Getting Closer All The Time


The book is getting closer and closer to completion. There are, however, still a few people who I haven’t been get hold of whose comments/questions I’d like to use in the book. If anyone knows, or knows how to get hold of the following people, I’d greatly appreciate the help: CJ, Joe McBee, Alan Kelogg, and last but not least, Chase

Here’s the back cover text from the How-To book:


How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion is a compilation of essays originally published on, a popular writing blog with thousands of regular followers. Distilling almost three years worth of helpful advice into a single, portable volume, it contains nearly 100 essays covering such wide-ranging topics as:

  • Getting Started… Again
  • Creating Characters in Small Spaces
  • Storytelling Tropes: Belief
  • Binding Character and Narrative: Point of View
  • Word Choice and Pacing
  • Metaphors, Similes, and Analogies, Oh My…
  • Writing Action Scenes
  • The Beginning of the End
  • Developing Your Internal Editor
  • Artistic Choices and the Market
  • Business Realities for the Writer

Many of these essays are followed by comments and questions from the blog’s readers, along with the author’s response, making this volume unique among how-to books on any subject.

The core members of Magical Words — David B. Coe, A.J. Hartley, Faith Hunter, Stuart Jaffe, Misty Massey, C.E. Murphy, and Edmund R. Schubert — have experience writing and editing fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, romance, science fiction, non-fiction, and more, making this group uniquely qualified to cover the full spectrum of writing-related issues. How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion is a book that belongs in the library of anyone interested in the craft of writing, the business of writing, and the writing life.


And here’s the link to the publisher’s page for their upcoming line-up:

The cover design is progressing nicely, too. I’ll post that as soon as possible. Page proofs just arrived from the publisher yesterday and we’ll be doing the final read-through this week (all 300+pages). After that it’s just a matter of waiting for the publisher to do that voodoo they do.


8 comments to Getting Closer All The Time

  • Tom G

    Creating Characters in Small Spaces? That’s a topic? Odd, my office is the smallest room of the house, but I never thought it made creating characters a problem. But I believe you. Now to convince the wife to let me have the master bedroom as my office.

    Not going to happen.

  • Sure, Tom, as long as it’s bigger than a breadbox, it’s all good. Think Gulliver’s Travels.

  • Yaay! Sounds like a great list of topics, Edmund. Can’t wait to pre-order it.

  • Hopefully it will be done and ready to order within the next four to six weeks. In the publishing world, compared to how things usually go, this book is moving at the speed of light.

  • Young_Writer

    Oh, I can’t wait! I’ll make sure my friends find a copy under the tree this year.

  • Edmund, I am working on the page proofs (on breaks at the lab) and I am amazed all over again how good this book is. It’s sharp, clear yet not demanding, funny (and sometimes demented 🙂 )
    I’m having so much fun with it!

  • YW – Santa will bless you for your kindness and your friends will thank you for your wisdom. 😉

    Faith – As I’ve said at least 57 times, there was so much great raw material, it was an embarrassment of riches. My primary job was not to muck it up.

    I’ll blame the demented stuff on David (since he’s not here to defend himself).

  • Young_Writer

    Edmund, I can’t stop laughing 😉