Writer’s Tips – #Blogging Tips, #Scam Alerts, #Editing, Show and Tell

Welcome to this edition of Writer’s Tips where I collect and curate articles I come across in my reading travels, and share the good stuff for my readers here. This edition is jam-packed with goodies and has some great information on trending scam alerts, information for bloggers to help keep our blogs safe, tricks to help with Word doc snags, authors unite on editing and head-hopping sharing what they anticipate back from editors – from some of the best in the biz, and as always, more!

 

Author Melodie Campbell is guest featured at Anne R. Allen’s blog, helping us clear up the sticky bits in our books – looking at acts, scenes, and messy middles.

My Novel is a Mess! How to Survive the Chaos Point in your Novel

 

Also on the blog of Anne R. Allen, by Anne, –  Are we confusing readers by writing in too many characters? Learn how not to confuse readers.

Does Your Novel Confuse Readers with “Too Many” Characters? 8 Ways to Unconfuse Them.

 

Kate Johnston is breaking it down – the difference between show and tell when book-writing.

https://katejohnstonauthor.com/four-ways-to-decide-if-you-should-show-or-tell/#comment-6941

 

Roz Morris has a great author feature where specialized writers share their experiences on receiving back the manuscript after the editor has been through it. What to expect.

https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2020/05/10/ready-for-the-red-pen-how-to-prepare-for-comments-on-your-book-manuscript/#comment-50175

 

Jacqui Murray shares a great list of suggested books for a writer’s arsenal in this edition of her ToolTips

https://worddreams.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/authortoolboxbloghop-may/ 

 

Blogging guru, Hugh Roberts is back with some new information on keeping our blogs safe.

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2020/05/11/is-your-blog-under-attack/comment-page-1/?unapproved=93961&moderation-hash=a0994a74177a21578c3cab9a8869e235#comment-93961

 

Kathy Steinemann has a Microsoft Word trick for those encountering long waits when saving a document.

https://kathysteinemann.com/Musings/save-word-file/#comment-5982

 

Natalie Ducey has another helpful post for authors, – How to get ebooks in various formats onto WordPress. 

https://natalieducey.com/2020/05/14/a-how-to-guide-for-uploading-ebooks-in-epub-and-mobi-file-formats-in-wordpress/

 

And last but never least, Stevie Turner found and shared a great article on finding out if our emails have been hacked.

https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/have-you-been-hacked/comment-page-1/#comment-24145

 

©DGKaye

Opening My Newsletters – This Lovely Surprise – #Shoutout

One never knows what they may find when opening up newsletters they subscribe to for blogs we enjoy reading and inter-acting with. A few days ago, I opened author, editor, and writing coach – Kate Johnston’s newsletter and was pleasantly surprised by a shout-out she gave to me. Wow, was I elated to read it! She picked little old me to give a shout-out to.

 

I’ve shared a few articles of Kate’s here on my blog through the years, and highly recommend visiting Kate’s blog because she offers a wealth of information for writers, including her Facebook group where she gives free instructionals. So I’m happy to pay it forward and share Kate’s blog today. Below you will find a copy of her latest newsletter.

 

Hey there, Writer!

I am wrapping up the final touches on my mini-course Create Your Killer Writing Routine, and after today the price is going up. Remember–you get lifetime access to this material so even if you aren’t ready to dive in now I highly recommend grabbing this deal to take advantage of the lower price. 🙂

GET THE COURSE HERE


ON MY FICTION

Who likes writing query letters? Who likes writing synopses? I’m diving into both of these for my YA contemporary fantasy, and let’s just say they aren’t my thang. I have no problem helping other writers with their queries and synopses, but I don’t enjoy dealing with my own. I’d say the most difficult part is to write about the main conflict and the hero’s story goal without going into the extra stuff that support these elements in the book. Lit agents don’t want the “extras” in the query or synopsis, so I end up with loose threads in these documents which make it look like the book has loose threads too. Ugh.

If you’re writing a query and/or synopsis, shoot me an email. Perhaps we could beta read for each other if it’s the right fit!


AUTHOR SHOUT-OUT

If you’re looking for a heart-centered author blog and a talented non-fiction writer, you will enjoy visiting DG Kaye.

Debby is a memoirist who writes about life, matters of the heart, and women’s issues. “My intent is to inspire others by sharing my stories about events I encountered, and the lessons that come along with them.” DG Kaye

I find her blog posts inspirational and informational. She is a warm and generous person, and a wonderfully talented writer. Go check her out.


ON THE COACHING

Today we are doing a live critique over at my writing group. This is a great opportunity to see a critique in action, a chance for you to see what kinds of things agents and editors look for when you submit your work, and a chance to learn how to edit your own work. If you aren’t a member of the group, you should be! Come join us HERE.

Have a writerly day!

Kate

 

Please do take a visit over to Kate’s blog – KateJohnstonauthor.com

 

©DGKaye