Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, September 27 and 28, 2012

I have just a few pieces for you today, so let’s get right to them.

CRAFT

Ken Myers guest posts on KM Weiland’s (@KMWeiland) WORDplay blog about the 5 Characters Every Writer Needs to Master. The first couple are no surprise—the protagonist and antagonist—but the other three might be, depending on genre: the comic relief, the sage, and the love interest. A wise old sage in a thriller? Could be. Check out the post to see how.

BUSINESS

The title of Dan Blank’s (@DanBlank) Writer Unboxed post, Buy My Book! Buy My Book! Buy My Book! (the value or repetition), might seem to be a huge turn-off, but that’s exactly what he addresses: how to productively use repetition in marketing your book, especially on social media, without coming across as desperate or a total sleazeball. I picked up an idea I’m going to start using today.

On less happy news, Victoria Strauss (@victoriastrauss) announces on Writer Beware® Blogs: Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica Dismissed. While I have to agree with her that the suit was perhaps not well designed in the first place and that the plaintiffs and their law firm may have given up too soon in the second, the fundamental point is that the authors who joined the class action—let’s be honest here—should have known better than to sign with PA or should have been more business-savvy.

Ugh. Enough bad news. Let’s end with something

FUN

John Vorhaus’ (@TrueFactBarFact) Writer Unboxed post My Grandfather’s Syntax is pure fun. Malapropisms and mixed metaphors galore. If you’re not at least smiling, if not laughing out loud, by the end of this, well, what can make you smile?

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