Kamy Wicoff shares her tips from the trenches as she promotes her
new novel Wishful Thinking, out this April
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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:
Social Media: Sigh. We know we need to do it in order to build our author platforms so we can get agents and book deals and make money selling those books, but it can be exhausting. And it never ends. You tweet and you post and you circle and you link and you connect and you Instagram, and then you wake up the next morning and have to do it all over again. When are you supposed to spend time with your family and (IRL) friends? When are you supposed to get exercise, read, and WRITE?
There are many tools to help streamline your social media life. Here are my favorites:
Wow! It has already been a momentous week… and it is not over yet. It began Monday with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day of reflection and service followed on Tuesday by President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Other than Election Day, this is one of the most important days for American citizens. It is when we have the opportunity to hear the sitting president’s vision for the future of our country. It doesn’t get any better than this! Oh, wait…it just did! Wednesday evening I was one of the lucky Americans invited to be on an informal call talking about the State of the Union with Vice President Joe…Continue
Posted 'Passage', a poem about possibilities:
It’s been nearly seven months since I returned from my adventure in Cuba. Sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago. The thrill and excitement of the trip have worn away now that I am not talking and writing about it as much as I had been. I wonder how it is we keep it with us.
I liken this after effect to the excitement pre leaving. There’s so much to do to get ready, planning and packing and organizing, that those months leading up to the trip are filled with anticipation and are…
I have, and I don't like it. Some readers and fans love pointing out mistakes, like Trekkies for example. I…
The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern cultures and Europe. The Chinese call it the "king of the flowers" or the "flower of riches and honour". It’s big and mesmerizing blooms are the reason the Chinese think it symbolises prosperity and honour. The Japanese say peony is a symbol of masculinity and bravery. Also, people used to say that mischievous nymphs hide…
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