MONDAY FORTUNE COOKIE, 10/22/12
Romance is likely; strike up a conversation!
SNARKY REPONSE: Just hope no one decides to strike you back! Fresh!
|View of the Conference Marketplace|
- Poetry Warm Up provided by author and performance poet, Allan Wolf, challenged us to consider where we were going to place our “pea of truth”
- Our First Page HAS to set place, person, and plot
- Resist the urge to edit while writing that “shitty first draft” – something that’s often easier said than done
- Your blog should be the home page of your website to provide fresh renewed content for visitors with suggested updates of once a week at least, though daily (a concept that boggled my mind) would possibly annoy your readers – as Sabrina tells Linus in one my favorite movie quotes “sometimes more is just more”
- Your website “Contact Me” should not be a form but an actual “professional” email address – visitors are put off by the impersonal form
- Successful agent/editor queries are based on careful research – know who they are and why your book would fit their niche
While there were many wonderful pieces to the event, I felt it was beautifully book-ended by the Saturday First Pages critique, an always insightful though oft painful reading & critique of anonymous first pages and the Sunday Pitchapalooza where we listened to brave souls give a one-minute pitch in front of the entire assembly for critique by The Book Doctors and Alec Shane, agent.
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