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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Trisha’s Short Video of the Day: A Wrinkle in Time in 90 Seconds

Back when I was in elementary school, the one book I had a love/hate relationship with was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. We read it in our GATE class because it was a Newbery Award winner and one of the first science fiction books aimed at children. I thought the plot of the […]

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 07:04 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink · 2 Comments
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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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Author’s Note: Writing and Mood

My editor Trisha Lynn asked me not too long ago about how mood affects my writing. It was an interesting question, because it’s not really something I think about—and yet I still hold the idea that society has smooshed into my head, which is that “real” writers don’t let mood affect their writing. I’m not […]

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 14:45 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: The Cultural Myth of Self-Made Hours

A newly made friend—one, I suspected, that was about to be lost—stood outside my door, looking at me suspiciously. I had just told him that no, I couldn’t go get dinner. I had to go to bed soon; I had to be up and working the next day. “So do I,” he said, still giving […]

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 14:08 by JB McDonald · Permalink · One Comment
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Sandra Bullock & Tom Hanks set for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks and a critically acclaimed novel. Who’s ready for awards season? Indiewire reports that the two have signed on to star in Stephen Daldry’s (The Reader, Billy Elliot) adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The film, to be put out jointly by Paramount and Warner Bros, tells […]

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 14:28 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Searching for Self-Discipline

Sometimes, being self-employed sucks. Writing fanfic was easy. I could sit down and write like a fiend, finish something and post it. If I didn’t feel like writing for a month, I didn’t. If I felt like writing an entire 60,000 word story in three days, I could. Then I joined the real world, and […]

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 14:12 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Covering Books

I met Jenny Wurts one year, while I was working at the art auction at San Diego Comic Con. I thought she was an artist, and hadn’t made the connection that she was the fantasy novelist. That year I was assigned to help people hang their artwork, and while hanging hers I went, “Hey… isn’t […]

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 18:02 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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