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Welcome to the home of writer, YouTuber, #QueryHack host, and developmental book editor, Meg LaTorre.
Latest videos, articles, blogs, & more:
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.
On Friday, February 23, I participated in Revise and Resub’s #10queries event on Twitter along with a fabulous team of freelance editors.
Writers had the chance to submit their queries and first five pages into a drawing. Ten submissions were randomly selected for each editor, which were critiqued through the #10queries event on Twitter as a way to help writers learn and improve their craft.
In case you aren’t on Twitter or missed the event, check out my blog to read my #RevPit #10queries feedback.
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.
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.
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.
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!