Monday, 18 April 2016

'Paper Hearts' Blog Tour - Publishing Tips and Giveaway!

I am really excited to bring you today's blog post since it is about a series that I am loving at the moment: the 'Paper Hearts' trilogy by Beth Revis! With the pressure that April brings for us Camp NaNoWriMo participants (and writing in general provides all year round) it's always good to have a good writing advice book to turn to when that inevitable writer's block hits, and 'Paper Hearts' surely does the trick. If you would like to read my thoughts on Volume 1, here is my review!

For today's stop on the tour Beth shares with us some advice on a step that most writers dread: querying. After all the time, research (and, more often than not, tears) put into completing a draft, trying to convince someone of how awesome your manuscript is in only one page can be quite daunting.

What should you do then, before tackling that submission period?

You know to get critiques of your manuscript, but don’t forget to get critiques of your query! In particular, the pitch can be very tricky. You need it to be succinct, and yet at the same time enticing. A good rule of thumb is to show it to someone who’s read the manuscript and to someone who hasn’t. If it makes sense to both groups of people, you’ve done a good job.

And remember: whenever possible, don’t use proper nouns in a query. Name your main character and be specific about her main problem and the consequences of not solving the problem, but be vague about everything else. Use relationships (i.e. boy friend, mother, best friend) instead of names whenever you can.

What do you think of Beth's advice? I am still so deep into writing my first draft that I haven't started thinking about the next step that much, but I do believe I will be doing just this once I get to that stage! A writer can be so close to their story that a pair of fresh eyes over a query might just be that push that makes it extra special.

If you would like a chance to win SIGNED copies of the 'Paper Hearts' trilogy do enter the tour giveaway below, and good luck!


About 'Paper Hearts'

Bird by Bird meets Save the Cat in this new writing advice book by NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis. With more than 100000 reads on Wattpad, this newly expanded and rewritten edition features 350 pages of content, including charts and a detailed appendix.
Fight the blank page.

When it comes to writing, there's no wrong way to get words on paper. But it's not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won't make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:

-How to Develop Character, Plot, & World

-What Common Advice You Should Ignore

-What Advice Actually Helps

-How to Develop a Novel

-The Basics of Grammar, Style, & Tone

-Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure

-How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel

-How to Deal with Failure

...And much more!

BONUS! More than 25 "What to do if..." scenarios to help writers navigate problems in writing from a NY Times Bestselling author who's written more than 2 million words of fiction.

Purchase Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice
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Follow along with the rest of the tour at the Paper Hearts Tour Headquarters, or follow Beth Revis on Twitter!


 Beth Revis is a NY Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her latest title, A World Without You, is a semi-autobiographical story blending the supernatural with mental illness. Beth is also the author of the Across the Universe series, The Body Electric, numerous short stories, and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel for teens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs.

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