Manic Monday

10 Writing Tips

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Know Your Genre

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. 🙂

Distractions

focus

I would be in the middle of writing the most important part of the entire book, but then a child would scream “Mom“, there’d be a knock on the door, or the phone would ring. Let’s face it, life is a distraction.
How are you suppose to finish that world-renown novel when the television is blaring in the background?
When my girls were a little younger, I locked myself in a room to write. Sounds like the problem was solved, right? Wrong. It just made them more determined to get my attention. I decided to let the world around me stay as is — noisy. I needed to work on my perception and concentration. I learned to filter though and drown out the unimportant sounds. It wasn’t easy to achieve, but I managed it.
It might not work for everyone. Some may need absolute silence. But it’s worth a try.
Good luck
Take care, my friends 🙂