Book titles are important!
-tell what the book’s about
-pitch your book
-intrugue the reader
-irony if possible
Scrolling through a slush pile is a lot like seeing book spines on shelves. Grab the reader w/ that title!
#writing #amquerying #querytip
If you can't eliminate that scene, find ways to cut and make what's left more vivid and emotionally resonant.
For scenes that were out of order, take a close look at your plot. There's a reason you didn't remember it correctly.
#amwriting #amrevising advice thread---
Wait 6-8 weeks.
Do not look at your manuscript, synopsis, or query letter.
BEFORE LOOKING AT YOUR MANUSCRIPT:
From memory, write every scene of your novel in order. Put remembered ones wherever you happen to remember them.
Please, don't lie in your query.
About being self-published 'by a small traditional press'.
About the word count on your book.
Because when I research you, it doesn't matter how amazing your ms is. I'll reject you and we'll both be disappointed.
Put your whole name and links in your signature. I've requested manuscripts based on research done after looking at links. Just a first name signature makes me wonder if you really understand the business side of writing and take it seriously.
If you're going to use a comparable title that's epic (like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Shadow and Bone), you're setting the agent up to have huge expectations.
If you must use that title...