Thursday, March 28, 2013

18 Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

Publishing non-negotiable: Hire an editor

Have you written your first novel and wondered what now? If so, I know exactly what you’re going through.

Your family and friends have probably read your story and told you that you’ve crafted a book that will get you on the New York Times Best Seller list. I think my sister told me my writing was as good as Sandra Brown. Even in my dreams, I don’t reach that level of success.

Maybe you’ve worked with critique partners who have pointed out grammar and punctuation mistakes, questioned the relevance of some of your scenes, or slapped your hand for head­–hopping.

How many times have you heard, “You can’t break the rules?” I’ll let you in on a little secret: Those rules are only guidelines. They are not edicts carved in stone. But, before you can start breaking them, you need to know what they are and how breaking them impacts your story.

Here’s my favorite rule: Try to leave out the part readers will skip.

I wish I knew what that was. I had a reader tell me the other day that she read every word in a story, even the descriptions. I think she’s a rare breed.

While writing The Ruby Brooch, I head–hopped with the best of them, rarely got into a deep point of view, and wrote thousands of words of back story. I meandered. I introduced unnecessary characters and I wrote paragraphs full of descriptions that were boring and didn’t move the story forward. What I learned along the way was that if the story wasn’t moving forward, the reader gets bored and puts down your book. If the reader does that, he/she won’t recommend your book to a friend or write a review. You might have made a sale, but you lost the next one.

What can you do to prevent a reader from putting down your book?

Hire a professional editor. This is not an option.

Click to read the rest of my guest post at Megaphone Society (#1 below)


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. One non–negotiable when writing your book? Hiring an editor @teammegaphone
  2. 6 Things Readers Want from Your Author Website
  3. How To Make Your Book Discoverable
  4. What Are Plot Holes and Why Should You Avoid Them  via @Write_practice
  5. Social Influencers: Digital Marketers’ Most Misused Resource [INFOGRAPHIC]
  6. The Art of Using Literary Devices and Techniques via Fiction Notes
  7. Agent-Assisted Self-Publishing and the Amazon White Glove Program
  8. Joanna Penn on Self-Publishing and Hybrid Authors
  9. Five Blogging Tips for Indie Authors via How to Successfully Self-Publisher
  10. Tips for Writing and Working Full-Time via @WriterUnboxed
  11. 21 Social Media & Content Marketing Tips Tailored For Small Businesses via @HeidiCohen
  12. 6 Effective Ways to Build Relationships and Expand Your Network RT @evelyn_puerto
  13. Why the Reader Is Your Co-Writer @KMWeiland
  14. Discipline and the Writer’s Life @KarenMRider
  15. How to Set Up a Facebook Page for Business @smexaminer
  16. Writers, Are You Wasting Your Time Submitting to Agents? @LindsayBuroker
  17. 3 Tips for Developing Enthralling Characters via @JodyHedlund
  18. 18 Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts 

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Happy writing & running, Kathy

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