Punchyish Interview with author Sonya SolomonovichThe Punchy Lands!
19 December 2013
In the J-drama Dragon Zakura, the protagonist uses unconventional methods to help the school’s worst students get into prestigious Tokyo University. And his approach for the history portion? Historical manga! And why not? As exciting as a past event might be, if it’s presented as a lengthy wall of text, some may get intimidated and give up reading even before they start. The beauty of manga is that it can offer access to that same information in a way that’s entertaining and more likely to stick with the reader.
I have a feeling that’s why NEXT put out its five volume series. While the Bible is an amazing piece of literature with truly epic moments, it’s up there when it comes to dense text. Manga Messengers is the third in NEXT’s series, and you can read on for the review. (For those interested in other volumes of the series, click here).
Back Cover Blurb
Manga Messengers is a biblically accurate retelling of the prophets—the life of King David to the end of Malachi. These stories from the Bible are presented in the authentic Japanese Manga style. This 5th book of the series to release combines cutting-edge illustration with fast-paced storytelling to deliver biblical truths in a compelling package to an ever-changing, postmodern culture. Over 200,000 books sold in the series!
Manga Messengers is the third in NEXT’s Bible manga series. It picks up where Manga Melech left off, the naming of Solomon as David’s successor, and continues through to the very beginning of the New Testament. That is actually quite a bit of material, including the split of Solomon’s kingdom, the histories of Judah and Israel, their ultimate captivity by other nations, and the return of the exiles to Jerusalem. Unfortunately, it feels like Azumi-sensei bit off more than she could chew trying to cram everything into one volume.
The overarching narrative in the previous volumes was stronger because a particular family or individual provided a sense of continuity through events. The characters of Manga Messengers don’t offer that kind of continuity. It doesn’t help that the action constantly bounces between Israel and Judah in the middle third of the book. As such, the stories of the kings and prophets of the latter portion of the Old Testament come across as stand-alone anecdotes.
That’s not to say that the individual chapters aren’t well executed. Especially for the prophets, Azumi-sensei provides a sense of their backgrounds, the political climate, and the particular challenges they faced at the time of their ministries. I particularly like how she showed Hosea and Amos as contemporaries and the way she incorporated Jonah’s prayer into his chapter (the line about seaweed wrapped around his head never stood out to me before, but I won’t forget it now).
While the pacing might have been better had Manga Messengers been split into two volumes, it does wrap things up nicely in its closing chapter. It not only summarizes the Old Testament, it details major events that happened in the years between the Old and New Testament. Readers get a sense of the political and religious climate of Judea under Roman rule, which sets the stage well for the next volume of the series.
A map and simplified chronology of the age of the prophets are included in the back as extras.
Azumi-sensei continues to offer engaging depictions of biblical events along with the historical commentary to comprehend them. However, so many individuals and stories get crammed into this volume that no one really stands out the way Moses or David do in the previous volumes. It’s a bit weak from a narrative standpoint, but the chapters still make good companion material for anyone studying the writings of the Old Testament prophets.
First published at the Fandom Post.
If you’re like me, you toil for hours editing and fine-tuning the first pages of your manuscript. You look at the first lines to make sure they are compelling and tight. You examine the next few paragraphs, hoping your MC’s voice is already taking hold of the reader.
The First Five Frenzy is all about getting an agent’s perspective on what works, and what fails, in those first pages of a manuscript. By reading each agent’s comments, I hope you’ll learn how to make your manuscript a shining gem that will be requested time and time again.
Today, I am proud to share Literary Agent, Pooja Menon’s perspective on what’s important in those critical first pages.
Amy: Many writers have the impression that a great first line is imperative to drawing in the reader. How important is a first line to you as an agent?
Pooja: The first line is very important. It’s what hooks the reader in, introduces the kind of voice we’re going to be following, and makes us want to read more. I kind of envision it like the first bite of a completely new dish you’ve never tried before, but you’re excited to try it out because you’ve heard such good things about it. If the first bite sucks, then the next couple of bites will be forced, and you may just abandon the meal midway. That being said, I think the first line is not the only thing that’s important. The beginning should be strong for us to get to the middle, the middle should be strong (and this is what usually lags in most submissions) to make us want to get to the end. If there is a scene/section in the book you don’t think is detrimental to keep us moving, then that needn’t be there at all.
