Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Divine Dance

Lisa here...

Ever sit at the computer keyboard and the words flow? No blocks. No disapproving boos. No self-editor who yells, “Stop. Rework it–it’s not good enough.” Nothing but blissful creativity.

Those moments are rare. A writer’s life is hard work.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Writing Life: Yes, You Can

Yes, You Can

by Terry Whalin

Often I've met writers who are struggling financially. They are looking for a publisher or magazine to publish their work and promptly pay them to solve their mounting bills. Writing can pay but it does not always happen in the way that you presume it will happen. There are many different ways to earn a living in the publishing world.

As a writer, I've discovered many different ways to make money in the publishing world. One of those ways is through advertising other people's products and using an affiliate link. The affiliate industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and is something that any writer can use to supplement their income.

You may have a blog or a website. Have you monetized your website or blog so you have created a revenue stream? Or are you simply putting content online with no expectation that it will make money? If you are wondering, "What is affiliate marketing?" Or "What is Terry talking about?" Then I've got good news for you.

Read the rest at..The Writing Life: Yes, You Can

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Seriously Write: Manuscript Formatting

Seriously Write: Manuscript Formatting: "Hey everyone, it's grammar day here on Seriously Write. Annette here. I work as an acquisitions editor, so today, I thought we could focus ..."  

To read the rest... http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com/2011/05/manuscript-formatting.html

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Resources for Writers

Recommended Reading
by The Steve Laube Agency

Here are some books that we highly recommend you read (listed in alphabetical order by author within categories).

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A New Agent Joins Steve Laube!

A New Agent Joins 

Steve Laube!

We are thrilled to announce that Tamela Hancock Murray is joining The Steve Laube Agency as a new literary agent for the firm. For the last ten years she has been with the Hartline Literary Agency representing a number of successful authors.
She interned on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of State before graduating with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Tamela brings significant writing expertise to the agency as an author of over twenty novels, novellas, and nonfiction works. When she’s not working as an agent Tamela spends time with her husband and their two daughters.
She will be working out of her office in Virginia, giving the agency a specific East Coast connection.
Proposals can be sent to ewilson@stevelaube.com.
A New Agent Joins Us!

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Two Most Important Things to Know Before Hiring a Freelance Editor - Interview With Roz Morris

The Two Most Important Things to Know Before Hiring a Freelance Editor - Interview With Roz Morris

The Two Most Important Things to Know Before Hiring a Freelance Editor - Interview With Roz Morris

The fabulous Roz Morris—ghost writer, book consultant, and human being extraordinaire—is the author of the marvelous writing book Nail Your Novel, which I had the joy of reading andreviewing here on AC last year. Roz can be found on her site, her writing blog, and Twitter. Today, Roz was kind enough to stop by and share her experiences as a ghost writer and freelance editor and her views on the rapid changes in the book industry.

What’s your background in writing?

I was originally a journalist and editor but found that inventing events and characters led to more satisfying stories! What I do now is a mixture of ghostwriting, editing, consultancy and writing my own books.

To read the rest....http://authorculture.blogspot.com/2011/05/two-most-important-things-to-know.html

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Great Semi-Colon Debate by James Scott Bell

The Great Semi-Colon Debate

And you didn't think there was one, did you?

Well, there is. At least I'm declaring it so, here and now.

When it comes to fiction, I think of semi-colons the way I think of eggplant: avoid at all costs. As Kurt Vonnegut once said, "Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college."

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Jerry Jenkins, Top Ten Writing Tips

My Top Ten Writing Tips
by Jerry Jenkins

As a working writer, you should be always sending out proposals – or coming up with new proposals to pitch. Never write to Dear Sir or To Whom It May Concern. Find and write directly to the appropriate person by name. Then, here are my top tips for query letters and proposals.

1. Do not use colored paper as stationery. Editors seem to universally see this as a sign of an amateur.

2. Do not use bold or LARGER-THAN-NORMAL type anywhere in a letter or manuscript, and never use more than one font.

3. Your title must be positive. Not “Don’t Let Depression Defeat You,” but rather: “Winning Over Depression.”

Monday, May 9, 2011

Beyond the Churchyard: In love with stories

Beyond the Churchyard: In love with stories: "We had the opportunity to watch a live performance of The Secret Garden with our homeschool group last week. It was a musical rendition of t..."

