Kamy Wicoff shares her tips from the trenches as she promotes her
new novel Wishful Thinking, out this April
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I remember thinking that her novel had a lot going for it. It wasn’t very good yet, but it had promise—a clever idea, interesting characters. I thought, With some work on style and plotting, she could really go somewhere with this.
About a year later, I ran into that same writer online again, and we shared what we’d been doing in the past few months. I learned with dismay that, soon after our class ended, she’d sent her novel out to several publishers, and after a mere six rejections had decided to self-publish it.
I was surprised at how disappointed I was. Rather…Continue
I have, and I don't like it. Some readers and fans love pointing out mistakes--like Trekkies, for example. I love the TV show Mythbusters and how they've debunked things Hollywood movies have gotten us to believe and some of these myths have seeped into fiction writing. For example, the Mythbusters showed how people DO NOT get thrown across the room when shot--they just crumple to the ground.
Hey, we're all human, and we all make mistakes. But there is a difference between making a one-off mistake and doing sloppy research.
"The devil is in the…Continue
I read a stunning submission this week from one of my students that had all the elements of good storytelling minus one thing: body sensations. I found myself desperately wanting her to describe the sensations that must have been coming up for her as she wrote about what for her was a true-life, horrid event of discovering that her child had been murdered. And although she’s writing memoir, it’s not just memoir that requires us to get into the physical sensations our characters feel. Whether your character is you or a made-up protagonist, body sensations (literally what you or your characters physically feel in reaction to circumstances) help your reader know that what they’re feeling is aligned with what you wanted them to feel when you envisioned or wrote the…Continue
Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:
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It’s happened to all of us. We buy something in a store or online, and at the moment of purchase it seems great. But then, at some point, the regret starts to creep in.
It might happen as soon as you’re driving away from the store or it might not be…
to tie the fringe back, hair had grown,
no one did cut it. the girl was private.
hair bounced, shone, as they made
their way to town, down the hill.
it was a dark green, bottle green.
it may explain the love of ribbons
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