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What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

A simple look at the definition of “genre” might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is:

“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style,…

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3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 11:00pm 33 Comments

Kill your darlings. It’s a phrase you’ve all heard, but how many of you have been brave enough to be truly ruthless with your own writing, to cut in a big and bold ways when needed? How many of you have written a too-long manuscript and allowed an editor to go in and hack huge swaths of work…

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5 Ways Aspiring Authors Get Tripped Up in Wishful Thinking

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 10:00pm 8 Comments

I recently had a coaching session with an author who’s finished with her manuscript and ready to shop it. Like most of the writers I work with, it’s taken her a year to complete, and there were another five years before we started our work together during which she was plotting and…

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What Indie Authors Can Do about the Book Industry’s Discrimination Problem

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:00pm 30 Comments

As a country, we grapple with more than our share of discrimination challenges—where people of color, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities (to call out only a few of the bigger groups) feel its blow every single day. And while it’s frustrating at best, and often devastating, at…

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5 Ways Writers Can Steel Themselves Against Online Haters

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 9:00am 23 Comments

If you write and publish, you know that thick skin is required. Writers, all of us, are an insecure lot. Even the most talented and prolific writers I coach and edit crave validation, need to hear those magic words: “Yes, it’s good.” But even when it’s good,  if you’re exposing any…

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Who I am:
Publisher of She Writes Press and founder of Warner Coaching Inc.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.shewritespress.com
www.warnercoaching.com
facebook.com/warnercoaching
twitter/brooke_warner
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
What's Your Book? A Step-By-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author

Visit amazon.com/author/brookewarner
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir
Services I offer to other writers:
Writing and publishing coaching/consulting: warnercoaching.com
My professional associations:
SheWrites.com; NAMW.org
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy and many authors I've worked with over the years.

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Adela Crandell Durkee commented on the blog post 'What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?'
"Thank you!  This is just the clarification I needed.  My book is Fiction/YA/historical.  Or is it YA/Fiction/historical? Now I know. Or at least I have a better feel."
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What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

A simple look at the definition of “genre” might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is:“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.”So if genre is a category of…See More
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What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

A simple look at the definition of “genre” might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is:“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.”So if genre is a category of…See More
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Kelly Hayes-Raitt commented on the blog post '3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words'
"Lloyd, those are great suggestions!  I was actually quoting Brooke in my comment. Brooke, what about adding photos?  How do publishers generally feel about that?"
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Sue Y Wang commented on the blog post '3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words'
"I'm actually relieved to hear this, because my manuscript pre-copy edit is only 53K words. And I honestly can't squeeze more from my head. I admire writers who can write great, interesting long books -I'd certainly read them. Thank…"
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Lloyd Lofthouse commented on the blog post '3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words'
"Kelly is right. It is very easy to add pages by just going from 10 pt type to 12 pt and even different fonts add pages by their style and size. And more pages can be added by creating more space between the lines---and I'm not talking about…"
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Brooke Warner commented on the blog post '3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words'
"Exactly, Kelly. Too funny."
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Kelly Hayes-Raitt commented on the blog post '3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words'
"<<But there are lots of creative ways to use white space and big margins and illustrations to make a book appear longer than it actually is.>> Haha, just like when I was in high school trying to make my term papers look longer!…"
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Brooke Warner commented on the blog post '3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words'
"Great list, Lloyd! I'm putting this on Facebook too."
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At 9:35am on March 13, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Welcome to In Praise of Literature, Brooke!

Thrilled to have an insider's viewpoint in the mix! I bet others are as intrigued as I am about what the publisher reads... :-) No pressure!

Feel free to make book recommendations or cautions, start a discussion, or post links to reviews, articles, or blogs you think that everyone should read! Most important of all, please have fun!

I'm new to group moderating, and am bound to overlook something crucial, so please let me know if there's something I can add and I'll do my best to come through!

Glad to have you aboard!

Cheers,

CW

At 4:02pm on November 14, 2014, Cate Warren said…

I see on the news today that they've settled the case, but still, the article is well written and explains some intricacies of the publishing industry that people might not otherwise know about. I hope you enjoy it!

At 12:03pm on November 13, 2014, Cate Warren said…

Hi Brooke!

I just received this month's Vanity Fair in the mail and had to sit down right away to read an article that increasingly reminded me of one of your blogs from a couple months back: you'd quit your Amazon Prime account, and mentioned the battle between Amazon and Hachette, if memory serves. Well, this article, called The War of the Words might be of some interest to you and other She Writers. It really drives home just how the publishing industry is in a state of limbo, that everyone seems to be holding their breath, knives drawn, frozen and waiting to see what's going to happen next. If you don't read Vanity Fair, it's probably on their website. It sure is an exciting (yet confusing) time to be an unpublished writer!

Take care, CW

At 9:34am on July 15, 2014, Louise Canfield said…

Hello Brooke!  I attended your workshop on “scaffolding" in San Miguel last February.  I remembered that you mentioned She Writes but had not really understood what it is until yesterday when I encountered an author who had published with She Writes.  Really looking forward to getting to know this community. 

At 7:52am on June 1, 2014, Melanie Bishop said…

Hey Brooke! Yes, I got the post you sent me. Sorry I mistakenly remembered it as being you, not Kamy, who wrote it. Much appreciated! 

At 4:01pm on May 31, 2014, Melanie Bishop said…

Hi Brooke, Trying to find the original post from way back, where you explained why you were going to publish with SheWrites, rather than with one of the big publishing houses who'd offered you a contract. A friend of mine is inquiring about SheWrites Press, and I want to send her that post, because I think it's so helpful when considering these things. Thanks! Melanie Bishop

At 5:16am on January 29, 2014, Daya Wakens said…
Hi Brooke! One of my short stories is published in a contest and would really appreciate if you could post my request for support. The contest runs only next few days and the winner is based on the number of FB "Likes" and comments on my story page only. This would take no more than five minutes, I promise. Brooke, please excuse my typing here...We are coming home from our honeymoon and had to sleep in DC airport due to weather. Thank you in advance for any support you can provide.

Please vote for me at www.midlifecollage.com
Friends, I need your FB vote & comment on my story contest page "The Second Time Around." (With the Red High Heel)My pen name is Daya Wakens. Thank you so much for your support!
At 10:55pm on April 6, 2013, Hope Edelman said…

Hi Brooke,

Best way to reach me is through hopeedelman@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Hope

At 9:22am on July 26, 2012, Stephanie Volkoff Green said…

Most definitely! I think a play date is in order.

At 6:20pm on March 8, 2012, Hollye Dexter said…

Hi Brooke! Fancy meeting you here.  : )

xo

 
 
 

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