Interview with Holly Weiss


When did you become a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but was not serious about it until 2006. I sang professionally for thirty-five years. My main means of creative expression was through song. About five years ago, I contracted Post-Polio Syndrome, a late-life extension of the polio I had as a child. The increased weakness and fatigue put an end to my singing career. God led me in the direction of writing. One voice led to another, so to speak. Writing is now my means of creative expression, but music will always be an integral part of me and was instrumental in my decision to infuse my main character with the desire to sing on the stage.

Tell us a bit about your book Crestmont.
Crestmont is a historical fiction novel that takes a peek into the lives and loves of the staff at a bustling summer inn in the 1920s.

“A dream, after all, needn’t be fueled by particulars, only by desire.”

So notes main character, Gracie Antes, who is determined to take control of her life. Gracie leaves her unhappy home in 1925 to pursue her dream of a singing career. On her way to the big city, she accepts a job as a housemaid at the bustling Crestmont Inn. Once there, Gracie finds a life-changing encounter with opera singer Rosa Ponselle, family she never imagined could be hers, and a man with a mysterious past. Relive the 1920s with a colorful cast of characters. Discover with Gracie that sometimes we must trade loss for happiness.

Set in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, the story is interwoven with details about the town, the rich history of The Crestmont Inn, and the family who passed ownership from one generation to the next.  Many attempts have been made to explain how the mountaintop lake nestled in this tiny town came to be. Crestmont gives a new twist to an old Native American legend, setting the tone of grace around which the story is built.
 
How did you research for this book?
After a one-night stay at the Crestmont Inn in 2006, I knew I wanted to write a book about it. Our accommodation was converted into a modern B & B from a staff dormitory built in 1926. My interest was perked about what life might have been life during the 1920s for the staff working at this inn. I made eight trips to Eagles Mere over a four-year period, interviewing former staff and those whose relatives had worked at the inn during the 1920s. I found floor plans of the original Crestmont, a 1927 Sears Catalogue revealing everyday items people would have used at that time and old photographs. The current owners of the inn shared difficulties and anecdotes of running a busy inn. I researched prohibition, which was an important issue from the time period. The Crestmont Inn ran tennis tournaments, second only to those at Forest Hills, the forerunner to the U.S. Open, so I researched the making of red clay tennis courts, which were state of the art at the time. 

Who is your favorite character from the book and why?
Creating characters for Crestmont was hands down, the most interesting and enjoyable part of the writing, so this may sound odd, but my favorite character is not a person, but the inn itself.
I wrote the hotel as a central character in Crestmont—a caretaker and an agent of grace. The inn functions as a refuge for many characters in Crestmont and has been a comfort in my own life. Gracie and PT, two main characters, lost ties to their biological families, but find a sense of family and security amongst the other staff.
 
Foresight and attention to the needs of guests who walk through the Crestmont Inn’s doors are hallmarks of its innkeepers. Generations of families have flocked to the inn year after year. William Warner, the genesis of the inn, longed to provide respite for those pummeled by the stresses of everyday life. He saw a cyclone-devastated hill in 1899 and grasped the opportunity to build a huge Victorian inn with a commitment to serve the needs of its guests.

Finally, the Crestmont Inn is a survivor. The “big house” that Warner originally built, had to be torn down in 1981, but the Crestmont still exists in a different form. The laundry house was converted to a gorgeous dining room and reception hall. Luxury suites evolved from a hot, cramped dormitory. What clinched the concept of the book for me was the story about the Mennonites purchasing the wood from the old Crestmont, hacking it off the building and loading it onto their trucks to build barns and so forth. I saw the “big house” living on in different forms. The image brought tears to my eyes when I heard it and when I wrote the scene in the epilogue.

You've written a readers guide for the book. Do you think this helps with sales?
Many people advised me that a reader’s guide was important, but it is difficult to measure the impact on sales, because anyone can download it from my website without my knowledge.

