How do you find your books’ target audience or even the right shelf? The first, simplest step: understand genres vs. tropes, and how they apply to your novel.
Charged language is a method of conveying a specific way of thinking, implying more beyond the written word. When introducing your story to a publisher, your words must spark a feeling they want to explore, a desire that requires your full manuscript to quench.
Most stories in any genre are going to have a good amount of conflict. Actually, any novel I’ve ever read has several types of conflict, one following another, all tumbling like dominoes until the big finish. But your primary conflict is the most important.
There are many routes to traditional publishing—cold queries and pitch sessions, Twitter events and contests. Some of these options will take you directly to publishing house editors; most funnel through the ever-elusive Literary Agent.
If there are two publishing industry terms I see mixed up the most, it’s probably synopsis vs blurb. Both are very important to the publishing process, so it’s important to know the difference to be professional in conversation, and to accomplish your publishing goals.
Blurbing, dear friends, is the art of condensing. We’ve talked about what a blurb is and discussed its essential elements. We dove into how to streamline a blurb and build emotional momentum by limiting proper nouns and decluttering our details. What’s left is to discuss is writing blurbs that progress —how to take those minimal details…
In the previous post of this series, I emphasized limiting details when writing blurbs. But why do that—and how? How does an author narrow down exactly what to mention, and what to exclude? Limit or eliminate place names The most obvious reason for this is to avoid visual clutter. Especially in fantasy or historical fiction,…
The Basics of Writing a Book Synopsis What is a synopsis? Writing a book synopsis is different than writing a blurb. A blurb seeks to intrigue, to create questions and curiosity in a potential reader. The synopsis serves an opposite purpose; it answers all the questions and proves that there is more to your story….