Writer to Writer - August 23rd, 2005
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C. Hope Clark of FundsforWriters.com fame and Elisabeth Wilhelm, published teen writer and editor of Absynthemuse.com, have teamed up to fill a void. Their mentor program gives young people ages 13 to 22 a chance to be taken seriously. This is their way of giving back to the writing community. Using their own adult/teen combo, they set the example for what mentoring can do for young people. Currently, they have 80 willing mentors and 30 eager teens having a ball.
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L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest now in its 22nd year: An opportunity for new and amateur writers of science fiction and/or fantasy. Eligible entries are short stories or novelettes under 17,000 words. No entry fee, entrants retain all rights, judging by professional writers only. Run on a quarterly basis with $2250 US in prizes awarded each quarter. International entrants welcome. Contact the Contest Administrator for guidelines: firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 1630, Los Angeles, CA 90078. Website: www.writersofthefuture.com.
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AUTHORS SHARE THEIR BOOK MARKETING EXPERTISE WITH WEB VISITORS FOR FREE
The book industry reports that 78% of the titles published come from small/self-publishers. With combined annual revenues of less than $50 million, these publishers have limited publicity budgets and their authors are expected to do their own promotion. Where can they turn and learn?
Now authors with books to promote may ask questions of nearly 150 author experts whose specialties run the gamut from romance to foot surgery.
Assembled from the thousands of subscribers to Book Promotion Newsletter, the experts include authors, editors, book reviewers, book coaches, ghostwriters, publicists and publishers.
This free service is hosted by Maureen McMahon at http://www.maureenmcmahon.com, author of romantic suspense novels, Return of the Gulls, Shadows In the Mists and others, and Francine Silverman, author of Book Marketing from A-Z (Infinity Publishing 2005), a compilation of the best marketing strategies of 325 authors. http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com
The "Ask the Experts" link is on the left side of Maureens Moonspinners Writers Page, http://www.maureenmcmahon.com. Once at the Expert Side, visitors may ask a book marketing question of any of the experts. Responses will be emailed back to the inquirer within 3-5 working days.
Lemon Drops Press is also hosting a bulletin board in which visitors may ask book marketing questions at http://lemondropspress.com/phpBB2. Both registered users and anonymous guests can post questions by clicking on "Marketing with Fran" in the community forum and then on "new topic" on the new page that opens. There are fields for a username, subject, and message, as well as a selection of fonts and emoticons (expressive faces). When finished, the user simply clicks the "submit" button and his or her question is posted. After Fran posts a reply on the forum, the person who asked the question as well as all other visitors to the Lemon Drops Press website will be able to view both the question and the response. "In this way," says host Lana Jordan, "the entire community benefits from the individual questions."
Note: Cheryl is one of the 'experts' for this!
Resource of the Month:
BookConnector.com is a site that helps small press authors to find book promotion resources on the internet, especially online book review sites and booksigning venues. The site is unique in two ways: it customizes the author's manuscript to its database of book promotion resources; and it promotes a sense of community by helping authors to help each other.
BookConnectors "Connect to Book Review Sites" service matches a writers book to the submission guidelines of online book review sites. After entering your genre and manuscript type (ARC, published book, or e-book), the site will return up to a hundred book review sites that are appropriate for your book. This offers incredible time savings.
BookConnectors "Connect to Book Reading and Signing Venues" service helps in two ways: it lists both traditional (e.g. bookstores and cafes) and non-traditional (e.g. retail stores or specialty stores) venues that are available for book signings; and it allows authors to describe their experiences with the venues, good and bad, so that other authors can benefit.
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What's in a Name?
© Cynthia VanRooy - All Rights Reserved.
Whats in a name? Everything! Names have magic. Thats why we spend so much time and angst coming up with just the right ones for our characters.
