In the Craft of Writing
We all know how important the first page, paragraph, and sentence are to your story. Check out a report on Huffington Post with tips on how to write a killer first sentence.
Alan Rinzler has an excellent article on untangling your plot. He discusses the best practices in storytelling, namely that a story must be engaging, needs focus and depth, and rhythm. He also discusses the merits of writing for a series and breaks down the top genres for multi book deals in 2010.
Worried or wondering about what tense to put your novel in? Agent Mary Kole discusses being tense about tense. She also discusses the reason for not putting your characters in denial.
Author Besty Lerner answers a question about whether or not great books end up not being published.
Agent Kristin Nelson does a question answer post on publishing questions, and what it means if Hollywood wants to option your book. Rachelle Gardner offers a definitive publishing guide as well as defining what it means to sell out, sell through, and earn out.
And finally, Neil Gaiman offers a differing view on book piracy.
Danyelle writes MG and YA fantasy. In her spare time, she collects dragons, talking frogs, and fairy godmothers. She can be found discussing the art of turning one's characters into various animals, painting with words, and the best ways to avoid getting eaten by dragons on her blog.