Tuesday, April 15, 2014
As editor of Chronicler Publishing I would like to announce the upcoming launch of a new writer, Ruth Zavitz's novel, Flight to the Frontier; it is the story of a young Quaker woman during the American Revolution as the Quakers are buffeted by both sides; the Loyalists and the Rebels. It will be launched on June 1, 2014.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
My novel, The Vanquished, is now available at all the major online bookstores. It continues the story of the Marin family during the Seven Years War between England and France for supremacy in North America that places the family in the center of the conflict. It is a story of intrigue, conflict, greed, and romance. I'm sure that readers will enjoy it and learn about French Canadian society at the time.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
My latest historical novel, The Vanquished, will soon be released. It is the continuing saga of the Marin family as the three sons, Francois, Louis, and Pierre, take their separate routes as France and England war for control of the North American continent. It takes place during the 1750s as the Seven Years War comes to a conclusion. I will keep you up to date on its progress.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Fiction manuscripts receive feedback that addresses and scores: • The theme of the book • Character development and depth • Plot and story line resolution • Pace and setting of the story • The effective use of dialog • The appropriateness of the tense and point of view • How compelling the book will be in the marketplace • Spelling, grammar, punctuation and much more! The theme or premise of a novel is important because it sets the stage for the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the climax. Is it a story of love, jealousy, ambition, adventure, of triumph or failure? These themes, as well as many others must be considered and decided upon by the fiction writer. Coming from the design of the tale are the characters and their development. Protagonists and antagonists live because they produce the conflict that gives tension and stress, for without these elements no story exists. Important is a fully rounded character with vices as well as virtues. Protagonists must have qualities that we relate to, but antagonists must also have traits that are decent yet not exceeding their failings. The conflict between the hero and villain product the storyline or plot—the events that bring to two into discord. This dissension can be physical, mental, social, desire, goal, aspiration, or any feature that they view differently. Some stories are plot driven while others are character driven although all stories have some of each. Setting is determined by the characters, which may be past, present, or future. Historical novels are situated in the past of a specific locale; contemporary novels deal with the present in time and location; futuristic novels—science fiction and fantasy-deal with the future or locales out of this world. Now we come to dialogue that must suit the character as well as the setting if it is to be realistic and relate to tie and place. If of the past, it must copy the style, the syntax, and the idiom of the time. Dialogue must always further the story, develop the character, or suit the locale; never can it be to fill in space. The write must also choose carefully the tense and point of view. Some stories are better told from the present tense while others from the past tense. Using the pluperfect past tense sacrifices immediacy and slows down the rhythm of the language. Another important consideration is the point of view: Sometimes the first person singular is the most appropriate while at other times the third person omniscient is proper. Chose prudently because it can make or break the story. Another consideration, although a lesser one, is how compelling the piece will be in the marketplace. Since publishers are always concerned about the bottom line, they look to see how the buyers who are the readers will receive it. Perhaps from a publishing point of view, this is the most important criterion for the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript. To make a manuscript acceptable it must follow the rules of good grammar, be free of spelling and typo errors, written in the language that is acceptable to the target audience. The fiction writer had much to consider with every work undertaken, yet believe in the importance and worth of his or her endeavors.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
If you want to be a writer, then you must write—you must write something every day. If possible, have an established time to write every day. Budget your time to make that period available even if it is only a few minutes. You will be surprised how much you can write in a short period of time. This writing should have a dual purpose: first, to improve your writing skills, and, second, to record your ideas. As well, a special writing place is also helpful. It should preferably be a spot where you are free from the distractions of daily living—a corner of a bedroom, living room, or even kitchen, but it should be your writing site. Of course, an office of your own would be a preferred location. It is surprising how the mind can develop creatively if given the chance. To write every day requires a plan; it requires a time; it requires a location; it requires a focus; and it requires a reason. The first two have already been dealt with, so what is a focus plan? A focus plan is a decision of what kind of writing one will do: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, articles, short stories, etc. Here, the writer has to find his/her voice. Do not spend the writing time thinking about it; the important thing is to write and the voice will come. Of course, a focus requires a reason for writing. Is it for personal satisfaction and enjoyment only? On the other hand, is it for public consumption and financial augmentation? Perhaps both. Usually, though, one writes to share one’s thoughts and ideas with readers. What about ideas and topics? Without them, a writer is lost. In writing every day, the goal is to express whatever comes to mind—a memory, a gripe, a desire, a feeling, an incident, or grammatical exercise. It really does not matter; the important activity is the writing. Once started the words usually flow. So, write something every day.