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New Author Trend: Protagonists Who Are Writers/Book Nerds

These days, many first-time authors write books featuring protagonists who are writers or love to read books… or both. While there’s no one “right” way to write a story, consider carefully how you can write your story in the most gripping way possible to have readers eagerly turning the pages.

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Why Critique Partners & Beta Readers Are Essential to Your Writing

While it’s possible to have a bad experience with critique partners (also called CPs) and beta readers, I’m here to tell you: Outside feedback is one-hundred percent vital to the success of your manuscript.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CRITIQUE PARTNER AND BETA READER?

Critique partners are writers who provide feedback on your work, usually by request (to exchange chapters).

Beta readers are people who read your manuscript as a reader first (rather than a writer). Most of the time, beta readers are not writers.

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View the latest iWriterly videos:

Why Writers Need Critique Partners and Beta Readers

While some people the writing community claim critique partners and beta readers aren’t necessary—or even that they negatively impact your manuscript—outside feedback from critique partners/beta readers is one-hundred percent vital to the success of your manuscript.  Learn the difference between critique partners and beta readers and what types of feedback is the most important in this iWriterly video.

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Author Interview:

REIGN OF THE FALLEN By Sarah Glenn Marsh

I’m absolutely thrilled to share with you iWriterly’s exclusive interview with the lovely and talented Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of REIGN OF THE FALLEN.

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?

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Special ANNOUNCEMENT:

iWriterly Will Now Have Weekly Videos

I’m so excited to announce that we will be expanding our iWriterly videos from twice each month to weekly videos!

Videos will be posted every Wednesday at 10 am EST.

Tagging onto this announcement, I will be writing weekly blogs that will be posted on Fridays at 10 am EST. You can find those under Blog on the main menu.

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Read Meg’s SavvyAuthor’s article:

How an Editor Knows Your Book Isn’t Ready After the First Chapter

Published in SavvyAuthors: February 2018

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!

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