Monthly Archives: October 2015


The Sellers of Best?

Jon read The Stranger (Amazon Link) by Harlan Corben, and when he mentioned it on the previous show, Juliet was shocked that he had never heard of the New York Times Best Selling author.

We discuss best sellers, and then the structure and emphasis of the thriller. Jon mentions When You Reach Me (Amazon Link) by Rebecca Stead which he loves and even tweeted about:

From the back of When You Reach Me (Amazon Link):

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: 

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.


Failure Points

There are a bunch of common failure points in a submission–where I stop reading. – Literary Agent Hanna Bowman

Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates broke down where the usual novel Failure Points (see all her Tweets on Storify).
Juliet and Jon read all nine tweets in the series and discuss what they mean, how the points are different, and how to avoid them all.

In this show, Jon talks about the book he’s currently reading, The Stranger by Harlan Coben.
From Amazon: #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Harlan Coben delivers his most shocking thriller yet, proving that a well-placed lie can help build a wonderful life– and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.