Saturday

Wendy Eckel's KILLER ON THE WALL to Thomas Dunne Books

Author Wendy Eckel, a veteran of Algonkian Writer Conferences, joined Author Salon in October, 2011, and worked closely with AS editors, including advisory editors Michael Neff, Penny Warner, and Ken Atchity, to hone her "social media cozy" novel, KILLER ON THE WALL, into a competitive manuscript that was signed by AEI FILMS AND BOOKS in Los Angeles in 2012, and sold to Thomas Dunne Books in 2013.

FROM PUBLISHER'S MARKETPLACE - NOVEMBER 22, 2013: 


 Wendy Eckel's KILLER ON THE WALL, in which a woman sets out to solve a murder, and with the help of a Facebook group composed of amateur sleuths known as "The What Ifs," she begins the search for evidence and clues; after friending suspects on Facebook and working with a nervous programmer living in mortal fear of Mark Zuckerberg, she hacks into the dead girl's Facebook account and assumes her identity, only to discover a dark underbelly to what had originally seemed a charmed and effortless life, and THE DAY LILY CAFE, to Anne Brewer at Thomas Dunne Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2015, by Ken Atchity and Michael Neff at Story Merchant (World Rights).
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After two months on Facebook, I had yet to post a picture or write what was on my mind. My profile didn’t declare my relationship status or where I lived because those things had recently changed, rather abruptly, but inspiration finally struck on a crisp cool day in October. I found a dead girl floating in the marsh behind my house.

- from KILLER ON THE WALL by Wendy Eckel
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Sunday

Algonkian Writers Conference - The First Prep Letter

FYI, below is the first Algonkian Writers Conference prep letter we send to writers registered in our novel workshops. The articles that follow are a must read for productive novel workshop discussions and assignments. Most were authored by Michael Neff, Algonkian director:
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We have some initial assignments and readings for you, designed to introduce you to the realities of writing a publishable manuscript for a commercial market. Whether or not you are able to utilize all of the information for your particular project remains to be seen, however, you will definitely acquire useful craft and premise knowledge that might well take you in new directions. We hope that you will be open to learning and evolving both your project and your writing.

For your first assignment, go to your nearest library or book superstore. Read the first ten pages of at least five new literary novels (no genre, i.e, SF, mystery, etc.). Once you've spent a few hours, take out a laptop, or sheet of paper, and note bullet by bullet precisely what the author did within those first ten pages to make the protagonist appear sympathetic, original and interesting.

For your second assignment, examine the book jacket of each novel. Write the book jacket you would like to see for your novel (see your pitch model assignment upcoming). Ask yourself after you write it: WILL THIS MAKE SOMEONE WANT TO BUY MY BOOK? Note: limit the number of words to the average number you count on the jackets. Try to limit to 150-200 words.

For your third assignment, you must read the articles below concerning important market issues and fiction writing elements that will be discussed at the event. They are found at AuthorSalon.Com, a writer website affiliated with Algonkian Writers Conference events.

The Six Act, Two Goal Novel (a new outline for tight plotting)
http://www.authorsalon.com/page/general/sixact/

A Smart Dose of Antagonistic Force
http://www.authorsalon.com/page/general/AntagonistsInLiterature/

Crossing the Epiphany Line (what every serious writer must accomplish)
http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/58/

Caitlin’s Guide to Precise Comparables (best article ever written on this crucial issue)
http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/62/

Strong Narrative Through Synergy: Samples of Powerful Fiction Narrative
http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/118/

"A Study in Third Person Point of View in Fiction and Novel Writing" by Michael Neff
http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/117/

Narrative : From Passive Voice to Eudora and Ray (all AS writers must achieve Level 3)
http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/95/

"To Be" or Not? Too Much "Was" Will Hurt Your MS
http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/80/

The Ultimate Narrative Block Buster: The PDQ (narrative think-tanking)
http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/78/

Literary Comparisons to Demonstrate The Creation of Competitive Fiction Narrative
http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/119/

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Algonkian Writers Conference