word craft



hourglass waiting


There are many skills that pro­fes­sion­al writ­ers have to mas­ter. But one of the skills a writer must mas­ter is one that I don’t think is often men­tioned: waiting.

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Royal No 10 typewriter

Revising 80 or more times

Mol­ly wrote to ask, “You said some­where that you revise your books eighty or more times. Is that true? Why do you do that? Do I have to do that?” 

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read on

Give Me Some Space

If you think as I do, that the phys­i­cal book can be a form of art, then typog­ra­phy … is vital to the art of bookmaking. 

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Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished

I had worked on the book for at least a year, work­ing on it every day, some­times for hours, some­times just for min­utes, but always and always.

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marketing books

Promoting Books

The world of pub­lish­ing is going through a major change in regard to the way books are being promoted.

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The Secret Sisters Avi

A Sequel after Twenty-Three Years

Sequels are hard to write. Read­ers who turn to them not only want a log­i­cal exten­sion of the orig­i­nal sto­ry and char­ac­ters, but they also wish to go deep­er and to new places even as they want some­thing just as good, or better.

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writing a letter

We get letters

Let­ters from my read­ers are always trea­sured (and answered). They pro­vide vital sup­port and proof that invis­i­ble book­worms are alive and well and read­ing my books.

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