Amy: Many times a writer is told to stay away from common openings like dreams, eating breakfast, riding in a car, etc. What are some common openings you recommend writers stay away from?
Pooja: Dreams, eating breakfast, riding in a car Sorry, had to repeat those. I don’t mind if the ride in the car is because the protagonist is shit scared and is escaping from something. Then this is a beginning that will keep me reading more. But, typically, scenes of waking up, staring at the room and describing the ceiling or the cracks in the wall, or staring at the mirror while describing oneself self-depracatingly, or beginning from the protagonist’s place of work (if that work does nothing to progress the story), or anything mundane is best to be avoided. Unless that aspect of the book is detrimental in furthering the plot. Even then, start from an interesting beginning. From a beginning that isn’t too explosive so that we aren’t lost when this explosive event occurs, and a beginning that is too mundane. Find that beginning that is in the middle of both these extremes. If you want to have a dream in your book, then don’t start the book with it, slide it in after that amazing beginning you’ve concocted.
Amy: When you’ve responded to a writer to request a partial or full manuscript, what was it about their first pages that piqued your interest?
Pooja: Usually it’s a combination of the following: the first line, the setting (if it’s a unique setting that I haven’t read before), the voice (this is very important), the scene we begin from, the stakes in the story (needs to keep getting higher), the plot (needs to be something that is larger than life, touches on a number of themes, and has a vivid setting as a background for great prose), and the pace. If the pace is fast or feels like the right pace for the story, this will definitely make me want to keep turning the pages.
Amy: What are some common mistakes writers make in their first five pages?
Pooja: Starting with a mundane scene of the protagonist going through the motions. I’d rather be introduced to their lives at a point of conflict, big or small, within their mundane lives-this forces them to act unlike themselves. This is what is interesting to me.
- Starting with an explosive scene that has a lot of action, I usually get completely lost in such scenes because I have no clue what’s happening, who these characters are, what are the stakes, and why I should care if something good or bad happened to them.
- Lots of backstory at the beginning of the story, it would be a better idea to start in the present with an important scene and then do page breaks or chapter breaks or simple lines in the present that give us smidgets of important backstory. This will keep the pace moving.
- Prologue. I don’t particularly have issues with the prologue, but my problem with prologues is that most of the time they’re used as vehicles to build an immense amount of suspense at the beginning, either by giving us a taste of the past (this kind of prologue I don’t have too many issues with), or a taste of the present/future (this I have issues with because I’d rather see this in the manuscript as opposed to being put up in the front and being repeated in the middle/end of the ms). What often happens is that the scene following this prologue section, in the first chapter, is something that is completely ordinary or boring. This is a huge let down for me. This is also why most of the time I pass on books, because after such an adrenaline pumping prologue, I spend chapters and chapters reading about the most banal situations ever in order to get to a place where the excitement builds again.
Amy: What resonates with you most in those first pages? Voice? Pacing? Unique concept?
Pooja: A combination of all. Voice, first. Unique concept, second. And pacing, third. If the first two are solid, then with a little work, the third aspect can be tweaked and revised. The first two have problems, a fast-pace will not save the story.
Pooja Menon joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates as an intern in the fall of 2011, with the aim of immersing herself in the elusive world of books and publishing. She soon realized that being an agent was what she was most drawn to as the job was varied and challenging. In the fall of 2012, she began taking on her own clients. As a relatively new agent, Pooja is looking to build her client list and is eager for submissions by debut novelists and veteran writers. She represents both Adult and YA fiction/non-fiction and select Middle Grade.
Adult fiction: She is looking for upmarket women’s fiction, literary/commercial fiction, historical fiction, thrillers, mysteries/suspense, horror, dark fiction with a psychological twists, and multi-cultural fiction.
YA fiction: She is looking for strong voice-driven contemporary fiction (light/romantic reads as well as fiction that deals with darker subject matters), thrillers, mysteries, suspense, horror, fantasy, and historical fiction. She’s looking for stories that are unique and freshly spun, with voices that are strong and multi-layered. She’s also looking for multi-cultural fiction that is either set abroad or is set in the US with characters from a different culture or background.
MG fiction: She is looking for voice-driven contemporary fiction, fantasy, adventure/action, historicals, mysteries/thrillers, and horror/gothic.
If you’re interested in submitting to Pooja, please make sure to check the Kimberley Cameron & Associates website for their guidelines.
