The Curse of “Good” Books

Have you ever seen an agent or editor say something about how they liked a book and it was “good” but not great? Or that it was good, but they weren’t going to make an offer?  I know back before I started working in the publishing industry I didn’t quite understand why they didn’t want to make an offer on books that were considered good or even what saying a book was only good meant. I’m going to try to explain that mystery by talking about the curse of “good” books. Continue reading “The Curse of “Good” Books”

Editing · Writing

Make Your Story Twist Shine

I love a good story twist. Gone Girl anyone? But I don’t like a story twist that falls flat. Recently I’ve noticed some problematic story twists in indie books and books yet to be published. It got me thinking about what makes a good story twist and what exactly made the twists fall flat for me. I noticed a few common themes among the twists that I wanted to share. So here’s the three biggest issues that I noticed, or the big three P‘s in plot twists. Continue reading “Make Your Story Twist Shine”

Editing · First Chapters · Writing

A Story Opener to Avoid

Recently on Twitter I posted a link to a blog series by literary agent Kristin Nelson talking about nine book openings to avoid. You can find that series here and I suggest giving it a read, especially if you struggle to find the right spot to start your book. I found myself agreeing with a lot of what Kristin said in the series as an editor and reader. Continue reading “A Story Opener to Avoid”