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5 Tips for Rocking NaNoWriMo

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NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a fun annual challenge to writers to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. It happens every November and thousands of authors around the world sign up to participate! If you’re thinking about joining in this year, take a look at our 5 essential tips on how to ROCK NaNoWriMo from Novel Selling Secrets founder and bestselling author, Jessica Brody! Highlights: Ouline 2 weeks before November 1 1700 words per day (if you’re going to write every day) 2300 words per day (if you’re going to write 5 days a week) Don’t look...

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True Publishing Story: Gretchen McNeil

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For this next installment in the “True Publishing Story” series, we recently sat down with Gretchen McNeil, author of POSSESS which is published with Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. Gretchen’s tips: Focus on new projects during the lulls in the lengthy publishing process Enjoy the time when you’re writing for yourself, not on deadline Getting rejected is part of the process of becoming (and being) a published author. Make the commitment to yourself to continue to write and improve your skills to get through all the rejections. Remember, rejection...

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True Publishing Story: Jennifer Bosworth

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This is the first installment of our “True Publishing Story” series, where we’ll be speaking with authors to get the inside scoop on how they got published. If you’re an aspiring author and wondering how to get published, this series is for you! Last month, we had the opportunity to sit down with debut author Jennifer Bosworth to discuss how she got her first book, STRUCK, published with Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group. Jennifer’s tips: Attend writers conferences and pitch-fests to meet others in the industry and hone your skills When receiving feedback on...

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Getting Published Step 1: Writing your Novel

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Writing a novel is a complicated and oftentimes difficult process. It’s a never-ending learning curve. The best two pieces of advice we offer writers is this: read and write. Read! Writing a novel is a very complicated process, and one of the best ways to hone your writing skills is to read everything you can in the genre you’re writing. Not to copy it, but to study the style, voice, structure and character arcs. Start by reviewing these attributes of the bestselling books in your genre. The bestselling books are doing just that – they’re selling. And although writing is an art, at...

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Getting Published Step 2: Revising your Novel

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After you’re finished with your first draft, you’re ready to move into the second step of the process – revising. Now it’s time to get some feedback. Here are some tips to help you revise and perfect your manuscript so it’s ready for prime time: submitting to agents. Start by revising on your own Read through the full manuscript on your own and keep notes on the things that jump out at you that need to be fixed. Once you’re finished, go back through your notes and make the necessary changes Get a copy of SELF EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Rennie Browne and Dave King Then,...

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