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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]

Contracts and Reviews, News and Craft

Last winter, Tessa Woodward of Harper Collins 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 NY… 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

Acclaimed author of "The Fiction Class," NYC workshop leader Susan Breen launches a new mystery series with Maggie Dove, about a beloved Sunday school teacher who must nab a murderer after she finds her neighbor dead und… 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

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

Thriller ‘Edge of Normal’ Being Adapted as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)Bold Films is developing the thriller “The Edge of Normal” as a movie after outbidding several other potential buyers for Matt Venne’s script, Var… Read more

ALGONKIAN 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 … Read more

Algonkian Author Salon's Anna Newallo has signed with DYSTEL AND GODERICH. She put her novel through the AAS NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM, attended the New York Pitch Conference, and worked personally with Algonkian editorial 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

TIPS FOR WRITERSThrillers to Learn From      Joe Finder   I gave a talk a couple of months ago at Muse and the Marketplace, the terrific annual writers conference sponsored by Grub Street in… 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

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