Who is your publisher and would you recommend them to other writers?
I chose a small, independent publisher, Star Publish LLC. Star offered me a complete package of editing, formatting, and marketing. They promised me a release date of May 2010 and they stuck to their timetable. As a result, I was able to take advantage of the summer tourist season in Eagles Mere to promote Crestmont. Star honors the author’s decisions and works closely with them, offering personalized, quality services. I highly recommend Star Publish LLC to other authors.
Holly Weiss

Where can people find out more about you and your work?
You may find reviews, my bio and “The Story Behind Crestmont” on my website, http://www.hollyweiss.com.
Check out http://bit.ly/cKsT2b and http://bit.ly/df4r6x for two different author interviews.
 I also review newly-released books. You may find my reviews at Ezine http://bit.ly/arjEH4
I invite you to join me at iFOGO where readers and writers can interact for updates on Crestmont. http://bit.ly/d5DgBg

Anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you for inviting me to be interviewed with Writers and Authors!

My website is http://www.hollyweiss.com. Autographed copies with free shipping are available there. Look on the contacts/links page for my email link. I love to hear from my readers.


You may purchase Crestmont discounted at www.amazon.com or www.bn.com.
Purchase link http://amzn.to/9WZyxI
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My Free Read - An opportunity for ebook authors

I recently received an email about http://www.myfreeread.com and as it might be of interest to W&A readers here's some more information:

Do you write?

We're looking for good-quality eBooks, eZines and self-published articles for our new website!
This is a FREE MARKETING TOOL for you, as we post all material absolutely free for our visitors to read.  In return, you may be eligible for profit-sharing from our advertising revenue.  Don't want to give it all away from free?  No problem -- post a quality excerpt, and include a link for them to buy the full version!

Want to learn more?  Check us out at http://www.myfreeread.com and click on Submit to tell us about yourself!

To your success!

Lisa Davies
MyFreeRead.com
406 Amapola Avenue #210
Torrance, CA 90501

About MyFreeRead.com
"According to Google, there are millions of e-books available, with countless thousands more published every month.  But how do authors get found among the myriad of millions of web pages in the search engines?
That's why MyFreeRead.com exists!  Authors of all genres can freely post their e-books with us, and we not only take care of the distribution... but authors are also eligible for PROFIT SHARING from our site's revenue! 
We accept:
  • e-Books (all genres)
  • e-Newsletters (personal & professional)
  • Excerpts from your published books
  • Self-Published Articles
Best of all, authors and readers can use our service as often as they like!
Enjoy!"

FAQ
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A:  Simple!  Our website is sponsored by advertisers, so we can provide this service absolutely FREE!
Q:  Are there any hidden costs?
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A:  No.  Read as much and as long as you like.
Q:  Why do I only see a few e-books?
A:  Our website is just now launching... we'll have lots more e-books available soon!
Q:  Can I list my own e-books, newsletter, articles and excerpts on MyFreeRead.com?
A:  Yes!  Use the online form to submit information about yourself.  We're always looking for new authors!
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Video: NaNoWriMo: 3 Tips for Beating the Mid-Month Crisis

Halfway through NaNoWriMo and starting to lose steam? That's the Mid-Month Crisis showing its ugly face! These three handy tips can help you get over the hump and sail across the finish line with 50K+ words on November 30th.

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Site of Interest: AssEtEbooks

This weeks site of interest is http://assetebooks.com/


The site states:

"You'll see at first glance that it's not just another ebook site, at second glance that I offer the best free ebooks online, and at third glance that I have something special  you won't find anywhere else but here". 

In fact the site offers various sections including;

Free Ebooks 

 Ebooks about Everything 

 Play Arcade Games 

Promote Your Own Books 

 Introduce Yourself 

 Submit Articles

For example under the promote your own books category:

If you want exposure, if your book is new or if maybe you've had trouble publishing,  promoting  or  selling  your book, your book can be listed on the appropriate page, according to subject matter, free as a promotional download, or for sale at whatever price you want!
Or, if you would like to feature it here*, I am willing to dedicate almost unlimited space for you to describe your book and/or yourself. It's all  free. Unless you sell your book, in which case we get a prearranged percentage when it sells.

The site is managed by Thomas A. Retterbush.

Worth a visit!

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Interview with Karina Fabian

Rob Fabian

Karina Fabian

When did you start your writing career?

1996. We'd just returned from a tour of duty in Japan.  Rob was in the Air Force, and I had switched to the Air Force Reserves to stay home with our two toddlers.  However, I'd always wanted to write, and during Lent that year, I decided to give up reading and take up writing.  I dedicated my efforts to God and asked Him to bring me opportunities.  That month, I started writing for my diocese magazine.

