Mary Ann Evans
Author of the Faye Longchamp Archaeological Mysteries

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Your Novel: Day by Day is designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with eight novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit. She says, “This is the book where I tell other writers the things I wish I’d known ten years ago.”

Work through this book of practical advice with Mary Anna, day by day and page by page, as she advises you on—

crafting a plot

fleshing out believable characters

organizing a novel’s timeline

crafting believable motivations for your characters

editing objectively

evaluating traditional and independent publishing options

and marketing to agents, publishers, and readers.

Because she understands the importance of maintaining your own motivation during the arduous process of writing a novel, Mary Anna has chosen a narrative structure that will provide you with a written companion for a year’s worth of writing. This book consists of 365 essays on topics that range from nuts-and-bolts writing tips to words of encouragement to periodic kicks in the pants. She has even included the actual synopsis she used to query her agent and to sell her first book. If she could sit with you, day by day, as you learn about this exciting art form, she would. Since she can’t, this book is the next best thing.

Availability: Paperback and eBook editions.


"Delightfully erudite"

Kirkus Reviews


This contemporary mystery is drenched with Florida history and with gothic elements that should appeal to a broad range of readers.

Booklist, Barbara Bibel


"Evans's fifth series mystery…reveals her skill in handling the details of a crime story enhanced by historical facts and scientific discussions on the physical properties of water. Along with further insights into Faye's personal life, the reader ends up with a thoroughly good mystery."

Library Journal on Floodgates


This is a series that deserves more attention than it garners

Library Journal (Starred review)


the national association for independent booksellers, has recommended Effigies to their readers as a Book Sense Notable Book

Book Sense


Evans' second archeological mystery is every bit as good as her debut, Artifacts (2003)....Faye makes a compelling heroine, and she's supported by an interesting array of suspects....Transcripts of Dr. Martinez's interviews scattered throughout the narrative provide important clues for the discerning reader.

Publishers Weekly


Mary Anna Evans tells a good story.

I Love A Mystery

Merry Band of Murderers

...A Merry Band of Murderers is a winner....Three [stories] are particularly noteworthy: Mary Anna Evans' Land of the Flowers, Jeffrey Deaver's The Fan, and Val McDermid's Long Black Veil.... A Merry Band of Murderers is an admirable anthology of short stories by a skilled company of mystery authors.

Mysterious Reviews

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