1. Obviously The words obviously and clearly used in narration break the rule of "Show, Don't Tell" and can come off as redundant. I've seen this done in everything from Harry Potter to Twilight to my personal hero, Diana Wynne Jones. Here are a few examples of what this looks like: He picked up the coat and obviously meant to go … Continue reading 6 Words That Bog Down Your Manuscript
Most writers don't think about marketing unless it's about how to sell your book, and even then they associate it with social media and getting the word out. But the crux of marketing delves into psychology and why we make the decisions we do. Writers can use marketing principles surrounding motivation, needs, and wants to … Continue reading How to Use Marketing 101 to Write Great Characters
Sometimes you sit down and you just. Can't. Write. Maybe you've got ideas in your head, but for some reason you can't figure out how to put those into words. Or maybe those ideas aren't coming at all. Either way, writer's block can be a very annoying obstacle to finishing a draft or manuscript. Here … Continue reading What To Do When You Have Writer’s Block
Looking for a quick read with a lot of heart? Check out this wonderful novel about a small-town, apple-picking, persistent high school journalist from the author of Rules of the Road and Hope Was Here. The Basics: When rumors of a haunted house and prowling ghost flip a small Hudson Valley town on its head, fearless high … Continue reading Books You Should Read: Peeled by Joan Bauer
I just sent out my very first queries this past week! Through research and my (admittedly limited) experience, here are a few tips I picked up along the way. 1. How do I know my query letter is bullet-proof? My first draft of my query had grammar mistakes and was unclear to follow. Have people … Continue reading How many agents should you query at once? And other questions
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One of the easiest ways to network with publishing industry professionals and get your work out there is to attend a writer's conference. Here are four conferences across the country you can check out in the coming months. 1. Indie Author Fringe When: October 14th, 2017 | Where: Online Brought to you by the Alliance … Continue reading 4 Upcoming Writer’s Conferences