Category: Writing Advice

How to Write Good Critique
August 18, 2017 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

Previously, We’ve talked about the importance of critique, and how it benefits you as a writer to utilize it as a growth tool. There are not many articles out there that really define the how to write good critique and the various methods used to do so. Not all are profitable for every person, that’s why it
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How to Hook Your Audience
August 17, 2017 Writing Advice Heidi Angell

Hello Our Write Siders, Writing author bios, hooks, blurbs, synopses, and queries are every author’s bane. Why is that? Partly because we go into them trying to figure out how to squish our 60K + novel into a couple hundred words. But that’s not really what we’re doing and that’s why many struggle. What you are doing
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Writing a Review Request
August 16, 2017 Writing Advice David Wiley

As authors, we all want to find those willing readers who will actually leave a detailed, thoughtful review. We also dream of having a captive audience waiting to preorder and purchase every book we release. Anyone who has published a book or two knows the reality: these things aren’t likely to happen without a lot
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The Art of the Blurb
August 14, 2017 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

Have you ever been told to send a potential agent/publisher/pa a blurb of your story? The first time I heard this, my fingernail scratched my temple. “Huh? Say what? A blurb?” I never heard of this before, so off to google I went. Here’s what I learned: most blurbs start with “When.” Blurbs are generally
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What to Check Before You Hit Submit
August 11, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

We’ve talked about building worlds and creating in-depth characters. Even our secondary characters have backstories now. Our stories are written and edited. Now what? Before you submit, there is still an important step to seeing your work in print. It is the dreaded F word. Now, get your mind out of the gutter because that’s
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The Art of the Query Letter
August 7, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

It’s been a long time since I wrote a query letter so I found I was a bit rusty.  There are hundreds of sites offering advice so I checked out a few then did my best to distill down the information.   Query letter template  Incorporate the book name three times in query.  Three is
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How to Write a Query Letter to Catch an Agent
August 4, 2017 Writing Advice Melinda Harmon

Writing a good query letter could be the difference between finding an agent or not. It is recommended that novelists complete the manuscript first before starting to write query letters. This way you know that you are prepared in the event that an agent accepts your proposal. There is always a possibility that the agent
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Breaking Down the Synopsis
August 3, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

Congratulations, you’ve finished your novel. That’s quite a feat in itself. Now you’ve revised and edited it and are ready to query. But that means you need to have a synopsis ready to go, and these can be harder to write than your novel was. This is where you boil down your story plot to
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How Do I Write a Perfect Author Bio?
August 2, 2017 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

You are finally ready to jump out there and introduce yourself to the world but suddenly, the words freeze on the tip of your tongue. Character descriptions are breezy, but describing yourself? It can be quite intimidating. You will undoubtedly write and rewrite your author bio, it will evolve over time, but as you practice it
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How to Research Agents before Querying
August 1, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

So you’ve written a book. Now what? If the answer is you would like to get traditionally published, the next step is querying. But who do you query? Small publishers and presses accept unsolicited submissions, meaning you can send them a query on your own without an agent, but bigger ones often only work with
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