How to write a good book: Why you should read the book that you want to read
In the book industry, publishers can’t get much easier than “I have an idea, how do I get it into print?”
It’s a phrase that has been around for a while, and has become an industry mantra.
“It’s a cliché, but it works,” says Mark McAlpine, CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, which has published some of the best-selling science fiction novels in recent years.
In a recent interview with Maclean’s, McAlpines explained that it takes a lot of planning, and that he’s always been willing to “give the book a shot.”
The trick, McIlpine says, is “to make sure it’s a good idea that’s really important to you and really interesting to you.”
He says his most recent book, The Girl Who Watched The Sky, was the result of that process.
The book, written in 2014, was about a young woman named Alyssa who is drawn to the stars, but also finds herself struggling with her own sexuality.
It’s the kind of book McAlpeys first-time author had envisioned for decades.
“I knew I wanted to do a story about sexuality in the 21st century, but I didn’t know how I was going to get that out of the idea that there was a story,” McAlpin says.
“Alyssa’s story is one of the most powerful and complex stories in literature, and I wanted it to be about that.”
The book also deals with the subject of same-sex attraction, as McAlphine says it was a “baffling” subject for him, as he struggled with the idea of being gay.
But the book did have its critics.
A number of them pointed out that Alyssah was a teenage girl, and some writers like McAlphews book, have been known to be less than supportive of gay characters.
“You’ve got to have a really strong idea of your audience,” McIlpin says, and “you have to be really clear about what your audience is going to want.”
“It takes a little bit of time and patience,” he adds, “and you have to do it for an audience.”
McAlphyws book is an excellent example of a book that was made to fit its particular genre, one that has attracted the attention of several literary publishers.
“There’s a really interesting group of people in Canada that are publishing these books that are so well-received by critics,” McAllister says.
They include the likes of HarperCollins, Tor Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others.
“This is an amazing time for young writers to be able to publish their work,” McPine says.
For those who are not so fortunate, though, there are a number of other options available.
McAllisters book, for example, is the first of many that are being made available to writers who have not yet found success in the genre.
“If I had not gotten published in 2013, I might have published another book in 2014,” McAnnas says.
The author had no idea what genre she would write in, or how to make it work for her.
“But it all came together in the end,” McAnans book says of writing a book.
“For me, it was just a matter of writing this book and writing it really well.”
McAllers book is a sequel to The Girl on the Rainbow, which McAlpson said was “the first book that I really wanted to write,” he says.
He says that he and his wife, a professor, spent years talking to their readers about the project and then working to create a cohesive story.
“We wanted it not just to be a novel, but to be something that would have a life beyond this book,” Mcallister says of his new book.
It was a process that took more than a year, and the couple says that their first draft took almost three years to produce.
“Our biggest concern with the first draft was that it was going not to be good,” McMans wife, Heather, says.
McAnns book is set in 2019, but that doesn’t mean that it will be a straight-forward read.
The narrator, who is named Alice, is gay and has feelings for both men and women, but is also in a relationship with her teacher, who she believes is her biological father.
“She’s really insecure about it, and she doesn’t want to come out to anyone,” McMartin says.
And it doesn’t help that the novel’s story revolves around a woman who is also attracted to men, but who is more comfortable with her feelings for a man.
It also introduces a number characters who are all about the same age, and a number who have never met a woman they didn’t think were a “good person.”
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