"Write your story your way. Prologues are fine. Backstory is fine. Flashbacks are fine. It's all in the execution. I've seen them all done brilliantly. Whatever works. Ignore anyone who tells you differently."
"My two major pet peeves are sound effects and stage directions in prose. I've actually seen writers use "knock Knock" and "Bang." These are fine in children's books, but have no business in adult novels. A writer should…"
"Genre writers frequently avoid long sentences because their audiences are unable to cope with them and toss the book to reach for an easier reader.
Or maybe we avoid long sentences because we believe less is often more.
Because, to us, clean is…"
Jude, I'm particularly interested (and sending even more kudos) because my agent was turned down after T&M expressed great interest earlier in the year. I have a suspicion that my agent mishandled the deal. It may be time for me to look around. You have Joe's agent, right?