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Holiday gratitude giveaway: win a literary book bundle!

Dear friends, clients, fellow writers, and readers: In honor of this year’s holiday season, I’d like to say thank you for what you add to my life and business, The Threepenny Editor. I count myself lucky beyond reason for the chance to work every day with people who are as committed to books, writing, learning, and ideas as you all…

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An open question about speculative fiction.

In another post, I ventured a functional definition of speculative fiction. I said that a manuscript is “speculative” (i.e., fantasy, sci-fi, or anything in between) if it requires the writer to invent a rule or condition for their world that acts as a metaphor for the novel’s theme. In other words: If you make something up, that something has to…

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How to Plan a Novel: Beg, Borrow, or Steal Buy This Book Now

The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri My rating: 5 of 5 stars If there is one book I cite more than Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style, it is Lajos Egri’s relatively obscure gem. I happened upon it thanks to a writer-friend of a writer-friend who took one of James Frey’s (no, not that James Frey,…

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