Monday, March 27, 2017

Intro to Instagram

by Bethany Jett @BetJett

If you’re a writer, there’s a good chance your readers are women (even James Patterson says the majority of his thriller genre audience is female)[1], and there’s a great chance those women use Instagram.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

5 Steps to a Novel Contract

Edie here. Today I'm so excited to introduce you to debut novelist Elva Cobb Martin. Her first book, Summer of Deception, released yesterday. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see the details. Blessings!

by Elva Cobb Martin 

Here are the five steps in a nutshell for those of you who may have a baby crying, or your washing machine walking across the floor, or something burning in the kitchen. . .
  1. Never Give Up
  2. Hone Your Craft
  3. Attend Writers’ Groups and Conferences
  4. Help Other Writers on Their Journey
  5. Learn How to Submit to Editors and Agents

You Recommended Us and They Listened!

Back in December I asked you—our loyal readers—to take a minute and nominate The Write Conversation for the Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers.

All your generous emails and comments paid off. I'm excited to announce that The Write Conversation made it!

The magazine his arrived for many contributors but it hasn't yet hit the newsstand. Nor has the web version of the list gone out. But as you can see, we have the pictures that show we're in there.

You all have been so loyal as we've tweaked things, changed things, and gone through some tough times. It's an honor to serve with the amazing contributors who selflessly share their wisdom about the publishing industry. 

Many thanks & blessings from all of us!
The Write Conversation Crew

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Personal Profile or Author Page - Which is Better?

by Lori Hatcher

Did you know there are different types of Facebook accounts?

If you’re an author who hopes to sell your book using this powerful social media engine, you need to know the difference. If you’re a speaker, agent, coach, or Mary Kay consultant who markets your services or products via Facebook, you also need to know. If you’re a grandma or grandpa who only uses the internet to post cute pictures of your grandchildren or pets, you’re safe. Permission to take a coffee break and come back tomorrow.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ratchet Up the Tension By Making Your Hero’s Life Difficult

by Henry McLaughlin 
@RiverBend Sagas

Today, let’s explore the question: How can I make it worse for my hero?

Bring In a Gun
Mickey Spillane is credited with saying, “When your plot gets stuck, have someone come in with a gun.”

Why? Because the gun, no matter what the situation, makes things worse.

It doesn’t have to be a physical gun. It can be anything. Your heroine is exploring a strange house and the lights go out.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What’s in Your Character’s Closet?

by DiAnn Mills 

A creative writer grabs a reader by the heart and leads that reader into the character’s inner world. Consider that place a closet where life experiences are stored. There a character’s motivation comes alive. Secrets are revealed. Habits exposed. Fears emerge. Dreams surface.

If the writer successfully captures the reader’s imagination, the reader becomes the character, living the story vicariously from beginning to end.

What does the reader find inside the mysterious and always enlightening closet of your character’s world?