101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel
"101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel takes you from the baby steps of getting organized to full-blown marketing with well-written, well-organized, information-packed pages that have even the 'greenest' of writers submitting a professional and polished manuscript for publication. Ms. Taylor's readers will be empowered with confidence, having the knowledge that all their bases are covered when submitting their first, and subsequent, novels for publication."
-Ingrid Taylor, Small Press Review
"As a novice writer, you must have a good grasp of the basics, and now it's here! Not only will 101 TIPS show you how to write, but once your book is ready, how to sell. Allow yourself to be one of the very small percentage of writers who approach agents, editors, and publishers, in a professional manner, with your work ready to be seen!"
-Virginia B. Elliott, Naples, Florida
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GETTING READY TO WRITE
Tip 2 First steps
Tip 9 Time must march onmake your own calendar
Tip 15 Bulk up your novel with dramatic muscle
Tip 17 Are you an author in search of a plotting shed?
Tip 19 Games people playdouble dealing deception and secrets are vital to your plot
Tip 21 Books about plotting books
Tip 58 A dash of accent goes a long way
ITS EASIER SEEN IN A SCENE
Tip 61 Each scene has a beginning middle and endan internal structure
Tip 63 Being unpredictable contributes to being readable but
Tip 65 Writing sensibly sensitively sensually
GETTING AHEAD IN TIME AND PLACE AKA TRANSITION AND EXPOSITION
Tip 66 In the beginning of most chapters there was exposition
PEOPLING YOUR PAGES
Tip 22 Create and maintain your cast of characters
Tip 23 Foibles failures and flaws are the writers friendswriting description
Tip 25 Travel with a camera
Tip 27 Whats good for baby is good for the writer
Tip 30 When should you use characters from real life?
Tip 31 Applying for the job of one of your characters
Tip 33 Even Adolph Hitler liked animals
Tip 35 Why not create a family of characters?
FILLINTHE BLANK JOB CHARACTER APPLICATIONS
POINT OF VIEW IS MUCH MORE THAN AN EXPRESSION OF OPINION
Tip 36 But how do you select a POV character? Audition them
Tip 37 First person shouldnt necessarily be first choice
Tip 38 Maybe your heros best friend should be a blabbermouth
Tip 40 Each viewpoint character has a different point of view
Tip 41 Shiftily shifting viewpoint characters
PLACES AND SETTINGS ARE NOT THE SAME AS PLACE SETTINGS
Tip 42 Get em out of the house and the office
Tip 44 Dont dump description in clumps
Tip 46 Whats real what isnt? Using fictional locations in real towns
Tip 48 Being a writer means vacations will never be the same
DIALOGUE IS MORE THAN PEOPLE TALKING
Tip 49 Dialogue is more than straight talk
Tip 52 The voice in your characters mindinternal dialogue
Tip 54 Eavesdropping is key to writing successful dialogue
Tip 56 How do you indicate thoughts?
Tip 68 Atrigger is not merely part of a gun
FINAL WRITES AND OTHER ET CETERA
Tip 69 Does your title tell the real story?
Tip 72 Check for gonowhere scenes too
Tip 74 Last chance checklist
TO MARKET TO MARKET
Tip 76 Simultaneous submissions are not always taboo
Tip 77 Give the editors what they want
Tip 79 Two little words that make a big difference
Tip 81 A synopsis is
Tip 82 An outline is
Tip 84 Once the publisher sends the contract
Tip 85 Getting an agent isnt impossible it just seems that way
Tip 86 What an agent can and can not do for you
Tip 87 Whats a POD?
Tip 88 Whats an ebook?
Tip 89 The appearance of the manuscript does make a difference
Tip 91 How long should you wait to hear from a publisher or an agent?
SAMPLE COVER SHEET
SAMPLE MANUSCRIPT PAGE
Tip 94 Handy reference books to have in your writing library
Tip 95 Magazines you should read andor subscribe to if you can afford them If not check out your local library
Tip 96 Writers organizations worth exploring
Tip 97 Start your own writing textbook
Tip 98 Learn from every mistake every rejection
Tip 100 Handling rejection without giving