Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Susan Gourley

If you've made the decision to query and agent or editor or decided to pitch your novel in person at a writers' conference, you may have heard the term, 'high concept.' If you check out an agent or editor 'wanted' list, many of them will say their desire high concept fiction. They might specify such as high concept romance or science fiction. What does that mean?

High concept fiction is a novel that can be captured with a brief description that immediately attracts attention. It's a hook or title captured in a single sentence. That sentence is what's fun in your story. It's the book in a single image. It's the very essence of the novel's premise. It is the entertainment value of the piece.

The story has to have an original and unique premise that grabs attention before even reading a word of the actual book.

High concept fiction appeals to a mass audience and hopefully garners the attention of cross-over fans from other genres. Perhaps a thriller with a love subplot that appeals to romance readers.

Strong emotions are raised by high concept fiction. Emotions that linger such as fear, joy, love, hate and rage.

High concepts inspire the mind to paint a picture . . .

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Romance By Catherine: All Bestseller's Lists Are Not The Same
  2. Fiction University: 5 Guidelines for Approaching Book Review Bloggers
  3. Don't forget your name. That's what sells books. - Venture Galleries
  4. YA Misfits: Casual Friday: 5 Things I Learned Writing a Novella
  5. Jennifer L. Armentrout   The Secret to Writing
  6. Things to Think About When Writing Strong Women - Adam Dreece
  7. Helping Verbs  Daily Writing Tips
  8. Why you should give up your publishing dream (and self-publish instead) | Creativindie
  9. Twitter for Writers: 7 Quick Tips | @Belinda_Pollard
  10. 10 Reasons We’re Not Succeeding as Writers
  11. Choosing a Book Excerpt | Indies Unlimited
  12. Fix-It Friday: Fixing those prepositional phrases | Jordan McCollum
  13. Beyond Paper Editing: 5 Things You Should Know about Working with Beta Readers
  14. Writer's Edit 21 Writing Tips from a Fledgling Writer - Writer's Edit
  15. Fiction University: Things to Consider When Considering Self Publishing
  16. Forget the Money: Show Me the Contract | Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
  17. Vine Introduces New Camera: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  18. Will You Sell More Books on a Holiday? - BookBub Unbound
  19. Five Ways to Make Description Work in Your Novel - Writers Write
  20. Pub Hub: Considerate Craft: Who Are You Writing For?
  21. How to Find a Literary Agent to Represent You (And Not Get Rejected) | Daniel Decker
  22. How To Write A Screenplay You Can Sell - Good in a Room
  23. Whatever Gets You Through Your Life* | Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...
  24. Insecure Writer's Support Group: High Concept Defined
  25. Amazon Prepares Online Advertising Program | The Passive Voice |
  26. Why You Need to Own Your Blog Site - How to Blog a Book
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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