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Are the Rules of Engagement for Serious Novels Changing?

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

Let us not quibble about definitions. Writers and readers know what I mean. These are the novels that offer an experience that cannot be slotted into any genre category, stories that move the mind and the heart, and explore the human condition by authors whose need to tell these long stories of the imagination is a sacred calling.

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Books That Provide Insights on Power and Ambition

Posted on: July 14th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

Many of my readers have asked what books I can recommend that offer fundamental insights into the drive for personal power and the way it affects individuals once it has been achieved. There is a vast treasure chest of books, spanning centuries, that deal with this subject and I’m sure everyone has their favorites. Numerous authors have tackled this subject in memoirs, novels and plays.

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Fiction in Flux

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

For fiction writers in search of a publishing outlet, these are the best of times. For fiction writers in search of readers, this is the worst of times. For fiction writers in search of monetary rewards it is, for most, a disaster.

The challenges for genre fiction writers, those who fashion their stories within the confines of categories such as mysteries, romance, fantasy, zombies, vampires, erotic, and all the subgenres within them, are enormous. If such writers are unbranded and unknown, the odds of finding readership traction in an arena where thousands enter the fray daily are daunting.

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Let’s Hear it for the Self-Published Author

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by Warren Adler 5 Comments

It is no small thing to write a book. It takes dedication, concentration, discipline, singleness of purpose, long hours of isolation and, above all, ideas. Years ago, before the rise of the Internet and the ease of digitization and the proliferation of e-readers, those who self-published were considered the bottom of the publishing barrel, rejected by mainline and established publishers, ignored by agents and dismissed as ego-centric wannabes.

For many who had hopes and dreams of obtaining authorial credentials by being taken on by the publishers who controlled the marketplace and the distribution chain, the prospects were grim to nil. Publishers and agents relegated their manuscripts to what the industry referred to as the “slush pile” and most, if not all manuscripts, were returned unread by clerks who inserted printed rejection slips and returned the manuscripts in self-postage ready envelopes.

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What Is a Literary Novel?

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

I have been baffled for years over what constitutes the definition of a “literary” novel. Over the course of my career, I have heard numerous definitions, but none quite resonate for me as the one gold standard, definitive answer.

In search of this definition, I am tempted to discount all of the various genre novels, many of which are well written and exemplary, but they do suggest formula and have been slotted by common publishing practice to fit a category that does not suggest “literary.”

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On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists

Posted on: February 9th, 2012 by Warren Adler 4 Comments

Warren Adler, author of the iconic War of the Roses, extrapolates on the harsh realities of a writer in this day and age…and how one can persevere and succeed, despite it all.

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Author, Author

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

For centuries, the author of a book has been a revered figure, a symbol of intellectual achievement, wisdom and wit, brilliance and, above all, prestige. Indeed, the book, whatever its contents, has been an item of iconic significance.

It is no wonder that a large percentage of people want to write a book. Some have motives that their composition in the covers of a book, however defined as a physical entity or a cyber product, will make them rich and famous; some see such an achievement as an expression of their persona, their point of view, their record of a life lived, a work of the imagination and the fulfillment of a secret wish for immortality.

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So Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by Warren Adler No Comments

Authors are routinely asked three questions: “When do you write?” “How do you write?” and “Where do you get your ideas?” Warren Adler, author of the iconic War of the Roses, is here to answer them.

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The Three Questions for Authors

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by Warren Adler 2 Comments

It is a strange phenomenon and most authors of fiction appear to confirm it. They are always asked the same three questions. Whether the questions are asked in a formal interview setting or by readers, non-readers, fans, or casual acquaintances in every conceivable social setting . The three questions cross boundaries of country, language, age, and gender.

They are always the same and asked in exactly the same order. These are the questions:

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