Traditional Publishing: You can choose to use an agent, or not. You can aim for a small house, or big.
For fiction, finish the book. For nonfiction, compose a nonfiction book proposal. Query agents or editors when you're ready.
Since Nightmare on Query Street (hosted by @Michelle4Laughs) is right around the corner, I thought I'd post about queries.
3 Parts to a Query:
1. Intro: Details of your book and a connection (personalized statement) to the agent/publisher.
2. Pitch: 3-10 sentences.
7 Parts to a Pitch:
1. Introduce the main character: Don't go crazy on mentioning your other characters. This can get complicated and confusing to a reader. Yes, you may know them and understand them. But think about going to a party and you meet 10 people all at once. It's the same concept.
2. Tell us who they are and what they want: what makes them special or unique? Most characters should have a flaw so what sets apart this character from everyone else?
3. Inciting incident: Do not tell this in the form of a question. Usually the answer is always what you think. What's the trigger event or turning point?
4. Plot of the novel: Do not tell the ending here. Save it for the synopsis.
5. Complications = Conflict.
6. Unclear wrap-up
7. Stakes: Tell us what will happen to the MC if they don't get or do something.
Seventeen year old Quincy learns she is the heir to a royal kingdom, to claim her place in the Thalassic she must allow the ocean to claim her, as a mermaid.
Thalassa means: of the sea. Every single important moment in Quincy’s life has to do with water. She sits now at the bottom of the pool at her new school, drowning. Feeling like someone was holding her there. She was about to die in the same way her parents did, three years ago.
She is about to gulp down the water, when two strong arms grab her and rip her from the water. Her last fleeting thought before breaking the surface was something that would haunt her, “If I would have taken a breath underwater, it would have felt like coming home."
Claiming Ataris Playlist:
Some Nights: Fun
Kiss Me: Ed Sheeran
I Knew You Were Trouble: Taylor Swift
Vulnerable: Secondhand Serenade
We Are Young: Fun
Standard Lines: Dashboard Confessional
BlackBird: Sarah McLachlan
Dreaming With a Broken Heart: John Mayer
Never Say Never: Justin Bieber Acoustic
Everything Has Changed: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
Mumford and Sons: I Will Wait
Am I Breathing Underwater: Metric
Home: Phillip Phillips
The Harlem Shake: Baauer
Thrift Shop: Macklemore
I'll Stand By You: The Pretenders
Booty Work: Dorm Parties
The Way You Look Tonight: Michael Buble
Here are the links to buy:
Author Bio: ABOUT RUBY
Ruby wrote her first book during her senior year of college and hasn't stopped writing since. She graduated with a degree in History and a minor in Psychology. When she isn’t manically writing stories on her laptop, she is coaching a high school dance team. You can find her hanging out with her tall, dark, and handsome husband or playing with her adorable little boy. She is from San Diego but was raised in Northern Utah. Her dad nicknamed her Rube at a young age and it always stuck. She currently lives in Utah under the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. Ruby loves to read all things New Adult and Young Adult. She is a wannabe yogi and shamelessly indulges in reality TV. You might find her with a Diet Coke with Vanilla in it on most days, as this is what she considers to be water. Ruby continues to write more stories. Look for more titles by Ruby coming soon.
What is a Platform?
· It’s your visibility, your influence, your reach.
· The channels that you possess to speak to your readers.
· When you speak, who listens?
Elements of Platform (Planks)
· A website and/or blog of impressive size
· An e-newsletter/mailing list of impressive size
· Article/column writing )or correspondent involvement) for media-preferably for larger outlets and outlets within the writer’s specialty
· Guess contributions to successful websites, blogs, and periodicals
· A track record of strong past book sales
· Individuals of influence you know-from networking to personal contacts (organizational, media, celebrity, relatives) who can help you market at no cost to yourself, whether through blurbs, promotion, or other means
· Public speaking appearances-the bigger, the better
· An impressive social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, etc)
· Membership in organizations that support the successes of their own
· Recurring media appearances and interviews-print/radio/TV/online
When is Platform Necessary?
· Nonfiction, always
· Sometimes memoir
· Self-published books
· It is in giving that we receive
· You don’t have to go it alone
· Platform is what you are able to do right now
· Learn by example, and feel free to study/mimic
· You must make yourself reach to contact
· Work hard, and aim for autopilot
· Start small and start early
· Have a plan, but makes tweaks
· Quantify your platform
· Leverage = platform
· Market by not marketing
· Always have the end goal in mind-the connection
· Always market something; if not, market yourself
As we reflect over the many lives lost today, I'm sure that for some this tragedy is still very near to hearts and minds.
But we have overcome. We have persevered. We have remained strong.
We are Americans.
And united we still stand!
So after I attended the Minnesota Writer's Conference this past Saturday, hosted by Chuck Sambuchino of Writer's Digest, I had a brilliant (ok, maybe not so brilliant) idea to post a writing tip and/or prompt every Tuesday on my blog. It'll help you as a writer and help me generate traffic, hopefully on my website.
So here it goes.
Today's tip is: Focus on the things you can control: (1) Always write the best thing you can.