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Egmont May 14, 2013!

Adult Non-Fiction June, 2013

Latest Book--Adult Mystery!
Available December 28, 2014 from Soho Press!

From the flap:

"Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward’s designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward’s unofficial mother, and her days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling.

But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church’s patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward. One cold winter morning, a neighbor, Jared Helm, appears on the Wallheims’ doorstep with his 5-year-old daughter, claiming that his wife, Carrie, disappeared in the middle of the night, leaving behind everything she owns. The circumstances surrounding Carrie’s disappearance become more suspicious the more Linda learns about them, and she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as an abandoned husband.

Kurt asks Linda not to get involved in the unfolding family saga, but she has become obsessed with Carrie’s fate, and with the well-being of her vulnerable young daughter. She cannot let the matter rest until she finds out the truth. Is she wrong to go against her husband, the bishop, when her inner convictions are so strong?"

Critiquing Service

I will read a first chapter (10 pages), a synopsis and a query letter for only $25. I will also read full novels for $1 per page (250 words). I will send you back your document with comments embedded in Word and will also give a comprehensive letter with detailed examples and suggestions. This is not a copyediting service, however. This is big picture stuff, from wordbuilding issues, character sympathy, plot, pacing, genre and age expectations. My specialties are YA sf/f, but I also do YA contemporary and adult sf/f and contemporary.

If you can't figure out why you aren't getting asked for sample chapters, this is for you. If you can't figure out why you're getting asked for samples, but not getting offers for representation from agents or offers to buy from editors, this is for you. I don't try to hurt your feelings, but I don't pull punches. If you want to get better and you're not afraid of throwing parts out and starting over, this is for you.

Teaching credentials: Two years of teaching at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers, seven published young adult novels, a published memoir, and an upcoming adult mystery series with Soho Press. My agent is Barry Goldblatt. I hold a PhD in German Literature from Princeton University, spent five years of teaching at the university level, and have now finished five years of a critiquing business on-line.

What some of my students have said:

“Being in your class has been a gift of gold.” Brenda Sills

“What a wonderful experience this has been. Thank you for all your expert suggestions about my stories and career path.” Angela Citte

“I feel like you were able to describe the improvements my book needed in such an understandable way.” Lindsay Heidbrink

“This class has been amazing. I feel like I finally know which direction I need to go.” Nicole Westerskow

“Your critiques have been invaluable to me. Very honest, but not too harsh, and spot on. You have a great eye for the overall big picture, plot, and character problems. You've helped me see and understand things I didn't see before in my own writing. You've gone above and beyond to help me. I hope you know how much i appreciate it. ” Alice Beesley

“I love to have Mette critique my manuscripts because I can count on her to be tactful, yet honest. And without honest feedback, as a writer I don't stand a chance. Mette helps me take my writing to the next level. After receiving her comments, I feel enthusiastic about how to approach revision. I have a better sense of direction in my plot and clearer insight into what's motivating my characters. She can see right into the bones of my manuscript and suggest how to tighten up loose plot threads, make a character more relatable and improve the experience for my readers. I won't ever let an editor see my work without having Mette review it first.” Kristyn Crow

“Thank you so much for your thorough and wonderful advice. I've been stuck on this book for a long time and I think your critique is just what I needed. With a preliminary look over your notes, I feel like I'm finally getting the feedback I need to make some decisions about this book.” Jackee Alston

“I've had a chance to look thorough your comments and wanted to thank you again for all your suggestions (you really should charge more!).” Mark Finnemore

“I can tell you have some great advice and valid points. It's nice to get a reaction from someone other than my critique partners who know this story almost as well as I do. I really appreciate your time. I have one question: Do you tell everyone you critique that their book shows a lot of promise? Or, do you really think mine does?” Emily Prusso


The Fifth Book in the "Hound Saga"

The Fourth Book in the "Hound Saga"

Out soon as an ebook!

Out soon as ebook!

A collection of traditional fantasy short stories

A collection of fantasy (and one sf) short stories with an apprentice theme

A collection of contemporary fantasy short stories

Copyright Mette Ivie Harrison 2013 all rights reserved.
Last revised May 27, 2014.