Archive for August, 2010

Format, format, format

August 26, 2010

It seems like such a simple thing but once again I’ve slapped in the face  by folks who seem to think their work is so excellent that format doesn’t matter.  Each type of writing–poetry, novel, screenplay, or nonfiction has a specific presentation format.  It isn’t “rocket surgery.”  If you want someone to look at your work–learn it, use it.  I’ll send you a research report for free.  Just ask in the comments section.

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The tortoise beats the hare every time.

August 20, 2010

I’m ten pages from finishing my fourth novel.  This one is the novel of my heart and has taken about five years of working in-between other projects to finish.  But it’s almost there.  I persisted and made it.  So can you!  Between all sorts of distractions if you keep at it you finish.  Stay tuned for next week to see if I make it.  The story never changes.  The tortoise always wins.

Who will buy what you write?

August 12, 2010

You may want to write your heart but if you want to be published, you’ll need to write something someone wants to print.
Check possible markets before you begin your piece and if you focus the piece you’ll have an easier time selling it.

Queries are sales tools

August 5, 2010

It bears repeating.  Again, and again.  Queries are your first contact with a publisher, editor, or agent.  Your query is your way of selling your book or article.  So get that person interested in the first sentence.  Much like Avon or Mary Kay there are hundreds of other products on the market, so make yours attractive from the first sentence.  Hook your reader and keep them hooked.

This week I had an agent return a rejected manuscript to me with the comment that the author had said early in the book something like “you probably won’t like this so get a refund for your purchase.”  Well that’s not exactly a selling point.