Titles are the bait that authors use to hook readers. A highly effective title is not just catchy. It is true to the book. It provides a sample of the writing style and the story to come. That's a big job for one little sentence fragment! While considering different titles for my novel, Eleanor and the … Continue reading What do great book titles have in common?
Writing is a form of art, but many of us writers bemoan our "artistic" skills. We paint pictures with words, not brushes! Fortunately, when book-cover-design-time rolls around, there are many online platforms to connect writers with visual artists. 99Designs is one of the most popular platforms. It works like this: Writers create a "brief" describing their … Continue reading 9 Lessons from 99Designs
Literary agents know their stuff--and if you want to get signed by a literary agent, you need to know your stuff too. When agents describe what they're looking for in a novel, they tend to lapse into industry jargon. It's confusing stuff, even for those of us who sprinkle words like fastidious and coruscant throughout our writing. Still, understanding what agents want is crucial to finding the right agent (or, indeed, any agent) for your project. That means you have to learn to translate the jargon.
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I used to believe that, when I desperately needed guidance from the universe, I could pick any book of my bookshelf, open it to a random page, and find the answer I needed. My surprising success rate probably hinged on the fact that, as humans, we have a knack for turning the tiniest glimmer of an … Continue reading Lessons from Querying Agents
Good morning dreamers and do-ers! Last week, I wrote about choosing a platform to launch yourself as a freelance writer. Today, I'm following up with the lily pads that helped me hop my way into a new, independent career. Step 2: Craft a catchy profile. No matter which platform you choose to establish yourself as … Continue reading How to Craft a Catchy Freelance Profile
In April of this year, I signed up for a platform designed to connect freelancers with employers. The decision to sign up was only slightly more serious than an April Fools Joke played on myself. I was trying to inspire my husband, a software developer, to consider freelancing as an alternative to squatting in an office all … Continue reading Choosing the ‘Write’ Freelance Platform
As of yesterday, the first proof of my novel, Eleanor, is on its way to my mailbox! Transforming my manuscript into book format has been an arduous process: two steps forward, one step back. I thought I would share some of the know-how I picked up along my way with you all. These are the things I … Continue reading 3 Timesavers to Use When Formatting Your Book
I'm getting all excited about the release of a book I supported on Kickstarter, The Boy In the Castle. The Boy in the Castle is a picture book with a poignant message. In my mind, I equate it with The Little Prince. Like The Little Prince, The Boy in the Castle touches on love and depression. I can't wait to read … Continue reading What Kind of Book Succeeds on Kickstarter?
A month ago, one of my clients asked me to write a 3,000 word blog post about landing pages. My first thought was, "What the heck is a landing page?" I'll sum it up for you: a landing page is a single, self-contained webpage designed to collect customer information or sell a product. Unlike a … Continue reading What’s the Deal with Landing Pages?