5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Writing a Novel with a Female Protagonist

by Chris Roy 1. I wish I had known the difficulties in writing first-person vs. third-person POV, female. The very first female character I created was in a collection of short stories titled By Hook or Crook: the criminal ventures of Razor and Blondie. The point of view was third-person, … Continue reading

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting to Write Crime Fiction

By Elka Ray 1) As a writer, your characters become real to you – they’re not “characters” but people. Killing people – even unlikeable ones – is emotionally draining; learning why they were targeted even more so. While my stories aren’t depressing, they have sad moments. If you want readers … Continue reading

Five Things I’ve Learned Working With Literary Agents

1. Agents are like Atlantis; hard to find and somewhat mythical. Sure, most have one-paragraph bios and mini selfies under ‘our team’ on agency websites. Some write a blog. A few keep their name in the spotlight with big-figure deals and best-seller client lists. But be forewarned. The bio hasn’t … Continue reading