Excellent blog post by Anne R. Allen on Author Blogs!
Excellent blog post by Anne R. Allen on Author Blogs!
The Calvert Library in Prince Frederick, Maryland is one active library! Saturday, October 29, 2016, the library is hosting its annual Local Authors Festival from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with more than 30 authors in attendance. I’m lucky enough to be one of them. I’ll be there with my books, “Believing In Horses,” and “Believing In Horses, Too.” And I look forward to meeting local readers and authors.
I hold a special place in my heart for this library, as this was the first library to carry my first book, “Believing In Horses.”
For a full schedule, the author lineup, and additional details, please click here: http://calvert.lib.md.us/author.html. And please stop by and say hi if you make it!
And check out the other many special events this library offers, including discussions, learning opportunities, and writing workshops.
Motivational speaker and business leader Mary Kelly asked, “What is the best coaching advice you remember? In sports, business, life?”
I answered, “My Navy dad used to remind me of ‘The Man in the Arena’ quote. In other words, it’s easy for others to criticize when they are not in the thick of it. It has always stuck with me.”
Earlier in the week, I had also referred to this same quote by former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in response to a different question.
Then last night, looking through some old memorabilia, I came across a piece of paper my father sent me when I was stationed in Korea in the late 1980’s.
The writing below the quote says, “This is a quote from Teddy Roosevelt. Fawn Hall told Congress they should read it.”
I figured there had to be a reason this quote appeared three times in one week. Was I needing a reminder? Was it a post-Father’s Day thought? Something else?
My cousin told me family research revealed our great-grandfather was one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Sergeant Majors with the Rough Riders. Maybe that explains it.
Whatever the reason, I felt compelled to share the sentiment of “The Man in the Arena” with others. If you have something to add to the conversation, please do!
(Reblogged from Believing In Horses.com/blog)
A post from my “Believing In Horses” blog about the correlation between error-free writing and higher pay.
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When I am asked what my books are about, I try to respond with one sentence. That answer is not a synopsis, but what I would consider one of the synopsis’ “friends.” Books descriptions serve specific purposes. And just to make it easier, not everyone agrees on the rules. I’ve pulled together some thoughts and resources on what I consider the three most common forms of synopses.
Three Forms of Synopses
What it is: Tells the entire story, particularly the conflict
Length: One-page single spaced or two pages double spaced maximum
Purpose: To interest an agent or publisher to request manuscript
Tip: Convey emotion
Example: Spoiler alert! This synopsis includes the ending of “The Way Way Back.”
The Book Blurb
What it is: The 30-second elevator pitch normally seen in advertisement copy or on a book’s back cover or inside jacket flap
Length: 100 – 200 words
Purpose: To tell potential readers enough to get them interested or used by sales representatives to pitch titles, post on retailers’ websites, and post in catalogues
Tip: Make a connection with readers and book buyers
Example: Distributors’ book blurb (advertisement copy) for “Believing In Horses, Too”
The Super Short Synopsis
What it is: My term for the short answer to describe the book in conversation or to append to a biographical line in a written post
Length: One sentence
Tip: Not much written on this one, but it’s the one I use most
Example: A girl in a military family overcomes fears through her work with therapeutic riding programs (“Believing In Horses, Too”)
Following are some additional useful resources I’ve found, with a brief description of each.
Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis (Jane Friedman) – Outstanding advice, and many useful links.
Five Tips on How to Write a Novel Synopsis (Chuck Sambuchino) – This article and links to other articles on the synopsis; the author also provides freelance services for synopsis writing.
Query Shark – Blog providing advice on how to write query letters that work – much based on synopses. Writers may submit their queries for critique.
How to Write the Back Blurb for Your Book (Joanna Penn) – Advice on back cover blurbs, and a little more.
Now you try – at the very least, ensure you have a super short synopsis ready to describe your writing, your business, or whatever it is that you do. Feel free to share here!
Hello, everyone. I started a WordPress.com blog so I can contribute easily to the Women’s Pages blog, as a new member of the Accokeek Women’s Writing Group.
I have a separate blog at http://believinginhorses.com, but you know how blogs don’t always talk to each other? 🙂
Look forward to contributing a tidbit or two. I came across this post today, and thought some others may find it of interest, on creating contradictions in characters. I follow Lauren Grimley’s blog and enjoy her sense of humor (and insights).