It’s been a huge month this month with some great posts celebrating Aussie Author Month. You can visit here for links to the weekly round ups of posts around the web related to Aussie Author month.
Onto the monthly round up (and don’t forget, all these links will be added to the masterlist, which you can find at the top of my blog).
In the style of Query Shark, and run by two literary agents, the idea is to submit the first 250 words of your manuscript for critique.
Literary agent Rachelle Gardner points out what an editor looks for in regards to characters. Some great points to keep in mind when revising your manuscript.
A list of questions to ask yourself to make sure you haven’t left any plot holes in you novel.
How to recognise a boring scene and what to do about it.
Author Jody Hedlund gives some advice on naming characters.
Doing at least one of these can help improve your productivity as a writer.
Do you tell yourself these lies when editing? This list will either give you a laugh or make you hide your head in shame.
A literary agent intern’s guide to why a scene is not working in your manuscript and some tips on how to fix it.
We see a lot of posts on how to write spare or cut down the word count of a novel if the novel is too long, but I tend to write spare to begin with and often fall short on word count. This post has some tips on bolstering your word count (without padding it out with unnecessary words).
Some tips on increasing your chances of being picked from the slushpile as observed by an editor. Can be applied to short story submissions or novel length stories.
Where to begin when promoting your book after it’s been published.
I know this is aimed at graphic design students, but a lot of the points can equally be applied to writers. For example, “If your work doesn’t excite you, then it won’t excite anyone else. It’s hard to fake passion for mediocre work – scrap it.”
An editor gives 5 tips on making your picture book great.
Character development is not just important for novel length manuscripts, it’s important to create fully developed characters for children’s stories and picture books as well.
An agent likes your manuscript and wants to offer you representation. Now what? A printable list of questions to ask when you get ‘The Call’.
This is a three part series for self-publishers on designing an effective cover for your book.
This list highlights the little things you can do to make your site more effective. It comes with a printable checklist.
It’s sometimes hard to know what to do next once you’ve set up your author page on Facebook. This post gives some tips on how to attract and keep people on your page.
A self-explanatory title. The 3 reasons are very convincing.
Just for Aussies
The up sides and down sides to being an Australian author.