Friday, 9 April 2010

Three essential tips to writing a publishable novel

Three essential tips to writing a publishable novel: "

Writing a novel is one thing, but writing a publishable novel is a different matter…


Here are three quick tips you can apply to write a publishable novel from Bubblecow.


Finish

Until you have a completed work you are just writing a novel. One common trait amongst published writers is that they start a novel looking to finish. This is an important point. It is essential that the act of writing becomes a purpose to an end, and that you don’t become entangled in the writing process. Simply put – until you have a written novel you will remain unpublished.

Edit 

I don’t care how you do it, but make sure your novel is as good as it can possibly be. You can self-edit, ask friends to help or even pay a professional editor, but you must edit your novel. Professional writers know that their agent/publisher will probably edit their work. However, they also understand that the easier they make their agent/publisher’s job, the better the chance of the work being seen in print.

Be pitch perfect

Or more precisely, know your genre and know your readership. When pitching your book it is vital that you are able to paint a precise picture of who will read your book. It is also essential that you clearly define your book’s genre. Agents/publishers are simple folk and they need to quickly understand if they will be able to sell your book. The best way to do this is to make your pitch as sales orientated as possible.

Here’s advice on how to write a book proposal, also our free email guide to writing a great book proposal.

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