Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts


By: Nancy J. Cohen

An info dump is when you drop a significant amount of information on the hapless reader. This can take various forms. As my editor’s recent comments indicate, even I am not immune to this fault. So what different formats might this problem take? Check these out:

Overzealous Research

You love your research, and you can’t help sharing it with readers. Here are two examples from my current WIP. The first paragraph is the original. The second one is the revised version.

Example One:

“The company built houses and rented them to the miners and their families. Single men would have shared a place together, eight to twelve of them in one dwelling. The homes were shotgun style. You could see in through the front door straight back to the rear. Since the miners worked twelve hour shifts, they weren’t all home at the same time. The rent was taken out of their paychecks.”

“The company built houses and rented them to the miners and their families. Single men often shared a place together. Since they worked twelve hour shifts, they weren’t all home at the same time.”

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: How POV Can Solve Your Writing Troubles
  2. All Write - Fiction Advice: Does multi-genre writing really work?
  3. Southern Writers - Suite T THE END - NOW WHAT?
  4. What The Declaration Of Independence Can Teach Us About Writing | Where Writers Win
  5. You Need To Know This Information Before You Write Your Story
  6. If You've Ever Finished A Book, You Should Watch This
  7. Facebook Enhances Custom Audiences: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  8. Partnering With Brands Theme Week: Putting it All Together and Getting Started : @ProBlogger
  9. How to Be in the Top 5% of Bloggers: New Research Results - Copyblogger
  10. The Silver Lining of Bad Reviews | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  11. The Creative Penn Blog: Helping you write, publish and market your book | The Creative Penn
  12. The Book Designer — Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books
  13. The Days When You Don’t Feel Like Writing | Ania Ahlborn | The Blog
  14. 5 back of book extras you need to include in your book
  15. Build better relationships with your readers using "Ask the Author"
  16. A Crash Course in Romance Sub-Genres - Marcy Kennedy
  17. Anne R. Allen's Blog: TOOLS OF THE (WRITER’S) TRADE: Lots of them FREE + reviews, how-to videos and cheat sheets.
  18. The Kill Zone: Avoiding Info Dumps
  19. Ten Secrets for Savvy Search Engine Optimization - Marketing Tips For Authors
  20. ‘Ask yourself if this sentence, paragraph, or chapter truly furthers the narrative. If not, chuck it.’
  21. Description—How to Make Readers Fall In & Never Escape | Kristen Lamb's Blog
  22. How Believable Is Your Character’s Storytelling? | Part 2
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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