Mr. Rinzler is an editor at John Wiley & Sons, and is also a consulting editor who has worked in the publishing industry for over 40 years. He’s handled books by Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, and many other successful authors.
In his blog, The Book Deal, he offers advice on a wide range of subjects, including platform building, finding your writing voice, developing a story arc, negotiating advances, self-publishing, and other topics related to the writing craft. He talks about the publishing industry, and has interviews with authors and agents—including one with Nathan Bransford. He offers his professional services on manuscripts, for a fee, but generously shares some excellent information on his blog.
Mr. Rinzler’s post dated 1/30/09 gives great tips on developing a plot. I especially like his suggestion to use index cards or a white board to arrange and re-arrange events within the story; it sounds much easier than writing out a formal outline which, in my case, constantly needs changing. Have any of you tried that technique, or do you have a better suggestion for keeping track of events in a novel?