TSS045: Make the Most of Your Next Writer’s Conference

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Writers conferences are a little like shoes; there is no “one size fits all” strategy that works for everyone. In this episode, Taylor shares her thoughts on the biggest benefits of attending writers conferences and why her experience will likely be different from yours. Then she shares how her experience as an attendee of conferences has influenced how she now presents when attending events.

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TSS044: Should I Write a Synopsis for my Novel?

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In this episode, we consider the synopsis. For some, it’s a form of outlining, while for others, it’s a step in the process of getting the next contracted book approved by their publisher. Taylor shares the process she uses when writing a synopsis, and describes the proposal package she puts together for her agent when it’s time to pitch her next book.

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TSS043: Take Steps to Maximize the Value of Your Idea

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Regardless of what your next project is, the time you’re committing to the project is considerable. Before you invest that time, take a step back to be sure you’re doing what you can to maximize the value of your investment. In part 3 of our 3 part series on choosing which ideas to develop, we explore the importance giving 100% to your current project, discuss the importance of versatility in your protagonist and consider different ways of dealing with character development over the life of a series.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

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TSS042: Will Your Next Idea Meet Reader Expectations for your Genre?

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In this episode, we discuss ideas for choosing projects that will achieve your goals as an author and help you meet reader expectations for your chosen genre. Whether your idea is a small cozy mystery, or a big, globetrotting thriller, it’s important to understand your genre. Then we answer a reader question on how to avoid adding fluff to hit genre based word count targets. Taylor suggests adding “heft” to your story by adding multiple layers of conflict and shares some details from a recent project of hers.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

Taylor’s Hack the Craft website www.hackthecraft.com

 

TSS041: Which Idea Should I Develop for my Next Book?

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How do we decide what to write next? It’s a large question and one that we’ll spend the next three episodes discussing. In part one we discuss several factors you might consider when deciding on your next writing project. At the top of that list of considerations are your goals as a writer. Are you writing for fun, writing to indie publish, or are you writing to sell a project to a publisher? Do you have an established fan base? If so, is your next project big enough to meet their expectations? Taylor shares her thoughts on the subject and delivers specific examples from her current project list.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

Taylor’s Hack the Craft website www.hackthecraft.com

 

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