Tag Archives: Publishing

Writing the Down Ending

This week on Hide and Create, Diana Rowland, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar and Joshua Essoe appropriately talk about writing downer endings on this, Diana’s last episode.

It’s controversial. While it’s true that life is just as much about sadness, pain, and the loss of hope as it is about wonder, beauty, and happiness, a lot of people don’t like down endings. Writing one is a risk. You risk upsetting your reader and turning them away from you and your work. Who likes feeling bad — even if that kind of ending is appropriate to your story?

Sad stories don’t have to be depressing stories, though.  The most powerful ones can be devastating, but they leave you with a ray of hope. I think that is the truest power of a sad story — great hope, enlightenment, and a change or broadening of viewpoint.

As readers, we remember whatever stories evoke the most powerful emotional responses the best. As long as those responses aren’t disgust at how awful the book is! That’s not what you want to be remembered for.

We’d love to hear from our listeners about what you think of down endings. Do you hate them? Do you like them? Why do they work for you? Do you remember the sad stories better, and longer, than the happy ones. . . . let us know in the comments!

An Interview with Diana Rowland

This week on Hide and Create Jordan Ellinger interviews Diana Rowland about the life and business of a traditionally published author and why she decided to go trad over indie.

Part six of six in our series of Hide and Create host interviews. We hope you’ve enjoyed them!

Superstars Writing Seminar’s Panel on Editors

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.

An Interview with David Dalglish

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.

An Interview with Joshua Essoe

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.

Editing Sample

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/


An Interview with Jordan Ellinger

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.

An Interview with Jaye Wells

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.

Literary Agents — They’re for Writers, Part 1

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!

Defending Our Writing Paths

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.

To Write Urban Fantasy

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!