“I was shocked to learn on my first day at Ooligan Press that everything was completely student run.”
Write to Publish 2017 happened February 4, 2017, another rainy Saturday in a month filled with rain. The inside of the conference, however, was bright and filled with eager-to-learn aspiring authors and local publishing professionals who generously spent the day sharing their collective expertise and experience.
So you’ve written a novel. You’ve done a couple of drafts, and you feel good enough about it to ask a few people to take a look. Choose carefully; you need constructive feedback, not unconditional love. You won’t get it from the person who’s kept all your precious papers since you were four, and you won’t get it from your soul mate. Your trusted readers are business casual: friendly, but there for a reason.
The first read is mostly for characters and story—the who, what, and why. Your trusted readers tell you what was great about the book and what wasn’t so great. They ask for clarification and comment on that thing that happens in chapter four that maybe could happen sooner, or not at all. You grit your teeth, smile, and revise.
Good dialogue is one of the most crucial ingredients for a well-written story—and, to the frustration of many a would-be author, one of the easiest to bungle. Writers often commit the sin of overwriting dialogue in their zeal to draw in the reader. Whether you’re an editor trying to curb your client’s excesses or an […]
Many writers are quite satisfied using pen and paper, Word, Google Docs, or Pages to complete their writing projects—and certainly, pen and paper was the only method available to writers for centuries. But when those tools don’t quite get the job done, here are some others to consider. Q10 was developed by Spanish programmer, designer, […]
November celebrates the best of autumn things: warm drinks, sweater weather, the changing of the seasons. It’s also the perfect opportunity to put your writing to the test. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the time of the year when writers can come together and encourage each other to write. Whether you have decided to […]