Some great advice from Neil Gaiman!
This article is very well written and informative! Written by author, Scott Burkett. 28 (Better) Things No One Tells You About Publishing Posted on February 24, 2015 in Writing Well The recent Buzzfeed post by Curtis Sittenfeld called 24 Things No One Tells You about Publishing was fun to read. I’ve written 6 popular bookswith two publishers and I agreed with much of what she said. But in hearing every question and myth about my trade over the years, here’s my own list of what I wish more people knew. Selling books is harder than writing them. There are 300k books published in the U.S. every year. And 30% of Americans read
Signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve missed it the last two, so hopefully, it will give me the impetus to finish my second book!
If you have read my first book, Penelope Parker: Witch in Training, you will have noticed a big focus on food. The reason for this is that magic takes energy, and to replace that enrgy, one needs another source of energy, which is food. In order to do their magic, the girls have been taught to imagine their feet rooting down into the earth, much like the roots of a tree. The energy is drawn up through the legs into the body, and that energy is put into whatever spell they are doing. Although they don’t use their own body’s
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The person who impacted me the most in regard to my writing was my grade five elementary school teacher, Mr. Seale. I absolutely adored him. He was handsome, had a wicked sense of humour, and best of all, he was British. At that time, I had been in Canada perhaps two years, and I still missed England terribly. I felt like a square peg in a round hole. I dressed differently, and most importantly of all, at least to me, I spoke differently,a trait that other children were quick to make fun of. Mr. Seale, on the other hand, treated
We went and joined the others beside the fire, and the sound of a drum being softly played nudged at my consciousness. A feeling of well-being crept over me and I relaxed back against a log, closing my eyes. The drum called to me, to come travel with it, and without hesitation, I accepted the call. Instantly, I was among the stars, travelling faster than light. I was a star, I was stardust. My Soul followed the heartbeat of the drum, reveling in the beauty of the night and space, the thousands of twinkling stars, each one a Soul like me, Lost in this beauty, I forgot the
In a perfect world, childhood is happy and carefree, but life is rarely perfect, as Penelope has discovered. Although she has recovered from her harrowing ordeal, it is not over by far. She is finding she must leave childhood behind, and behave like an adult, and take on adult responsibilities. She and her Soul Bond, Prudence, and allies Gillian and Rowena, must learn the most dangerous spells in order to defeat Marcus. They must learn in months what most students took three years or more to learn. However, they do have help, in the form of the redoubtable Hecate, Paddy, Morna, Jacob, Gillian’s mother Sylvania, and
Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans! Between commissions, and film work, my writing has sadly gone by the wayside up until now. Hopefully, I can get back in the saddle, for a while, at least, until the next thing comes along! To those who have asked about the second book, hang in there; it will be done, just not as soon as I had wished! Here is a tiny snippet from the book. As always, all writing is copyright Susan McCaskill. I know that should go without saying, but still… Prologue The howling winds and
Penelope has been rescued, more dead than alive by her friends, her cat, Hecate, and her Soul Bond, Prudence. Now that she has recovered, she and Prudence are hoping to get back to P.A.W.S. and resume their studies, but Marcus has other ideas. He is furious that Penelope and her mother were rescued, and he is bound and determined to catch them both again and finish what he started. What he doesn’t reckon on, is his daughter, Gillian, who is sickened by her father’s actions, and determines to put a crimp in them.