An old creative writing teacher gave the class some advice I’ll never forget. When it comes to story ideas, it’s best to ride around on the bus with it. In other words, take time to process and decide if it’s the best story and/or story direction. In my mind, there are two types of riding-around-on-the-bus-with-it: intentional and unintentional. Click the title above to continue reading.
Congrats to the 10 prize winners (so far) of the Nano Blog & Social Media Hop! A few of our illustrious prize donors are offering discounts on editorial services for Nano Hop participants, so check that out too. I’m devising simpler author follow-back events (one social media site at a time), so if you’re interested, make sure you’re actually getting emails from my blog or checking in regularly, because I won’t be using the Nano Hop email list again (except for the Facebook participants), and I won’t come chasing you down. My email signup is in the left-hand column, and I usually don’t blog more than weekly or bi-weekly. Click the title above to find out who the winners are.
Literary Agent Elizabeth Copps offers advice on when manuscripts are ready for agent eyes, industry standards for novel length and how to make sure your query letter is up to snuff. Click on the title above to read more.
As a first-time NaNoWriMo participant—the worldwide community of writers who subject themselves to bleeding 1,667 words a day or 50,000 words total during the month of November—I was confused about how to keep up the pace the rest of the year. And should I? I asked five successful authors to discuss their year-round strategy and was surprised by the differences and flexibility in approaches. Click the title above to continue reading.
Welcome to the magical place where 404 NaNoWriMo authors have committed to following one another’s blog and social media accounts. Get ready for some serious hopping, because the Nano Blog & Social Media Hop has begun. Click on the title above to start hopping.
What could make the Nano Blog and Social Media Hop even better than it already is, you ask? Prizes, my friends. Critique prizes. It just so happens that many of the esteemed 409 participants who have signed up so far have professional credits to their names (they are either traditionally published, successfully self published, agented and/or interning for a literary agency.) And, so far, 12 of these awesome authors are donating critique prizes! Click on the title above to read more and to find out how you can join the fun.
Welcome fellow Wrimos! If you’ve read even one article on book promotion, you’re familiar with the term “author platform”, which is basically your marketing reach. It’s how you’ll promote your books, especially online. The bigger your platform, the better. So, let’s build our platforms together! Click on the title to continue reading.