The Chopping Blog

  • Book Broker – An interview with Andrew Lownie

    Agent: Andrew LownieWebsite: andrewlownie.co.ukPreferred genres:  Biography, history, memoir, politics. Bio: Andrew Lownie is a former director of...
  • Book Broker – An interview with Andy Ross

    Agent: Andy RossWebsite: andyrossagency.com and andyrossagency.wordpress.com Preferred genres: Narrative non-fiction, current events and history, ...
  • Writing a Synopsis 101

    A synopsis is a clear and direct summary of your manuscript that should highlight your engaging protagonist, your emotional arc, the originality of...
  • Just Walk Away

    Yesterday I handed in a new manuscript to my publisher, a full-length novel that has been several years in the making. The day I finish a novel ...
  • Querying 101 – Ten Tips and a Template

    Finding the right literary agent for your manuscript requires a lot of homework. And then, once you've found someone with aligned interests, convin...
  • Driven to Distraction

      For the last few years I lived downtown in a beautiful high-rise apartment with windows that overlooked the Plaza of Nations. My desk faced those...
  • Dear Writer

    Any writers who send out their work are familiar with that refrain. Worst two words in the English language, right? “Dear Writer” not only means i...
  • Self-Publishing: Book Marketing 101 with Dave Chesson

    If you have decided to self-publish your novel, then you have also decided to do your own marketing.  That is no easy task, but with the right supp...
  • “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” ― Frank Herbert

    Frank Herbert's sentiment definitely rings true when it comes to sprawling epics like the Dune series, but it also speaks to something important i...
  • The End . . . For Now

    So—you’ve finished the first draft of your novel. You’ve experienced the euphoria of writing The End. You’ve even gone back and cut and pasted, ad...
  • "The best writing is rewriting." ― E B White

    An author and professor from UBC once told me that the worst writers in her classes were often the students who got straight As in high-school Engl...