[LMB] essay question

M. Haller Yamada thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 20 07:27:11 BST 2019



Baen has asked me to write an into to the upcoming (in January) first 
Penric collection on paper, to be titled /Penric's Progress/.  (I'll 
blog about this after the launch flurry for the new novella is over.)

What sorts of things do you, as readers, like to see in such intros?

How the 5GU books came to be written is one suggestion, though that can 
border on showing folks how sausage is made.  Relatedly, something about 
the world, though my worldbuilding tends to show-don't-tell.  Brief 
remarks on the other books and stories, because advertising.  Length can 
be anything from a short sort of 500-word hi-there to a 5k word essay.  

Ta, L.  Halfway to slacking off, caught at the doorway.

Micki:Of course, you'll want to cover the who-what-when-where-why, but in a story like Penric, or the whole 5GU, we could ask a million questionsand still not be finished. 
What I like reading about is the writer's process. When I was re-readingPenric and the Fox, I flashed back to that lovely little anecdote about baby foxes in your backyard. 
Also, I would love to know more about why novellas work for you. I meant to ask if I could ask you three questions about novellas, but I procrastinated too much on that one. (-: I'm seeking validation for writing novellas. In my brain, I know that, "Because *I* want to writeone, and the story is exactly that length" is validation enough. But my heart wants a mentor to say that and give me permission. Why I am like that is a blog post for another day. 
Most of the forewords I've read and remembered have been by outside experts, who connect the writer's work to the writer's childhood or livingcircumstances. One is never quite sure if one is reading a foreword bya reliable narrator or not. I guess one never is. 
I also enjoy "thank you" forewords where the author reveals the team behind the book. (-: I noticed that Our Karen Hunt got an acknowledgementfor the map!!! Yay! 
You do well with forewords, anyway. 
Great story, and I can't wait to see more!   

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