Monthly Archives: November 2014

Bouchercon 2014 : Meet Alibi Editor Dana Edwin Isaacson

Posted by November 10th, 2014

Bouchercon 2014: Murder at the Beach kicks off November 13th in Long Beach, California. Bouchercon is one of the world’s largest crime fiction conventions. Dana Edwin Isaacson, Senior Editor at Alibi, shares what he his most looking forward to at Bouchercon.

ALIBI editor Bouchercon 2014Janet Umenta: What are you most looking forward to at Bouchercon 2014?

Dana Edwin Isaacson: During the e-publishing forum on Thursday, our Alibi authors are doing a virtual eBook signing, using our partner Autography. Interested mystery readers can meet our authors at the signings, get a personal inscription or photograph with the author, and then go and download their personalized eBook. As I’ve yet to see this incredibly cool innovation in action, I’m eager to get my own personalized eBooks!

I’m also excited to be meeting in person for the first time a few of our Alibi authors. When editing a novel, you develop an intimate relationship with the author’s viewpoint. It’s fascinating to meet in person someone whom you feel you already know.

JU:  What new trends do you see in the mystery and thriller genres?

DEI: Cozies are selling well. In online strategies, novels with a female protagonist find it easier to win readers.  Also, there seems to be an uptick of medical thrillers. Continue reading

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Book Country Editor’s Picks for November

Posted by November 6th, 2014

Book Country Editor's Picks for November 2014

We’ve selected 10 new manuscripts to be featured in the Editor’s Picks section on the Read and Review page. This November, we especially wanted to highlight the great selection of mystery, thriller, and NaNoWriMo titles on Book Country. We hope reading and leaving feedback will help you in your writing journey! Continue reading

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Doodling Prompts for NaNoWriMo! By Lisa Currie

Posted by November 5th, 2014

ME, YOU, US by Lisa CurrieReady to start NaNoWriMo 2014Fleshing out characters for your novel-in-progress or novel-to-be? Today we offer another set of fun doodling prompts for character development from author and master doodler Lisa Currie, whose new book ME, YOU, US is just out from Perigee Books. You can download and print these exclusive prompts by clicking on the hyperlinked words in the text below. Share yours with us on social media! 

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In the first post, we established the power and popularity of doodling, identifying famous politicians, businessmen, and creative types who doodled, from George Washington to Bill Gates, Michelangelo to Larry David.  More relevant to you, well-regarded authors throughout history have turned to doodling and scribble-thoughts to better imagine characters and give them more depth, outline story arc, and visualize settings and context. Continue reading

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Win an Intensive Creative Writing Course from The Writers’ Academy!

Posted by November 4th, 2014

Enter to win an intensive creative writing course with The Writers' Academy!

We’re excited to give away a free spot in the latest intensive creative writing course from The Writers’ Academy, a new range of online classes offered by Penguin Random House UK. This sweepstakes is exclusive to Book Country members who live in the US, the UK, and Canada (excluding Quebec).

During the course, you will be introduced to key elements of fiction including character, plot, and setting. The course includes weekly writing exercises, individual feedback and support, and videos and podcasts from world famous authors. You’ll also receive expert advice from Michal Shavit, Editorial Director at Harvill Secker. Shavit has worked with incredible authors including including Denis Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Alexandra Fuller, Elif Batuman and Sheila Heti, among others. Tuition is priced at £499 (approximately USD $800!), but one lucky Book Country member will take the course for free! If you aren’t yet a Book Country member, go ahead and join now.

As a student, you’ll receive a discount on all further courses with The Writers’ Academy, and an opportunity to become part of The Writers’ Academy alumni community. You can read the full course schedule on The Writers’ Academy page.

Michal ShavitWe caught up with Editorial Director Michal Shavit to learn more about the Writers’ Academy, what it will be like to take this course, and how she approaches working with writers.

Why should an aspiring writer take a course from the Writers’ Academy?

As the largest publisher, Penguin Random House can draw on their vast pool of authors and editors to contribute to the Writers’ Academy online course with their tips, experience and valuable advice.  The Beginners course offers exclusive online content from authors and editors in the form of podcasts, videos and written materials. Weekly exercises, structured peer review and regular individual feedback by an experienced creative writing teacher help students understand the nuts and bolts of creative writing. The course flexibility allows students to balance their busy lives, work and other commitments around the course. Continue reading

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