As I didn’t post a Helpful Writing Sites post last month I’m combining my compilation of helpful links from both August and September into one post.
Identifying Your Fantasy Novel’s Subgenre
When querying your fantasy novel it’s best to be specific about your novel’s subgenre. This post gives a brief outline of each of the fantasy subgenres.
The Big Ol’ Genre Glossary
Taking it a step further than the above post, this post outlines all the various genres and their subgenres. A handy list to have when wanting to check which genre/subgenre your novel falls under.
En Dash vs. Em Dash
Not sure what the difference between them is? This posts helps clear it up.
There is a Learning Curve to Creating Ebooks
For those interested in self-publishing and creating your own ebooks, this post recommends two free programs you can use to convert your MS into ebook format.
Five Telltale Signs of an Amateur Writer
An acquiring editor tells how she can reject an MS in 8 seconds and lists the five telltale signs of an amateur writer.
10 Words Editors Hate
Be careful about using these ten words in your MS, as they may very well send your work to the ‘Do Not Publish’ pile. Some may surprise you.
Eight Reasons I Hate Your Book
There seem to be a few negative posts around lately, but helpful, none-the-less. In fact, I found this one to be VERY helpful. Freelance editor and agent intern, Cassandra Marshall, shares eight of the most annoying (and totally fixable) things she comes across in manuscripts. It helped me realise one of the biggest downfalls of my current WIP, it might help you with yours too.
10 Tips for Writing a Short Story
Short story writer, Amanda Lohrey, shares her tips for writing a first-rate short story.
Getting Your Children’s Book Published
A checklist of things you need to do when preparing to send your MS to publishers, specifically for children’s writers.
Besides Using Google, How Can I do Research For My Book?
Sometimes it can be hard to navigate Google to find the information you’re looking for. How can you be sure the information is accurate? This post has some great (and easy) tips on how to find accurate sources of information for your research.
14 Dos and Don’ts for Introducing Your Protagonist
Author Anne R. Allen gives a list of fourteen great points to take into consideration when introducing your story’s protagonist.
Wherein I Answer an Awkward Question
A few months ago I wrote a post called Writers Beware. This post gives the same warning and similar advice to my post, but takes it a step further with some great information about vanity presses pretending to be traditional publishers.
The Biggest Submission Mistakes
Writers Relief interviewed a range of editors to find out what they considered to be the biggest submission mistakes.
Proper Manuscript Format
I’ve bookmarked this page. The post itself is presented as the manuscript would be formatted giving a visual example to go along with the explanation of how a manuscript should be properly formatted. This is especially helpful if a publisher/editor/agent does not have specific submission guidelines for manuscript format or requests standard manuscript format.
You’re Kind of a Big Deal
Advice from an author who recently sold her book, and the long journey it took her to get there. She gives hope to those of us who are still hoping to get there some day.
The Facebook Author Page: 10 Status Updates to Embrace, 10 to Avoid
Author and Novel Publicity president, Emlyn Chand, outlines the difference between Facebook page status updates that will engage and win you fans (and thus lead to book sales) and status updates that will annoy and drive away fans. In her words, “When it comes to self-promotion, less is more. If you promote yourself graciously, book sales will follow.”
5 Points to Ponder on Pottermore (for Writers)
A look at how writers can use J.K. Rowlings new Pottermore site as an example for creating an engaging website (even if you don’t have Ms. Rowlings budget).
Five Ways Authors Can Promote Books on Facebook
Tips for using your Facebook profile/page to promote your book (in a subtle way).
Creating Effective Presentations for Schools
Some great tips from picture book author Tania McCartney on doing schools visits to promote your book, including how to keep your audience’s attention, taking age into account and what sort of content to include.
Just for Fun
A Day in the Life of a Writing Mum
If you’re a writing mum like me, I’m sure you will relate!
And one last link, because I just have to share…
You may have noticed a shiny new book cover on the sidebar of my blog for a soon-to-released anthology titled Eighty Nine (which includes my story ‘Eighteen for Life’). It’s a speculative fiction anthology embracing the year that was nineteen eighty nine. One of my fellow authors, Devin Watson, has created this little teaser trailer: Eighty Nine Book teaser trailer.