I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.
I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.
- Meet the Canada Reads 2016 Contenders, from CBC: Each year, CBC selects a panel of people to defend a selection of books, which are chosen based on a particular theme. This year’s theme is “Starting Over,” and the contest features five books by Canadian authors. Excerpt: “The Canada Reads 2016 books are all about transformation and second chances, including stories of migrants, immigrants and others who are choosing – or forced – to make major changes in their lives.”
- Defending Your Style vs. Being Stubborn, from A Writer’s Journey: Yes, every writer has their own style–and you should definitely nurture that. But there’s a big difference between defending your style and refusing to further your writing skills. Excerpt: “There’s an important step on the way to developing your own style and voice as a writer: learn how to write good prose. It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people think they can sidestep this requirement altogether.”
- Facebook Ads — A Novel Overview, from Across the Board: I haven’t utilized Facebook ads myself, but I’ve always wondered how well they work for authors. This post gives a pretty good rundown of one author’s experience. Excerpt: “Images are important! After all, the whole reason people are on Facebook is to look at pictures (and, today especially, check out how much snow everyone got).”
- How to Talk with Publishers and Agents, from Rachelle Gardner: If you get the opportunity to speak with an agent or publisher at a conference or in some other situation, you definitely want to take advantage of it. But what if you’re not sure how to go about it? Excerpt: “When I meet with you, my goal is to get to know you and your book idea. I’m rooting for you as you sit down and we begin our conversation.”