The publishing industry is competitive, but the writing community doesn’t have to be.
Writer, YouTuber, developmental book editor, and former literary agent Meg LaTorre launched iWriterly as a go-to resource for writers, publishing a variety of content to assist both veteran and aspiring authors in their writerly journeys.
On the iWriterly website, writers can find the latest iWriterly videos, Query Hack critiques, guest blogs, writing tools and resources, author interviews, a pitch contest calendar, Meg’s book reviews, as well as the iWriterly editorial services.
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This WEek’s iWriterly Video
Meg LaTorre of iWriterly participates in the Book Selection Tag, originally created by Lenn Woolston.
Savvy Authors Blog
One of the biggest draws to stories—of any medium—are characters. So many of us want to follow the journeys of individual characters whose personalities or situations we find compelling. The biggest disappointment I often have at the end of a book, television show, or movie is a lack of character growth or change at the end of the story. In other words, the protagonist or main cast of characters lack a proper character arc.
A character arc is the inner journey of a character over the course of a story. In this case, we will talk about novels. It isn’t the complete change of a character, but rather their growth. If the principal characters don’t grow and adapt to the changes happening as the plot unfolds, a story can’t develop organically.
Writers Helping Writers Blog
With so many stories bouncing around in a writer’s mind, it likely comes as no surprise that most writers seek to write more—or to be more efficient in the time they have to write. In the month of November, known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to the writing community, thousands of writers endeavor to write 50,000 words in a single month.
To give you perspective, 50,000 words is roughly 200 manuscript pages (at approximately 250 words per page). For non-writers, that number is probably akin to a month of torture. For writers, it may feel that way, too. Yet, it’s a delightful torture we do to ourselves… every year.
But regardless of the month of the year—whether it’s NaNoWriMo season or any other month—how can writers more efficiently put words onto the page?
Natalia answers our questions on:
- Natalia’s writerly origins (text-based roleplay)
- The inspiration behind SOTD
- Why Natalia decided to stop querying & self-publish
- Working with a cover designer
- Finding a freelance editor
- What types of fairies and other creatures we can expect to see in SOTD
- What’s next for Natalia
Sydney answers our questions on:
- What inspired this story and an inside look at the book
- The process of finding her agent
- What the submission process was like
- What publishing with an indie press was like
- Marketing: What authors are expected to do vs. what publishers do
- The reception of The Halves of Us
- What’s next for Sydney
Literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson of the Corvisiero Literary Agency answers our questions on querying, how many clients an agent takes on each year, submission (the process, types of materials sent, how many editors are reached out to at once), author platform (and how that impacts publication goals), and what the author-agent relationship looks like.
The iWriterly team asks a group of writers the following question: What is your greatest struggle in your journey as a writer? Thirteen writers (traditionally-published, indie-published, and yet-to-be-published) share what they do to overcome hurdles in their writing careers. The writing community unites in this thirteen-person collab.
Special thank you to all of the writers who shared their experiences in this video.