How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: submitting your manuscript successfully

 

Welcome to Part Thirty of this popular series. In this final part* of the series, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to submit your manuscript to a publisher or literary agent in the best possible, professional way, so – with luck – it will skip over the “slush pile” straight into the hands of an interested party. (*Don’t worry, by the way – Lucy is back in September with some really exciting new series – see below.)
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Your story is the best you can make it; your manuscript is clean and professional; it’s time to send your baby into the big, wide world to seek its fortune. [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: formatting that could make or break your manuscript

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Nine of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to format your manuscript ready for submission to agents, publishers, et al. You may not think this deserves to be important, but it is – because it shows your professionalism and how serious you are about getting published.
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How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: editing – chop until you drop?

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Eight of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to edit your story – often thought to be the most important part of the fiction writing process.
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“Editing is like pruning the rose bush you thought was so perfect and beautiful until it overgrew the garden.”
Larry Enright [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: TA-DA! Climax and Resolution

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Seven of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher brings your story to a grand finale in Act 3, the Climax and Resolution, and helps you make sure everything correlates properly with what happened in Act 1.
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Reviewing Act 3 – Climax and Resolution

 “Act 3 begins with the unexpected and ends with the long-anticipated.”

Ridley Pearson

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How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: fiction no-nos

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Six of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher rounds up the key mistakes you can make that will ruin your fiction and make you look amateurish … and, how to avoid them.

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Fiction no-nos

While you’re reviewing the four major sections of your story, or indeed while you’re writing, try keeping an eye out for these fiction no-nos that will make your work appear amateurish and turn off readers, agents, publishers and editors alike. [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: Act Two – the key turning point

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Five of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shares how to review the second part of your “Act Two” – a critical element, as the two parts of “Act Two” form the backbone of your story.

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Reviewing Act Two, Part Two

In the first half of your story, the main characters have identified and set out on their quest, entered a new world, gained supporters, appreciated who their antagonists are and arrived at their first serious reversal. Up until this midpoint they have mainly been dealing with external forces in the battle to achieve the goal they have set themselves.

As Act Two should take up around fifty percent of your story… [Read more…]

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