Your Novel: Day by Day 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 process. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with eight novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit. She says, “This is the book that tells 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 motivations for your characters, 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. If she 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.
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About the Author
Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but her heart is in the past. Her series character, Faye Longchamp, lives the exciting life of an archaeologist, and Mary Anna envies her a little.
Her novels have received recognition including a spot on Voice of Young America's (VOYA) list of "Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal." They have been on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's (IMBA) bestseller list and have been designated Notable Books by Booksense and Indiebound. Mary Anna has won the Oklahoma Book Award, the Mississippi Author Award, the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and three Florida Book Awards Bronze Medals.
She is a professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing, and she holds both an MFA in creative writing and a professional engineering license. You can reach her at email@example.com.