Saturday, June 26, 2010

Writers and Readers opinions count

I'm not sure how many of you are writers or
how many of you are readers, but either way,
how do you feel about a writer who writes in
multiple categories. Should they use a different pen
name? or should they use the same name
because you want to see anything they write.

Or does that only apply to authors in print. I know when I find an author
I really like, I chase down everything they've ever written. And then
I'm sad when I finish and there is no more until I find my next great
author to follow. So here we are in a whole new day of publishing.
Does that change anything? Do you still check out whatever you can
find by an author that you like?

And do you read more than one category - say historicals and romantic
suspense...or paranormals and contemporary? Or are you a one category
kind of reader?

I'm a multiple category kind of writer and I'd really like to know your
opinions on this!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Writers and Beginnings...

In the beginning...yes, what? what happened in the beginning? In the beginning God created...

When you're the writer. You are the creator. You have to create a world that someone wants to read about . You probably don't have to "create" a whole new world (unless you write sci fi or paranormal), but you have to create an image of something happening, something that will make the reader say...and...and...and want to keep reading to find out what happens to this/these characters you've introduced them to.

So how do you do this? You've heard it all before but I'm going to say it again. You need to hook the reader IN THE BEGINNING. You have about two paragraphs to hook some people - a page for others, if you're lucky. The back cover blurb, and yes, the inside cover excerpt are yours to choose also and they will initially draw readers in, but how often have you picked up a book - read the back, read the inside, turned to the first page...thirty seconds - make them count!

So, here you are, on the spot - MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN! Whether it be in the character's thoughts/memories, or an actual occurrence, draw the reader in and make them want to know where this is going, what happens next.

Make your first words count or the first reader - your favorite editor or agent will be sending off one more rejection and never look back. Don't blame them. Bait that hook and draw them in.

Happy writing!