Edit a Bestseller Like a Pro
I’m going to share a little secret with you… Editors typically consider the mechanics of your writing only if they’re truly horrible, but that’s only after they decide if they can sell your story, if they love your voice. In the history of publishing, I don’t think anyone has ever lost a book deal due to a missing comma or over-usage of adverbs. If you can write a story that a reader can’t put down, even despite grammatical errors… Now that’s a bestseller.
With that in mind, during this workshop we’re going to focus on both the big picture and line edits, but we’ll be focusing on concepts that will help you craft a bestseller: How to review your book through the standard three pass editing structure used by professionals, how to evaluate character growth arcs and story structure, how to peel away those bad writing habits to reveal your voice, and how to refine your writing style so a fluid and engaging story emerges. By the end of the day, I hope everyone will have the tools they’ll need to “Edit a Bestseller Like a Pro.”
Query Letter Cold Reads
Liz will bring her bestseller editor skills to practical application as she reviews query letters from Saguaro Romance Writers. These cold reads will be open to other event attendees as time allows.
About Liz Pelletier
Liz Pelletier co-founded Entangled Publishing in 2011. Over the past 4 years, Entangled has gone from a small start-up to a bestselling romance publisher, with more than 17 NY Times bestsellers and 39 USA Today bestsellers. Her out-of the-box approach to everything from pricing strategies to marketing to editorial allows Entangled to be both disruptive and agile within a dynamic publishing landscape. Liz continues to disrupt the publishing business with her launching of Entangled Music in 2015, where stories come to life through the extension of music. You can find her on Twitter at@Liz_Pelletier.
Hands Across the Novel
Pure characterization is highlighted in this workshop that divides your book into four sections and talks about how to chart growth via your hero, your heroine, your villain, and your plot. Yes, you can consider your plot as a character. Think Gone With The Wind. How did the war change personalities as the novel went on? How did Tara change? etc.
Grammar and Critiquing for the Romance Writer
As a college professor of English, commas give author Pamela Tracy no grief. Do they give you grief? They don’t need to. Also, what is the difference between proof-reading, editing, and revising? Let me help you with the very basics of writing tools and even show you how to look at the page as a whole during a hands-on romp through the process.
About the Speaker
Pamela Tracy is a USA Today award-winning author who lives with her husband (He claims to be the inspiration for most of her heroes) and son (He claims to be the interference for most of her writing time.) She was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again only this time, it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad science fiction novel.) First published in 1999 by Barbour Publishing, She has since published almost 30 books and sold more than a million copies.
Pamela has written contemporary, historical and suspenseful – all in the romance genre. Her 2004 devotional Promises and Prayers for Teachers went all the way to number 2 on the Christian Bestseller Association list. Her 2007 suspense Pursuit of Justice was a Rita finalist. Then, her 2009 suspense Broken Lullaby won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the year award. You can find out more about Pamela at pamelatracy.com
Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins includes lunch selected from a menu of three items during Saturday morning check-in. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Walk-ins are welcome, but whenever possible, please guarantee your spot by reserving on our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.
LUNCH ORDERS ARE COLLECTED AT 10am. If you plan to be late, contact reservations@tucsonRWA.org so we will be prepared to order on your behalf.
This event takes place at our regular venue, the Clarion Hotel, 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd., Tucson & will include a chapter business meeting.