I can’t begin to express my gratitude and thanks for your loyal support this year! The Punchy Lands has gone in a direction that this professor didn’t foresee. (And I always foresee such things, you know.)
The PL blog will be celebrating its first anniversary sometime in April 2014.
It has been a great run, and we look forward to new Punchy “things” in the new year.
We shall see you in 2014!
Once again, many, many, many thanks for your support. PF, you make this all possible.
On behalf of MicP Studios, and the whole PL team, we’d like to leave you with one last video: The “Punchy” Christmas Song.
(By the way, I managed to escape jail with the help of Mark Malone.)
On its surface, there doesn’t seem to be much of a link between Christmas and the spirit world. After all, don’t ghosts have Halloween? Isn’t Christmas a time to celebrate life and not death? Tell that to Andy Williams, who sang of “scary ghost stories” in his holiday classic It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The line has doubtlessly sparked some confusion — it must be a vague reference to A Christmas Carol, right?
The truth, though, is far more interesting. The line is not there by accident, nor is it simply a ham-fisted allusion to Scrooge and his spectral visitors.
Many of our Christmas traditions were born out of Victorian England. Amazingly, very few of these rituals have changed over the decades — from cards and stockings to decorated trees and neighborhood carolers, most of our Christmas traditions took their modern shape in the 19th century.
One tradition, however, has been lost: gathering around the yule hearth to share spine-tingling tales of, you guessed it, ghosts. Victorian culture was absolutely fascinated, perhaps even obsessed, with the supernatural. Seances, spirit photography, the Spiritualist movement, spectral trains, encounters with the Fairy Folk — all were fixtures throughout the Victorian era, despite it also being a time of great social advancement and scientific progress.
Given their sheer popularity, it’s no surprise that ghosts managed to creep their way into Victorian Christmas celebrations. They were much a part of the holiday as falling snow or gift-giving.
Dickens himself was obviously fascinated with Christmas-set ghost stories. In fact, A Christmas Carol was not the first time he’d written on the subject. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, included an inset titled “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton,” a kind of early version of his later yuletide masterpiece. The similarities are numerous — Christmas Eve and the supernatural being among them.
So why, then, did this single ritual fall out of practice while all of the others thrived? The answer is one of dollars and cents. In the 20th century, Christmas became more than just a seasonal event. It grew into an economic powerhouse, a huge industry in and of itself. Commercialization meant the removal of the holiday’s darker aspects, namely the Christmas Eve ghost story.
Also abandoned was the Germanic tradition of the Krampus, a demonic counterpart to Saint Nicholas who, instead of awarding good children, punished the bad ones. An evil creature with giant horns and rusty chains? It certainly doesn’t fit with the modern American notions of Christmas.
Two days ago, A Christmas Carol turned 170 years old. In the decades following its publication, Christmas and ghosts have drifted apart. But maybe not as far apart as we think…Tagged: Christmas, Ghosts, Saint Nicholas, supernatural
It's time for the 3rd annual YA Superlative Blogfest, hosted by Jessica Love, Katy Upperman, Tracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller! I'm so excited to join in and help celebrate some of my favorite YA releases of 2013.
Here's my final group of winners:
Best in Show:
Cutest Couple AND Most Likely to Succeed - Eleanor and Park, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (Book you just couldn’t put down!) - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel - Champion by Marie Lu
Favorite Outlier (Your favorite middle grade or adult 2012 book) - Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I’ve been tooting the horn of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel a lot lately. In fact I recently lamented how Ram was forcing my hand. It’s a topic that cannot be shaken from my mind when it comes to current automotive opinion. In North America we are very much wanting for diesel engines. Lax manufacturing requirements and an obsession with petrol (gas) has relegated diesel engines to full sized one tonne trucks. Really, who’s going to buy one of those? Except me of course.
There is a reason the introduction of a mid-sized diesel into light duty pickups has got me so hot and bothered. Now I’ve heard that GM is offering a diesel option in their new Canyon. I’d never buy one of those ever (it’s not a real truck. Argument closed.) but bravo for introducing a diesel! With a little luck one will find it’s way into the Sierra lineup. Then I will dance happily in the streets. They also have a small diesel in their Cruze. Almost makes the car palatable. Ford seems hung up on turbo charged gas engines. I hope and pray someday they too will see the light. But I digress.
