QUICK BYTES

SnappyOkay – LAST CALL for the 2012 collection of holiday stories for SNOWBIRD HOLIDAYS – for information contact me at nancy@nlquatrano and I’ll send you the specs. 1500-2600 words, standard manuscript format, inspirational holiday stories – any winter holiday will do!

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The book launch party for the novel, THE METHOD WRITERS will be at the Riverside Grill in Ormand Beach, Florida, on September 6th! Now available as a Kindle ebook and in a hardcover edition. Come and join us for a mighty happy two hours – book sales, refreshments and reasonably priced beverages, games and prizes – bring your friends!! For more information, visit THEMETHODWRITERS.COM for times and the address of the joint….

Tips from the marvelous mystery writer, Patricia Sprinkle –
– make sure your sleuth has a darned good reason for solving the mystery,
– start with your inciting incident – or have a really good reason not to,
– remember, if the writing doesn’t surprise you (the author) it sure won’t surprise your readers,
– some great reference books for every writer’s library: FOLKS AS FICTION, SAVE THE CAT, and STORY (by Robert. McKee.)

She also had some organizational tips for us that could probably apply across the genres. Lists are your friend –
-Keep a list of your clues and red herrings -What clue and what chapter?
– Keep a list of possible locations/settings for your crime/black moment/climax/resolution scene,
– Keep a list of your themes and what chapter/scene you feed relevent information to your reader,
– Keep a list of your submissions, who you sent to, what you sent and when. Be sure follow up in 2-3 weeks if you hear nothing by email; 4-6 weeks by snail mail.

ARE YOU READY TO PITCH?
If your work is polished to a glossy shine, leaves your critique group speechless, and you have visions of your name in lights, you might want to PITCH your novel, screenplay or non-fiction book to agents, editors and Hollywood producers this fall! eadline: AUGUST 31, 2012 – midnight. Learn more at http://www.WritersPitchBook.com. Sharon Y. Cobb, owner/editor is an experienced and published author and screenwriter – and this book gets results!

From an article by Don Fry, published in the September Writer’s Digest entitled: 7 Steps to a Foolproof Revision
1. Complete your draft, THEN revise;
2. Kill your darlings;
3. Read your work aloud;
4. Revisit even good sentences;
5. Eliminate multiple endings
6. Triple-check for errors
7. Enlist a beta reader

The Writer’s Digest magazine article was excerpted from Don’s book, Writing Your Way (2012) from Writer’s Digest Books.

Writing might be one of the toughest professions out there, but if you are a writer, it doesn’t matter to you. Keep growing in your craft, keep writing – and keep submitting!
NQ

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About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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