Sunday, March 23, 2014

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By: Writer’s Relief Staff

If you have written a book or novel, you’ll want to be sure that it meets the basic criteria of book publishers and literary agents. Follow the rules of genre fiction (whether it’s romance, Western, thriller, fantasy, historical, sci-fi, or horror), and you are more likely to get your book published.

The Rules Of Genre Fiction

Genre fiction refers to books that are published widely for popular appeal. Publishers tend to place high value on these books, especially when a writer shows a palpable enthusiasm for his or her particular genre. Usually, genre books are published in the smaller, mass-market book size.

Genre writing is all about crafting great stories that appeal to a distinct audience with particular preferences. Do your research and learn what is expected from your genre. Read widely in your genre. Join a creative writers’ group. Research recommended book lengths and what publishers are buying—and not buying. Again, you don’t have to be a slave to the standards, but—as with grammar and punctuation—a professional writer must know the rules in order to effectively break them.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that the information below is an overview of generalized genre guidelines: Always research information about your specific project for the best results.

The Rules Of Romance Genre Novels . . .

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Authors: Warning Signs That You're Being Scammed | Penny C. Sansevieri
  2. The Danger of Getting Ahead of Ourselves | Elizabeth Spann Craig
  3. Thoughts on Gesture Writing, Scene Outlining, and the Essence of Things | K. Tempest Bradford
  4. 15 advanced online tools for writers | Bad Language
  5. Fiction University (The Other Side of the Story): Put Up Your Dukes: Writing a Fight Scene
  6. Fiction University (The Other Side of the Story): Will They or Won’t They? Plotting With Yes or No Questions
  7. 20 Inspiring Pinterest Boards for Writers - The Write Life
  8. Press Releases Dos & Don’ts [Infographic]  via @pinterest
  9. 34 Strategic Ways You Can Use Pinterest to Market Your Book and Your Author Brand | Your Writer Platform
  10. Five Things You Need to Fix on Your Website to Land Media Coverage
  11. Price Fixing and e-Books: Who Wins? Who Loses?
  12. Writers On The Move: Does Your Manuscript Pass the Quality Control Test?
  13. An Invitation: How Much ‘Discussion’ Are Publishers Ready to Have? | Thought Catalog
  14. Four Things Writers Can Learn From Fairy Tales (Besides Never Eat The Free Apple) - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  15. Genre Fiction Rules: Meet Publisher and Literary Agent Criteria
  16. Twitter Introduces First Tweet Feature: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  17. It’s Okay To Talk To Yourself – Kobo Writing Life
  18. How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book: What's Keeping You Accountable to Your Writing?
  19. The Kill Zone: Hardcovers vs. Paperbacks
  20. Pub Hub: Pub Life: Getting Your Manuscript Ready for Agents and Editors
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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