Diesel engines are just better. Sure they have slower acceleration and have been traditionally noisier and dirtier than their petrol brethren. These downsides have been substantially reduced or outright eliminated within the last 5 years. If you’ve typically snubbed your nose at diesel or just know nothing about them, perhaps it’s time to consider them again. In everything. Here’s why.
Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way. Companies like Volkswagen have long touted the extended range of their TDI engines. Good reason too. A small diesel engine is capable of getting you more than one thousand highway kilometers to a tank, and a small tank at that. Even more impressive is what the 3L V6 TDI engine does in mid-sized SUVs like the Audi Q7 or Porsche Cayenne. These hefty fellows have an astounding 1450km range. They also seat five comfortably. This is a mind boggling number when you consider the vehicle it’s in. Ram claims a 25% improvement on their current gas V6 with the EcoDiesel; maths put that at about 40-41 highway MPG. In a pickup! With gas prices these days this becomes a very strong argument for diesel.
Perhaps not something you really care all that much about. In the world of cars this really has no place. SUVs and pickups, however, are another story entirely. Anyone who owns a gas hauler and pulls any kind of RV will tell you how bad mileage can get. This is because gas engines have to rev very high to achieve their torque. Torque which pales in comparison with much smaller diesel engines. As such, a diesel engine, which get gobs of torque early on in the rev curve, drastically minimizes this mileage drain effect. Not only do they tow efficiently, they tow better. Diesel engines are stronger all around, their nature has always made them enthusiastically capable hauling power plants. Even the Porsche Cayenne/Audi Q7/VW Toureg can haul 7,500 pounds with the diesel. Spanks their petrol competition.
Diesel vehicles, both cars and trucks, are notoriously reliable. Most diesel engines have been around for a while. Unlike gasoline engines, which use increasingly complex electronic systems to achieve efficiency, diesels are brutish and simple. Their rough and noisy exterior is a direct result of their simplicity. So is their reliability. Larger diesels in trucks have proven time and time again that they can show up, do the job and go home again no matter how abused they are. Diesel cars rack up hundreds of thousands of kilometers on the highway, bravely charging on while the body falls apart around them. A diesel power plant in any vehicle is one that is with you for the long haul. Statistically speaking a diesel will stay with you longer than your spouse will. Fact.
Nothing hurts buying a car than depreciation. You feel the sting of it when you leave the lot. Wait, that guy who just drove off the lot with a diesel SuperDuty didn’t wince. Hey! That lady in the TDI is smiling as she drove away. Welcome to the world of diesels. Because of their stubborn and hard working nature they are in high demand. Trucks with diesels are worth much more than their gas twins, even identically equipped. That little diesel engine under the bonnet may be the thing that protects your Cruze from being bitten by depreciation. Used diesels are highly desired and hard to come by; simply because they’re still out there working hard.
I’m going to be strait up here. This here is the main reason I love diesels, by a long shot. Whether it be by asteroid, zombie, economic collapse, fire and brimstone or second coming, nothing will get you through the apocalypse like a diesel. We all know that anybody in a doomsday situation with a working vehicle is a popular person indeed. Transportation will be rare. So will fuel. Horded gasoline in preparation for this day? Too bad, did you know petrol goes bad after a short while? It does, separation renders it useless. Not diesel fuel. But wait zombie fans, there’s more!
Not only will your drums of diesel keep while you wait for the end of the world, once they run out you’re surrounded by fuel! All you have to do is hit up your local restaurant and empty their fryer, filtered clean, into your fuel tank. You’ll be on the road again and your exhaust will smell deliciously french fry-ish. You can also manufacture vegetable oil relatively easily. Or canola oil. Or soya oil. Essentially any vegetable based oil will do just nicely. So while the rest of the world suffers with no means of locomotion you and your diesel friends will rule the roads, highways and byways.
Truly the diesels will inherit the earth.
As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the joys and triumphs of the year. To that end, we bring you the 2013 Blog Ring of Power Year in Review! We’ve teamed up with this past years’ BRoP interviewees to bring you 25 days worth of “year in review” guest posts and 20 fabulous giveaway prizes! Each day we'll share a new guest post on the year in review from a previous BRoP interviewee and you’ll have another opportunity to enter the giveaway—so get hopping! And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!
