Category Archives: The Journey Towards Publication

Are You Afraid to Write That Story?

*by Jean Foster Akin* “We all love a good story. We all love a tantalizing mystery. We all love the underdog pressing onward against seemingly insurmountable odds. We all, in one form or another, are trying to make sense of … Continue reading

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No Perfect First Chapters, a quote from the indomitable Leonard Bishop

In the vast and various realm of ‘how-to-write guides’ there is no law, canon, edict, ukase, tenet or rule that declares that the writer must begin at the beginning of the novel he wants to write. The only fully functional … Continue reading

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The Joy of Writing In The New Year

**by Jean Foster Akin** Did you sit down to write as much as you’d have liked this last year? I know: I haven’t either. I wasted a lot of time. When I felt “stuck” with my writing, or was overwhelmed with … Continue reading

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On Querying Literary Agents

*Jean Foster Akin* A concerned woman approached me recently and told me that since her husband had uploaded his self-published fiction to Amazon, he was dismayed that no literary agents or publishers had yet contacted him. As adorably innocent as this sounded … Continue reading

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An Elbow, A Cart Horse, A Drug Addiction: What Inspires You?

It’s fun finding out how famous works were first imagined. Sometimes stories are spurred on by some strange person or event experienced by (or read about by) the author, and the subsequent novel birthed seems reasonable to the reader when he’s … Continue reading

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I Wanna Be Like Neta Snook

by Jean Foster Akin Amelia Earhart is said to have remarked: “The most effective way to do it is to do it.” For those of you young’ns who don’t know the name Amelia Earhart, she was the first female aviator … Continue reading

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Q&A: Is It Ever Appropriate to Hit a Guest With Your Toaster?

by Jean Foster Akin “Never rush your writing. Never rush your editing.” I know some of you are probably thinking, “Never say never.” I agree that the word never is very final, that it offers no wiggle room. I also know that never doesn’t take … Continue reading

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