How to Write a 1-Page Synopsis

At our July 2017 meeting, Maureen talked about the process involved in traditional publishing. An important part of that process is writing a synopsis of your manuscript. She’s found this article that Wordherders may find useful: How to Write a 1-Page Synopsis, by Sooz. Enjoy!

Working with Beta Readers

Looking for inspiration on finding and working with beta readers? Here, read this! https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/03/5-things-you-should-know-about-working-with-beta-readers, By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas; March 19, 2014 

Find and Work with Beta Readers

Great advice on finding and working with beta readers here: https://janefriedman.com/find-beta-readers; January 18, 2016 by Kristen Kieffer. 

5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand About Book Cover Design, by Brooke Warner

In this post, “5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand About Book Cover Design,” Brooke Warner talks about the importance of book cover design, including some of the points we discussed in the recent Wordherder meeting. Check it out!

Essay : Why Most Readings Suck and How to Fix It, by Gabino

Maureen found this article, Essay : Why Most Readings Suck and How to Fix It, with some *colorful* observations about how to do a book reading. She thinks it’s accurate, even if she herself would never use this language. So, fair warning – it’s on the crude side.

Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction? by Carly Watters

Excellent break down of literary, upmarket and commercial fiction: Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction by Carly Watters.

Worthy Things, by Tiffany Pitts

At the January 2016 meeting of Wordherders, Steve Wallenfels passed on this article, Worthy Things, on why we write, particularly in the face of challenges and doubt.

Fresh Design, Michelle Fairbanks

Michelle Fairbanks designed the cover for Donelle Knudsen‘s book, Between Heartbeats. You can see Michelle’s portfolio, including pre-made book covers, at her website, Fresh Design.

Killing Your Character(s)

We’ve all heard the advice as authors to “kill your darlings” but in her article, “How to Successfully Kill a Character: The Checklist,” K.M. Weiland shares her thoughts on when it’s a good idea to kill them, and when not. Check it out!

12 Fundamentals Of Writing “The Other” (And The Self), by D. J. Older

This is an excellent article to review when writing characters outside of ourselves. “12 Fundamentals Of Writing ‘The Other’ (And The Self)” by D. J. Older, author of the YA novel, Shadowshaper, among others.