Meetup 146: Culture Shocks

Last Saturday, at Write Club, Ashwin Kumar hosted a session. I couldn’t be there because I was away on a speaking engagement, but I’m assured by people who went that it was great fun. There were three exercises in all: Exercise 1: Tragedy versus humour You’re a student who has failed his exams You’re a […]

5 Things An Editor Wants To See On Your Manuscript’s First Page

You must have heard of the Mickey Spillane quote that’s often-repeated in writer circles: The first page sells this book. The last page sells your next. Editors at publishing houses and literary agencies have very little time on their hands – typically twenty or thirty seconds per manuscript during the evaluation phase. They will read […]