147: An Interview with Emma D. Dryden

An Interview with Emma D. Dryden

Advice on world building and avoiding cliched characters

May 3, 2019

 


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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE LEGENDARY EDITOR EMMA D. DRYDEN

Emma D. Dryden founded drydenbks LLC (www.drydenbks.com), a premiere children’s editorial & publishing consultancy firm, after 25 years experience as editor and publisher of Margaret K. McElderry Books and Atheneum Books for Young Readers, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. We are thrilled to bring you her expertise on setting and world building in this month's interview.

We talk about:

- The best way to help your reader feel like they’re in your world without “telling” and creating prolonged descriptions.
- Great metaphors for emotions (and a way to show not tell).
- How to avoid cliched characters.
- What to do when readers tell you they’re not believing your character.
- The biggest mistakes Emma often sees when people are trying to set the stage.

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Comments

Mary
May 6, 2019

Excellent podcast. I just received a critique asking me to expand my "world building." So, this was timely! Thanks!

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