Frequently Asked Questions
Seriously, don't ask again. ;
1. I want to write a book. Any advice?
Read, read, read. I taught myself story structure, formatting, character tropes, and pacing from reading other people's works. You also want to listen in on other people's conversations to get an ear for dialogue. If you're adventerous take an improv class. Not only will you have to create fictional dialogue on the spot but also get in touch with your emotions. Then write, write, write.
2. Okay, it's written and I want to get published.
First edit your book at least three times, then give it to people who read and get their feedback, then edit twice more, paying close attention to the first ten pages and grammar. Then you'll need to research agents and write a query letter. The best way is to check the acknowledgments section of similar books to your own. You can also attend conferences and pitch to agents face-to-face. That was the first step to getting mine.
3. Will you read my unpublished manuscript?
Sorry, no. Due to legal reasons, I cannot. But if you have a book by a legitimate publisher and want a blurb, please e-mail me and I'll try to work with you.
4. What's your process? Should I outline?
My process sucks, don't imitate it. I have insomnia and the only way I found to stay sane was to create stories in my head during that time. Then, when it's time to sit down and write, I have the whole thing mapped out. The point is there is no wrong way, do what works for you. Just WRITE!
5. Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. MONSTERS was part X-Men, part Night of the Living Dead, part my fear of graduating college and having to get my first real job. Everything is material.
6. Any other advice for me?
Simply to keep your chin up. Don't take the rejection letters personally and never give up. I wrote my first screenplay at eighteen, then a lot of bad ones after that, and didn't finish my first novel until I was twenty-one. I didn't get an agent until twenty-six and an actual book deal a year after that. NEVER GIVE UP.
Any other questions please feel free to e-mail
Me. I'll do my best to answer.