Thursday, May 2, 2013

18 Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Delilah S. Dawson @DelilahSDawson

When I sold my first book to Pocket in 2011, it sold in a three-book series. Shortly after that, they requested three e-novellas. I'd never written a novella before, but I jumped at the chance. Here's what I learned about telling an exciting story in 40,000 words or less using my first novella, The Mysterious Madam Morpho, as the example.

1. A novella is not a book, so keep your ideas smaller.

Novellas run between 20k to 40k, which means you have less than half a book to tell a complete story. It's best to begin with a rock-solid premise that won't require too many twists and turns to be exciting. Example: A mysterious woman with a dangerous past joins the traveling circus and falls in love with a reclusive clockwork inventor.


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Guest Author Delilah S. Dawson 10 Steps to Writing a Novella @DelilahSDawson  
  2. Creating Believable Characters via Scribendi
  3. Why Writers Shouldn't Rush Into Publication via @JodyHedlund
  4. 5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Writing a Book Essential points from @BrianKlems
  5. Building Strong Stories is Like Putting a Jigsaw Puzzle Together RT @evelyn_puerto
  6. The 7 Types of Plots: Rags to Riches via @write_practice
  7. All About Boomer Lit via Claude Nougat
  8. Using Pinterest as Inspiration: @Kendel_Lynn RT @elizabethscraig
  9. Notes from Tabor Lane: Today's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts 
  10. When the Self-Published Authors Take Over, What Will Publishers Do?
  11. Do You Have A Premise or a Plot? @Janice_Hardy
  12. Info Dumps, Lectures, AYKB, and Other Author Intrusions @JodieRennerEd
  13. Hot Twitter Topic: Revising Tweets
  14. Podcast covering how authors can best use Pinterest for promo: @JeffRutherford RT @elizabethscraig
  15. Uncertainty: The Normal Writing Process via @FictionNotes
  16. Never, Never, Never Lose Your Work! via @RachelleGardner
  17. Beginning and Ending via Writer Unboxed
  18. “Size” Matters via Daily Writing Tips 

I’m always looking for great content to share. If you have a writing and/or marketing blog, or have a favorite that you visit often, please leave a link in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy writing & running, Kathy

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