If you want to be contacted next year during National Literacy Month (September) sign up on the Linky below for WeWrite4U_Lit. I hope to make it bigger and better in 2015.
I stumbled on Valerie Storey’s work, and I was so taken with the first book I read of hers, that I had to read another. She is a writer of compelling tales. It’s no wonder her last name is what it is. She is a remarkable STOREYteller. Today she’s sharing her advice with us.
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If you haven’t joined us yet in supporting Literacy in the month of Sept. I hope you will sign up today, copy the prepared Tweets to tweet about this issue, and retweet those that are up. You can make this a special month for readers and writers.
- Sign up.
- Copy and paste the prepared Tweets, which I will refresh two times for your convenience.
- Tweet your heart out.
$80 billion or more each year in lost worker productivity@WeWrite4U_Lit (FYI citation: http://www.literacypartners.org/literacy-in-america/impact-of-illiteracy)
By end of 4th grade 2/3 of low-literacy students end up in jail or on welfare.@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)
You don’t have to write YA to use this technique. How do you capture the voice of your characters? Do you journal? Have you joined in @WeWrite4U_Lit. No? And why would that be?
For those who are new to me, I’ve featured some writer friends who have some excellent books out this year. I asked them to send me their latest book, their tagline or log line and a short piece of advice they wanted to pass on to writers, especially those still seeking publication. Last week JENN HUBBARD with her book, UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP. Today I have Brinda Berry of UNCOMMONYA joining us. Take it away, Brinda.
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In keeping with Brinda’s advice, one thing that seems to still surprise readers is that what is categorized as young adult, intrigues older readers. That’s because, even though the MC is usually a teen, the plot, the characters and the themes are not limited to reach a stereotyped teen profile. Here’s what one reviewer–THEBOOKSAGE–said about some YA books he read. One is mine. I blush! But not much, not anymore.
“I have a confession to make. I am NOT a 16-year old girl. And, yet, I absolutely loved C. Lee McKenzie’s The Princess of Las Pulgas, which IS about a 16-year old girl. I have read and enjoyed several YA books in the past that had teenage female protagonists – Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne and Wyndano’s Cloak by A.R. Silverberry (his was a fantasy to boot) come to mind. So I’m not a novice when it comes to YA’s. You can add [McKenzie’s] to my recommend list. It’s absolutely terrific.” The Book Sage
Now here’s a little drum roll.
Below (if Blogger hasn’t sabotaged me) is a Linky. This is NOT a HOP, so you can relax, Gary, and you can sign up, too. September is National Literacy Month, and I hope that you’ll join me in supporting LITERACY. Here’s how.
1. Let me know you’re interested by signing up on the Linky. Then, please get the code and post the Linky on your own blog if you can. If you don’t want to add the Linky to your blog, put up a link to THE WRITE GAME, so others can sign up. I’ll keep the Linky on my blog until the last week in September.
2. Below are some pre-written Tweets and I’m hoping we can TWEET UP A STORM with Tweets and RT’s the month of September. I’ll be posting more pre-written Tweets during the month to keep them fresh.
3. I’ve created a LIST/GROUP for Twitter @WeWrite4U_Lit, so please join and use the group’s handle in your Tweets.
4. I’ve followed and been followed by these literacy groups. You might want to add some of them or find some local to you.
12 PREPARED TWEETS ( in parentheses I’ve put the source just in case you need it) Hope you’ll create some of your own, too.
30 min of reading to a child each week=literacy & love of reading
Don’t give kids a sucker. Give them a book. Make reading valuable
Learn to read. Read to learn.
Get books into homes. Create readers.
Children who can’t read can’t contribute to society.
Read aloud to your kids. Make it dramatic. Make it fun. Create readers.
$225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce (FYI citation: http://www.literacypartners.org/literacy-in-america/impact-of-illiteracy)
over 2 million New York City residents are functionally illiterate That’s 25% (FYI citation: http://www.literacypartners.org/literacy-in-america)
This is the first year I’ve tried to organize this, but I’m hoping to make this an annual event, improving it as I learn what works and what doesn’t. Any suggestions? Leave them in your comment. Thanks.
My quote for the day: “Another belief of mine: that everyone else is an adult, whereas, I am merely in disguise.” One of my favorite authors, Margaret Atwood
No questions today. You’re on your own.
For those who haven’t been here before (tsk tsk) in the past weeks I’ve featured some writer friends who have some excellent books out this year. I asked them to send me their latest book, their tagline and a short piece of advice they wanted to pass on to writers, especially those still seeking publication. Last week CRYSTAL COLLIER with her books, MOONLESS AND SOULLESS This week I have an old friend of mine, JENN HUBBARD. We debuted together, and she writes some excellent books. UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP (Viking 2013) is her latest.
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Jenn’s advice is quite similar to Medeia’s, but while Medeia’s focused on young adult writing, I think Jenn opens it up to include writing across all categories. At the word level, the danger in following this advice might be in our trying to impress the reader with our knowledge of those stupendous–sublime–exotic adjectives and adverbs.
I love all of our words, but we risk falling into the quick fix called “telling” when we grab for the adjective or adverb and don’t create images with active verbs to “show” what we mean by things like, “Marsha was repulsed by her mother.” For me, a better way to capture that repulsion is through action. “I wanted to strangle Mother, but I’d have to touch her do it.” That last sentence gives me the chills. The first one, not so much. What do you think?
