About Shannon Roberts

Shannon is a developmental and line editor specializing in speculative and contemporary adult fiction and books for the young adult and middle grade markets. Interested in working with Shannon as your editor? Please visit our editor contact and inquiry form

How Do We Write about The Future Now That It’s Here? Tips for writing science fiction writing in the 21st century

[by Shannon Roberts]

Science fiction, as a genre, has often struggled to be taken seriously. Oh, it’s garnered some respect, a few classics, and a bucketful of noteworthy authors, but how seriously are we expected to take a class of fiction that still doesn’t even warrant its own section in too many bookstores?

By |2022-02-15T20:34:43+00:00|Sci-Fi, SR|Comments Off on How Do We Write about The Future Now That It’s Here? Tips for writing science fiction writing in the 21st century

Writing with Voice Editor Shannon Roberts on building your authorial voice in unexpected ways

[by Shannon Roberts]

Confession: When I first started writing, I copied.

Not ideas—not consciously anyway—but voice

Initially I modeled my work after one of my (at the time) favorite bloggers and web-comic writers, Jerry Holkins. I started to fold in some Terry Pratchett and I sampled from […]

By |2022-02-15T20:41:08+00:00|SR, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Writing with Voice Editor Shannon Roberts on building your authorial voice in unexpected ways

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin A “first 50” review

George R.R.Martin’s A Game of Thrones turns 20 this month! In honor of twenty years in print, and a hugely successful twenty years at that, here’s a breakdown of the first 50 pages of the book that started it all.

Aside from the prologue, the first 50 pages of ‘A Game of Thrones’ is divided into five […]

By |2019-06-17T19:15:21+00:00|Book Reviews and Analysis, SR, Trends|Comments Off on A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin A “first 50” review

Yul Brynner’s Black Hat Considering good vs. evil in fantasy fiction

Bad guys and black hats are, in the classic American Western film, almost synonymous.

Even if you haven’t seen many Westerns, you’ve probably absorbed this knowledge via cultural osmosis—I certainly had.

Fortunately, the first Western I was privileged to watch was The Magnificent Seven (if a cowboy movie based on […]

By |2021-05-12T16:39:21+00:00|Fantasy, SR, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Yul Brynner’s Black Hat Considering good vs. evil in fantasy fiction

The Mystery Writer’s Toolbox For mysteries (of course) and just about any genre of plot-driven fiction

[by Shannon Roberts]
mystery_manQuestions. Motives. Clues. Red herrings. Villains. Suspense.

All of these are elements in any good mystery. And all of them should be elements in your novel—whether it be science fiction, literary fiction, family or historical drama, horror, romance, or something else entirely.

Any good story is driven by […]

By |2022-02-23T22:06:44+00:00|SR, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on The Mystery Writer’s Toolbox For mysteries (of course) and just about any genre of plot-driven fiction
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