We’re back! Technical difficulties (gorillas and alligators) aside, and best forgotten about.
This week we have something different, and special for you. I was asked to moderate and speak on a panel titled “The Importance of an Editor” on Feb. 7th at the Superstars Writing Seminar held by Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, Eric Flint, Brandon Sanderson, and most recently joined by James A. Owen.
It is the most comprehensive seminar for writers about the business of writing available, held every year in Colorado Springs. Jordan, Moses, and I are all alumni, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The information and the access to New York Times best-selling authors and guest speakers can create contacts and ins into the business that are hard to duplicate.
Next year Hugh Howey and Baen editor n’ chief, Toni Weisskopf, will join the crew as guest speakers.
With permission, here is that panel discussion.
This week on Hide and Create Joshua Essoe catches up with David Dalglish about publishing with both Orbit and 47North, co-authoring a series, and the differences between publishing traditionally and independently.
Part five (of six) of our series of episodes where we interview the hosts (present and past) of Hide and Create.
This week on Hide and Create Jordan Ellinger interviews Joshua Essoe about how he got into editing, how you can get into editing, and what it takes.
Part three of our series of episodes where we interview the hosts of Hide and Create.
And, as promised, here is a sample of Joshua’s work. These are the first three pages of a recent MS. This is the kind of work that would be returned to the client along with an extensive critique.
Also, Joshua will be moderating a panel on editing at Superstars Writing Seminar next month. There is still time to sign up! If you’re going to one seminar this year, this should be the one: http://superstarswriting.com/
This week on Hide and Create, Jaye Wells interviews Jordan Ellinger about ghost writing, Warhammer, and tie-in writing.
Part two of our series of episodes where we interview the hosts of Hide and Create.
This week on Hide and Create, Moses Siregar interviews Jaye Wells about her writing, her path, and traditional publishing.
Today, we kick off a series of interviews with each of the Hide and Create crew discussing our chosen paths into the world of publishing.
This week on Hide and Create, Jaye Wells, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar and Joshua Essoe, talk with Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Co. about the duties and life of a literary agent.
Ever wonder about agents? Ever wonder what they might do for you? Ever wonder how the field is changing? Ever wonder who Rebecca Strauss is, or what kind of books she wants to see come across her desk? This is the episode for you!
This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Jaye Wells, and Moses Siregar talk about why the path they took into publishing is the best.
When you decide to get become writer you should definitely start with tie-in writing. Or when you hit the path toward a professional writing career, the best way to begin is to go through a traditional publisher with your original novel. Perhaps, what I mean to say is, if you want to make a living as a pro-author you have to go indie, cause it’s the best. Well, actually, what most don’t know is if you really want to break into the publishing industry the absolute best way is to first become an editor and get your chops working on both your own and others’ work.
There, the secret is out.
This week on Hide and Create, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar, Joshua Essoe and Jaye Wells talk about Urban Fantasy.
Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know what exactly this Urban Fantasy genre is; there is a lot of confusion over it and what qualifies a book to fit into it. Harry Potter is the biggest example I can think of.
There is a lot of confusion between UF, and Paranormal Romance. The two biggest differences are that, 1) PR ends with a happily-ever-after; and 2) if you remove the romance from a PR, the story falls apart — but if you remove it from UF, the story remains viable.
Listen on for more!
This week on Hide and Create Moses Siregar, Diana Rowland, Jordan Ellinger, and Joshua Essoe talk about what you shouldn’t do in the publishing business.
Don’t be a dick. Take care not to take advantage. Meet your deadlines. Don’t join in the mob-trash-talk. Don’t take rejection personally. Help when you can. Build your platform, but don’t spend all your time promoting. Don’t forget that your main job is writing. Everything in this field is finding that delicate balance, and timing. Don’t be the person who sells sells sells themselves. Pay close attention to submission guidelines. Build your personal Voltron. Oh, and remember to wash behind your ears.
This week on Hide and create, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, Moses Siregar and Joshua Essoe talk about writing kick-butt openings.
There are plenty of good guidelines and rules — don’t start with dialogue, give the entire novel in the first sentence, give yourself a focus for the scene, intro your character with a name, don’t start with an info dump, don’t start with someone waking or dreaming . . .
But writing a good first page, a good first line, is more than that. To quote Stephen King, “To get scientific about it is a little like trying to catch moonbeams in a jar.”
Here are ways to make your Jar of Moonbeam Catching.