Want readers to sigh over your work? Try this

Universalities. Those little pearls of wisdom… In literature, universalities are statements that apply to everyone or to the human condition. Sometimes they’re accurate, insightful and give readers, young and old, a lovely ah-ha moment. Sometimes they’re grossly inaccurate. Famous universalities in literature include: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a … More Want readers to sigh over your work? Try this

Be still and remember

Sometimes, when I wake up in the morning, I pretend it’s 1974. There’s a landline in the hallway. A black & white TV. Two channels. No remote. A transistor on the kitchen windowsill. A record player in the lounge room. For special occasions. That’s it. That’s all. Peace. My mind stills. My nervous system settles. Then I think, … More Be still and remember

Who said what? The importance of tagging dialogue in kid lit

I’ve read loads of manuscripts that start out funny or entertaining or full of potential. Then the dialogue kicks in and, quite frankly, it’s a birdy’s breakfast. Nothing will baffle an editor faster than poorly tagged dialogue. Do not overlook this if you want your manuscript to win friends and influence people. If you want editors and publishers … More Who said what? The importance of tagging dialogue in kid lit