"Serena, I use Scrivener on my Mac. It's great because you can bundle everything together - your manuscript, research notes, photos, links, character cards, place sketches, etc.
You can try the software for free for a month or so to see…"
"Hearing your work read aloud is very helpful for getting a feel for how well it flows. I like to have my computer read sections back to me -- with my PC, it sounds like Stephen Hawking is reading my book. It's fascinating. "
"More than anything else, though: time. The more time I can leave the manuscript between drafts, the fresher read I can give it, and that gives me the ability to see the places where it needs fixing.
Ah, so true! Even taking just a week off seems to…"
"...cutting, pasting, and reworking of scenes
This. Plus a lot of trimming, especially in the early parts of the book. And fact checking. And tweaking the plot here and there with a well-placed sentence or two... I find it helps to read the MS on…"
"AmazonEncore is a traditional imprint, Amazon's first (I think they are up to 6 now, Thomas & Mercer for Mystery and Thrillers, Montlake for Romance, and so on). You can read more about them here. As to how I came to be published…"
"Thanks Rossandra, it is a nice cover, isn't it. I can say that since I wasn't the one who designed it ;)
The book's publisher is AmazonEncore (they are the first of the Amazon imprints) and all the editing, cover design, etc, went…"
"I've heard good things about Moo Cards, though they're on the pricy side. I'm thinking book cover (Regarding Ducks and Universes) on one side of the card and a quote or two on the back plus the webpage info. I want to leave room on…"
"Rossandra, I'm getting ready to order postcards to bring to a library event (and also to have on hand to give out in general). Didn't think of putting my photo on them, just the usual stuff -- book cover, website, etc. I like the photo…"
"Jessica, the ABNA people keep an ever-growing list of previous contestants who have gone on to be published or have self-published since the contest.
Having said that, I would only enter if you have a completely finished manuscript.…"
"Thought I'd pass this on -- the call went out today for manuscripts for the 2012 ABNA contest:
If you're unpublished (like I was in 2009 when I entered) or self-published, it can be a good way to get your book noticed by agents (or in my…"
My official bio, written in the customary, but odd, third person:
Before writing Regarding Ducks and Universes, Neve Maslakovic was crafting technical papers and finishing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University’s STAR Lab (Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory). She spent her early years speaking Serbian in then communist Yugoslavia; after stops along the way in London, New York, and California, she has settled near Minneapolis/St. Paul, where she lives with her husband and son. Neve is a member of the Loft Literary Center and is currently hard at work on her second novel.
Neve, Welcome to the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. And we do a live chat every Wednesday; hope you can join us for that!
"Hi Iowa City Writers! I'm working on a project that's part historical scholarship, part historical fiction, about my father's family. He came from a provincial family of German-Jewish butchers. He and his brother were sent on the…"