Thank you for all the great advice you give. You're very inspiring and so accessible and helpful, it means a lot. You remind me to keep working hard, because maybe someday I'll make it too. Thank you.
I’m always glad to offer advice when I have it and thrilled to hear it’s actually helpful. However, I’d also like to just gently warn you against thinking I’ve “made it.” Getting one book printed doesn’t remotely mean you’ve “made it” in publishing terms. (For example, if you get that first book published and it doesn’t do well, you may never get published again. Just because a publisher liked your first book is no guarantee they’ll like the second. A first book may get great reviews but not sell. And so on and so forth.) So I want to dispel the illusion that I’m any more successful than I actually am, and the illusion that once you’ve got that first book deal you’re set for life–because that’s a mistaken notion to which way too many young writers get attached. Definitely keep working hard and working towards those lofty goals, but don’t be idealistic. That’s a great way to set yourself up for disappointments down the road.
Will we be getting the other tbs book every two years
I suspect so. While I always aim for one year (and probably would have succeeded with TBS4 being out in 2018 if not for Priory), I’ve accepted that I am in Adult publishing and the schedule there doesn’t move at the same breakneck pace as it does in YA. My books are complex and take time to edit, and I’d never want to rush them at the expense of the quality. Better, I think, that my readers wait two years for a good book than get a sub-par book every year.
OOOO I KNO WHAT IM GONNA SO ok i saw Alexis do this so basically ill tag some mutuals and write nice stuff abt them but i wont indicate which stuff goes with which mutual? like I’ll just tag __ ___ ____ and __ and write stuff under it and u can guess which ones applies to you?? yee this will be fun
It’s the oxymoron that attracts us. Billowing black
cape, terrifying worldviews, a willingness to make the streets run red with
blood – and you know what would be hilarious? Them trying and failing to make
morning pancakes. You know what would really hit us in the feels? Watching them
show tenderness around a special someone.
Having a villain with a domestic side is lassoing a black
hole, and it’s a tantalizing thing to watch. However, anyone who’s indulged in
these daydreams with their own villains has probably encountered one very
specific issue: it makes them less evil. They lose their edge.
For example, look at Crowley from CW’s Supernatural. This was a guy to be feared at one point; arriving out
of nowhere at unexpected times, always playing both sides of the conflict, and
you could be certain he would skin anyone necessary to get what he wanted –
usually without getting a single drop of blood on his impeccable suit.
Flash forward to recent seasons, and we’ve seen Crowley cry
and whimper more times than Dean has died –which is saying something. At first,
it was fascinating to discover this powerful character actually had a tender
side; and now, when Crowley makes a threat, we’re about as afraid as when any
low-level demon makes one. This is because his evil was too compromised. He let
How can we avoid this mistake with our villains? The answer
isn’t making them crush puppies and hate butterflies at every turn; it’s in
balancing their core scariness with their softer side – giving them complexity,
giving us a bit of “aww,” and making their eventual whiplash back into
‘terrifying’ all the more wonderful.
For this, we’re going to use Epic
of Lilith by Ivars Ozols as an
example. This book centers on arguably the original female villain – Lilith,
the first woman of the Garden of Eden, who got on the “good guys’” bad side by
refusing to submit to someone who was clearly her equal. There won’t be any
spoilers below, but if you give the book a read (it’s an easy page turner), the
points will be driven home stronger.
Plus it’s a book with a great female villain who isn’t
objectified (don’t let the cover fool you, seriously) and prose that isn’t full
of sexual over- or undertones. Talk about a win, eh?