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Welcome to the home of writer, YouTuber, #QueryHack host, and developmental book editor, Meg LaTorre.
Latest videos, articles, blogs, & more:
Learn some of the reasons that go into deciding if you should self-publish (vs. traditionally-publish), where self-published authors can cut if they’re on a tight budget, what aspects you shouldn’t skimp on, why beta readers/critique partners are crucial, author platform, and more in this special collab with Natalia Leigh.
Learn how discipline, such as setting word count goals for yourself, making a writing schedule, and taking your time to get feedback/edit your work, can help to make your dreams of publishing a book a reality.
Guest Article in SavvyAuthors:
Do you have ideas for a book but don’t know where to start or how to write a novel? Or maybe you’ve written several manuscripts in the past and are looking to standardize your process. Learn how in these 11 easy steps.
Every writer has their own unique brainstorming, planning, and writing process when it comes to the creation of a novel. No one process is “right,” but if you haven’t yet figured out what works best for you or maybe you’ve tried a few different methods but are looking to expand your understanding of the writing process further, here are a few launching points for your next story.
Is writing a book one of your dreams, but you don’t know where to start, how to outline the general events of your book, or even what events are essential to have?
Learn the basics of outlining your novel, word counts for genres/age groups, important research for writers, and how to learn more about today’s publishing marketplace in this iWriterly video, part two in the How to Write a Book series.
Get an inside look at Kim Chance’s debut novel, KEEPER, her writing process, and author platforms in this iWriterly video.
Do you have ideas for a book but don’t know where to start or how to write a novel? Or maybe you’ve written several manuscripts in the past and are looking to standardize your process. Learn how in the first video of this three-part series.
Voice is an element that can make or break a book. Whether you’ve written a book or are working on your manuscript, learning how to create distinct voices for your characters is key.
Guest Article in SavvyAuthors:
Voice is an element that can make or break a book.
Even if a book’s premise isn’t fresh or if the story hits on a few overdone scenarios, clichés, and tropes, voice will have readers flipping through the pages, wondering what will become of their beloved characters. On the flipside, if a book has a twisty plot and amazing world building, but the character’s voice falls flat, readers are very likely to go in search of another story.
Many writers once they finish a book don’t know where to go next and either immediately jump to querying or working with a freelance editor. Learn when (and if) you should work with a freelance editor in this iWriterly video.
Join iWriterly for an exclusive interview with Angela Ackerman, indie author and co-founder of the popular websites, Writers Helping Writers and One Stop For Writers. You may also know Angela from her many helpful tweets, providing published materials from a variety of different publications and platforms on the craft of writing.
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
About THE ELYSIAN PROPHECY:
The story begins in modern day and follows Abigail (Abi) and Benjamin (Ben) Cole. When their father is attacked and their mother goes missing, the siblings begin to suspect their family has a secret in their past. Abi learns the attack wasn’t a random act of violence after she’s abducted and brought to a new world. Meanwhile, Ben searches for his sister and mother while fearing he suffers from the same mental illness as his mother and wondering when he will lose his grip on reality.
REIGN OF THE FALLEN was published in January 2018 by Razorbill Books (Penguin).
In addition to weaving YA fantasy stories, this Richmond, VA native also writes pictures books. Her previously published YA fantasy, FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP, follows a witch’s apprentice as she tries to discover what ancient evil beneath the sea is luring villagers to their death (published by Sky Pony Press).
About REIGN OF THE FALLEN:
Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised—the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.
A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead—and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?
Meg’s SavvyAuthor’s article:
There are many things publishing professionals look for in your first pages and chapter: voice, storytelling personality, if the story starts in the right place, showing vs. telling, grammar, grasp of the English language, and more.
As a freelance developmental editor and former literary agent, I usually knew after the first few pages or chapter if the manuscript was ready or not.
How is that possible without reading the entire manuscript? Click the link below to read more!