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Character. What do book publicists expect to see in a book cover? A book cover checklist for authors [This article was written by Sandra Poirier Smith, President of Smith Publicity.]

What do book publicists expect to see in a book cover?

Each week, Smith Publicity receives over 100 inquiries from authors and publishers looking for our help, support, and ideas on how to get their books featured on television and radio shows, in newspapers or magazines, and/or online/blog outlets. In evaluating if we are a good fit for a project and if we believe we have a good chance of securing positive media attention, we review many factors including the outside or overall look of a book.

A book’s cover, back cover, title, sub-title, author photo, etc. need to be professionally executed. In some cases, we see these details are not given enough attention. 1. Writing. Character Development. 5 Quick Tips for Writing in Multiple Perspectives. An Online Portfolio Can Change Your Career: 10 Writer Websites We Love. The Rules of Writing According to 20 Famous Writers. Nature senarios. 10 Tips for Writing Loglines. Loglines are tricky things – distilling 120 pages of script into one sentence and imbuing it with the power to summarise, titillate and intrigue is a surprisingly difficult task.

10 Tips for Writing Loglines

As a writer it can be hard to develop a good logline because you are invested equally in each part of your work – identifying the crucial story elements and leaving everything else out feels like you aren’t doing your script justice. But remember, a good logline is crucial to selling your script; in a covering letter, in a pitch, in the 30 second window you have with an executive when you accidentally meet on the Great Wall of China. That being the case it is vital that you develop a good logline for your magnum opus, something with sizzle and pop, but also, crucially, something that tells the audience what the script is about. Unique Plots.

The Writers Helpers. Screenwriting: How To Write a Musical Sequence - Steve's Digicams. In screenwriting, musical sequences in films often randomly show up in places throughout the script.

Screenwriting: How To Write a Musical Sequence - Steve's Digicams

And, sometimes these sequences have very little to do with what is going on in the film. Unlike standard scripts, the dialogue through the rest of the film usually has nothing to do with the musical number. Screencasting Tools. Plot. Structure. This is (not) psychology. Author Andy Weir Shares Advice on How to Write More. You have ideas for stories, but when you launch your word processor, you stare helplessly at a blank page.

Author Andy Weir Shares Advice on How to Write More

Every time you try to write, you end up spending the evening watching videos of cats on YouTube instead. Why is this happening? We’ve all been there. How to Write a Musical: 8 Steps. Edit Article Edited by Viral, Jack Herrick, Maluniu, Teresa and 9 others.

How to Write a Musical: 8 Steps

Online tools and apps that will help you revise your writing. Hiring an editor is an important step in publishing a book-length manuscript.

Online tools and apps that will help you revise your writing

But for smaller projects — short stories, essays, academic assignments —it’s not always possible to get a professional editor to check your grammar and structure before submitting. But you can still bring your writing skills to perfection when you access the right tools. These tools can help you learn a thing or two about how you write and how you can improve your style, but they will also add some fun to the concept of writing: 1. Important Writing Lessons From First-Time Novelists. KIRA PEIKOFF ( is the author of the acclaimed thriller Living Proof (Tor Books).

Important Writing Lessons From First-Time Novelists

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University and is a candidate for a Master of Science in bioethics at Columbia. She has written for The Daily News, Newsday, The Orange County Register and New York magazine. Writing communities and networking strategies in the Digital Age. When you first started composing your masterpiece, you probably thought the biggest hurdle was actually getting it done.

Writing communities and networking strategies in the Digital Age

By now, you’ve learned there are many more challenges than just the writing process. You need to find an editor, a publisher, a peer review group. And, you need to engage in some serious marketing – of yourself and your book. Writer's Diet. I Write Like. Writing Fiction: How to Structure a Killer Novel Ending. There are more than a few writers and teachers out there, many of them orders of magnitude more famous than I am (not hard to do), who don’t like to compartmentalize or even attempt to define the sequential parts and essential milestones of a story’s plot structure.

Writing Fiction: How to Structure a Killer Novel Ending

Too formulaic, they say. Takes the fun and creativity out of it, they claim. A write-by-the-numbers strategy for hacks, a vocal few plead. When they do talk about how to write a book and, more specifically, story structure, they tend to dress it up with descriptions that are less engineering-speak in nature—“the hero’s journey” … “the inciting incident” … “the turn”—and are more appropriate to a lit class at Oxford. Makes them sound—or more accurately, feel—more writerly.

What’s interesting is that the stories these writers create, especially if they’re published, and especially the stories they use as examples in their teaching, follow pretty much the same structural paradigm. Thank God for screenwriters. Preparing Your Book for eBook Conversion. 6 Ways to Knock Your Next Guest Post Out of the Park. The Write Life : Helping writers create, connect and earn.

Thinking Outside the Bookstore. 7 Questions to Ask Before You Write a Nonfiction Book. [This article was written by guest contributor Bobbi Linkemer.] 1.

