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Spoilers are your friend when pitching to an editor. If there's a juicy twist, tell me all about it. Don't tease like you would in marketing copy.
Does the villain turn out to be the hero's secret twin brother? Then say that rather than alluding to vague family secrets.
In the publishing world "no" doesn't mean "never". So don't let a rejection stop you in your tracks. Let it push you forward to grow as a writer and make the next book the one that will sell or to find the right match for the rejected book. #PubTip
When you write a synopsis for an editor or agent, spoil every single twist and turn. Don't tease.
When you write a review, mention the good and bad without spoiling.
When you write promotional material, book blurbs or back cover copy, tease like crazy but don't spoil.
Your work isn't done when you first type "The end". In fact, no one should see your first draft but you. Self-editing & revising before sending your ms to critique & submission is important. Put your book aside for a few days & then read. Flaws will jump out at you.
*Save editors' eyes. Double space.
*5-7 pages is ideal length. Avoid more than 10.
*Keep back story to a minimum & focus on what actually happens in the book.
*Make sure to give the entire story. Don't hold back on spoilers. We need to see all twists.
*Always try to address it to a particular person.
*Do your research on guidelines.
*Always include synopsis with manuscript submission.
*Hit submit and then focus on the next book.
*Resist the urge to reread submission. You'll inevitably find typos.
Your first chapter should be intriguing and grab readers' attention. The last chapter should have an exciting ending that ties up all loose ends. The chapters in the middle need to propel the book from chapter 1 to the end. Each one should move book forward in some way. #pubtip
Always pad your deadlines. If it takes you three months to write a book, ask for at least four. This gives you time to put it aside and read it again before sending and allows room for when you have to work on edits and such for prior books. #pubtip
Unless you're under deadline, don't submit immediately after writing "The End". If you wait a few weeks and read it with fresh eyes, you'll see things you want to edit and change. This will help you put your best foot forward. #pubtip
Books that tend to work best for any Harlequin series are the ones that are written with the series mind. It's a lot harder to squeeze a book that was written for anyone into a certain series slot. To get a feel for a series, read the published books and ask questions. #pubtip
Always save your files with your name and book title as the title. And if it's a revised version, add that too. I can't tell you how many people send me attachments called "synopsis" or "manuscript". That's a good way for it to get lost in an editor's computer or ereader. #PubTip
If you want to get an idea of your book's pacing, check the white space on your pages. A lot of white space means a fast pace (i.e. lots of dialogue, short sentences). Little white space means a slow pace (i.e. lots of long dense paragraphs). Strive for a balance. #pubtip