Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Sandra D. Bricker

So you’ve never been published, huh? Or wait, youhave been published, but not by one of the bigger houses that you’re aiming for. There are a few things that can help you put your best foot forward when creating that proposal that will get it in the door. Your foot, that is.

Remember: Your manuscript doesn’t stand alone when you’re trying to get the attention of an editor. Every segment of your proposal is, in effect, a writing sample. You need a compelling synopsis; an error-free few chapters; a platform and/or marketing plan. And don’t forget those all-important few paragraphs representing you as the author of this masterpiece you’d like them to contract.

An author bio that kicks … tushie! … is imperative. Think of it in the same terms as your synopsis – a compact little piece of brilliance that A) reflects the tone of your brand; B) illustrates an attractive, shiny portrayal of what you have to offer; and C) does all that in a very few well-chosen, inventive words that no one else could have put together in the same fashion.

Simple, right?

No? Well, maybe I can put on my managing editor’s hat and compile a few tips that will help.

1. Make yourself the hero/heroine of your own bio. Write in third person, present tense. This will help the editor step into (and stay in) the moment with you.

2. Make your opening count.

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