At the core of any story are the characters. Whether the reader falls in love with them or grows to despise them, is entirely up to the writer. But what if the reader can’t fully picture the character? What if they don’t believe your story? There’s several ways to create a believable character. Ambition- Give… Continue reading Do Your Readers See Your Character?
If you’re anything like me, you already have a picture of the publishing industry. Maybe it’s of Laura Ingalls Wilder marching up to a publisher’s desk with her manuscript. This is how I fancied my childhood dream, but the days of direct manuscript submissions are mostly behind us. Publishers don’t have time to wade through… Continue reading The Reality of Developing a Platform
This week I began working on my elevator pitch. With most interviews, you prepare it to sell yourself. A novel’s elevator pitch is different in the sense that you’re selling yourself but also the book you created. You should start with the concept behind your novel. What’s unusual about it? What’s going to cause the agent to… Continue reading Creating an Elevator Pitch