To read the rest, please link to... http://hilarey.blogspot.com/2011/05/in-love-with-stories.html

JUST THE WRITE CHARISMA: To Brand or Not to Brand

JUST THE WRITE CHARISMA: To Brand or Not to Brand: "As I’ve navigated through the publishing industry I’ve learned many things: voice, pacing, promoting and networking to name a few. To read the rest...." http://justthewritecharisma.blogspot.com/2011/05/to-brand-or-not-to-brand_09.html

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Author's Voice by Rachel Hauck

Author's Voice 

Everyone who writes has a voice. It's how we form our thoughts into sentences and paragraphs. How we express ourselves.

The bigger question is do you have a voice that is compelling, engaging, and one that can tell a story? Anyone can be taught to write. A person can learn the elements of craft and novel writing. But the story telling voice is another matter. I think that is born-in and can't be taught.

It's like math. I can be taught math. I can understand and "do" math. But math is not gifted to me. I don't enjoy it. I don't think math. I don't want to do numbers all day. I do want to spend my day with words! And images. And story.

Some writers have a natural voice that lives on the surface. Others have to work hard and dig for it, knock the coal off the diamond in the rough. If a writer is willing to work hard, they can find their own voice.

But a story teller's voice can't be taught. You either have it or you don't. I think most if not all of us on this loop have some kind of voice or we'd not be here.

I also think some writers have a voice that transcends. They become the break out authors. Some authors do well writing to formula category. They have a more generic voice, but a voice nonetheless. A good one.

Voice can be fine tuned. Just like the natural voice can be trained, our writing voices can be trained. We learn our strengths and weaknesses. We learn our own "sound." Like, I wish I was the Celine Dion of fiction, but I'm more like a raspy lounge singer. :)

Work on your voice by writing, blogging, getting the ping in your gut when you hit your stride. "That's me! My writers voice!"

You may start out mimicking others, copying the voice and style of your favorite authors, but learn to hear your own way of stringing a story together. Because who would you rather hear: Rich Little impersonating Johnny Carson, or Johnny Carson?

Rachel Hauck

Thank you, Rachel!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Freelance Writing Course by Janice Thompson

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Learn Freelance Writing BusinessIn this NEW ONLINE WRITING COURSE by Full-Time Freelance Author, Janice Thompson, you will learn the necessary elements to sustaining a long term freelance career.

Learn how to:

  • Plan Your Career Path
  • Develop and Maintain Relationships with Editors
  • Make the Sale
  • Find and Work with an Agent
Learn the top 20 things that you need to know to sustain a long term Freelance Writing Career


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

CFOM - Home Page

Christian Fiction Online Magazine is a wonderful resource for writers and readers. Great articles and helpful tips.

CFOM - Home Page

Quantum Marketing

Keep short and simple.

Sound Bites R You by Jim Rubart

One of my goals for 2011 was to clean out my inbox every day. Epic fail. Wait. Epic isn’t a big enough word. Gargantuan failure is more accurate. I lasted until January 3 before the e-mail flood buried me.

To read the rest please link to...Quantum Marketing by Jim Rubart

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Defense of Traditional Publishing (Part Four) | The Steve Laube Agency

Napoleon Bonaparte, is supposed to have said, “Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu’un long discours,” translated “A good sketch is better than a long speech.” That has morphed into the modern phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words,” which is a fundamental truth when talking of book design.
Another cliché states, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but we do it all the time. We are a visual people and our eyes are drawn to images that capture our imagination. In my opinion, the title and the cover vie for preeminence as the most important part of the presentation of a book to a potential reader.
I wish every author could attend a cover discussion meeting at a major publishing house. In that meeting the art director displays all the cover samples created by a designer in a room full of people (editorial, sales, marketing, and management) and opens it up for discussion. There can be as many as twelve very different designs from which to choose. Often one cover immediately jumps to the front. But there are occasions where the typeface is good on one jacket but the colors are better on another. The art director takes copious notes and has the designer work through it again.

To read the rest....A Defense of Traditional Publishing (Part Four) | The Steve Laube Agency

Monday, May 2, 2011

7 Secrets for Amazing Author Websites

7 Secrets for Amazing Author Websites

7 Secrets for Amazing Author Websites

Most author websites fail to sell enough books to reimburse the author for the cost of building the website.
The reason is because most authors don’t know the following seven secrets.