I wrote mostly non-fiction for the next couple of years, but after awhile, I started to get burned out on it.  We were well off financially, so I switched over to fiction, which I enjoy more.  I've written hundreds of articles, and about 30 stories and five novels.  About half of my stuff is published so far.  I've also written three craft books, a devotional (Why God Matters, with my father Deacon Steve Lumbert) and do four school planners a year.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? 

The next book to get published. That's always the highlight.  

Tell us a bit about your book INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE GOD II.

Here's the summary of Infinite Space, Infinite God II:  Twelve science fiction stories featuring Catholic heroes. Meet a time traveler who sacrifices his life to give a man a sip of water, and the nun who faces venomous snakes to save a friend. Share the adventures of priests who battle aliens and machines in order serve the greater good.
Infinite Space, Infinite God II spans the gamut of science fiction, from near-future dystopias to time travel to space opera, puzzles of logic to laugh-out-loud humor and against-the-clock suspense. A great read for any science fiction fan--a must-read for the Catholic sci-fi lover.
Rob and I really enjoyed compiling ISIG I, and were pleased when the publisher asked us to put together a second edition.  We're hoping it will take off with science fiction fans. You can order it from your favorite bookstore or online at http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?box=1606192310&pos=-1&ISBN=1606192310.

What gave you the idea to mix Catholic heroes and sci-fi?

Rob and I don't buy into the idea that we'll outgrow our need for religion when we leave the earth (or get more tech toys).  Religions in the future are an interesting angle at which to look at science fiction.  Since we're Catholic, and have created a universe of nuns who do space search and rescue, it was an easy step to compiling the anthologies.  As for the theme of Catholics as heroes--that just happened as a result of the stories that authors submitted to us.  In ISIG I, the theme was more focused on the future of the Church as an institution; this time, individuals were the focus.
Faith at its best gives people strength and courage to act upon their convictions.  Why not have stories that examine this natural side of humans?

What advice do you have for other writers?

Write what you love.  Know your craft.  Keep submitting, and don't take rejection personally.  Writing is an art; publishing is a business.

What other projects are you working on?

I am still trying to find a home for my DragonEye, PI series.  I have a couple of places that need to get back to me.  I'm playing around with three books--a science fiction and two fantasies--but nothing serious at the moment.  Right now, I'm marketing hard and taking care of some things at home that need more than the usual amount of attention.

Where can people find out more about you and your work?

http://www.fabianspace.com is my home page for all my works.  The menu is divided by genre so you can find your favorites.  For more about Infinite Space, Infinite God, including story synopses and information about individual contributors, go to www.isigsf.com.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Just that I've been very blessed in my writing career to meet and work with a lot of terrific, creative people.  I've never regretted my Lenten decision.
Thanks for touring us, Jo!

The video trailers:


 Other stops on Karina's Tour:
18-Nov

Tour schedule, info
20-Nov

Writing Faith-Filled Fiction
21-Nov

Interview
22-Nov

Interview
23-Nov

review
23-Nov

Interview
24-Nov

Interview
25-Nov

Interview
26-Nov

Interview
29-Nov

Interview
29-Nov

About Karina's stories
30-Nov

Karina Talks about the stories
1-Dec

Interview
2-Dec

About Contributors' stories
3-Dec

What is Catholic Fiction?
3-Dec

Interview
4-Dec

Interview
5-Dec

Interview with Contributors
6-Dec

Information
6-Dec

Reviews

































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Promotional opportunities with W&A

With December not far away it's time to think about Christmas promotionals and launching the New Year in style. W&A has several options all of which either free or very low cost.

Given it's popularity over the past few years the Christmas Wish List will be back again this year.

This feature consists of a different book being featured on the site for each day in December. The aim is to give a selection of different genres to offer inspiration of books for all tastes as gifts for Christmas.

If you would like your book considered please e-mail your book blurb, jpg of the cover art, the books purchasing details, your weblink, a brief author bio and the embed code for your book trailer. Please also state the genre of your book. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Those not used on site may be considered for use in the W&A Magazine. This opportunity is offered completely free.

The W&A Magazine will be released in December this year. This is the perfect opportunity to show off your writing skills and help others at the same time. By submitting an article about the writing industry, book marketing or other related topics, you get a byline complete with your weblink included. Anyone can submit as W&A is for all levels of experience, from complete beginners to old hands.

