Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday's Tips for Flailing Writers

Sex scenes can be messy, and not always in the good and gooey ways. Novelist Maeve Haran has trouble writing hers, as does Stiff author, Mary Roach. For a voyeuristic peek at their sinful solutions, click the highlighted links.

According to The Rejecter, Young Adult novels have evolved to the point where scenes involving sex, drugs, murder and torture are all considered perfectly acceptable. In fact, there's really only one thing that publishers won't accept in YA: P.W.P.

Over at MangaLife.com, freelance manga translators Alethea and Athena Nibley have written an article examining the pros and cons of their writing work. While they admit that it's tiring and time-consuming, they still feel as if they're 'getting paid to have fun.'

The Book Deal is accepting proposal letters for free online critiquing. But before you send them anything, make sure to check out their article, The Book Proposal — Here’s What Publishers Want, for formatting and content tips. A little bit of homework could save you infinite internet embarrassment.