Friday, June 11, 2010

This Week in the Writing World...June 11

By Brooke Favero
Want the latest trends in your genre? Rachelle Gardner says get to a bookstore. Yes those titles were acquired a year ago, but they still offer insight on what's selling. So what's the #1 thing you need to worry about as a writer? Alan Rinzler says focus on content. Chip MacGregor says write what you know. And Maggie Goins recommends writing around your life.

Kidlit reminds us that your agent's editorial ideas can help your manuscript but trust your gut when deciding what changes to make. Pimp My Novel gives tips for a good title and explains a lead title.

Building Your Platform
Bookends gives the how-to on establishing an online presence, which might mean you need to un-tag some of your Facebook photos. The Rejecter says it is okay to post content on the web but be prepared to take it down if it becomes published. Book View Cafe says being published is about whom you know, so start networking.

If love bites, then writing should hurt--at least according to Guide to Literary Agents. If it doesn't then maybe you're in need of a little re-vision. The Blood Red Pencil sharpens your writing with links to writing resources. Editor Rent says POV = viewpoint. Janice Hardy shows emotion and keeps your narrative focused. Wordplay helps tag dialogue. Plot Punctuation shows how to create the illusion of transparency. Adventures in Children's Publishing helps build tension. Kay Theod finds inspiration for story ideas.

New Agents
Marcy Posner of Folio Literary Management, Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary and Chelsea Gilmore of Maria Carvainis Agency.

Funny or Die claims hunger is a writing annoyance. What annoys you when you're writing? For me, hands down: kids. Kids on your lap, kids on your back, kids shouting and kids poking at the keyboard. Yeah, I have to write at night.


Anonymous said...

I don't have kids, but my neighbor does and she locks them out of hte house for hours and hours and they scream and fight and scream some more -- right outside my office window.

Thank goodness for ear-buds. They (mostly) block the noise!

Lots of helpful hints, Brooke -- thanks!


Linda L. Henk said...

I like the idea of writing what you know (Chip MacGregor's blog). Maybe that's why I end up writing more personal essays than fiction. Perhaps if I let what I know lead me to what I didn't know I knew, I'd write fiction. Who knows?

KC Frantzen said...

These gals always have amazing helpful content. Plus, they are just downright fun! Check them out and see what you think. I read them daily and often them print out.

Here are a couple of their latest:

Annoying would be phone ringing and the person being long-winded when I'm working. (I'm not "working" people think, since I am at home... sigh)

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