Is Backstory Necessary?

Is Backstory Necessary?

“So when my students ask me how much backstory they’re permitted to include in a story, I say, ‘How about none?'” That’s Benjamin Percy in Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, an excellent book on writing fiction. He expands on his backstory...
The (Dreaded) Query Letter

The (Dreaded) Query Letter

“It’s easier to write the novel than the query letter.” During the first Ask an Agent session of DFWCon, literary agent Barbara Collins Rosenberg offered this line. I wasn’t sure many people heard it. If they did, I wonder if they understood...