Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

Can White Authors Write Characters of Color?

This question is sparking conversation in the adult-fiction world, but it seems to be front and center in the children’s realm. Attend any SCBWI regional or national meeting and this topic is sure to come up: Can a white author write a character of color? The answer is yes. We live in a diverse world. In fact, in most contemporary settings, […]

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9 Story Openings to Avoid: Part #5

By Kristin Nelson & Angie Hodapp For Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here. For Part 3, click here. For Part 4, click here. Your opening pages might be in trouble if… #5) Your novel opens with running or other pulse-pounding action.  If you are guilty of this one, don’t beat yourself up. We promise you’re not alone. Writers are told they need to […]

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9 Story Openings to Avoid, Part 4

By Kristin Nelson & Angie Hodapp For Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here. For Part 3, click here. Your opening pages might be in trouble if… #4) Your novel opens with a lengthy passage of “talking heads” dialogue.  Here’s what fascinates me: The openings we suggest that you avoid actually evolve out of a writer’s good intentions. In this case, writers know […]

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9 Story Openings to Avoid, Part 3

By Kristin Nelson & Angie Hodapp For the Part 1 of this article series, click here. For the Part 2 of this article series, click here. Angie Hodapp and I recently teamed up to bring wit and wisdom to writers who want to work on craft. During our workshop, we identified several story openings that usually spell trouble for […]

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