Category: Rules For Authors

Rules For Authors

Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Twenty

Number Twenty Just Because It’s In The Dictionary, That Doesn’t Mean It’s Right Back in the days when I did a little critiquing, I heard this all of the time. “Well, it’s in Webster, so it’s a real word.” And yes, I get the same crap from the kids when we play Scrabble. For example, …

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Melodee's Rules for Authors — Number Nineteen

Number Nineteen Between The Quotes, Grammar Doesn’t Count I’m a Grammar Nazi. I admit that freely and fully. Bad grammar—and other associated issues like slang, syntax errors, and all the rest—drive me absolutely bonkers. Ask my kids. But the simple fact of the matter is that between the quotes—that is to say, in dialog—grammar doesn’t …

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Melodee's Rules for Authors — Number Eighteen

Number Eighteen Never Listen To English Majors…Most Aren’t Published The short version of this is that an English major knows a lot about the English language, like how to build a proper sentence, but by and large, they don’t know jack-shit about how to write a book people want to pay for and read. Now, …

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Melodee's Rules for Authors — Number Seventeen

Number Seventeen Family Comes First…Most Of The Time Family is very important, and there is no denying that. In your day-to-day life, no matter what your occupation is, family should come first. But, just like if you’re a firefighter, police officer, military member, banker, lawyer, machinist, bus driver, or flipping burgers at the local fast …

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Melodee's Rules for Authors — Number Sixteen

Number Sixteen Good Books Take Time This is an important rule and it applies 100% of the time. The question is, “How much time?” Well, that part gets a little fuzzy. The real answer is that a good book takes as much time as it needs. Not a moment less, and not a second longer. …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Fifteen

Number Fifteen Agents Only Care If Your Current Book Sells Also see Rule Number Fourteen. Just like publishers, traditional agents only care about your current book. That’s all. On the other hand, a representative cares about all of your books—past, current, and future—and about you as a professional in order to reach their goals. It …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Fourteen

Number Fourteen Publishers Do Not Care If You Succeed This is a sad fact of the publishing industry. What the publishers care about—and the ONLY thing they care about—is if your latest release succeeds. There are a few publishers who worry about your backlist sales success (see Rule Number Seven) because backlist sales can make …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirteen

Number Thirteen Your Great New Title Is Already Taken Titles are a problem for all authors. You want a title that will say something about the story and catch the potential buyer’s attention. Sometimes, that’s hard to do and most of us struggle as much with the title as we do with the story itself. …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Twelve

Number Twelve As Soon As A Book Is Released, You Will Find 100+ Editing Errors Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. O’Toole’s Corollary: Murphy was an optimist. Yes, Murphy is alive and well. He works in the publishing business. Just a couple of my own experiences in this area… I once released …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Ten

Number Ten Generally Speaking, Writing Experts Aren’t I want you to think about something totally unrelated to writing for a minute… How many people are there professing they are “experts” in social media or search engine optimization (SEO) or various other subjects related to online marketing? Millions? More? Why are there so many? Because there …

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