The W&A Magazine also offers you the chance to advertise to a large international community of writers, publishers and other book lovers. Spaces available include;

Small banner (200x200) €5,00
Half page ad (720x300) €15,00
Full page ad                   €25,00

The W&A Magazine also has a special page called shout outs where you can blast about your recent release, award win, promotional tour or other achievements.

In the New Year authors (and other members from the industry) will continue to be featured on the W&A website. If you would like to be interviewed just send an e-mail with a brief bio and your weblink.

W&A offers book reviews free of charge. All you need to do is send a copy of your book in the post and the review will be posted to the W&A website (plus goodreads.com and advertised on various social media sites). If interested, please e-mail with your book blurb.

For all the above opportunities please e-mail and state which one or more features you are interested in.
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Video: Surviving NaNoWriMo

Surviving #NaNoWriMo


Writing fifty thousand words in thirty days is hard to do without going completely mad. But fear not! I can help you survive the craziness of Nanowrimo.

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Site of Interest: smashwords

This weeks site of interest is http://www.smashwords.com/





Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.



For readers, Smashwords provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Once you register, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library-building, and each week we add new features based on feedback from members.

At Smashwords, our authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works.

Smashwords is ideal for publishing novels, short fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, monographs, non-fiction, research reports, essays, or other written forms that haven’t even been invented yet.

It's free to publish and distribute with Smashwords.

Smashwords also has a partnership with NANOWRIMO.

About the Smashwords/NaNoWriMo Promotion
Smashwords is opening up the Smashwords platform to allow all NaNoWriMo participants to publish, share, track and promote their works-in-progress.
All NaNo books will receive promotion via:
  1. A special catalog hosted at Smashwords.com
  2. A special catalog in the native catalog of Stanza, the #1 most downloaded (2.5 million +) e-reading app on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  3. A special catalog in the native catalog of Aldiko, the #1 most popular e-reading app for Android phones
  4. Promotion in the Smashwords blog, on Twitter, and elsewhere!

How to list your book as a NaNoWriMo title at Smashwords:
  1. Sign up for free with Smashwords (if you're not already a member) http://www.smashwords.com/signup
    Between November 1 (12:00am PST) and November 30 (11:59pm PST), publish your NaNoWriMo novel: http://www.smashwords.com/upload/nanowrimo
  2. You can set the price of your book to FREE (recommended if you want to get the most readership), or you can set a price let readers pick their own price if you want friends, fans and family to financially support your month of writing madness. Free is better! If you do charge people to read your book, we suggest you donate your proceeds during November directly to NaNoWrimo to support their great program.
  3. During that same time period, whenever you feel like it, upload a new revision of your novel by going to your Dashboard and clicking "Upload new version" next to the title: http://www.smashwords.com/dashboard
    And yes! readers will always be able to fetch the latest version!
    A dynamic display of a bar graph and other statistics on your book's public info page will help you and your fans follow your progress.
  4. Please note: Our word count may not match the official NaNoWriMo one!
    Send your friends, fans and family to Smashwords to read your novel, other NaNoWriMo novels, and to discover thousands of other great ebooks! http://www.smashwords.com/
  5. If you write 50,000 or more words by November 30th, you'll see "Goal reached!" (If you finish after November, we'll show your latest progress, but also point out that you eventually did reach the goal.)

  6. REMEMBER: Smashwords is providing a fun way to publish (and sell, if you want) your new novel. You still need to sign up for NaNoWriMo and submit your book there, too, to participate in the offical contest! http://www.nanowrimo.org/user/register

How to Promote your NaNoWriMo title at Smashwords:
  1. Use the social media links on your book page to share your book with friends, fans and family
  2. Encourage your friends, fans and family to share your work in progress with friends, using the social media links
  3. Celebrate your Nano entry by posting links to your Nano book at Smashwords, so fans can download your work-in-progress, readable in multiple DRM-free ebook formats!
  4. Review our free ebook, The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, for additional marketing tips.  Smart book marketing begins before you release your finished book, so star now!