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My quote for the day: “If you chase two rabbits, you catch none.” Confucius
- Decide who your reader’s going to be.
- Find other books that are written for that group and see if they’re the kind of book you’re considering writing.
- Go to a bookstore and find the shelf where you think your book will fit.
- Read the blurbs and the jacket flaps.
- Find out who publishes the books that are most similar to yours.
- Go home and write. . .a lot.
What did I leave out?
I never post on TUESDAY, but I will tomorrow to celebrate The International Blog Hop. You don’t want to miss my lip-licking recipe. Trust me.
One Pond Lily the Raccoons Didn’t Get Last Night
My quote for the day: “Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.” Don Herold, Humorist
Be sure to visit the others and see what SMALL THINGS they’re celebrating. How about entering the International Postluck Blogfest? I’m already in. I love to eat and read at the same time.
In the past weeks I’ve featured some writer friends who have some excellent books out this year. I asked them to send me their latest book, their tagline and a short piece of advice they wanted to pass on to writers, especially those still seeking publication. Last week MICHELLE ZINK visited with her book, The Wicked Games. Today I have an Evernight Teen author, MEDEIA SHARIF.
Medeia’s Book Available Now
Tagline: Don’t touch a girl’s most prized possession.
Part 3: The Pros Give Us Some Advice and Happy Launch Day to Me
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A Temptation of Angels
This Wicked Game
by Michelle Zink
7/27 Beverly Stowe McClure
7/27 Jess and Stephanie–Author Tracker blog
7/28 Alex Cavanaugh
7/28 L. Diane Wolfe–Spunk on a Stick and Circle of Friends
7/30 M. J. Fifield
7/30 Julie Musil
7/30 Crystal Collier
If you haven’t entered to win the giveaway, it’s still open. Jump in.
Thanks to Dianne Salerni for asking me to be on The Not So Accidental Blog Tourist Hop. (Eat your heart out Gary!)
Dianne’s credits are impressive. She’s the author of The Eighth Day MG fantasy series (HarperCollins) and YA historical novels, The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH) and We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks). Dianne was a public school teacher for 25 years before leaving the profession to spend more time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research.
1.What am I currently working on?
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Now be sure to check out these two fine writers next Monday, August 4 and see what their answers to these questions are.
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Tagline: In Pandemic, a teenage girl struggles to survive not only a deadly influenza outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
Thanks Great Critique Partner.
The first time I had a chance to talk to an editor in person was at a conference, and my tongue kept sticking to the roof of my mouth. No wonder she didn’t have any encouragement for me. How could she ever work with an author who couldn’t get her ideas across.
- I planned for this meeting far in advance. I knew about the editor, what she was looking for, and I knew about her press–what they’d recently published. I was confident my book was a match for her and her company.
- Just before the conference, I interacted with her via Twitter. She was posting about her walk on the beach (the conference was on the CA coast), so I Tweeted her that I lived nearby and knew the place she was describing. That’s all. No pitch. No hustle.
- I made sure to attend the social gatherings, met her and talked about her walk on the beach. Again, that was all. I kept it social, but I wanted her to know I was the one who had Tweeted her earlier.
- I arrived exactly on time for our fifteen minute meeting. It was easy to greet her since we’d already had two informal encounters.
- Earlier, I’d paid careful attention to her presentation on the editors’ panel, and I used this line to start our conversation about my proposal. ” I liked what you said about realistic fiction for teens. It made me think you might be interested in my idea.”
- I had my tagline memorized, and I told her I would follow up with a query if she was interested in my idea.
While my sale didn’t happen as I’d hoped, it did happen, and I believe it was because I’d made a connection with this editor, and she was willing to take the time to help me.
My last installment was about doing everything yourself. If you’re not ready to take on The Whole Enchilada, you’re going to need some professional help.
GET THEE TO AN EDITOR:
I’ve already urged you to use a professional proof editor as the last editor to consult before going to press or sending your digital book out for readers. But you may need more than simple proof reading, you may feel the need to consult with a professional on more global issues in your manuscript.
EMMA DRYDEN has been in children’s book publishing for 25 years. Nearly 19 of those were with Simon & Schuster. Now she has launched a business of her own in which she offers editorial and creative services to authors of children’s books.
My editor, EVELYN FAZIO, has 32 years of publishing experience and has worked at Simon & Schuster/Prentice-Hall, Random House, Marshall Cavendish, and M.E. Sharpe. A former Vice President of E-Content Acquisitions for Baker & Taylor. She’s now freelance editing, and I can highly recommend her. She never guided me wrong with my first two books, and from my experience she has a keen sense about what a book needs to bring it to publication. I hope to work with Evelyn again.
Barbara Watson has recently set up her editing business, and in November I’ll try to lure her onto The Write Game to tell us more about her career and what she offers to writers. Find out more about her EDITING SERVICE.
IF YOU’RE NOT A WHIZ AT MOVIE MAKING . . .
Now I’m going to show you why you need professional help with that book trailer by totally embarrassing myself. Below is what I was pulling together for my book trailer . . . on my own . . . no help except from my computer. Then my primary Critic-Help Mate-Chief-Of-WhackUp-The-Side-Of-The Head (AKA husband) said, “You’ve got to be kidding.” No, he was kinder than that. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Get a professional, honey.”