Hello Inkpotters and readers! This blog admin is ashamed to say it’s been a little while since the ‘Ask the Inkpot’ mailbag was checked. My apologies…

Below are three questions posed by readers. Inkpotters, can you weigh in on these?

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Bill Kennedy asks “why don’t you use real photos, and who draws the cartoons?”

Cecilia B. DeMille says “I’ve had several friends with debut novels this year who have arranged for near-Hollywood-style book trailers. I have no idea how much this costs. I’ve seen others that were self-made using software that came on their computers. Some of these are terrific; some not so much. I hope to soon find a publisher home for my middle grade novel. How big a deal is this book trailer thing? Am I expected to have one? Will I need a second mortgage to make a decent one? Do I have to hire a film company, actors, acquire costumes, etc.? I find the whole idea scary, and truth be told, a little gratuitous. I’m a writer, not a movie producer.”

Desperately Seeking Snoozin’ says “Hi. Narrators drive me batty because I do not understand how to use one–it’s a control thing. I think. Anyway, I am working on a third person limited POV story where vital information occurs before the story wheel begins turning. I have tried to plant the back story into exposition/dialogue/ action, and my backyard, but none of these solutions feel best. And my dog digs it up every time. Each time I weave the past into the story, the characters tell each other information they already know. So, the back story stalls the story, yet the information is crucial for the reader to know. How, then, should I use a narrator? If my narrator discusses the past, then the story feels like an adult story–one that isn’t wrapped in plastic behind the cashier at a convenient store. Should I consider a prologue? Do any of you have an extra copy of The Best Kept Craft Secrets that All Writing Professors Know and Will Share for Cash? I have cash. I’m a bit sleep deprived, so if this information does not make sense, you should delete it. Immediately. Thanks!”

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