Include a table of contents with chapter titles in your novel? One writer friend of mine says yes. I say no, and I’m in good company with The Writer magazine and Gotham teacher Brandi Reissenweber: http://www.writingclasses.com/WritersResources/AskTheWriterDetail.php?ID=65
When browsing nonfiction, readers definitely look at chapter titles when making a decision to purchase or not. Not so for fiction.
My 15-year-old niece has a computer and an iPhone, and she grew up using an assortment of digital devices. But when it comes to reading, she likes print books. She’s not alone. According to this article in the Washington Post, “Textbook makers, bookstores owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning.”
In honor of national poetry month, here’s a list of over 100 markets that pay for poetry.
It was posted on Jessica Piazza’s Poetry Has Value blog, poetryhasvalue.com. She’s taken a personal pledge in 2015 to submit her poetry to paying poetry markets only and reporting her experience on her blog. She may also update her list of paying poetry markets. Why shouldn’t markets pay for poetry?
To become a writer you need to write, but if you need a 17 minute break or just want a justifiable excuse for not writing, watch this video from Paul Auster on “How I Became a Writer.” The beginning may seem a bit slow, but stick with it. His thoughts on a day’s work, the rhythm of writing, what it means to be an artist, and other things are interesting. It might even perk you up on those days when you feel frustrated as a writer.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Set prior to and during WWII, a young blind girl in Paris and a German teenage boy who is an electronics/communications prodigy are unknowingly connected via radio transmissions. The lives of both are changed unexpectedly by war and a sought after precious stone that is both a blessing and a curse to possess.
I thought I would not want to read another WWII book, but this one drew me in with its emphasis on individuals and how they deal with what life throws at them. It’s a character-driven book with a bit of mystery and thriller thrown in.
I didn’t know until after I read it that is won a Pulitzer Prize.
An article at Writers Weekly explains why publishers should not accept returns: writersweekly.com/the_latest_from_angelahoycom/008945_01072015.html
The article is repetitious but presents a valid argument and a good explanation of how the return process works and how it affects everyone in the chain. As writers, it’s important to learn about the business we’re in.
DO COMMAS GIVE YOU PAUSE?
Are you occasionally unsure about when or how to use commas? This article is a good, quick refresher on commas usage:http://www.businessinsider.com/a-guide-to-proper-comma-use-2013-9?IR=T
I think one reason I like this article is because the writer agrees with me about the Oxford comma!
Variety is important in paragraph and sentence length. If you have a lot of long meandering paragraphs or sentences, they may have unnecessary clauses and phrases that diminish the impact of your writing.
Patricia La Barbera’s article at Savvy Authors provides pointers and examples.
When even the editors who want high concept stories can’t define it (“I know it when I see it”) how are you supposed to know what they want? Writer’s Digest takes a crack at defining the qualities these stories should have: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/write-better-the-7-qualities-of-high-concept-stories?et_mid=706082&rid=238566470
I admit I hesitated scheduling my Beaufort, NC book signing/fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 13. An introvert by nature, I grew more nervous as the date drew closer, but it turned out to be a lucky day and I had fun chatting with fellow animal lovers.
Instead of reading, I felt more comfortable simply telling an excerpt from whichever book people were most interested in. That encouraged an exchange as they then told me their stories. I sold out of both Chicken Soup for the Soul books I brought, The Cat Did What? and My Dog’s Life, sold out. Dogs outsold cats 2:1 and I took orders for more. I will continue to donate all proceeds from my sales of My Dog’s Life to the local Humane Society shelter.
I held the event in my town’s new pet store, and they gained some new customers as a result. Everybody won!