New York Journal of Books Review Revisited

While I was delighted by the suggestion from THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS that I’d written something with a bit of edge,  my publisher pulled out the following quote:

The story is sharp and lean; the writing is tight and focused.

I’m sure that my mentorship with noted author and all-around great guy Gary Blackwood back in 1999 had something to do with this. Here’s a quote from one of his emails to me: “There’s no room for deadwood in a novel. Everything needs to contribute to plot, setting and characterization.”

Any good advice can be taken to an extreme.  My current WIP needed to gain just a bit of weight, but I suspect that I’m doing it with tightly focused subplots.

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