Category Archives: query letters

Interesting Links for March/April

You’ve guessed it. Walt is the source for many (but not all) of these links. Follow. Read. Learn. Enjoy! (Oh, and join Facebook, where you’ll find much more on our private Writers Mill page,, with thanks to Catherin!)

Get writing!

Be both inspired and inspiring. There are some really cool ideas in this: http://blog.bookbaby.com/2016/03/simple-ways-to-repurpose-content/

A nicely imaginative post suggests how to deal with those obstacles keeping you from writing: http://willamettewriters.org/2016/02/4-obstacles-keeping-finishing-manuscript/

If the book feels too big to tackle and you’re not sure where to start: http://blog.bookbaby.com/2016/03/three-things-before-you-write-a-book/

Follow the rules to become an author? http://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/2015/08/24/become-an-author-5-basic-rules/

Describe your book!

From back-cover copy to elevator pitch, how would you describe your book? http://buildbookbuzz.com/amazon-book-description/

Print your book!

Fonts are scary stuff. You may not be hugely wiser after reading this, but you’ll be better informed: https://designschool.canva.com/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-font-pairing/

Meanwhile, here’s an interesting e-conversation about fonts: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1697027/1697027-6120823027480485892

Practice better writing!

What shape is your story? This video’s well worth watching (only 4 minutes) http://blog.bookbaby.com/2016/03/simple-shapes-of-stories/

Want to outline your book? http://self-publishingschool.com/11-ways-outline-book/

A checklist to help your story: https://mystorydoctor.com/12588-2/

Use Point of view to create good writing https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/want-a-page-turner-you-need-deep-pov/

Create that summary: http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=bd398af5e14b804a37b7f273a&id=ba869c80d6

Tell the world about your writing!

A letter to librarians – if you’re trying to get speaking engagements, or get books into libraries, this one might help: http://indigoseapressblog.com/2016/03/20/library-book-tour-letter-by-christine-husom/

How to pitch, which also helps with how to query: http://willamettewriters.org/wwcon/pitching-with-confidence/

Lots of book marketing comments from real authors: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/book-marketing-shots-in-the-dark/

Use the Internet!

Is there a way to effectively use blogs, facebook, twitter etc?  http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/20-plus-social-media-hacks-and-tips-from-the-pros/

A cool way to look at platforms, with lots of practical advice: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/03/jason-gracia/

Some great stuff about what to put on your author website: http://writetodone.com/creating-author-websites/

And on the “about me” page of the site (or blog): http://buildbookbuzz.com/an-about-me-page-that-sizzles/

Go to conferences!

August 12-14 Willamette Writers conference: http://willamettewriters.org/wwcon/

November 5 Wordstock: http://www.literary-arts.org/2016/03/wordstock-2016-news-and-updates/

Send that query letter!

Master’s review – deadline March 31st – reading fee $20 http://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

Women only (sorry, men), WoW is inviting queries for short sweet non-fiction posts before April 10 http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101417136261&ca=35072501-8a54-4708-885e-2a3376bed932

 

Some marketing links

Again, more old links as we clean up the site:

Need more book reviews?

http://randomwritingrants.com/2015/06/08/how-and-where-to-obtain-book-reviews-by-james-rose/

Deadlines and marketing:

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/07/a-book-publishing-timeline-for-holiday-sales/

Yes you can:

http://www.voicecatcher.org/archives/3666

http://www.writermag.com/2014/10/17/non-traditional-book-launch/

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/04/book-marketing-ideas/

Query Letters and Book Blurbs:

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/literary-agent-sound-off-query-letter-basics

http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/03/11-essentials-of-good-query-letter.html

http://siamckye.blogspot.com/2015/01/beating-blurb-blues-part-one.html

Book videos:

http://blog.zazzle.com/2015/02/09/10-tips-video-posts/

When to market

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/04/5-ways-to-get-publicity-for-your-book-launch/

Book promotion, Social Media & Marketing:

http://www.bookbaby.com/free-guide/frugal-book-promoter

https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2015/04/07/marketing-tip-follow-the-8020-rule-in-social-media

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/26-tips-improving-social-media-marketing/

http://bookarma.net/blog/author_platform/

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/11/marketing-your-book-on-goodreads/

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/11/marketing-your-book-on-goodreads/

https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/help

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/07/28/book-marketing-on-social-media/

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/07/seven-deadly-sins-of-book-promotion/

http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/2013/04/your-author-online-platform-and-numbers.html#.U8a6srFA58E

http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/

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Writers’ Mill Minutes, October 18, 2015

Cedar Mill Library, Beaverton

 

Twenty-six people attended the meeting, including about seven newcomers. Among them was Donna Reynolds, who will speak to us next month about editing. Ron Davis led the meeting while Sheila Deeth was cruising in the Caribbean, having just celebrated her birthday among the alligators in the Everglades. Jean Harkin took Minutes, and Amelia De Mello provided snacks. Continue reading Minutes 201510