The Details
  • Since you cannot begin your novel until NaNoWriMo starts, you cannot add your book to Smashwords until then, either. (In other words, your book must have a "published" date at Smashwords within the month of November, or it won't be listed on this page.)
  • The book must be within the Fiction category at Smashwords.
  • During the month of November, whenever you upload a new revision of your work, its NaNoWriMo word count will be updated automatically.
  • Your book's participation in NaNoWriMo will be listed on the book's info page at Smashwords, along with the latest word count we saw during November.
  • Even after NaNoWriMo is over, please keep updating your book at Smashwords. And when you finish your novel, remember to uncheck the Work in Progress setting for your book!
  • PLEASE NOTE: Smashwords does not send your book or word counts to the official NaNoWriMo site! To officially participate in the contest, be sure to sign up at NaNoWriMo.org and update your book there, too!
    Click here to register at NaNoWriMo.org >
After NaNoWriMo is Over
How to Publish Your Finished Book on Smashwords
When you finish writing your novel, and after you get it properly edited and proof-read (ALL books need many revisions and edits before they're truly ready to publish), and after you have carefully formatted it per the requirements of the Smashwords Style Guide, you can return to your Smashwords Dashboard, upload the finished version, and uncheck the "Word in Progress" setting to make it 'live' on Smashwords and eligible for free, Premium distribution to major online retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Sony, and others to be announced soon. Learn more about how Smashwords can distibute your book on our Distribution Information Page.

Whilst on site be sure to download your free copy of the 'Smashwords Book Marketing Guide'
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305

For more details on how to publish with smashwords visit http://www.smashwords.com/about/how_to_publish_on_smashwords
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Interview with Tina decoux

  • What genre do you write and why? My currently published novels are Thriller/Suspense, however I just finished my first paranormal romance novel which is in the editing process now.                                                                                                                                                  I love to write what I love to read. I have had insomnia since I was a teenager and books became my way of getting through a sleepless night. Stephen King became my best friend, pulling me into his novels and helping me forget life and its stresses for a little while. Now if I read for a little while before bed,  I can usually fall asleep and get a decent amount of rest.
  • Tell us a bit about your latest book? Shipping and Deceiving is the second book in a trilogy of warehouse thrillers. The first is I Thought We Were Friends and I am currently working on the third Loss Prevention. They are not sequels, so they can be read as stand alone books.                                                                                                                                          Shipping and Deceiving is about Deborah Strickland who has chosen a solitary existence. Her job as a shipping manager for Consolidated Freightways is her life. The work is high stress and fast paced for Deb and her five employees, especially now, during the Christmas season.
             Although she is a good and caring boss, when the day is done so is the camaraderie.
    Everything runs smoothly, until Deb hires a new employee to help get them through the holiday rush. Suddenly the entire crew finds themselves plagued with unexplained mishaps. As the supervisor, Deb is the one they turn to for help. Caught in a strange web of lies, she is no longer sure whom she can trust.
           Then one day she finds a truck driver lying in a pool of blood on the floor of her office. When the police arrive at the warehouse, the body and the evidence are gone. Now Deb must find the killer before someone else gets hurt. And she'd better do it quickly before she becomes the next victim.
  • Do you have a video trailer for your book? If yes, did you make it yourself? (feel free to include the embed code for your video here) Yes, and I did make it myself. Nadia Brown with Author-promotion.com shared with me the program in which to use, and I really had a great time making the videos.
  • Who is your book published with and why did you choose them? I actually published through createspace.com. I entered my newest book Temptation into a contest put on by createspace and Amazon, and then was contacted by createspace through email about publishing with them. I initially planned to wait until I found an agent and to publish the traditional way, but I had several people ask me when they could read my work. I decided to go ahead and give self publishing a shot, and have been quite happy with the process and the outcome.
  • Being a writer is not your only job. How do you find time to write your novels? I take every spare minute I can to jot down ideas for my projects. If I have a day off, I sit in front of my computer all day writing. I am currently working on book III of my warehouse thrillers, and have made it a habit to write for at least an hour every night before going to bed.
  • What advice do you have for other writers? If you have a passion for writing don’t let anything stop you from doing so, even self doubt. I never dreamed I would write a book let alone publish one, and now I am getting ready to publish my third one. And that I have an audience that is actually enjoying my work is one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.
  • Where can people find out more about you and your work? www.tinadecoux.com the books are also available at most online book retailers, and Barnes and Noble.
  • Anything else you'd like to add? Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about my novels.


