April 2008

PPWC: Sunday

Sunday Inexorable and Satisfying Endings with Laura Reeve. Fiction can either introduce a new perspective or confirm a reader’s beliefs. Genre fiction mostly confirms a reader’s beliefs. Each genre has its own expectations for endings. Romance novels? Happy endings. Mysteries and thrillers? Find out who dunnit and how. Literary novels? Resonant endings (to be explained …

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PPWC: Saturday

Saturday Agent Pitch to Cherry Weiner (wee-ner). I’d been hearing I was getting too long for my story. Cherry said, “70K? And you’re trying to cut words? No, honey. Add 30K and send it to me.” I don’t know if I’ll get that many in, but man was it a relief to hear that. I’ve …

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PPWC: Friday

Friday Agent roundtable with Pamela Harty, Kate McKean, and Laurie McLean. My major revelation was that some agents have a focus on selling a novel, while others may also work with you on your proposal, editing on the novel, and even marketing. The impression I got was that small agencies with multiple people share a …

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Alien Blueyness.

Bill Trout and Miss Dewey, after Bill’s made an offer to help her with something: “See you tomorrow?” “I’ll have to go home, take my shoes off, wrap myself up in Mom’s quilt, and think about it.” I goggled at her. “A quilt? Won’t that be hot?” “Oh, no,” she smiled. She held her hands …

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New Logline…

Okay, it’s after pitch practice, and I have a new logline. Two, actually. One is “Hollywood High Concept” and goes like this: So Spider Robinson and Kurt Vonnegut go to a bar and decide to write a story about aliens, and that’s Alien Blue. I’m supposed to say that first. And then: Anyway, after this …

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Practice Loglines.

I’m working on my short Alien Blue descriptions tonight to prepare for Pitch Practice tomorrow. Here’s the Who/What/How (Who tries to do What How?) formulaic version: After helping hide an escaped interstellar criminal for the past sixteen years, a New Mexico bar owner plays one last gambit to save his town and the alien–by erasing …

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