Most books never make it to the big screen, while others transition into popular movies, like True Grit, Up in the Air, All Quiet On the Western Front, and No Country for Old Men.
What gives certain books star power over others? In some cases, it might be author connections, but for the majority, it's got to be a great story line. Still, if a tremendous manuscript is overshadowed by author errors, that story will go unnoticed. Readers are great at spotting what's wrong with a book, and gleefully latch onto inconsistencies. Industry higher ups are even more picky. It's a writer's job to keep such slipups from happening. To accomplish this, it may be necessary to ask for help.
That's where our monthly Ask the Editor Free-For-All comes in. For those unacquainted with this feature, it goes like this: Today, and every first Tuesday of the month, The Blood-Red Pencil offers the Ask the Editor Free-For-All. I send e-mails to e-groups, Facebook, other social networks, blogs, and everywhere I can think of, inviting members to come over and ask questions.This feature is designed to provide valuable tips about the basics of writing, submitting manuscripts to publishers and agents, and self-publishing, be it by print on demand, Kindle or other formats.
Don't be bashful about asking a question. Nothing is too silly or dumb. We're all here to learn. Also, if one of our Editors can't supply an answer, we'll gladly recommend someone who does.
To Submit A Question, Follow These Simple Steps:
Leave a comment in the comment section below. Include your name and blog url or website, not only because it's great for promo, but also to distinguish you as a real person. (One link only, please!) It also helps to go back and check to make sure your comment goes through. At times, Blogger tests people to make sure they're not robots, so you may need to repeat keystrokes to get your comment to stick.
Our Editors will be dropping by today and answering questions in the comment section. If your question could use a detailed explanation, one of our Editors may decide to devote an entire blog post on that topic. When that happens, you'll receive extra promotion, along with the possibility of forwarding jpegs of your profile photo and cover, along with a buy link.
It's not required, but helpful if you leave an e-mail address along with your comment. Also, if you wish, let us know where you've heard about our Ask the Editor Free-For-All.
Since others will be asking questions, you might want to double back later to read what happens to show up. Some of our participants use e-group Digests, so questions and answers could carry over through Wednesday or Thursday.
We can't guarantee your book will be adapted into a famous movie, but stranger things have happened. Imagine saying something like this at the Oscars: "And I'd like to thank Ask the Editor Free-For-All for making this award possible."
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