Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

The first page of your manuscript is critical for more than just grabbing an agent's attention. When readers go to the bookstore, a book catches their eye, they read the cover blurb, and if they're still interested, they'll often read the first page or so. If those pages grab them, they'll buy the book. If not, they'll put it back on the shelf.

This is why agents and editors are so hard on those opening pages. They know this is how a lot of readers buy books. Those first 250 words need to grab the reader. As a professional writer, you need to be able to do that.

And you do that by giving readers questions they want answers to. Why are the characters doing X? Who is following them? What's the deal with these two people? It can be anything as long as it's not "What's going on?" A vague opening that confuses is not the type of question you want readers asking.

The adage is "start with action" but that doesn't mean blow up a car or rob a bank. It means start with something in the process of X. X can be something going wrong, (my personal favorite), something revealed, something denied, etc. But there's a sense that something is about to happen, and that it won't be good for somebody.

Let's look at four common opening killers. Agent Kristin Nelson said 90% of submissions don't get beyond the first two pages for these reasons.

1. Opening pages that are nothing but backstory and explanation.

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Google Play — Should You Be Uploading Your Ebooks There? | Lindsay Buroker
  2. Italics, Quotation Marks or Capitals? « Perfect Prose Services
  3. Terry Tyler’s Literary Blog — UK Arts Directory Editing and Proofreading ~ their differences, and where they merge
  4. The Educated Imagination: An Intricate Balance "The work of a writer is a balance between these two polarized forces"
  5. 50 Cheap And Easy Ways To Improve Your Writing This Summer | 10 Minute Writer
  6. Of rainbows and unicorns – Part 2 – Do fairy tales and fantasy still have a place for children? | Norah Colvin
  7. Branding, Persona, and Platform | Indie Chick Lit
  8. The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often to Post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn And More | Social Media Today
  9. Fiction University: The First 250 Words of Your Manuscript
  10. Your Character is Lying
  11. Quick Tips: Speak Your Dialogue - Write Divas
  12. How much time should writers spend blogging and building websites? | Nail Your Novel
  13. 5 Publishing Industry Myths Debunked - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  14. The Independent Publishing Magazine: Kobo Writing Life - Reviewed
  15. 5 Tools To Get Happy Now | Molly Greene: Writer
  16. Facebook: How to "unfriend" someone without really unfriending him
  17. Anne R. Allen's Blog: How to Blog: Essential Do's and Don'ts for Author-Bloggers
  18. The Bargain Ebook Buyer: Exclusive Data from #BookBub  @BookBubPartners  
  19. Brand Management - Six Stupid Things Marketers Do to Mess Up Their Brands : MarketingProfs Article
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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