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Month: April 2010

The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, II

The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, II

Today’s post is the continuation of how authors responded to a recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page: Here’s another question for your authors: What is the word count of most of their novels? I know that we here all sorts of estimates of what a novel should be, 70,000 to 100,000 words. But what is the actual count for the novels featured here, and do your authors think about word count as they’re writing? Also…

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The Revealing of Thaisa Frank

The Revealing of Thaisa Frank

Critically acclaimed for her short story collections, Thaisa Frank (A Brief History in Camouflage, Sleeping in Velvet) debuts with first novel, Heidegger’s Glasses, on May 25, 2010. Set in the final days of World War II, the novel explores an underground compound of scribes hidden deep in the German forest. And, as imposing and dark as this book may sound, please think of Grimm’s fairy tales. The Divining Wand is scheduled to present/review Heidegger’s Glasses on Monday, May 17, 2010…

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The Revealing of Joëlle Anthony

The Revealing of Joëlle Anthony

On Thursday, May 13, 2010 Joëlle Anthony debuts as a YA author of Restoring Harmony. Addictive, adventurous, and amazingly honest are all adjectives that apply to this novel, however also read what Kirkus says: “Suspense dominates this absorbing and believable near-future dystopic novel about a girl sent to rescue her grandparents from the United States ten years after ‘”the Collapse.”‘ The author’s vision of a future America following the failure of the oil-based economy makes realistic sense and keeps interest…

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Matthew Quick and SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR

Matthew Quick and SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR

The fact that Matthew Quick earned both popular and critical success with his debut adult novel, The Silver Linings Playbook (now in Paperback), one might wonder why he would choose to switch genres and debut as a YA author of SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR, officially being released tomorrow? The business answer is simple. Having already had written a second adult manuscript before The Silver Linings Playbook was published, Matt discovered that his adult-market editor was swamped and unable to…

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The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, I

The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, I

A recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page sounded simple enough and an overwhelming number of authors responded to answer: Here’s another question for your authors: What is the word count of most of their novels? I know that we here all sorts of estimates of what a novel should be, 70,000 to 100,000 words. But what is the actual count for the novels featured here, and do your authors think about word count as they’re…

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Meredith Cole Creates A Sleuth and A Series

Meredith Cole Creates A Sleuth and A Series

When mystery author Meredith Cole penned her first novel, Posed for Murder, she had two puzzles to solve: 1) Introduce an engaging and likable amateur sleuth and 2) Tell a good story. With the critical success of Posed for Murder, Meredith did just that and now her second book, Dead in the Water — coming May 11, 2010 –, will continue with Lydia’s (mis)adventures. In today’s guest post, the author explains how it all began as well as offers a…

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Matthew Quick Shines A Writer’s Light

Matthew Quick Shines A Writer’s Light

Given that author Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook releasing in Paperback on April 27, 2010, and SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR YA officially coming May 1, 2010) is also known as “Q,” one would expect that the lone initial refers to his last name. While that’s most likely, after reading Matt’s guest post, a case could be made that “Q” stands for “quirky”…in the very best way! * * * * * Messed-Up Fairy Tales When Larramie (aka the…

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News From and About Our Authors

News From and About Our Authors

This rare Monday, without a book to present/review, is a perfect time to catch up on our authors and their recent (or upcoming) releases. Congratulations to Therese Walsh (The Last Will of Moira Leahy) Although this debut novel crossed over many genres, The Last Will of Moira Leahy has become a RITA finalist in RWA’s Best First Book category, 2010. While yours truly described it as an “adult fairy tale,” if Romance Writers wish to embrace “Moira” as romantic, so…

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More Authors, More of their Best Writing Advice

More Authors, More of their Best Writing Advice

Two weeks ago, several of our authors/friends shared words of wisdom that help guide them through the writing process. And, in today’s post, those who have yet to be heard from, respond to: What is the best advice about writing that you’ve received/read AND put to use? Emily Winslow (The Whole World coming May 25, 2010): “Things have to HAPPEN. “My natural inclinations are toward character, premise and theme. I resisted plot. I hated limiting everything that could possibly happen…

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The Revealing of Meredith Cole

The Revealing of Meredith Cole

Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel) offers readers another Lydia McKenzie adventure with Dead in the Water to be released May 11, 2010. The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of Meredith’s latest book for Monday, May 10, 2010, but between then and now, let’s meet the author through her formal, professional “bio:” Meredith Cole directed feature films and wrote screenplays before writing mysteries. She won the St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic Best…

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