Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Writer’s Relief

Rejection is commonplace for writers—we all go through it. But there are certain glaring errors a writer can avoid to decrease the odds that his/her manuscript gets tossed in the slush pile.

Steer clear of these five mistakes, and you just might find your luck changing for the better!


Typos. It’s as sinple as that. I mean simple. See?! As someone who’s presenting him- or herself as a purveyor of language, it’s best to be sure your spelling is on point. If a literary agent sees a manuscript strewn with typos and misspellings, it’s bound for the see-you-never pile.

Improper formatting. Most agencies have formatting guidelines, and if not, there’s always the industry standard to follow. Not adhering to the formatting guidelines is an instant turnoff.

And who wants to read fifty pages of a manuscript written in Chiller font (even if it is your horror masterpiece!)?

Wrong or insufficient material. Along with their formatting guidelines, agents will have a specification of what materials they need you to send. If a literary agent asks for the query letter ONLY, it’s inappropriate to send your whole novel.

On the contrary, insufficient materials will push you further down the sink hole. Agents don’t have time to chase you for the materials they requested, so they’ll just toss the manuscript instead.

Long tangents:

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Flash Flood Fiction : The last scene: going out with a bang
  2. Thoughts in Progress: Three Fun Elements to Add to Your Mystery {+ Giveaway}
  3. 21 Proofreading and Editing Tips for Writers
  4. Divas on Writing: Issues with the First Person Perspective - Write Divas
  5. How to Find Time to Write and Parent Children Too | Live Write Thrive
  6. Fiction University: Writing Basics: How to Use Adverbs
  7. Not Getting Enough Attention From Your Literary Agent? Here’s What To Do - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  8. Listen to Your Readers *
  9. Guest Post by Writer’s Relief: Why Most Manuscripts Get Rejected
  10. Fiction University: How to Find Your Character’s Breaking Point
  11. The Ultimate Guide on How to get More Blog Traffic
  12. Facebook: The Lowdown on Advertising, and What We’ve Found Works Really Well : @ProBlogger
  13. Do your Minor Characters have Character? | Stavros Halvatzis
  14. One Fictitious Moment: Writing a Series – Kobo Writing Life
  15. A Writer's Secret Productivity Weapon: Coffee Shops | David Bruns
  16. Writing in a distinctive voice - 3 questions you need to ask
  17. Kelly Steel—Chasing Happy Ever After: Secrets To Synopsis Writing by Rula Sinara
  18. Five Web Mistakes I See All the Time >> by LISA HAZEN >> Book Promotion . com
  19. All Write - Fiction Advice: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Subplots
  20. 5 Ways an Editor is Like a Dentist by Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas — The Book Designer
  21. The Creative Penn Blog: Helping you write, publish and market your book | The Creative Penn
  22. To Do: A Social Media Spring Clean | Catherine, Caffeinated
  23. Hybrid Authors | The Passive Voice |
  24. Instagram Success: How a Marketer Grew a Loyal Following With Instagram | Social Media Examiner
  25. Should Writers Follow the Rules? - A Writer's Journey
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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