Three Links 10/25/19 Loleta Abi


Three Links 10/25/19

Loleta Abi


1. “As publisher of the The Hot Sheet newsletter, I regularly read and report on market trends that affect traditionally published and self-published writers. In today’s post, I’ve gathered some of the trend information we’ve published in 2019; while it’s most pertinent to traditionally published authors, self-published authors may recognize these trends in the market as well.

If you’re interested in The Hot Sheet, you can subscribe for 30% off the usual rate as part of our 4-year anniversary sale. Sign up for a 30-day free trial and use code 4YR at checkout for the discount. This code will work through the weekend.”

2. “But what do I mean by this? Well, when I read speculative drafts or short pitches aka loglines, they are often what I call ‘non-stories’. These can be broken down like this …

  • We don’t know who we are rooting for in terms of characters, or why
  • The conflict (ie. problem or issue) is not clear
  • We don’t know what the story is in terms of genre, tone or type
  • It might be too ‘writerly’ – interesting to the writer, but no one else
  • It might be too samey – we’ve seen this type of story, this way ‘too many times’
  • The writer has placed too much on an *issue*, so it seems too educational
  • A combo or all of the above

In other words, the concept just doesn’t sell itself ‘off the page’ to me. As I’ve said multiple times on this blog, if you don’t have a great concept, you’ve got nothing. What’s more, knowing your concept from the offset can help you write, since it creates a powerful baseline to work from.”

3. “Gregg LeVoy, in his book This Business of Writing, says:

All achievements begin as pictures in someone’s mind, and the more clearly they are held there, the more easily they can be hewn onto paper, stone, and playing field.

Businesses are no different. They work better when you have a picture to work from. If you can hold solidly in your mind the picture of what you want your writing business to become, without losing it in the static of a million competing impulses, all the better; and I envy you. Otherwise, write it down.

Years ago, after having been a pastor for seven years, I was transferred into an office job in publishing. I decided the relatively set work hours (unlike the 24/7 job of pastoring) presented an opportunity: I would write a book.”

Research & Fun Bits:

1. “I had a houseful of company this weekend. It’s just easier to step back and spend family time, than step away from them to keep this place updated.

I usually try to blog around three times per week, more occasionally. With the Viral Blues tour going on, it was pretty simple to reblog wherever I was and keep some original content available.

It occurred to me it might be easier to appear less places per week and spread the tour out. Prior to this release, I crammed about a dozen or more appearances into a ten day period, then went crazy trying to keep up with all of them. Spreading it all out didn’t make it any easier. You try stuff and you learn. It was worth a shot.

If nothing else, it could be more productive, since I’m targeting the Halloween season this time. Maybe there’s someone out there who hasn’t started looking for a story yet. Not everyone gets into Halloween for a long as I do.”

2. “A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending a conference that is quickly becoming one of my favorites, and has earned a place on my very small must-attend list.  Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3 Con) is one of very few writer and fan confabs that is not genre-specific.  In fact, C3 is the only conference on my list that is not specific to the mystery/suspense/thriller genre.  It’s nice to hang out with romancers and science fictioneers.  Hey, writers are writers, and it’s hard to find a smarter, more entertaining group to hang around with.

A popular after-dinner feature of C3 is an event called Noir at the Bar, where writers sign up in advance to read a selection of their work to the assembled crowd, who then vote for the “best” story.  (By way of full disclosure and bragging rights, I won the contest in 2018, but was too crushed by deadline pressure to prepare anything for this year.)  There’s always a time limit to the presented pieces, usually somewhere between five and seven minutes, and at hard core Noirs at the Bar, they cut readers off at the sixtieth second of that final minute.”

3. “Hello! I am doing a series that is all about revising books and I hope you’ll check out the other posts.

This is the third part of the series, and you can find the first part here and the second part here.

Welcome back! Today I’m going to be talking about how to get eyes on your work. To lead in, I’d like to share some realities of getting published:

  • Your book no longer belongs to you.
  • Almost anyone in the world can go online or into a store and buy it.
  • Readers will bring their opinions, baggage, and life experiences to your book.
  • Some may even read your book with the sole intention of not being happy with it, no matter what. This is what I believe the kids call “hate-reading.”

Can you do anything about this? No. The definition of traditional publishing is to lose control.”

Some Things More Serious:


2. “Have you tried to manage your time more efficiently but still seem to fall short of mastering it? Do you find it intimidating or perhaps even boring trying to use your time more wisely and get things done? Do you find yourself getting distracted easily? Maybe it’s time you look at time management in a new way. Perhaps it’s time to make a game out of it and make it more fun. Fun? Sure, it doesn’t have to be boring or monotonous. If you can make it a game and challenge yourself, you’ll enjoy it a lot more and even get more done. Try it and see.”

3. posted on Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo: The noon sun beat down upon the land without mercy. Ra was incensed. He, the greatest of the gods was a cuckold. Nut had been unfaithful to him. He stormed through the palace, seeking his recalcitrant wife. He found her bathing in the lotus pool in the…”

Teaser Fiction & Poetry:




Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. “It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.

The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?”

2. was special.
Al was talented.
Al was full of passion and light … so why did he do it?

Convinced that his brother was in trouble, Nathan decides to retrace Al’s footsteps. As he does, he meets Megan, Al’s former classmate, who is as determined as Nathan to keep Al’s memory alive. 

Together they start seeking answers, but will either of them be able to handle the truth about Al’s death when they eventually discover what happened? 

An extraordinary novel about loss, understanding and the importance of speaking up when all you want to do is shut down, from an incredible new talent.”

3. “If you think of the Tudors in terms of Henry VIII – think again. Tony Riches is a specialist in the history of the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. His other published historical fiction novels include: Owen – Book One Of The Tudor Trilogy, Jasper – Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy, Henry – Book Three Of The Tudor Trilogy, Mary – Tudor Princess and Brandon – Tudor Knight. I’ve read several of Tony’s novels – they’re captivating with intriguing characters and a marvellous sense of time and place.”

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