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Series: Novel Queries & Pitches by GLA editor Chuck
Sambuchino. Get your query or novel hook critiqued on May 6.
Best of Best
Top Ten Things Authors Should NEVER Do To Promote Their Book
Character is destiny: The Edward/Bella dilemma
I *DO* slow down and read queries with extra care if you’ve shown me there’s a compelling reason you queried me specifically
Title your nonfiction book with the best promise front and center. Know that it will change before release.
Common mistake authors make when pitching a novel? They fall so in love with the plot that they can’t clearly describe premise
Non-fiction tip of the day: Unique chapter titles are just as important as your book title. Treat chapters like mini-books!
For me, if you’re previously self-published it’s irrelevant. It neither helps nor hurts.
You have to take pains in a memoir not to hang on the reader’s arm, like a drunk, and say, “And then I did this and it was so interesting” (Annie Dillard)
Helpful Tips from a Harvard Writer’s Conference
Rookie Mistakes new authors make
Good critique partners are as essential as air by @chrstinef
What is reasonable in a book contract?
2 years, 3 manuscripts, and 50 rejections—anatomy of an agent search
Craft & Technique
Fascinating!–> The controlled schizophrenia of writers by @p2p_editor
Author toolbox—the 3 hooks
Thoughts on the Editing Process (very useful post!)
Why “twist endings” sometimes fail, and what to do about it.
10 ways to keep your prose strong and simple
News & Trends
Amazon underwriting literary presses and organizations, like Milkweed, Copper Canyon and PEN. (Okay, I’m impressed.)
Platform Building, Self-Promotion
Guest blog post at Writer Beware: Self-Promotion for Authors: Is It
Possible To Begin Too Soon?
Why You Should Never Pitch the Media
Excellent post over at the Behler Blog on when or whether you’ll need a publicist
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