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Pinterest Power!

Posted by Janay Lampkin on May 20, 2015 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

 

Ever find yourself logging on to your Pinterest account for quick inspiration--and 46 pins, a glass of wine, and 30 minutes later you've been sucked into a Pinterest hole? Why not maximize on this addicting platform and utilize its features to benefit your launch day? There is no reason your character inspiration, book and giveaway promotions, and #novelines should not be shared with the Pinterest world.

Here are four quick ways to help you gain more momentum on Pinterest when it comes to your author platform:

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If your novel was optioned for a movie, who would the director cast for the different roles? It’s always fun to match…

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Does Your Dialogue Sound Realistic?

Posted by Maria Murnane on May 25, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Most of us read books because we love to escape (temporarily) from reality and immerse ourselves in alternate worlds inhabited by colorful, interesting characters whose lives are much more exciting than our own. That's certainly why I read! However, while the lives these characters lead might be less than realistic, it's important (to me, at least) that their dialogue is realistic. 

When I read a book with dialogue that doesn't ring true, instead of getting sucked into the story I find myself thinking, "Who talks like that? No one would say that." And as I've said a million times in this blog, you want your readers focused on the story, not on the problems with your writing.

(Note: I'm referring to contemporary fiction, not tales of dystopian…

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Do Bookstore Events Sell Books? Who Cares. They're Awesome.

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on May 25, 2015 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Last Wednesday, I took a 6:40 a.m. flight home from San Francisco. Why so early? So I could land in New York in time to have dinner with my kids. (This month, I really needed the in-two-places-at-once time travel app I gave the main character in my novel!) In just four weeks, I'd been to Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, and had had my official launch party in New York. I'd stayed in one airport motel, but mostly on pull-out couches and in guest rooms, crashing with family and friends, hauling my roller bag from town to town. At one event, only five people showed up. At another, we had almost sixty. Book events are notoriously hard to make into a success. They are so hard to make into a success that…

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The Art of Submission: Creating a Submission Wish List

Posted by Emily Lackey on May 27, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

One of the things that I often hear people talking about when it comes to submissions is having a "wish list," a list of journals and magazines you want to publish in, in order of difficulty. 

Let me be clear: I do not have one of these.

My M.O. is more to cobble together a "ranking system" from what other people have given me: a list of journals from my memoir professor, the BookFox Rankings that list journals in order of Pushcart prizes awarded, the Perpetual Folly list that does the same, and a list a friend gave me of journals she'd die to get into. 

Already you can see that my system is not perfect. Pile on top of all of those lists the fact that many journals have limited submissions windows, genres they accept, and lengths that they require, it…

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When?

When will you take that step? That next step in the attainment of your goal. You know what I’m talking about- that thing you want so much. That job, or that new place to live, or that relationship, or whatever it is. It’s the thing that wakes you up in the middle of the night saying “hey, I’m here”

It’s that…

The Art of Submission: Creating a Submission Wish List

One of the things that I often hear people talking about when it comes to submissions is having a "wish list," a list of journals and magazines you want to publish in, in order of difficulty. 

Let me be clear: I do not have one of these.

My M.O. is more to cobble together a…

Wednesday Wonder: A Fly Geyser

Posted Wednesday Wonder, a look at a fly geyser in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/05/wednesday-wonder-fly-geyser.html

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