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Friday, July 5, 2013

32: Planning A Series with J. Scott Savage

For this episode, we welcome back Middle Grade and YA author, J. Scott Savage to discuss his approach to the process of planning a novel series. We talk a little bit about Scott's approach to going from the initial idea that inspired you to write your book to the ins and outs, from Scott's perspective, on series planning. For a detailed discussion of how to go from your "Cool Idea" to finished series, press "Play" below.

Friday, March 15, 2013

31: The Finer Points of Cover Art and Artistry

Tonight for the second call of 2013, Farland's Authors Advisory was proud to welcome artists Ben McSweeney and Isaac Stewart. Ben and Isaac discussed at length how integral a well done layout and both exterior and interior artwork can be in enhancing the impact of an author's novels. They also answered questions such as:
  •  How is an artist selected by a publisher to work with a certain author or group of authors?    
  •  What artists or comics or cartoons inspired you to become professional artists?
  •  Are you allowed to read parts of books you're contracted to do artwork and layouts for, or just scenes from the books before you draw anything?

  For an hour-long interview that answers the above questions and more, press "Play" below!

  To view more of Isaac Stewart's work, visit his page here:

  To see Ben McSweeney's art and animation, visit his page here:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

30: David Farland on Short Story Writing

        David Farland on Short Story Writing 

     Tonight for the first call of the 2013 edition of Farland's Authors' Advisory, our sponsor David Farland spoke with us at length about the art of short story writing.  David took us step-by-step from the "Eureka!" elation of  that  first idea, through discussions of  evocative language to propel your reader into the world you've created for them, to what makes a "good"  ending. He also talked about why the so called: "Twilight Zone" ending is best left there.

     If you love a well-constructed short story and have always wanted to know how to write one well, press "Play".

 * Information on David's upcoming Class

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