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Here are a few tips for writers while writing your story or during the editing stage:
|break up your sentence lengths. For action/suspense, shorter sentences add punch, a 'ticking clock' rhythm to the scene.|
Long sentences add a smooth transition to the next scene.
|leave one space after a period|
|Try to use more descriptive words where the image is clearer. For example: The dog ran after Jane can be The Doberman ran after Jane. A reader can visualize the type of animal better when the breed is offered|
|If you've kept your vocabulary simple, then don't stick sporadic 'must take out my dictionary to find the meaning' words. They will stand out like a sore thumb.|
|This may sound 'but I know this' but you would be surprised how many writers don't. Make sure that each different character's dialogue is placed in a new line.|
Don't have a paragraph with three people talking in there. Very, very confusing to follow and connect with any one character.
|Please remove passive voice. Use active voice.|
|Please make sure your characters names remain consistent. I can't tell you how many times I begin reading with 'James' and a few chapters down the line he is now baptized 'Chris' for some odd reason.|
PROMOTIONAL TIPS FOR WRITERS:
|If your book has a character with a particular illness/disorder (cancer, muscular dystrophy, autism, etc) add some resource links to your website. This draws a reader back to your site to see what else you have. Drawing them back will help build traffic and traffic usually brings readers to find out what you've written.|
|Contact a local book club and offer to meet with them and workshop a writing course in exchange to set up a table with your books to sell.|
|Bookstores are not the only place for book signings. Contact your local coffee shop and ask if you can host an event - book signing, reading - at their establishment.|
|Print out and bind your first chapter with a bio and buying information as a sampler to leave in offices.|
|If your book includes a historical place in your city why not contact city hall and see if they're interested in buying and promoting your book. You are, after all, a local author.|