Month: October 2014

I Challenge You

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. . .to Read

old books

Have you ever picked up a classic novel out of curiosity? At first, you thought it would be boring and/or stupid. But once you started understanding the content, it became impossible to set down. I felt this way on numerous occasions, and have yet to be disappointed.

 

Shakespeare was very difficult for me to understand. In the beginning of the novel, it was like reading another language; however, after awhile words and phrases started to make sense. The story developed and the plot unfolded.
Hamlet became my all-time favorite of his stories. The history, beauty, culture, and words kept me engaged throughout the entire book. Yes, it was a sad tale—typical of Shakespeare’s work, but I’ve enjoyed reading it over and over.
As writers, we must engorge ourselves on the written feast. Words and writing styles should mold our own creativity. I believe that the more we consume, the harder we’ll try to improve our writing.

 

So, I challenge you to read or reread a classic novel. The words will engross you, the scenes will entice you, and you can thank me later.

 

Take care, my friends. 🙂

Know Your Genre

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Know Your Genre

When submitting a query letter to an agent be sure to include the genre. Agents don’t publish everything they get their hands on; they are specific about which types to select. It is essential to know what category your project falls under, and research agents who publish that genre.

 

 

Fiction genre

 

Adventure

Christian

Middle Grade

Family Saga

Horror

Mystery

Science Fiction

Western

Chick Lit

Commercial Fiction

Graphic Novels

Humor/Satire

Military/Espionage

Offbeat/Quirky

Short Stories

Woman’s Fiction

Children’s

Crime

Fantasy

Historical

Literary Fiction

Multi-Cultural

Romance

Thrillers/Suspense

Young Adult

 

 

 

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Adventure/True Story

Business

Cultural/Social Issues

Film & Entertainment

Gardening

Health & Fitness

How-To

Juvenile

Military/War

Narrative

Pets

Pop Culture

Science

Sports

True Crime

Art

Celebrity

Current Affairs

Finance

History

Humor

Medical

Multi-Cultural

Nature/Ecology

Photography

Self-Help

Technology

Women’s Issues

Biography

Cookbooks

Dating/Relationships

Food & Lifestyle

Gift Books

Home/Design

Journalism

Memoirs

Music

Parenting

Politics

Religion

Spirituality

Travel

 

Most of the genres listed are self explanatory. I might have missed a few and the sub-genres, but these are the top categories.
If your project has more than one genre, choose the dominate role.
Agents will list which ones they are interested in reading and reviewing on their websites or in forums. Do your research before sending query letters.
Good luck.
Take care, my friends. 🙂