iWriterly Video: Why Literary Agents & Editors REJECT a Book After the FIRST PAGE: 7 Red Flags | PART 1

Learn the seven red flags in editing and how industry pros know a book isn’t ready for publication.

Most literary agents know after the first page (or first few pages) if a manuscript is ready or if the writer needs more time to polish their writing and hone their craft.

In this video, Meg LaTorre will go through 7 EDITING RED FLAGS.

Topics covered in this video:

  • Where to start your story
  • Showing vs. telling
  • Information dumps
  • How to weave in backstory
  • Floating heads
  • How to properly handle dialogue
  • Overuse of adjectives and adverbs
  • Too flowery writing
  • Stakes
  • Conflict
  • Writing voice-y characters (characters with a strong voice)

 

 

WATCH PART TWO: Why Literary Agents & Editors REJECT a Book After the FIRST PAGE: 14 Red Flags | PART 2

 

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