We here at Wintergnome have received interesting queries from readers and writers concerning their literary works. And from these various inquiries, we thought it an excellent idea to share snippets and tips we call: SnipTips. Keep checking back; we try to add a new SnipTip each week!
Get out of your head and write. There’s no excuse. If you’re a writer, then write.
Whether fiction or non-fiction, make sure your work is rooted in context and supported in sound logic.
When writing fiction, create compelling characters. Allow your readers to feel the protagonist’s desires, fears, compassion and so forth. Know your protagonist thoroughly; that’s inside and out. Interview them and write a short bio of your main character.
If you are looking to submit your work to a literary agent with the hopes of their representing you to a publishing house there is one way to assure that the agent, once you’ve found one, is reputable. Do a little research; find out if they are members of the Literary Agent Association, also known as the Association of Author’s Representatives (AAP). This organization governs the productivity, legitimacy and dealings of literary agents.
Be sure to have a completed manuscript that is properly edited by a reputable editor before you forward the work to a literary agent or publishing house. Most publishing houses will not accept unsolicited work, meaning, without being sent by a reputable literary agent.
If you are seeking a reputable literary Agent then a good place to start your search is by acquiring a literary agent handbook. It should come in handy by giving you the name of available agencies, a short background check and bio of each agent’s achievements within the agency, which genre or genres each individual agent accepts, and if they are currently accepting submissions. As well, the handbook should inform you of how much the individual agents charge for what services. Such a reference book could save you time, money and, more so, misdirection.
A writer’s conference is a good investment of your time. You get the opportunity to meet other authors as well as agents, and possibly publishers. Another added bonus is that you get to share ideas and gain insight from the mistakes and achievements of other writers.
Make your book increasingly searchable with the use of keywords. A keyword is a metadata filtering tool, or better, a ciphering tool used by a search engine that allows readers to locate a specific document, subject, genre, book, or etcetera. You can use more than one word. Some servers allow you to use a keyword-phrase. But remember, make each Keyword significant and related to your genre.
If you are considering self-publishing your work as a hard copy or ebook, Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual is an excellent indes guide.
If you’re wondering if or not you need a good editor, then, yes, you do. We are all evolving as writers, and you can’t grow without proper guidance.
If you are a non-fiction writer, and your writing is to share information, make sure the information is needed. All writing needs an audience. If nobody is seeking the information you’re writing about, chances are, a publishing house will not accept it. And, if you decide to self-publish, ask yourself, where are your readers.