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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

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

Author Salon Emerging Author Interviews A Talk With Brittany Huges About Her Writing Life and NovelTITLE:  BREAKING CLAYGENRE:  Upmarket/literaryCOMPS:  FLIGHT BEHAVIOR meets WINTER'S BONE WORDS: … Read more

Rachel Walsh of Algonkian Author Salon has completed a successful prequel trilogy for her novel, THE LAST SCRIBE. She is represented by Ken Atchity of AEI/Story Merchant. Her series will be pitched to Hollywood… Read more

Shami Stovall's THE FINAL NIGHT has been signed by Renee Fountain, a literary and dramatic rights agent, of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Agency. Shami his a grad of the ALGONKIAN NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM and has… Read more

Algonkian Author Salon's Kate Cox has signed with JENNIFER LYONS AGENCY, and we couldn't be more pleased. Kate has attended several Algonkian events, been a member of AAS, and has worked periodically with Algonkian direc… 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

Tessa Woodward of Harper Collins has just added Kim Van Alkemade's novel ORPHAN NUMBER EIGHT to her list. The novel was pitched to her in Susan Breen's NYC Pitch workshop (women's fiction). Paula Munier of the NYC … Read more

AUTHOR SALON REVIEWS CRAFT POINTS AND EPIPHANY       Lessons and Readings Necessary To The Creation of a Competitive Commercial Manuscript   By Michael Neff As noted in our piece on s… Read more

From The Writer's Edge:The Problem With Writer Groups? They Can Trip You Up and Hold You Back by Michael Neff  For many years I've realized the futility of obtaining useful and project-evol… Read more

Author Wendy Eckel, a veteran of Algonkian Writer Conferences, joined Author Salon in October, 2011, and worked closely with AS editors, including advisory editors Michael Neff, Penny Warner, and Ken Atchity, to ho… Read more

Jerusalem Maiden is now in its sixth printing. TALIA CARNER was able to effectively launch this novel after working her story and pitch with publishing professionals at the NEW YORK PITCH CONFERENCE. About the novel:&nbs… Read more

We are happy to announce that Richard Hacker, a long time Algonkian Author Salon member, has been signed by AEI Films and Books/Story Merchant in October 2014 for representation to major publishers and possible film prod… Read more

THE ROLE OF ENERGETIC AND UNIQUE SETTINGS IN THE STORY by Michael NeffWhen considering your novel, whether taking place in a contemporary urban world or on a distant magical planet in Andromeda, you must first sketch the… Read more

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 ( writers, seeking some education and help in the novel writing process, struggle with which program to register for--MFA? Writing Retreats? Onl… Read more