How To Select A Subtitle That Sells
Guest Post by the uber talented and super popular Chandler Bolt.
Titling a literary labor of love is a common struggle for many new authors.
The pressure is on when attempting to come up with the perfect book title. We want titles that are catchy, evocative, memorable, pithy—a tall order for just a few keystrokes. It’s no wonder freshman and seasoned authors alike stumble over the title hurdle.
Even more challenging for newly-minted authors is how to select a subtitle. A book’s title may be the sitting presidential figurehead, but the subtitle is the behind-the-scenes, hard-working cabinet member. A stellar subtitle will elevate a book’s cover, intrigue readers, and explain exactly what the book’s about, in just a handful of words.
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Great grammar tips: 7 reliable resources for writers
Great grammar gives your writing power. The author Joan Didion once said ‘Grammar is a piano I play by ear… All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed.’ Develop your own ear and writing skill using these 7 resources:
1: Oxford Dictionaries’ A-Z of Grammar
This grammar guide from Oxford Online gives concise definitions and examples of everything from types of noun to verb tenses. Bookmark this page and read through any topics you’re rusty on.
You can read about the different moods of the verb and their correct use here, for example.
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20 Book-Title Hacks for Any Genre
Today’s guest post is by David H. Safford.
Are you struggling with your title?
Every writer does.
Not only does a title have to capture the essence of the whole story, it needs to begin establishing the voice, themes, and setting long before a reader chooses to turn the page or sample the Kindle.
How can you know where to begin?
Thankfully there are no rules to titles. Rather, there are many approaches you can take to assigning your book, story, or article the right headline.
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The Most Repeated Advice for Authors
I just returned from one of the largest events in my industry: the American Christian Fiction Writers conference, held in Nashville this year. For three days, around six hundred people attended workshops, lectures, continuing ed courses taught by the giants in our field.
This year I concentrated on things that would guide me through this maze of hybrid publishing—being both independent and traditional—but with special attention to those courses about indie publishing. Guess what the #1 piece of advice was? I doubt it will be a big surprise.
Hire an editor.
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5 Tips for Creating a Believable and Captivating Psychological Thriller
Psychological thrillers are going through a boom—which means thriller writing is on the rise. The huge success of novels like The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and Before I Go To Sleep have made it the hottest genre of the moment, and publishers are actively seeking these books, which are sometimes called domestic noir or domestic suspense. I’ve published five psychological thrillers and am going to share some tips about how to craft a thriller novel that will grab readers by the throat and leave them desperate to tell all their friends about it.
1. In thriller writing you must: Write what readers know
Writers are often told to write what they know, but the rise in domestic suspense has shown that book lovers want to read what they know. Psychological thrillers are set in familiar places – usually the home, but it could be the workplace (as in my latest, The Devil’s Work), at the school gates or on the daily commute. The Girl on the Train was a bestseller because so many people have gazed from the window of a train wondering what’s going on behind the closed doors of the homes they pass
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