Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Karen Cioffi

Just about every author knows about the “gatekeeper.” The dreaded acquisitions editor who decides if your manuscript is worthy of her attention and the publishing house’s backing. In other words, the editor who decides if your manuscript is worthy of a publishing contract.

To make sure your ‘good’ story becomes a ‘worthy’ story, the Writer’s Digest article, “7 Simple Ways to Make a Good Story Great” gives excellent tips on just what it takes to create a ‘worthy’ story.

The author of the article, Elizabeth Sims, explains that “there are subtle differences between fiction that’s passable and fiction that pops—fiction that shows that you know what you’re doing.”

So what are those 7 strategies or tips?

1. Well, the first tip mentioned is the five senses. Sims says writers have to go beyond what is expected. Editors and agents want more. “They want physical business that deepens not just your setting, but your characterizations.”

2. Next on the list is the use of idiosyncrasies. Each of us has some idiosyncrasy, some weirdness, some form of irrational behavior that makes us unique and interesting. Using those characteristics deepens and broadens your characters.

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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. The Ultimate Guide to Promoting Your Books at Conferences
  2. What To Do When All Your Characters Sound The Same - Writers Write
  4. N is for Narrative » "Keep it interesting and keep it moving."
  5. Does Your Author Website Have The Essentials To Attract Readers And Sell Your Books? | The Creative Penn
  6. Fiction University: Creating an Author Business Plan: How Will the Business Run?
  7. When Life Throws a Curveball & You Can’t Write
  8. List of character traits -
  9. 6 Showing and Telling Traps to Avoid -
  10. Author, Jody Hedlund: The Key to Knowing if You're Ready for Publication
  11. 10 Essential Lessons You'll Learn in a Creative Writing Workshop | Writing Forward
  12. 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report Social Media Examiner
  13. 3 Reasons You Should Take a Break From Your Writing
  14. Problematic POV—Characters’ Names, Thoughts, and Senses | Live Write Thrive
  15. Writer Unboxed » A Writer’s Eyes Are Always Open
  16. HOW To Finish Your Damn Book | CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
  17. Six Comfortable Ways to Reach Readers Waiting on You - Where Writers Win
  18. How you can write a book on fragmented time | Belinda Williams
  19. Get back to the story | Belinda Williams "Backstory for the reader."
  20. The Best Way for Writers to Use Amazon’s Preorder Feature | Live Write Thrive
  21. How Do You Make a Good Story Worthy of Getting Past the Gatekeeper? | Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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