(first, if you haven't read Shelby's wonderful advice on character development in a middle grade series, her interview is HERE) ...
ROBIN!!! Congratulations, Robin. Please send me an email with your address and I'll ship those lovelies out to you!
Best Agent Advice I've read this month
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The September issue included an article entitled "Why Agents Stop Reading: A Case Study." In addition to pointing out three things that make an agent stop reading your pages (GO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER to read those), there was a list of three key questions agents may ask themselves while reading. Agent Kristin Nelson suggested that we writers ask ourselves those questions as well:
1) Does each chapter or scene only do one thing (like introduce a
character), or does it do multiple things, like introduce a character,
add a new plot element, and also plant a clue that will be referred to
later? Each chapter or scene needs all three.
2) Is what happens in each chapter or scene interesting all on its
own? If not, guess what? You probably don’t need it.
3) Could any events be summarized in one sentence instead of
playing out over a whole chapter or scene? If so, chances are good
your plot pace is off. If you can answer no–this is essential–then the
chapter or scene is probably okay to keep.
That's all for this week. Remember, it's accomplishing those small steps that prepare us for the big ones!
|Tess has started pulling herself up! Walking, here we come...