Remember the first time your significant other spoke your name out loud? How wonderful, how intimate it sounded? Imagine your hero or heroine using the others name for the first time, saying it with a smile, muttering it in irritation, forcing it from behind clenched teeth in anger, or whispering it while making love. In every case the name will have more impact if youve chosen well.
There are a number of factors to take into consideration. For Silhouette Desire author and Holt Medallion winner Susan Crosby, the sound and rhythm of the name are paramount. Her favorite hero name ever, Gabriel Alejandro de la Hoya y Marquez, is from her book His Seductive Revenge. Read the name out loud to yourself and youll hear the rhythm. The heroine in this book is Christina Chandler, a name thats still rhythmic but a counterpoint to his more elaborate one.
This leads into another concernonly one unusual or exotic main character name per book. Otherwise the story has too much of a made up, author-at-work feel. I have a friend named Theodora, a name I love and will use one day. You can bet, though, that the hero of that book will be named Tom, Dick, or Harry, or the current equivalent.
And speaking of currentNY Times best-selling author and two-time Rita winner Suzanne Brockmann has a trick for insuring her characters names are appropriate to their era. She searches websites that have lists of the most popular names for boys and girls born in any given year. If she has a secondary character whos seventy-five years old, she checks to see what was popular the year they were born.
Giving a character a name congruent with their times makes them ring truer for the reader. Its like handing the reader a quick snapshot of your character. Ensure you dont give a character a name that wasnt even in existence when they were born, i.e. dont name an historical heroine something like Tammy, Bambi, or Tiffany. Extreme examples, to be sure, but always check to guarantee you dont unsuspectingly use a name of too-recent origin.
Youve probably read not to have two characters in a book with names that begin with the same letter because it gets confusing for the reader. The same rule applies to names that may be spelled differently but sound the same like Jack and Zack, Mary and Terry, Sam and Tammy.
And if you want the reader to take your characters seriously, avoid alliteration. Mandy Mathers and Tim Thomas may be wonderful characters for a childrens story, but a little too cute for adult reading. Likewise, be sure that the combination of your hero and heroines names dont sound silly togetherJack and Jill, Pat and Mike, Mark and Cleo (Marc Anthony and Cleopatra for those not historically inclined J ), etc. Doing it on purpose as a plot point is fine. Just dont let your choices be an unfortunate accident. Have one or more of the characters comment on the combination of names to cement in the readers mind that the combination was by design.
Be aware of which names have an upper-class, old-money history and which sound like an up-by-his-bootstraps working man. In historical England no blue-blooded family would have named a daughter Molly, a working class name. On a subconscious level were aware of these distinctions, and your characters wont ring true if you give them names not suited to their class.
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Outliving the Creative Slump
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It happens to us all sooner or later. The creative slump. You want to write, but nothing comes to you. Zilch. Nada. Not one iota of inspiration arrives in your head. Its maddening. Its disheartening. It makes you hard to live with.
Not to worry, though. These things happen to the best and there are any numbers of solutions out there to help you over that hump.
Could be that all you need is a week of writing variations of "I have nothing to say" over and over again to set your muse back on track and you on the way to a best selling thriller. Or, perhaps you need the sudden gulp of inspiration that writing prompts such as "write about what happens after you open a heavy cardboard box " can give you toward finally finishing that memoir you began. Tricks like these are easy to tackle and often work wonderfully.
But every so often it happens. No matter how many prompts you read and try to work on, no matter how many sets of "300 words" you throw at the monitor, no matter how many writer how-to books you read, no matter how many writer block sites you hit nothing shifts your creative slump. You are Slumped with a capital S.
A slump like this becomes worse the more you try to figure out how to make it go away. The best way to deal with a Slump like this is to stop. Stop trying to write. Stop thinking about how you are slumped. Recharge your soul. Refresh your synapses. Let your muse play in the sun. Give yourself a week or two offtake up to a month if you feel like you need itand try some of these non-writing exercises designed to replenish your inner writers materials, and provide a wealth of renewed inspiration so that you will be full, once more, of things to draw upon and write.
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