I'll be gone until January 4th :)
Well, technically my vacation starts on Thursday (I'll be out of the country!!) but as I usually blog on Fridays, today will be the last time until I come back that you'll see me on this blog :) I'll still be on Twitter until Thursday, though.
Until then, listen to this one song I'm obsessed with right now. It literally won't get out of my head and I don't know if that's good or bad yet. I'll know once I replay it over and over until I hate it but so far, that hasn't happened.
THE SONG WILL TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE, PEOPLE!!!
Until then, Merry Christmas (speaking of Christmas, I dressed up in a Santa suit yesterday. It didn't work because I'm skinny, like, really skinny. I used a body suit but still it didn't work. Oh well, it was fun XD), Happy Holidays, Happy New Year's, Happy EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Any fun holiday plans for you?
I even watch some of those really over the top ones where the plot is so predictable you know the ending within the first five minutes. I know they're going to syrupy sweet and deliberately sappy, yet I still find myself welling up. This amuses my family to a ridiculous extreme!
I tend to get teary with at least one scene from every movie. Rudolph's Island of Misfit Toys? The scene where the General enters the showroom in White Christmas? When the angel gets her wings? When the letters arrive in a Christmas on 34th street? These get me every single time.
How about you? Are you a fan of Christmas movies? What's your favourite?
One that no one will ever see
One that is twisted and dark
It longs to leave a tainted mark
Combined with the rest of me
The side seeks to just be
To be with one who knows
But never an objection shows
With eyes hidden in shade
Into the shadows it will fade
Watching and waiting
Looking for it's prey
For an innocent soul to stray
I look around
On the outside, one of the happiest faces to be found
On the inside, the expression is grim
For many years I have snipped at and trimmed
Tearing at the barriers of my mind
Till all my efforts make me blind
Seeking to find a way to make this dark side vanish from sight
Alas, it will not go without a fight
So here I sit, two faces to seen
With a mind of innocence and sadistic keen
Waiting for someone to look and see
Not the persona I put on for the sake of public and family
But the true and actual me.
<p>One of the things that really works–particularly in romance–is a vulnerable main character. If you don’t believe me…think of Wolverine from X-Men. In the movies he has a vulnerable side that makes women swoon.</p>
<p>To quote author <a title="Julie Farrell" href="juliefarrellbooks.com/" target="_blank">Julie Farrell</a> “Both Beth and Mandy [from Jean Oram's <a title="Check out the series. The first book is free!" href="http://thehelpfulwri...ansformed.”</p>
<p>Didn’t she put that so well? It struck such a cord with me and really put words to what was swirling around in my head. In fact, our conversation lead me to look at the books I was currently reading and which heroines had really dragged me into their journies lately.</p>
<p>And yep. Vulnerability was top of the list.</p>
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<p>I would argue that making your character vulnerable at some point is vital to making them intriguing, multi-layered, and someone the reader can really empathize with. Thereby giving over their heart and becoming involved in the story.</p>
<p>That’s the why of it.</p>
<h3>What does being vulnerable look like?</h3>
<p>First of all, being vulnerable does not mean being weak. It means being a character that has something to lose. Something eating them emotionally. Some tender bit they need to get over in order to get what they need and want.</p>
<p>For example: Believing you aren’t loveable. A recent death that has you torn up inside. Believing you aren’t good enough. Aren’t pretty enough. That you will be used if you give up your heart. It’s that little something inside that the hero or heroine will protect and try to hide.</p>
<p>It’s that little doubt inside that on a bad day makes you want to cry.</p>
<h3>Why does being vulnerable matter?</h3>
<p>Characters have to grow and change in a story–that’s the whole journey. The reason for the story. In order to do that they have to smack into walls and fall into pits and confront and wrestle with their biggest fears. It has to knock them down so when they stand again they will be that much stronger, that much taller. Characters have to let down their barriers and let change into their lives.</p>
<p>Think of it this way: When we exercise we tear down our muscles. We actually rip and tear them. We stress them. Put strain on them. But that process makes them stronger. When they repair, they make themselves bigger, stronger, more powerful. By tearing them down we enable them the opportunity to come back stronger.</p>
<p>That’s why action movies are so exciting. We get to watch (in a physical manifestation) the hero battle demons (sometimes real!) in exciting and thrilling ways. He has a vulnerable side that the bad guy tries to exploit. And only be moving past that and becoming stronger can the hero best the bad guy and win.</p>
<p>We love it because for the duration of the movie or book we get to be that person battling our inner demons, our vulnerabilities. We get to believe that we, too, could be heroes and win the battle.</p>
<p>And that’s why we need strong characters with a vulnerable side. If you want to read more about strength in characters and what that can look like you might want to check out the <a title="How to be a Strong Woman" href="http://www.strongwom...nerability.</p>
<p><strong>Talk to me. What character has made you laugh or cry or get completely swept away lately? Was it a romance? Action adventure? Share what grabbed you in the comment section.</strong></p>
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It's easy for people to hide behind their monitor and use their keyboard to pillage online. Pillage information from others. Hurt feelings--intentional or not. Make others feel 'less than' for whatever reason.
