February 2004 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 8, Issue 1.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Victoria Strauss
Bestselling fantasy novelist and founder of the popular website Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss received critical raves for her first two adult fantasies, The Arm of the Stone (Eos) and The Garden of the Stone (Eos). Now she launches a new series, which begins with The Burning Land (Eos), a compelling epic fantasy. Set against a backdrop of magic, love, faith and adventure, the book explores the effect of extremist religions on society and the individual. In this exclusive interview, Victoria discusses The Burning Land and her passion to help protect writers from all the literary scams that prey on the unwary. She also gives some excellent advice for aspiring writers.

A Conversation With Libba Bray
Novelist Libba Bray has been making waves with her critically acclaimed first Young Adult book, A Great and Terrible Beauty (Delacorte). Set in Victorian England, the book takes place at an exclusive boarding school for girls. When Gemma Doyle's mother is murdered, she is sent to the Spence Academy, where she discovers her own supernatural powers and the shocking facts behind her mother's death. In this exclusive interview, Libba talks to us about her love for the Victorian era, A Great and Terrible Beauty and how a small-town Texas girl left home to became a successful New York novelist.

Choosing a Writing Teacher
So much writing advice that beginning writers receive is contradictory. So how in the world does a writer separate the good advice from the bad? In his latest article, "Choosing a Writing Teacher," British novelist Alex Keegan explains how to do just that.

Quirky and Effective Book Launches
Book launches for children's books are a great way to publicize a new book. But how do you make your book launch something special that will really please the audience? In "Quirky and Effective Book Launches," bestselling Australian children's author Hazel Edwards shares her secrets for a successful book launch.

Wrestling With Rejection
You've written the best song you can. Now comes the worst part: submitting it for someone's approval. Rejection is a big part of songwriting, so how do you know when a criticism or rejection is valid or not? Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson explains how to separate the helpful criticism from the kind that should be ignored completely in her article, "Wrestling With Rejection."

What's New On The Bookshelves?
See what our reviewers have to say about the latest books:

Children's Books

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Delacorte Press)
Simeon's Gift by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, Illustrated by Gennady Spirin (HarperCollins)
Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson, Retold and Illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Greenwillow Books)


The Burning Land by Victoria Strauss (Eos)
Captain's Blood by William Shatner (Pocket Books)
Endless Nights (The Sandman, Book 11) by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Glenn Fabry, Milo Manara et al. (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton (Ballantine)
Veiled Alliances (Saga of the Seven Suns) by Kevin J. Anderson, Illustrations by Robert Teranishi (Windstorm/DC Comics)

General Fiction

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Author), Edith Grossman (Translator) (Echo)


Bangkok 8 by John Burdett (Knopf)
The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
Fever Cell by Leonard Goldberg (Signet)
A Path of Shadows by Lauren Haney (Avon)

Romance and Women's Fiction

The Conqueror by Judith E. French (Love Spell)
Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands (Love Spell)
Spenceworth Bride by Virginia Farmer (Love Spell)


Hot Property by Christopher Keane (Berkley)
How To Write a Damn Good Mystery by James N. Frey (St. Martin's Press)
Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2004 edited by Anne Bowling (Writer's Digest Books)
Words You Thought You Knew by Jenna Glatzer (Adams Media)
Write Up the Corporate Ladder by Kevin Ryan (Amacom)

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