Your Novel, Day by Day:  A Fiction Writer's Companion
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Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writer's Companion

by Mary Anna Evans
Kindle Edition: 295 pages
Publisher: Joyeuse Press

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YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER’S COMPANION is designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the creative process. It is designed to support the goals of writers in all genres, from mystery fiction to literary fiction to science fiction, so that each reader can develop the writing skills needed to set and exceed creativity goals. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with nine novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit. She says, “This is the book where I tell other writers the things I wish I’d known ten years ago.”

Work through this book of practical advice with Mary Anna, day by day and page by page, as she advises you on—

crafting a plot,
fleshing out believable characters,
organizing a novel’s timeline,
crafting believable character motivations,
editing objectively,
evaluating traditional and independent publishing options,
and marketing to agents, publishers, and readers.

Because she understands the importance of maintaining your own motivation during the arduous process of writing a novel, Mary Anna has chosen a narrative structure that will provide you with a written companion for a year’s worth of writing. This book consists of 365 essays on topics that range from nuts-and-bolts writing tips to words of encouragement to periodic kicks in the pants. She has even included the actual synopsis she used to query her agent and to sell her first book. The world of publishing is changing, and a new writer has a bewildering array of choices—traditional publishing, self-publishing, ebooks, print books, audiobooks, and various combinations of all of the above—but, first, that writer’s book needs to be the best book possible. Let YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER’S COMPANION help.

If Mary Anna could sit with you, day by day, as you learn about this exciting art form, she would. Since she can’t, this book is the next best thing.

YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER’s COMPANION was written by mystery author Mary Anna Evans. She is a founding board member of the Anhinga Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award in mystery fiction, the Florida Literature Award, and three Florida Book Awards Bronze medals in both commercial and general fiction. YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER’S COMPANION draws from workshops she has given to aspiring fiction writers across the US. Her Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, STRANGERS, PLUNDER, and RITUALS, have been compared to the work of Tony Hillerman, Aaron Elkins, and James Lee Burke. They are available in print, large-print, and audio editions. Her short stories, "A Singularly Unsuitable Word," "Starch," "Land of the Flowers," "Mouse House," "Twin Set," and "Low-Budget Monster Flick!" are available separately for Kindle, or as part of her collections OFFERINGS and JEWEL BOX: SHORT WORKS BY MARY ANNA EVANS. She is also the author, with Dr. Faith H. Wallace, of MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY GRADES: A MODERN APPROACH TO SPARKING STUDENT INTEREST. She divides her time between Florida and New Jersey.

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