Monday, November 10, 2008

Welcome Back

As promised, the writers' group is back with a sharp look and fresh content. We'll begin each week introducing you to an author, agent, editor, publicist, or other industry insider who will answer your questions about writing, editing, publishing, marketing--in short, anything and everything having to do with the truth about the writer's life. Some weeks, in the absence of a guest expert, we'll share industry news or other need-to-know information that will help you to make it in this business.

Each Tuesday and Wednesday, we'll tackle your questions ourselves and/or consult someone in the business who can round out our perspectives, sometimes throwing it out to you, our readers.

This week we have the pleasure of welcoming Ronlyn Domingue, the author of The Mercy of Thin Air (Atria Books), which sold to 11 other countries.

Library Journal said Mercy is, "Filled with vivid descriptions of . . . marvelous human sensations that people take for granted and that spirits can only wistfully recall, this is a novel that gets under ones skin." (Starred Review)

Ronlyn's writing has appeared in New England Review, Clackamas Literary Review, New Delta Review, and The Independent (UK). Currently, she╩╝s at work on her second novel. To learn more about her writing, visit her website at

Check back this Thursday for Ronlyn's answer to the question:

What is the secret to writing a novel?

Tomorrow, we'll tackle the question:
What essentials go into a query letter? I still can't get past the elevator pitch. How do I boil down my 300 page novel to just one line and then turn that into a query that will get requests from literary agents.

Do you have a question you're dying to have answered? Send it to us at and please let us know if you'd like to go on record or remain anonymous. We're eager to get an honest dialogue going about the truth about the writer's life. We invite you to join in the conversation.


Anonymous said...

I love the new blog look. Thanks for telling us about Ronlyn's book.

Anonymous said...

Love the new look, ladies. Welcome back. I look forward to visiting often!


Larramie said...

Lovely new look, lovely new book.

Patry Francis said...

Wonderful new concept and the blog looks gorgeous! Can't wait to read Ronlyn's answer on Wednesday. (I'm in the middle of #2, and most days, I feel like I've forgotten everything I ever knew...)

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