Thriller Roundtable

April 1 – 7: “When revising a book, do you tackle all the problems at once or do you work in layers?”

This week we talk book revisions: “When revising a book, do you tackle all the problems at once or do you work in layers? Which elements of fiction – point of view, eliminating wordiness, character checks – might require a special read?” with Clea Simon, Susanna Calkins, Robert K. Lewis, Jonathan Maberry, Heather Graham, Thomas M. Malafarina, Katia Lief and Pamela Beason.
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March 18 – 24: “Great opening lines, which one is your favorite?”

It was a dark and stormy night…this week ITW Members Mick Sims, Shannon Baker, Erin HartOwen Fitzstephen and J.H. Bográn turn to great opening lines and try to decide which one is their favorite.
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March 25 – 31: “How do you add realism to your dialogue?”

This week, we talk dialogue. ITW Members Mick Sims, Neil Plakcy, Alan L. Moss, Erin HartBarbara Taylor SisselOwen Fitzstephen and J.H. Bográn ponder the question, “How do you add realism to your dialogue?”
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March 11 – 17: “How do you separate yourself from the characters you write? Or do you?”

This week we revisit Psychology 101, writer-style: “How do you separate yourself from the characters you write? Or do you?” Join ITW Members Mick Sims, Nancy Bilyeau, Mark de Castrique, Shelia Goss, Wendy Soliman, Owen Fitzstephen and Erin Hart for another can’t-miss discussion!
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March 4 – 10: “Which do you prefer to write, the protagonist or the antagonist, and why?”

This week: “Protagonists? Antagonists? Which do you prefer to write, and why?” Join ITW Members Mick Sims, Shannon Baker, Phillip Donlay, Jess Faraday, Erin Hart and Anne Petty and they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both!
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February 25 – March 3: “How do you research a location beyond your reach?”

This week ITW Members Jennifer Moss, Susan Froetschel, Ralph PezzulloTosca Lee and J.C. Carleson discuss researching locations that are beyond their reach, say for distance or no longer in existence?
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February 18 – 24: “Location, location, location…”

In real estate they say there are only three important things when buying a house: location, location, location. “Is the location of a novel as relevant?” Join ITW Members Jeffrey J. Mariotte, Jennifer Moss, Heywood Gould, Julia Pomeroy, Linda O. Johnston, Ralph Pezzullo, Lori Armstrong and Robert S. Levinson to find out!
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February 11 – 17: “Story, character, dialogue and setting cliches–love them or hate them?”

This week ITW Members Mark Alpert, Ralph Pezzullo, Lori Armstrong and Colby Marshall take on cliches: “Story, character, dialogue, setting cliches – do you love ’em or hate ’em?”
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February 4 – 10: “If you could reach any author, dead or alive, what would be your first question?”

This week ITW Members Ada Madison, Heywood Gould, Ralph Pezzullo and Lori Armstrong discuss what their first question would be if they could reach any author, dead or alive. You won’t want to miss it!
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January 28 – February 3: “How do you determine when a story is ready?”

This week join ITW Members Toby Tate, Vincent Zandri, Merry Jones, Chris Allen, Catherine Stovall, Judith Cutler, Melinda Leigh, Sharon Alice Geyer, Amy Lignor, Lee Weeks, Michael Sims, David Housewright, Catherine Jordan and Jason Dean, as they discuss how to determine when a story is ready.
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January 21 – 27: “What’s your favorite thriller sub genre? Why?”

This week we ask ITW Members Ashok Banker, Vincent Zandri, Diane Kelly, Chris Allen, Amy Lignor, Michael Sims and Catherine Jordan what’s their favorite thriller sub genre, and why? You won’t want to miss it!
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January 14 – 20: “Why do stories matter?”

This week we discuss the wide-ranging impact of our stories and try to answer the question: “Why do stories matter?” Join ITW Members C.E. Lawrence, Amy Lignor, Derek J. Goodman, J. G. Faherty, James Grippando, Mike Befeler, Merry Jones, William McCormick, Chris Allen, Catherine Stovall, Maynard Sims, Catherine Jordan and Lee Weeks.
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January 7 – 13: “Which authors have inspired you?”

Start off the new year right! Join ITW Members Jennie Bentley, Derek J. Goodman, Robin Burcell, Toby Tate, Ashok Banker, Tace Baker, Rick R. Reed, William McCormick, Chris Allen, Judith Cutler, Sharon Alice Geyer, Amy Lignor, Maynard Sims, Catherine Jordan and Jason Dean as they discuss which authors have inspired them.
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December 10 – 16: “Why do agents attend writer’s conferences?”


This week, we join Paige Wheeler and Josh Getzler to get the inside scoop on why literary agents attend writer’s conferences. You won’t want to miss it!
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December 3 – 9: The All-Important Query Letter


Literary agents Debbie Carter, Josh Getzler, Victoria Skurnick and Jenny Bent discuss the all-important query letter: How many queries do you generally receive in a week? Of those, how many do you request a partial or full from? What is it about a good query that really makes it stand out? Conversely, what is most likely to make you stop reading? You won’t want to miss it!
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