Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts


By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund

One of my favorite compliments from readers is, "I stayed up really late reading your book."

Story tellers would much rather have their books keep readers awake until unreasonable hours rather than having their books put readers to sleep.

So how can writers make readers bright-eyed, excited, and turning the pages rather than bleary-eyed, yawning, and closing the book?

Here are 6 ways to keep readers up past their bedtime:

1. Make Every Scene Count:

Before I write a scene, I envision a stage and my characters upon it. Who would want to go to a play and watch the actors meander around the stage talking to themselves or reflecting on problems while eating, getting ready, shopping, driving in the car, talking on the phone, etc.? Big yawn.

Rather than the mundane and ordinary, our audience wants to be entertained by the unfolding story. Put the characters on stage and have them jump right into the action and drama.

If we eliminate static scenes, then readers will come to expect that every scene in our book adds suspense or value to the plot, even when we slow the pace. The more succinct and necessary we make each scene, the fewer parts readers will be able to skim or skip.

2. Make Every Character Count: . . .

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. How To Use MailChimp – From Sign-Up To “Send!” | Molly Greene: Writer
  2. Public Speaking—It's Even for Authors Who Are Sissies | Live Write Thrive
  3. Writing Faster: Breaking the 10,000-Word-Day Barrier and Composing a Rough Draft in 2 Weeks | Lindsay Buroker
  4. 20 Powerful Ideas for Creating and Marketing Your EBook - Jeffbullas's Blog
  5. Do You Worry About Your Writing? How To Stop And Fall Back In Love With It | Write to Done
  6. Why Building an Email List is Essential for Authors — The Book Designer
  7. That second draft will not kill you . . . Pinterest
  8. Fix Showing vs. Telling with Macros & Word Lists | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  9. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Should You Market Your Book In Just Four States?
  10. Getting Unconventional Is Great for Business
  11. Maggie Lyons Blog: Blip Those Bloopers
  12. 6 Reason Why Your Marketing Communications Might Fail - infographic ~ Digital Information World
  13. Make Your Social Media Strategy Soar - infographic ~ Digital Information World
  14. A Writer's Journey: Readers Will Judge Your Book By Its Cover
  15. A writer’s battle against the -tions: procrastination and distraction | Annalisa Parent Author
  16. Divas on Writing: How to Spot Your Tic - Write Divas | Write Divas
  17. Southern Writers: Suite T: Specifically Speaking
  18. Too many hashtags will hurt you. | adorably alice
  19. Here Are The Top 10 Most Annoying Social Media Behaviors
  20. Why You Should Publish Your Book Before It’s Finished
  21. Susan Kaye Quinn, Speculative Fiction Author: Stories Don't Expire - Don't Rush to Publish
  22. Author, Jody Hedlund: 6 Ways to Keep Readers Up Past Their Bedtime
  23. Is my book paranormal or literary? And which age group is it for? How to categorise your novel | Nail Your Novel
  24. Save $$ With A Manuscript Proof Checklist | Molly Greene: Writer
  25. How to Make People Read Your Business Card | Indies Unlimited
  26. Fiction University (The Other Side of the Story): How to Build Street Cred as an Indie Author
  27. Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers: Character Motivation: What is Her True Journey?
  28. The Stephen King Drawer Method for Writing Better Copy : @ProBlogger
  29. 8 In 10 Say The Ads They See On Twitter Are Irrelevant [STUDY] - AllTwitter
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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