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 Desire, 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?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When You Wonder If Your Work Even Matters…

by Lucinda Secrest 

Katherine was a human computer.

A black woman in the mid-century America NASA space program. Among other responsibilities, she calculated the trajectories for both the Mercury and Apollo missions.

But no one knew about her work.

Until the recent book and movie “Hidden Figures” revealed the true story of the “West Computers” – women who were at the heart of NASA’s advancements. Yes, even Katherine G. Johnson.

“They worked through equations that described every function of the plane, running the numbers often with no sense of the greater mission of the project. They contributed to the ever-changing design of a menagerie of wartime flying machines, making them faster, safer, and more aerodynamic. Unlike the male engineers, few of these women were acknowledged in academic publications or for their work on various projects.”

We all want our work to matter.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A List of Blogging Dos & Don'ts

by Edie Melson 

I love to blog, and I try to share my love of blogging when I teach at writing conferences.

I also know that many of you aren’t such fans. Many try to love blogging because it’s a good way to connect with readers and build an online presence. Others, don’t even try to love it, but do it out of necessity. The rest are like me, and enjoy the process as well as the connections it brings.