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How to use an ideal reader to identify the market for your novel without feeling like you’re selling out

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Earlier this year I met with Paul. Paul wanted me to read his book in order to get some guidance on how to present it to agents. He wanted to know what genre I thought it was, who it would be marketed to, and how to describe it in a query letter. 

But when we got together after I’d read his manuscript, as we got talking about who he imagined loving his book it seemed that a different conversation needed to happen. 

I could see how the people he imagined loving his book would...

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When your readers are confused…

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Dance a unique dance between withholding and revealing, subtlety and clarity, showing and telling.

This article is for you if you’ve ever got feedback on your work using terms like ‘This wasn’t clear’ ‘I was confused’ ‘I was lost’ ‘why did x character do this?’ or simply basic questions about what was happening in your story. 

If you get this kind of feedback it can be frustrating.

You thought you’d done such a good job of...

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Who are you to write this book? 7 Journaling Prompts

Find your why, stay motivated, and turn your bio into yet another hook for your novel (even if you think you’re too old, too young, or too unsuccessful). 

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Whether you’re creating your online platform or writing a query letter; at some point, you need to say something about the author behind the book. But one of the reasons many writers find the querying process so daunting is the horrible suspicion that...

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How to Use Storytelling in your Query Letter to Get Your Manuscript in front of Agents

Once you decide to submit, you also have to decide to rise above the noise. The good news is you can learn how to write a query letter with the power to do this for you. You're a writer, this is your skill.

We are facing unprecedented levels of competition to get an agent. Since e-querying became the norm, your query became akin to the spam we all see in our own inboxes. You can no longer rely on a professional tone alone to stand out and get your manuscript in front of agents. 

And yet,...

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How to write a query letter (without hating it) - Part 1

When I became a mother for the first time I experienced this bittersweet and terrifying emotion of vulnerability. I read a quote somewhere on facebook by Elizabeth Stone that captured it perfectly: 

“Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”

You could easily replace the decision to have a child with “making the decision to start querying your novel”. The feeling of...

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How to use Interiority to write a compelling novel

Is there any better feeling than reading a book which completely transports you into another person's mind?  As you read the closing pages you feel like by finishing the novel you are losing a friend, a lover or even a part of yourself, an identity that will always be a little part of you.

Personally, I am a little bit Jane Eyre, a little bit Elizabeth Bennet and a little bit Holden Caulfield, with a smattering of Stephen Daedalus.

There isn't a movie that's been made that can...

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