Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Entwined by Heather Dixon (Released today, March 29, 2011)

I met Heather Dixon in the creative writing classroom. Since then I've had the pleasure of learning more about her--things like, she's a generous person; she's always learning more about story-craft; and she works hard.

Entwined, as Betty Edit noted on her blog, is the kind of book that's hard to put down. It's so well-paced, emotionally engaging, and rich that you continue turning pages, against tiredness and life's deadlines, to see what you'll experience next.

There's a lot to love about Heather's writing and storytelling, but here are a few of my favorites:

1. She hits a range of emotional notes and chords. She can take you from laughing to afraid to crying to hoping--all in a single chapter if she chooses to.

2. She weaves humor into the story's pages and beautiful flourishes that delight the reader. Her writing is stylized and visual.

3. The story-threads and tiniest of details are all important to what unfolds. They weave in and out and merge with other threads to create a whole experience for the reader.

4. She knows what she writes (not writes what she knows, although she probably does that too). In other words, whatever she creates in words, she first imagines, thinks about, researches, understands. This is apparent in the authenticity of her characters, the story's rich settings, and the natural and cohesive way in which the story unfolds--not to mention the dancing!

Take a look at some of the major reviews for Entwined (under Critical Praise).

Friday, January 28, 2011

My Manuscript Stinks Society, 2011

As promised, we've updated the look of the blog and added new content.

Check out the pages detailing the steps in the publishing process that run along the top of the blog. (We will be working on fleshing out this content for a while yet, but we do have the bones and a little bit of the meat up and ready to read). Also, make sure to participate in our survey on how you get rejected in 2011. (You may need to refresh your browser in order to vote multiple times.)

Soon, we'll be launching the Stink It Up challenge, so stay tuned.

We here at MMS are looking forward to a productive 2011 with many rejections and a bit of acceptance. We hope you are, too!