But being online is also an excellent way to make friends, network, find cheerleaders (the personal encouragement kind…although I'm sure it is possible to find other kinds), cross promote, learn from others, share information, and so much more.
If you've been online awhile you've likely run into people who only pop up to be friends when they want to drain your brain of info you've worked hard to accumulate. And as soon as you have a whiff of success they are going to appear--trust me. You will also run into people who like to take but not give and wig right out when you offer to do them a favour--no strings attached. It's a weird, weird world and people and their actions are so much more transparent online.
But really, this post is about how to make friends online. How to make those connections that result in getting you and your work out there. In being someone people want to know and interact with online--and not avoid. In becoming someone people want to help out. In other words: how not to be a douche.
How to Make Friends Online
1. Be Interesting and Chat
I know. Seems kind of basic, but take a peek around. How many people are 'friends' one week (often when they need something) and then vanish?
Chatting is basic. Check in. Say hi. Reply to their online content. Share their stuff.
And those annoying posts on Facebook where you mask bragging about how awesome/shitty/amazing/thrilling/envious/whiny your life it? Those have to go. Now. Show me, don't tell me. Make it something others can CHAT with you about. Would you walk up to your friend and say: I am so in love with my husband. [Full stop.] Uh, not likely. So why would you say that online? Try something that would engage your friend and allow her/him an opportunity to join the conversation. (That's right…conversation.) In real life you might say: My hubby rocks. He shovelled the driveway for me. What do you think I should get him as a way of saying I love you? Instant conversation.
2. Be Helpful
Want to make friends who can mentor you? Share info? Be helpful. Share what you know (even if it feels small beans)--if they are open to it. And don't start the conversation with "Do me a favour and fix your website." Be kind. Be gentle. See if they want help. People who give are happier and find others want to help them in return.
However, don't be doormat. Got it? It's an online world. Be smart. Be safe. Don't fall for sob stories unless you are okay with being 'taken.'
3. Don't Be a Taker
If you are going to waste someone's time asking for advice (remember you are taking time away from them earning a livelihood) acknowledge the advice. Don't brush it off. Don't be a bitch. Don't argue. You asked. Listen. And don't come to them in a panic when you haven't done your homework. When you have a deadline you ignored. When you didn't listen to their advice the first time and did something plain and simply DUMB.
And for eff's sake, don't email someone for advice so you can turn around and sell it to someone else. (True story.)
Say thank you. And mean it.
4. Cross Promote
Share the author love. Not only is it AMAZING when it works out, but it really shows you what other authors are made of when you promote their stuff. Yes, some will ignore you as they don't know how to take the generosity. Others will become your helpful friend. Others will return the favour with interest. Big lesson here: cross promotion, when done right, works. So make TRUE friends with people in your genre. Do it now. (Well, finish reading this post first.)
Yes, there are takers. Yes, some people will not value your knowledge--unless you charge them for it. (Crazy, but true.) But share. Share other good books with your readers. Share what you know--I'm not saying you have to give away your trade secrets to takers. And share the spotlight. Be kind. Pretend you are in kindergarten.
Now that you've looked at how to be an online friend from the write angle, tell me how you've been dazzled lately? And let us learn from what you've experienced as well. Thanks for reading.
Jean Oram is a formerly agented author who has gone the indie route with her Blueberry Springs romance series. Champagne and Lemon Drops is FREE and Whiskey and Gumdrops is her latest release. She's also traditionally published short stories, magazine and newspaper articles. You can find Jean dishing writing tips once a week at TheHelpfulWriter.com and having conversations with readers at Facebook.com/JeanOramAuthor. You can follow her on Twitter--she's @jeanoram.
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