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This Week in Publishing
This made me grin—and nod emphatically the entire time while reading it. A “Dear Agent” letter of a different kind.
Self-publishing or traditional publishing: know which path you want to follow before you set out, because some steps cannot be untread. Here’s an example of what agents do not want to see.
Joanna Penn shared a podcast in which she and Helen Sedwick talked about various legal issues in “Copyright, Publishing Contract Clauses, Image Use, And Avoiding Getting Sued”.
A few tips for success that all writers can use.
Writing a memoir? Here are some helpful pointers from Abigail Carter.
- Ciara Ballintyne @CiaraBallintyne
Try keeping a list of active verbs you can refer to when writing
- K.M. Weiland @KMWeiland
Open your book with conflict. No conflict, no story
- Mary Buckham @MaryBuckham
If nothing changes then the scene is either not working hard enough or could be cut.
- Rayne Hall @RayneHall
What's worrying or annoying you right now? Write a story about it. (Change the characters, increase the danger)
- Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4
Don't give two main characters names beginning with same initial and with same number of syllables (David/Derek, Rosie/Rachel)
Today in Publishing
Ever wonder what a genie would say to his therapist? I did. :)
My paranormal romance WORDS THAT BIND was released by The Wild Rose Press today. It's a bittersweet moment, really, because our dear friend and QTB legend Carolyn Kaufman isn't here to share it.
She was instrumental in the development of this book--her expertise in the field of psychology made me rethink the plot, her enthusiastic support convinced me it was a story worth writing, and her memory will forever inspire and encourage me.
This book is for her.
Have a good weekend, everyone!
I'll be at New York Comic Con, getting' my fangirl on. If you plan on attending, just yell for me when you come in. See you there!
Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer who, despite having a Time Turner under her couch and three different sonic screwdrivers in her purse, still encounters difficulty with time management. Visit Ash at www.ashkrafton.com for news on her urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press). Her paranormal romance WORDS THAT BIND (The Wild Rose Press) comes out today.