Are you a first-time writer? Here are a few tips that may help you along the road to publishing success.
Fiction Insider Tips:
- Biggest first draft mistake: Forgetting to establish TIME & PLACE. Don’t make readers ask, “What’s going on?”
- You cannot punish your hero enough. Make life difficult for him. Show us what he’s made of.
- Don’t get too attached to a draft even if a scene doesn’t work. Ask: Is it hindering your story? Can it go in another project?
Non-fiction Insider Tips:
- Here’s one way to approach writing a book about your business: Ask: “what is my ideal client missing in his life? How am I his panacea?”
- Book proposal tip: Don’t include info about your personal life that doesn’t directly pertain to your book’s message.
- A great way to build an audience for an eventual business book is to contribute articles to a journal or blog.
Query Letter Tips:
- When pitching query letters to agents, a little goes a long way. Keep it concise and simple.
- Agents are people, too. No one wants to feel like they’re on a mass-email list. Reach out to the agent at the top of your letter, telling him specifically why you contacted him. It may mean the difference between a rejection and a book deal.
My #1 piece of advice to first-time authors: Never tell yourself you won’t get published. Don’t even consider the possibility of failure.
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