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Last week I posted on conducting giveaways and mentioned Facebook’s strict rules (which most people didn’t know existed or have ignored). They announced this week amendments to the promotion guidelines for giveaways. They will make a lot of people happy.
Now that summer is coming to a close, agents are re-opening the doors to their beloved slush piles. Before you send your query, make sure you aren’t making those mistakes commonly seen by The Query Shark (aka agent Janet Reid). For example, if you can’t say the first sentence in one breath, you’re in trouble.
Speaking of queries, Rachelle Gardner explained why comparisons are good and necessary (even if you self publish).
Can you handle the truth? Agent Suzie Townsend is doing her annual query contest. This is your chance to see if your query is good enough to land requests. And if not, what made her reject it. Check the post for the rules and genres she’s looking for.
Author Jody Hedlund shares two pieces of writing advice. This applies no matter where you are on the writing continuum.
Janice Hardy walked writers through the different promotional tools they can use to help generate book sales. Or at least to generate awareness of their book.
Jane Friedman talked about the key book marketing principle that authors must learn (or at least not forget).
Marketing guru Dan Blank told writers to stop trying to go viral with author platforms.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Stina Lindenblatt @StinaLL writes Young Adult and New Adult novels. She is represented by Marisa Corvisiero, and finds it weird talking about herself in third person. Her debut New Adult contemporary romance, WIDE AWAKE, will be released Jan, 2014 (Carina Press).