Tuesday, August 18, 2009


The other day a writer asked me on AQ Connect what she needed as a newbie to sail across the writing and publishing ocean. I told her to buy and keep in her safe the following two titles:
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (Renni Browne and Dave King)
The Elements of Style (William Strunk and E. B. White)
I told her to read just the opening of these two novels:
A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
I told her once she has finished her first novel and is ready for a literary agent (one who ferries her across the capricious sea), be a devoted visitor to the following web sites:
She said, “That’s it?”
I said, “Yeah.”
For a moment I was reliving my own journey. Like a paper moon sailing over a cardboard sea.
[Image from  http://www.fillypa.com]

1 comment:

  1. Cool stuff. Will check them out. Thanks!