PUBLISHERS FOR DEBUT AUTHORS
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FIFTEEN FABULOUS PUBLISHERS FOR DEBUT AUTHORS by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write
EDITOR’S COMMENT: An absolute must for anyone in search of a publisher. The genres are included with each publisher.
Publish date January 22, 2019
POINT OF VIEW MAGIC: HOW TO CAST A SPELL
ON YOUR READERS by Joslyn Chase from TheWritePractice
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Excellent post. The post advocates every word in a novel is told through a POV. With that thought, Joslyn discusses sensory, opinionated, and emotional details to illustrate the point.
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Publish date, Spring 2019
HOW TO UNDERSTAND YOUR READER’S LEVEL OF AWARENESS TO GROW YOUR FANBASE by Dave Chesson from Jane Friedman
EDITOR’S COMMENT:The post illustrates the value of specific key words. Sci-fi keyword will give the author a number of hits but not sales. Readers are shopping. Whereas alien sci-fi may have fewer hits but more dedicated readers who will buy the book.
SHOULD YOU INCLUDE A PROLOGUE IN YOUR
STORY? by Kristen Kieffer from Well Storied
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The value of a prologue is a debated question in the writing community. A prologue can create dramatic irony or foreshadow pivotal plot events. Equally so, a prologue can be too long, doesn’t set up the story, or is boring. Interesting post.
Publish date, Fall 2019
CREATE KILLER TWISTS; LEARN HOW TO REDEEM YOUR VILLAIN by Sacha Black from Writers Helping Writers
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The post’s thesis is simple. What greater twist than to reveal the dastardly villain has a heart or has seen the light? The post offers the types of redemption and redemption tips to create the change of heart.
THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT ME! JOANNA PENN AND DAVE CHESSON TALK KEYWORDS by David Kudler from The Book Designer
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The subject has been discussed previously in the Journal. Natural phrases are better in Amazon keywords is the thrust of the post. The answer is interesting.
DIY: BUILDING AN AUTHOR WEBSITE by Allison Schiff from Publishers Weekly
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The options include creating your own website and hiring a web developer. Also included is information on SEO.
UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT “DO’S” AND “DON’TS” OF AMAZON BOOK REVIEWS by Amy Collins from The Book Designer
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The post covers Amazon reviews in a question and answer format such as “May I ask people to write a review of my book?” and “What can I do if a review is taken down unfairly?” Good stuff.
HOW TO CHOOSE A COLOR FOR YOUR BOOK COVER DESIGN by Sarah Gribble from The Write Practice
EDITOR’S COMMENT: As expected, the post reviews the emotional response of the popular colors. Perhaps the most helpful comment is the suggestion at the close of the narrative.
FIVE STEPS TO NAILING YOUR QUERY LETTER, BY Literary Agent Britt Siess from Writers Digest
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The value of the query letter cannot be understated. The post offers assistance to craft a winning letter including introduction, pitch, and biography.
HOW TO INTERVIEW A BOOK PUBLICIST BEFORE YOU SIGN AN AGREEMENT by Joan Stewart from The Book Designer
HOW MANY BOOKS CAN YOU EXPECT TO SELL? THE TRUTH ABOUT BOOK SALES AND THE KEYS TO GENERATING INCOME FROM PUBLISHING by Stephanie Chandler from NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION
THE ANATOMY OF A BOOK COVER: A GUIDE FOR AUTHORS by Yvonne @ Reedsy from the Editors of Writers Digest
HOW TO USE ‘MYSELF’ AND OTHER REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS by Mignon Fogarty from Grammar Girl
HEADS UP FOR AUTHORS…THE FLIP FLOP WORLD OF PUBLISHING by Judith Briles from The Book Shepherd
USING STYLES IN SCRIVENER THREE by Gwen Hernandez from Writer Unboxed
FIVE TIPS ON WRITING A TRAUMA BACKSTORY by Lisa Hall-Wilson from Writers in the Storm
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