Have you always wanted to write and sell a novel but weren’t sure where to start? The writing part is hard enough but how do you get your masterpiece published and sold?
A series of three articles will give you a basic blueprint for options you can pursue, like:
o Agents – How to find a reputable one and learn who to stay away from
o Publishers – The best route for you may not be a big publishing house in New York … a smaller house may be just the right fit for you
o Marketing – Here are some steps you can take to set up appearances and what you need to interest local TV and radio stations
In this article, we’ll look at writing in general and whether you need an agent to sell your book. There’s lots to cover so let’s go!
The Great American Novel.
It’s a catchphrase writers have heard — and been saddled with — for a long time.
Writing a novel is organic; it comes from deep inside. While there are some tried-and-true formulas, the best teacher comes in two forms: writing and reading.
Why? Because to be a good writer you must be a good reader.
If you’re interested in a particular area — or genre – 파워볼사이트 of fiction like mysteries, romance or science fiction, read as many books by different authors in those genres as you can. You’ll quickly sort out the good from the not-so-good and learn to develop an eye for what works in a novel.
Reading novels teaches you structure, pacing and tone. It helps you learn how to develop characters and experiment with point of view and tension.
In fact imagery, tension and release are the three big factors in successful novels. Imagery is word painting. Richness of detail is what helps you connect with your audience and find a common ground the two of you can share. Tension keeps you turning the pages. And release ties it altogether.
If you’re into writing and want to learn the basics, there are several avenues to pursue. You can pick up some terrific how-to books like On Writing by Stephen King or Bird by Bird by Anne LaMott.
Magazines like “The Writer” and “Writers Digest” are chock-full of articles to help hone your style and voice. And there are a slew of online courses to choose from. Try searching the `Net using keywords like “online writing classes” or just “writing classes” and you’ll get loads of choices. Investigate writing clubs in your area or find out how to join a critique group. And many writing ezines publish free newsletters each month with loads of information about writing how-to’s and the business of being a successful novelist.
To Agent or Not to Agent, That’s the Question
There are as many opinions on this topic as there are bagel varieties in Manhattan. Before the competition to sell a novel became fierce, agents weren’t as necessary as they are today. And agent’s commission these days runs anywhere from 15% – 20%
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