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Diane O’Connell is a former editor at Random House and author of six books, including the award-winning The Novel-Maker’s Handbook: The No-Nonsense Guide to Crafting a Marketable Story. As editorial director of Write to Sell Your Book she has helped dozens of authors achieve international publishing success. Diane’s passion for helping authors improve their craft and for the entire process of writing and publishing has made her one of the top editors in the field and a sought-after speaker at writing conferences and workshops throughout the US.

Discussion Forum

How long is too long for a manuscript?

Started by Kelli Stuart. Last reply by Deborah Herman Jan 20, 2018. 25 Replies

I'm so sorry! I think I sent all of you a message rather than posting this as a discussion here. My question was, as a first time novelist, I wondered if there was a word count limit that agents and…Continue

Tags: agents, manuscript, fiction, Writing


Started by jeff herman. Last reply by Willard Ceccarelli Jul 31, 2015. 11 Replies

They obviously won't do it as a favor. Continue

Agent Question

Started by Elizabeth Welles. Last reply by Elizabeth Welles Jun 2, 2014. 7 Replies

After twenty plus years, my novel is in the final stretch running towards the finish line. I'm so pleased about this. My editor, who loves the book, wrote: "The best way to get an agent and…Continue

Book Piracy

Started by Katherine Grace Bond Apr 28, 2014. 0 Replies

I think I used the wrong button to start a discussion, so if the earlier version of this landed in everyone's inbox, my apologies.How do you feel about (illegal) "content-sharing" websites? I'm back…Continue

Tags: piracy, Book

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Comment by Susanne Brent on May 1, 2014 at 6:31pm

This is a link to my blog where I write about waitressing by night and writing by day! Enjoy.

Comment by Ronald R. Hanna on April 19, 2014 at 2:56pm

I enjoy writing.  My productivity and sales speak for themselves.  I am NOT an English major; I WRITE.  Period.  I believe that some of us are so corralled by the "correct" method of relating in a semantic-correct method that we fail to be FREE and tell our stories.  I'm a writer.  I use the English language.  My access to the public mind is unrestrained by being caught up in the "correct" method of "display."


Comment by Caroline Kaiser on April 19, 2014 at 7:29am

I consider myself mostly a freelance editor, but I also write fiction and will be publishing my first novel, Virginia's Ghost, later this year. I'm pursuing the self-publishing route, and the book's undergone two rounds of editing from two of my editing associates and will be ready for the designer in mid-June. Virginia's Ghost is what I'd call a cozy mystery with a paranormal twist and is set in an auction house. I've had a lot of fun writing it, but the challenge is doing so while keeping up with my editing work for clients. It's been hard to carve out the time to devote to my novel.  

Comment by Sherry Antonetti on April 18, 2014 at 8:52pm

Hello. My name is Sherry Antonetti and I write Historical fiction about Historical fictions, Helen of Troy, and now Penelope.  My first book, The Book of Helen  was published this past August via Museitup Publishing, and I am slugging through the hard process of trying to recapture that magic in the subsequent story dealing with a very different heroine from the first.  

Comment by Paul Scott Leinhaas on April 18, 2014 at 2:35pm

Truth is, I think I am a good writer, many have said I'm gifted and I tell a fair to middling story.  I like my characters and love them to play around in my mind.  I've written two novels and dozens of short stories.  My friends think they are great but the agents seem to know better.  Perhaps I've had bad luck, the kind that comes from randomness, playing pin the tail on the donkey with agents and publishers.  Perhaps I lack ambition.   I consider the e route, yet know I need structure and an editor.  I stare at a book on my bookstand.  Editors to Authors, letters by Maxwell Perkins stares back at me.  I've read his suggestions.  I try to follow that path.  That path has grown over.  The modern world…I began to say something, then stopped in my tracks, because excuse or reason there's no point there.  That's where I'm stuck.  Poems litter my work room like leaves in November. Words flow down rivers in search of oceans. 

Comment by Kathy Wheeler on August 23, 2013 at 10:47am

I think you have to be very careful if you go over 90 thousand words. If you check the agents requirements that you are targeting that should be a good guideline.

Comment by Gary E. Smith on May 4, 2013 at 12:01pm

Vote for the cover of my new novel Murder in the Rockies, launching digitally in Oct and paperback in Nov. The publisher is questioning the amount of interest, so it is not too late to vote. Thanks! Vote at: 

Comment by Richard Le Blanc on March 5, 2013 at 8:40pm

 The goal I think should be a good story teller for any fiction writer, then after that to get the story published.  You said great fiction Michael even just good fiction has to be read. Whatever its about society or just a bum on a train. Rich.

Comment by Sandra Wagner-Wright on March 5, 2013 at 6:33pm

Congratulations to Kelly & Joy -- many your sales be good, and your next writing project even more satisfying.

Comment by Ian Nathaniel Cohen on March 5, 2013 at 12:06pm

Congratulations!  All the best of success, and here's to many more!


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