In Praise of the Here and Now: Top 12 Present-Tense Novels

In Praise of the Here and Now: Top 12 Present-Tense Novels

“September. It seems these luminous days will never end.” This is how James Salter’s 1967 novel, “A Sport and a Pastime,” begins. The unnamed narrator is describing Paris—in the present tense. It made me pause because countless writing workshops, articles, and panel discussions tell us the same thing: don't write your novel in the present tense.

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Tips on Polishing Your Novel from Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands”

Tips on Polishing Your Novel from Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands”

After you’ve revised your manuscript for the nth time, the final stretch of polishing can be daunting. You’ve maxed out your writing group’s goodwill and your own editing fatigue has set in. When you reach this point, Paula Munier’s tips on “principled polishing” will help a lot.

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Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands” Delves Deep Into Effective Writing Practice

Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands” Delves Deep Into Effective Writing Practice

Writing is many things to many people—a job, a career, a calling, or perhaps a hobby or a fantasy. Paula Munier says writing is so much more. “Writing is nothing less than a path to enlightenment,” she says in this ruminative and inspiring book. And the best writers are those who write with quiet hands, she adds.

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3 HarperCollins Digital Imprints Accept Unagented & Unsolicited Submissions

3 HarperCollins Digital Imprints Accept Unagented & Unsolicited Submissions

Three digital imprints owned by HarperCollins, a Big Five publishing company, are seeking manuscripts for romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, and visionary or “transformational” fiction. If you have an unpublished manuscript in those genres, start the New Year right and prepare your work for submission.

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