I spent 5+ years on this blog and I haven’t posted in awhile, but I wanted to share a great round up of some of my top posts throughout the years.
I think I’ve made this place a good launch pad for authors’ careers answering questions about all aspects of the writing and publishing arenas.
Let me know which articles were most helpful to you!
Top Tips for Writing / Editing:
On characters 30 questions to ask your main character.
On comparison to other writers 6 Tips on why writers shouldn’t (but might) compare themselves to others, and why they shouldn’t (what they should do).
On category and genre. Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction? Helping writers understand the difference between these three categories so that they can market and sell (or query) their book better.
On writing page one: Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One Tips on what hooks a reader (so they keep reading) like a secret, verses mistakes that encourage them to put the book down.
On where your book begins Five reasons why you might be starting your novel in the wrong place.
On how to redirect a wandering book: 4 ways to edit your book back on track When you feel like you’re losing your novel, do these four things.
On writing synopsis Ways to write a synopsis.
Top Tips for Social Media / Marketing:
On Instagram Tips on how to use Instagram and how it can establish brand/marketing.
On writing for the market and you Tips on writing for the marketing but not trying to write “trends.”
On agents googling authors Insight on the truth about agents googling writers after they like a query, as well as what social media is best for each kind of writer (including times to post).
On building platform 7 ways to build an online community which is essential to success.
On how social media hurts writers 6 ways social media doesn’t help you get published–i.e. what writers shouldn’t do or share online.
Top Tips for Querying / Pitching:
On querying 8 query tips that nobody tells writers (but you do!)
On personalizing your QL 10 ways/examples on how authors can introduce their book in their Query Letter that shows they’ve done research and/or have similar taste.
On QL content–focusing on plot vs. theme 3 big reasons why agents are interested in plot-driven Query Letter instead of theme-elaborate Query Letter.
On passing on QLs 5 quick reasons why an agent say “no thanks.”
On pitch potential The advantages and disadvantages of various ways authors pitch their work to agents (in person, conference, etc.).
On reading slush (your strategies) How I read slush!
Top Tips for Publishing:
On publishing industry “rules.” 4 rules you can break and 6 you can’t.
On publishing your debut novel. 5 tips on how to get your book to the printer.
Top Tips for Agent Relationships (and getting one):
On lessons you’ve learned as an agent. Your 15 points on what you’ve learned about being an agent–I thought these were really sincere and smart and something to exemplify.
On what agents like to know about potential authors. What you like to know about potential authors.
On how to be a good client. 7 tips on what will make you a great client to work with (for your agent).
On what’s wrong with your manuscript. Agent perspective on what flags a weak novel.