Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
In answer to question one - Yes. But, fewer words should not be cumbersome. It simply means we must become better writers so we can make the most of the few words we use in a sentence.
Question Two - Determine if you are rewriting or editing. To rewrite is to change the basic thought or theme. To edit is to clean up, but not rewrite, a work. The best way to be our own judge is to move on and come back later. Either write further into your book and put it down and return to the questionable section later. Ask for a second opinion from someone you trust. Remember - it is not broken, don't fix it.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Did you ever force yourself to so something even though you didn't feel like doing.?
That happened to me Monday when I went to Moundsville to hear author Patricia Harman talk about her book and about the publishing business.
I did not want to go. Too tired. Hungry. Wasn't interested in hearing about women's health issues. Probably nothing there for me.
Pass the humble pie, please.
Patricia Harman was great. She projected such a sweet spirit and a total passion for her book.
She hit on some interesting talking points that confirmed some things I already know and some things I was glad to learn.
* Writing a query letter is harder than writing a book.
* A non fiction book proposal should be about 100 pages (that includes three chapters of book or about one-half)
* You may want to hire a writing coach to help with your proposal.
* Most books today are 100,000 words.
* Expect lots of editing from more than one editor. She had to remove some original chapters and replace them with new ones.
* She had 85 rejections before getting published.
Finally - she said anyone seeking an agent should go to www.agentquery.com