Writing a great blog post has more to do with planning and editing, and less to do with punching out a fantastic idea. When I began blogging several years ago, many of my pots fell flat -- bam, boom, dead. They had maybe one reader. Why? The idea was solid, but the execution was poor.
Writing a blog serves to inform and intrigue readers. At least, for me it is. Some blog posts are purely informative; others seek to twist the reader -- fuel passion, or insight creativity in my readers. A careful balance is required to succeed. Blog posts require several planning points to succeed:
At Unsolicited Press we value our books. We value our authors and the material that they put out into the world. But we value something else even more: reference and written craft books. Books that help us do our job better. Books that help our writers do an even better job writing fascinating stories.
Last week, we polled the office, our editors, writers, production team, IT folks...everybody...to see which books were the most important to them in editing, writing, and reference. Here were the three MOST popular books:
For the love of God, will every writer who submits to a small press think about the words that they choose to use in ther manuscripts! Yesterday, Rubie, Eric, SR Stewart, the interns, and myself were hacking away at some developmental edits, and reading submissions. It was a submission day.
Yuck. Ew. Nasty. Abhorring of souls. That is the feeling I get on submission days. It is the same feeling I get when I have to copy-edit a 200 page novel that uses the word "pretty" in front every single noun on the page. It makes me want to drink gin and cry bloody tears over your work.
With that said, "I say NO MORE."
Here are five words that all writers should avoid starting immediately:
4. Really, Very...or any version of those words. Instead, choose to liven up your sentence.
I am not going to provide examples. Go through your work and take them out. Revise with better sentences.
Unsolicited Press has had a long year. Mostly fun. Mostly work. A whole lotta learning. In the process, we have developed an editorial services for affiliated and non-affiliated authors.
We have developed an iron-clad, yet flexible editorial process that is unique to each author.
We have transformed our literary journal from quarterly to trimesterly in order to focus on our edits. We publish The Fictioneer in the summer, autumn, and winter.
We have edited over 150 books.
We have edited and read over 200 manuscripts that were submitted to our press for publication. Of those books, we have selected 25 for publication during 2014 and we are currently filling our 2015 schedule to have 4 books per month out on the shelves.
We have put in place an intern program.
We have lost a chief editor due to his own irresponsibility only to replace him with the a stunning editor, Eric R....oh yes, we did.
We hired a stunning editorial staff, a production team that knows typesetting, and a marketing crew that kills it in the ring. Unsolicited Press is here to stay.
You bring the pages and We'll bring the party.
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