Author’s Note: Breaking Archetypes

Here we are — the last of the archetype series! Are you relieved? I am! Three months on the same topic?! Geez, it’s like writing a book! Anyway, onward and upward! In previous months we’ve talked about how to successfully work with archetypes. Today, I’m going to tell you what not to do. First, we’re […]

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 17:16 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: 3D characters, or, how to combine archetypes

Last time I talked about some basic archetypes (I cannot stress enough how many of them there are; the more you know, the better!) and said we’d build on it this month. Well, we are! Woo hoo! Let’s talk about combining archetypes and adding traits. No one is just one archetype. When you see a […]

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 17:01 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Creating Characters, Using Archetypes

I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. I’m sure this surprises none of you. It has been the summer of fun blockbusters! What I see over and over again are archetypes. Everyone knows what an archetype is, right? The knight in shining armor, the damsel in distress. More practically speaking, an archetype is what […]

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 15:38 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Agent Hunting!

So, last month I told you guys I had just sent off a query letter to an agent. What I skipped was finding agents to send it to, and writing up the query letter. Really, each of those two things is its own column, because each was an equal pain in the butt. I had […]

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 20:12 by JB McDonald · Permalink · One Comment
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Author’s Note: Mixing My Alcohol

They say you shouldn’t mix your alcohols, but baby, I have done exactly that. You see, I need a drink. I have just sent my query letter off to an agent, to see if it’s acceptable. That’s right. I sent a query letter to an agent. It’s the first agent I’ve approached since, oh, probably […]

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 15:13 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: On to the Details!

Holy crap, you guys, editing is going to kill me. (Melodramatic much? Naaaah, not me!) My editing process has changed since the days when I was writing mostly fanfic, simply because the length of my work has changed. While my fanfic was often short-novel length, about 50,000 words, now that I’m writing things that are […]

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 15:38 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: The First Read-Through

It’s very exciting, getting a book ready for publication. It’s also extremely boring. The bits I like are the initial creative bits; these editing parts drive me crazy, but I’m buoyed by the fact that soon my book will be out of my hands, off to print! Toward that end, on we go with the […]

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 12:36 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Research!

When I first tried to publish my work, I read all the advice you normally read about query letters and summaries and what to do and what not to do and even how to go about researching which publishers to send to. I thought to myself, “Research?! I don’t have the time or money to […]

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 19:25 by JB McDonald · Permalink · One Comment
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Author’s Note: Authoricus Mushbrainius

Last month, I said I was going to write about editors. And my current editor here at Geeking Out About…, Trisha Lynn, asked me to write about query letters soon, too. My plan was to write about editors this month, and query letters next month, and it all seemed perfect because I just finished the […]

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 21:45 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Love Your Beta-Reader

When I sat down to write this column for this month, I thought to myself, “I’m going to write about beta-readers, editors, and reviewers!” That just goes to show you how I’m still learning. Talk about biting off more than I could chew! The thing is, I always think of editors and beta-readers as being […]

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 12:42 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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