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Guest Post: Checking for Plot Holes By Joseph Bates

Checking for Plot Holes
By Joseph Bates,
Author of The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time


There’s a famous story that illustrates how even masterful storytellers can end up with glaring holes in their plots. It concerns Raymond Chandler’s classic detective novel The Big Sleep in which the killing of a chauffeur helps launch a series of complex mysteries involving drugs, pornography, blackmail, and murder that Chandler’s hero, Phillip Marlowe, must solve. When the novel was later made into an equally classic film starring Humphrey Bogart as Marlowe -- with a screenplay by William Faulkner -- the crew realized during production that there was one last question to resolve: Who killed the chauffeur? As the story goes, director Howard Hawks first called Faulkner wanting to know, who had no idea, so Hawks wired Chandler, the source, and asked him who killed the chauffeur. Chandler’s response, as he later recalled, was to-the-point: "Dammit, I didn’t know either."

To make sure your plot is as solid as it can be -- before some legendary film director discovers a plot hole while trying to adapt your work -- consider the following questions and see that you have them answered in your novel.

• Have all subplots and supporting character arcs been concluded? You might want to go back through the novel and mark those moments with subplot and supporting cast that seem to demand revisiting later . . . and make sure you did revisit and conclude them in some satisfying way.

• Do you find any of your characters indulging in excessive monologue toward the finale? Late-novel monologues often indicate that certain information should have been introduced earlier but wasn’t -- and now your character is trying to catch the reader up on that omitted information in one big breath. These one-breath wonders suggest a hole in the plot that the character is now trying to plug, poorly. Be aware of any such information dumps you come across, and consider how you might plug the hole yourself earlier in the text.

• Do the events in your novel follow the rules of the story as you’ve set them out? We already discussed rule breaking in terms of the "twist" ending, but the same applies to every turn your story takes. If your protagonist is launched on his adventure when he saves a young woman from drowning, but then at Plot Point 1 he lets the antagonist get away because he’s not a very strong swimmer, that’s obviously a problem, and everything that comes after that point will be looked on with suspicion by the reader (if he's still reading at all).

• Do the events in your novel follow, and account for, the rules of logic? If it's revealed at the end of your novel that your time-traveling hero has fallen in love with his own grandmother and is now his own grandfather, your reader will likely either scratch his head or kick your novel across the room, depending on what kind of day he's having. It's absolutely true that, as an author, you control the powers of time and space in your book -- see the section on pacing on page 147 -- but even so you're still bound by the general rules of logic; what you do has to make sense. Thus anything that doesn't seem possible, or at least believable, is a problem you'll need to fix.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the momentum of our story, in the fun of telling it, that we forget to properly account for, explain, or excise inconsistencies along the way; even Raymond Chandler can let a dead chauffeur slip past him. But the smallest plot hole might still be big enough for your reader to fall straight through, so be mindful that your plot be as solid as it can be. And if there's anything in the story you can't reconcile, you may want to consider what the offending element is doing there in the first place.

The above is an excerpt from the book The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time by Joseph Bates. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2010 Joseph Bates, author of The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time.

Author Bio

Joseph Bates's 
fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The South Carolina ReviewIdentity TheoryLunch Hour StoriesThe Cincinnati ReviewShenandoah, and Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature and fiction writing from the University of Cincinnati and teaches in the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

For more information please visit www.nighttimenovelist.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.




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Video: Nanowrimo Tips and Tricks

November is National Novel Writing Month. Here are some tips and tricks I learned that might help you, my fellow writer, get through the ordeal of writing 50,000 words in one month.

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Site of Interest: Write 4 Kids

This weeks site of interest is http://write4kids.com/




"For 20 years, we've helped generations of aspiring
children's writers fulfill their dreams.  

You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars.  You don't need a graduate degree.  You just need the desire, the love of children's books and a friend to help along the way".

Presented by Children's Book Insider, The Newsletter for Children's Writers, Write4Kids.com is packed with free information, exclusive Special Reports, messaging, free eBooks, breaking news, the latest children's bestsellers, links to other important sites and much more. Our goal -- to teach you the right way of building a children's writing career and getting your manuscript published.

Who's Behind Write4Kids.com?
Write4Kids.com is presented by Children's Book Insider, the Newsletter for Children's Writers, and is overseen by CBI's editors Jon Bard and Laura Backes.
We've been around since 1990, and we've helped lots of people just like you become published authors. Children's Book Insider is a "mom & pop" business (Laura's "Mom", Jon's "Pop") based in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado. We've worked hard to develop an affordable and useful line of products for children's writers of every level, and we're proud to share news of our books and our acclaimed newsletter right here on Write4Kids.com.

The site has an excellent collection of articles, tools and writers resources. A must visit!
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