Build a Professional Writing Career: How to Interest a Literary AgentGaining the attention of a literary agent can seem a formidable task. I once felt that way about it myself, but now I'm represented by Wordserve Literary. How did I come to the attention of my agent? The following … Continue Reading ››
Janalyn Voigt on how to market a bookI'll share with you something I've learned the hard way. After trying this, that, and the other thing while spending too much money in the name of promotion, I've discovered the best way to reach my readers. This advice may come across as too simplistic, … Continue Reading ››
Quintessential Guide to Writing the Breakout NovelDonald Maas is a successful literary agent, an exceptional teacher with a masterful grasp not only on his topic but on how to motivate people, and a gifted writer with a knack for turning a phrase. While Writing the Breakout Novelis written for authors seeking the traditional route to publication, … Continue Reading ››
How do you write a novel in logical steps?
Janalyn Voigt:Having the zeal to write a novel will carry you through a lot of bumps on the rocky road to completing it. The road you choose is an important factor that will either expedite the process or waste your time. Set a logical course … Continue Reading ››
If you face marketing a book as an introverted writer, be sure and check out my guest post for my agency's blog, Wordserve Water Cooler: Marketing for the Introverted Writer. Here's a lead-in to the post:
“All you need is you, yourself,” marketing expert and author James Rubart once … Continue Reading ››
Question: What is writing voice?
Janalyn Voigt:Susan May Warren describes a writer's voice as personality on paper. That distills the concept, but it's still a little abstract. Just what is personality, anyway, and how does a writer put it on paper?
Writing Voice is Personality DefinedThe Free Dictionary defines personality as “The totality of … Continue Reading ››
Don't ask me why I consider myself an expert on avoiding author burnout, or maybe you've already guessed the reason. Yes, my thoughts on this topic come from first-hand experience. One of the faults of a visionary type like myself is that my ambitions all too often can overload my resources. Mostly out of self-defense, therefore, I've … Continue Reading ››