How to start an action story. Opening scene analysis of The Stone Speaker by Owen Garner

How to start an action story. Opening scene analysis of The Stone Speaker by Owen Garner

How do you start your novel? Today on the blog, an editorial analysis of the opening scene of The Stone Speakers a work-in-progress by Owen Garner. We'll look at what's awesome in the current draft that the author can build on, discuss scene requirements for action stories, and see how two popular published fantasy action novels meet those requirements in their opening scenes. 

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On literary agents, book launches, and getting a second date

On literary agents, book launches, and getting a second date

In this interview with Scott Wilbanks, author of the cross-genre novel The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, we learn what it really takes to find a literary agent, get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of a book launch at an independent publisher, and hear the unexpected (and hilarious) tale of how a novel was born from a botched first date.

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