of people. It's the party of the year, and a chance to meet others in and outside your regular circle of friends. Upon walking around ...
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Day #22 - The Publishing Thanksgiving List
By Dawn Frederick As this year begins to wrap up, and as Jennie & I am off doing our things for the holidays, it seems appropriate that Day #22 align with Thanksgiving. Here are the things that...
Day #23 - Social Media Takes Time
By Dawn Frederick One of the hardest parts of building a strong author platform is the many, many hours of time one has to invest in social media. A common complaint is that audience isn't growing ...
Day #24 - Green-Eyed Monsters
By Dawn Frederick As our lives become more public, especially in the social media realm, another challenge to overcome is the occasional entrance of the green-eyed monster. I'm not talking about yo...
Day #25 - Writers' Conferences
By Dawn Frederick I have many friends who compete in sports. This requires individual practice times, a set of reasonable goals, and participating in events with others who share the same interest...
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In this design, John Galliano for Dior combined the elements of a robe à la française with the vast crinolined silhouettes of the mid-nineteenth century. The stomacher, open overskirt, and petticoat are expressly eighteenth century, but the huge wire...