The first person I'm going to cover is Jeffrey Marsh, acquisition editor for Cedar Fort. Here's my notes (with some of my own thoughts to make it coherent):
- Write to an audience:
- When boiled down, Novels are a great conversation between the writer and the author
- Don't write above, below, or around your audience--WRITE TO THEM. Remember it's a conversation. You don't want to be snooty or juvenile (unless your writing to Juveniles).
2. Learn the art of storytelling
- Stories need to have a beginning, middle and end
- there is an art to storytelling. You could have a great story, but if you can't write well, it will never be taken.
- character development is vital. Your protagonist needs to grow.
3. Great Book to read on the subject: The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler, Second Edition.
Next week, I'm writing on Janet Jensen's presentation on Media Kits.