Pub Rants

Fan Favorites and Likability

This month, we asked three NLA authors about their fan-favorite characters and what makes them so likable. Which of your characters is a fan favorite? What makes them likable? Is that important? Why or why not? Stacey Lee, author of The Downstairs Girl and Luck of the Titanic Jo Kuan… MORE

 

Like your grandmother who couldn’t get rid of that semi-broken toaster because she might need it again someday, publishers have a surprising number of obsolete and defunct clauses hanging out in their publishing contracts.  Most just elicit a chuckle, but at least one can greatly impact an author’s earnings. The… MORE

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From Query Letter to Six-Figure Deal

When writers hear about a debut author who got a six-figure deal, their curiosity gets piqued. How did that author do it? Did they have industry connections? Get a referral? Did they pitch to their agent at a conference? Did their query letter get picked out of the slush pile?… MORE

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The Making of Meaningful Backstory (Part II)

How much page-space you devote to building backstory depends on what type of story you’re telling and how you want to develop your lead characters. There’s no one-size-fits-all backstory formula, but there are some pro tips that can help you strike a masterful balance between What Came Before and What… MORE

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This month, NLA’s Tallahj Curry excitedly interviewed Quressa Robinson’s client Brittney Morris, author of SLAY and her recently released novel The Cost of Knowing. How has writing for other platforms, like video games, aided in your writing for novels? When writing for video games, you have to take the player into account as… MORE