7 Questions to Ask Before You Write a Nonfiction Book

How to Write Realistic Dialogue. I’ve often found it’s easy to tell a writer’s skill level by taking a look at their dialogue. With just a few lines, you can easily tell if the dialogue is working (or not), which is important because character speech can easily make or break an otherwise great story. The good news is well-written dialogue can really make your manuscript shine, and if you remember certain guidelines while writing or editing, it can make all the difference. So when writing dialogue... Don’t: Let your characters ramble. 10 Things Emerging Writers Need To Learn. Yesterday, the writer Cathy Day linked to an article on Forbes by Jason Nazar titled 20 Things 20 Year Olds Don’t Get, giving grumpy advice to the new generation of workers. With the autumn semester set to start in about two weeks (I know, right? First: two weeks?! Second: nothing labeled “autumn” begins in August, yeah?)

Grammar rules everyone should follow. The Idler Academy's inaugural Bad Grammar award was bestowed last week on 100 academics who wrote an open letter to Michael Gove in March criticising the education secretary's revised national curriculum. The letter reads at times as if it was written by committee, but does it really display "the worst use of English over the last 12 months by people who should know better"? Hardly. Like many such gongs, up to and including the Nobel prize for literature, the Bad Grammar award looks suspiciously like the continuation of politics by other means. More Resources. Free Guides for Authors. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook. How to Take Others' Ideas and Make Them Your Own. Avoiding plagiarism in the internet age Thomas Edison is arguably the most famous inventor in the history of the world. But did you know that only a small fraction of the gadgets and devices he holds patents for have actually been attributed to him?

That is not to say that Edison wasn’t a great inventor… he surely was. However, he ran several large workshops where he collaborated with other talented scientists, including Nickola Tesla. No one can say for certain how many of his 1,093 U.S. patens he earned on his own.


Character building. Travel writing. Writing Exercies. Writing. 25 Things Every Writer Should Know. An alternate title for this post might be, “Things I Think About Writing,” which is to say, these are random snidbits (snippets + tidbits) of beliefs I hold about what it takes to be a writer. I hesitate to say that any of this is exactly Zen (oh how often we as a culture misuse the term “Zen” — like, “Whoa, that tapestry is so cool, it’s really Zen“), but it certainly favors a sharper, shorter style than the blathering wordsplosions I tend to rely on in my day-to-day writing posts.

Anyway. Peruse these. Absorb them into your body. Let your colonic flora digest them and feed them through your bloodstream to the little goblin-man that pilots you. Feel free to disagree with any of these; these are not immutable laws. Buckle up. 1. The Internet is 55% porn, and 45% writers. 2. 25 Virtues Writers Should Possess. 1. 25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling. 1. Stories Have Power Outside the air we breathe and the blood in our bodies, the one thing that connects us modern humans today with the shamans and emperors and serfs and alien astronauts of our past is a heritage — a lineage — of stories.

Stories move the world at the same time they explain our place in it. They help us understand ourselves and those near to us. Write Street: 10 Easy Steps to Becoming a Better Fiction Writer. Resolve to Be a More Productive Writer (Happy New Year) - StumbleUpon. 50 of the Best Websites for Writers. (More) tips for writing well (Austin Govella at Thinking and Making) - StumbleUpon. Published Wed, Jul 8, 2009 by Austin Govella. Updated Wed, Jul 8, 2009. Writing Tips and Tricks by OokamiKasumi on deviantART. Synonym Finder » Find synonyms, antonyms & definition for (almost) any word. Tools for Emerging Authors.

Ten rules for writing fiction. 15 Top Writing Guides for Novelists. 9 Storytelling Techniques and Storytelling Tips for Telling. Storytelling Techniques : 9 Storytelling Tips for Storytelling Anywhere. Having a good sense of storytelling techniques is important for people involved in any form of communication. Unlike other ways to express a story, storytelling takes place in the moment between the storyteller and listener. 20 Basic Plots For Story Generators - Software Secret Weapons. The 20 Basic Plots are collected by the Tennessee Screenwriting Association . How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method. Archetype: The Fiction Writer's Guide to Psychology.

Research on the Internet. How do I search the Internet? Narrow your topic and its description;identify and pull out key words, phrases and categories Use a search engine: does it contain a directory of topics? Ipl2: Information You Can Trust. A+ Research & Writing. Welcome to INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections. Writing Free/Software. WRITING.

Writing. Books, Ebooks and Self publishing. My Writers Circle - Index. Success4TheWritingStudent. Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers (Kennedy and Jerz) (Dennis G. Jerz, Seton Hill University) What is The Story? « The Story. Storytelling Techniques for IT and Research Departments. Fundamentals of Fiction: Avoid Those Beginners' Blunders. The 7 worst ways to start your novel - Pro Writing Tips. Writing. Tips on Writing Dialogue. Hook Readers With Tension. How to Make Readers Feel Emotion. Writing. Apps for Creative Writing. Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction. Writing Tips by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell.

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method.