Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 30 Oct 2019

When promoting your book (social media, website, bookstore events, cons, etc), remember to promote ALL formats.

Example, "Available now in print, ebook and audiobook"

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Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 28 Oct 2019

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

These instances aren't always easy to notice/trim but they come with writing and rewriting and learning craft.

The more you learn, the more you'll be able to change up your words and the movement of your characters.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

Say your character sees a person who wronged them. Instead of saying they walked over and punched them, you can simply say they punched them.

It's implied they closed the distance to deliever the blow.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

There are also instances where you can have a character perform an action that implies they moved somewhere or towards someone.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

What's the emotion of your character? If they're angry, they can stomp. If they're sad, they can drag their feet.

Simple changes like that add a layer to the movement, change up verbiage, and add detail to your character.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

The same can be said for the word walking. Obviously characters need to move but there are other ways to imply movement/description to consider.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

Ultimately, these movements can all be implied by the sentence: "I ran my fingers through her hair."

It's a common enough motion that we as readers can visualize it and fill in the blanks of your narrative.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

While it is true your body would perform these movements, in writing, this list heavily weighs on your narrative.

It slows down pace. It loses the interest of your reader.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

For the latter, I'll sometimes see paragraphs like:

I walked over to her. I lifted my arm and spread my fingers before pushing them through her hair. I dropped my hand back to my side, fingers grazing my hip.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 27 Oct 2019

One thing I've noticed in a few manuscripts I've worked on is the repetition of the word 'walked' or a grocery list of words/phrases to imply movement.

It's thread time!

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Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 24 Oct 2019

Today's #pubtip thread is about rejections. For more than 11 years, I have spent every working day both dishing out and receiving multiple rejections daily. It's given me Opinions on how to reject others well & a lot of judgment about people who do it badly. Boo, you people. Boo

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 23 Oct 2019

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My #pubtip tweet thread loyalists :royal wave: will recall that I look at clients and potential clients as a microbiome - a teeming multivariable entity of strengths and weaknesses. Qualifications, authority, voice, marketability, charisma - Iโ€™m thinking about them all.

greyhausagency @greyhausagency · 22 Oct 2019

#Pubtip Remember that while one trope or sub-genre might work for one publisher, it does not mean it will work for someone else. Each publisher has their own unique market and following!

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 21 Oct 2019

Today's #pubtip: among first-time authors, I think *the* most common source of surprise and disappointment is the book tour or lack thereof. This is where I truly want to kill shows like The Affair and, well, any other popular media depiction of the book publishing experience.

Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 18 Oct 2019

I forgot to add to the end of this thread that I'm a developmental and line editing type of agent. I want stories to be in their best shape before going on sub.

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Megan Manzano ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒธ ~ Closed to Queries @Megan_Manzano · 18 Oct 2019

It is a tedious process but one that shakes up how your story can strike readers. We all have favorite lines or paragraphs that gives us chills and line editing can enhance those favorite moments.

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