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A SMART DOSE OF ANTAGONISTIC FORCE
Antagonists Who Light The Drama and Transform Writing Into Great Literature
The 50 Greatest Villains in Literature Read This Article in Author Salon


Antagonists are often the most memorable characters in literature, without whom many of the best selling novels of all time would simply cease to exist, their supporting beams cut away, the shell of remaining "story" quietly imploding to ignominy and self-publication ... And consider the impact on a scene, any scene, as soon as the author moves the particular chess piece of antagonist onto the page. The mere presence of a Javert from "Les Misérables," Assef from "The Kite Runner," or even Marilla from "Anne of Green Gables," immediately energizes the environment. The narrative and dialogue literally crackle and groan with antagonist.

- Author Salon Editor Michael Neff ... [more]









What Makes Us The Choice for Aspiring Authors Looking For a Real Career?

Our commercial novel writing program? The fact that we're getting contracts for our writers? Our quality of professional guidance? The peer-and-pro approach to successful critique? All of the above? Yes. We consider Algonkian Author Salon to be the first "DEEP site" of its kind, i.e., a "Display, Educate, and Evolve the Project" website. But t's not just about getting a book published, it's about launching a career.

Pre-MFA, Post-MFA, or No MFA - Get Your Novel on a Path to Publication

Do MFA programs have the right to be worried? Yes. Our novel writing courses created by professionals in the business enable writers onsite to successfully write, edit, position and pitch their novels, thereby securing potential future requests (once the manuscript is ready), via Algonkian Author Salon promotion, from leading publishers and agencies including Random House, Dijkstra Agency, AEI Films, Harper Collins, Penguin Books, Marsal Lyon Literary, Kimberley Cameron, Fine Print Literary, Donald Maass Agency, St. Martins, ICM, and more ...



Contracts and Reviews, News and Craft


MODULE II READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTSSocial Reaction and Psyche Profile of AntagonistTraits and Physical Nature of AntagonistAnecdotes Featuring Your AntagonistHow Antagonist Drives the Conflict _______ THE ANTAGONIST… Read more

Author Salon Creates a Unique Novel Programby Alexerhead (www.flickr.com)Many writers, seeking some education and help in the novel writing process, struggle with which program to register for--MFA? Writing Retreats? Onl… Read more

NYC Pitch Conference writer, Cindy Fazzi, has signed with Paula Munier of Talcott Notch agency following her attendance at the event where she met her agent.From Cindy's blog re the event:New York Pitch Conference: Top&n… Read more

From Huffington Post:Fans of print books, who have long lived in fear that their neighborhood bookstore will be rendered obsolete by the ubiquity of ebooks in a matter of years, can take comfort in new numbers from … Read more

Author Salon Emerging Author Interviews A Talk With Janet Zupan About Her Writing Life and Her NovelTITLE: MISSING PARTSGENRE: Middle GradeCOMPARABLES: ONE EYED CAT and FRIEND OF THE FAMILYWORDS: 50,000 - 65,000… Read more

After climbing with great success through the AUTHOR SALON NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM, Lois Gordon finished with a much improved mystery novel ms. But what's the story? Lois explains it in her interview with AUTHOR SALON:DEAT… Read more

Author Salon's Gina Nicolo has found a home for her nonfiction book with a popular publisher of military history fiction, WESTHOLME PUBLISHING. In THE BLACK PANTHERS: A Story of Race, War, and Courage—the 761st Tank Ba… Read more

Give a big hand for one of Author Salon's own: Ingrid Seymour.You will be expected to describe the hook, conflict, stakes, protagonist, antagonist, climax, etc. You will also be required to provide samples of your dialog… Read more

Author Salon's Carla Norton. Everyone send her best wishes and drinks all around! We all worked hard together.   True crime writer Norton (Perfect Victim) makes her first foray into fiction with a compelling… Read more

Kari Pilgrim was declared winner of the 2014 GRAYWOLF SLS PRIZE, and as a consequence, Graywolf has asked to see the entire manuscript of her novel, HALF OF NO. As they note on their web page: In this excerpt, young… Read more

A STUDY IN THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW       Lessons and Readings Necessary To The Creation of a Competitive Commercial Manuscript   By Michael NeffLet's get right to the point on this … Read more

Nonfiction author Beatrice Williams was signed with publisher Berrett-Koehler after working closely with Michael Neff of Algonkian and Author Salon to transform her pitch and book proposal into a new theme and title: R… Read more

Novel Pitch Examples

Novel Pitch Examples Used by Algonkian Workshops and Events We recommend the following ALGONKIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE examples as models for a novel pitch session. Keep the pitch to 150-200 words (orally or in que… Read more

Author Salon Emerging Author Interviews A Talk With Lois "Can't Stop Sobbing" Gordon About Her Writing Life and Her NovelTITLE: DEATH AT IRON HOUSEGENRE: Cozy MysteryCOMPARABLES:  REAL MURDERS by Charlaine HarrisWO… Read more

Author Salon Emerging Author Interviews A Talk With Robert Steedman About His Writing Life and NovelTITLE: MADAME DE HART’S WAX MUSEUMGENRE: YA HorrorCOMPS: ABE LINCOLN; V. HUNTER - Seth Grahmn-Smith and THE H… Read more