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With every word we write, every story we tell—and every moment we achieve. Congratulations, Tracy, on conveying it so well. And on your Moment too! Or when I published my middle grade, Hot Ticket.
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And so many writers and books to compare oneself to. Juliet looks at the social hierarchy at John Jay Junior High Triple J, for short and sees that she is not cool enough to get a hot ticket, and not lame enough to get a shame ticket. She thinks that getting that hot ticket will change her junior high life for the better. And what I try to remind myself is that all of this — the drafting of two or three pages in a notebook on a crowded subway car; the compulsively checking my computer for revision notes or feedback from an editor, agent or beta reader; the blogging hello!
And this is the fun. Even though there are days where I may not feel it, I know I am incredibly lucky to have the time and support to devote hours to telling the stories that pop in to my head. And maybe those are my made it moments — when I can sit and be grateful for a bit of time, the inspiration to write, and the hope that somebody someday will be happy to read it. She holds an M. A in Writing for Children and a B. Lori will tell you about all of that…and her book can do some talking too. Check it out! Beautiful cover, huh? Lori reminded me of the potential this writing game holds to surprise us.
We never know what lies ahead. One day we might even feel like we made it. So have I made it?
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Will I ever really make it? Like the launch party I had last year in my hometown, in the library I went to as a kid. They put my name on the marquee outside! I used to check her books out of that library! But the my real Moment came without exclamation points, without anyone else there to see it. I had a great time, met some tremendous people, had the kind of launch week everyone thinks authors have. Then came Sunday, the end of my launch week and the end of the conference.
Sitting in the lobby of my hotel waiting for rain to pass before I got a taxi to the airport to go home, I was tired and all of sudden by myself for the first time all week. I was overcome with this wave of gratitude. This was my life now. My launch week was over, but I had so many things ahead of me, things I knew I could never predict. My second book comes out this month.
I had a Moment when it sold, you bet. Like all the talented and generous people who have gathered here to share their Moments, I just hope to remember to celebrate them when they arrive. Little Pretty Things is her second book. She lives in Chicago. I will move mountains and earth—or at least share a post in the last few days before I leave on book tour—to have Elizabeth Lyon on my blog.
I recommend it at every workshop I give. Elizabeth has a way of drilling down to the core of what a writer needs to do and elucidating things, and she does the same in her latest release, which will help writers come up with a title for their books. Why are titles important? Well, they may compel an agent to take a second look at a query, an editor at a submission, or a reader a book on a shelf. But Elizabeth can tell you better than I!
Here she is interviewed by indie mystery writer and friend, Carolyn Rose. Mystery writer Carolyn J.
Carolyn recently interviewed Elizabeth about her second booklet, Crafting Titles. Besides just putting in the research and seat time, what was the biggest challenge in writing the booklet?
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I had to take into account all types of stories across all genres, and explain why a writer should choose a character name, a place, a snippet from the story, an image, or another combination for his or her title. Including all literature, present, past, and future was overwhelming. A great title grabs reader attention. A weak title invites dismissal without a second look. Every novel can have many good titles, but the best ones capture the essence of a novel and give a tip-off to the genre. A title is a beacon drawing its ideal reader.
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Can you give us some examples of authors who considered a title that would not have been as powerful as the one they went with and explain why the final choice was the best? Mistress Mary is a strong character, but The Secret Garden is a place of transformation, discovery, and magic, a place where new life begins.
The Dead Undead is confusing; Dracula is singular force, the prime mover of the story, and a unique name that makes the tongue curl. What are some classic titles that stand out for you as really doing the job? And what are some you feel fell short of the mark? This is a trick question, right? War and Peace is blah, a placeholder lacking imagination.
But then, it is as bland as the novel is bleak.
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I understand the symbolism, but if Mitchell wrote her novel in , I think the better title would be Scarlett. Classic titles that do the job? Most titles have keywords that are Morse code to the reader, and often signal an emotion common to the genre. Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry is a thriller. Point of View?
Something else? Elizabeth Lyon has been a book editor since She is the author of several best-selling books, including Manuscript Makeover. Last year she launched a booklet series beginning with Writing Subtext. Carolyn J. Her interests are reading, gardening, swimming, and NOT cooking. And next are some conclusions to be drawn from what Patricia says. Are series so popular because readers cleave to their heroes or anti-heroes, and is this information important for emerging authors who are deciding what kind of book to start with?
Does it matter if your protagonist has deep flaws? Patricia offers rich information all mystery writers and readers might do well to consider. I was at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago, one of hundreds of authors lining a two-block stretch of Dearborn in the Loop and hoping to attract readers to my work. It was the first weekend in June and the publisher had rushed early copies of Death at Gills Rock , the second book in the series, for the event. The day was perfect: a cool breeze, a sun-drenched sky and streets packed with people.
In the midst of this happy literary turmoil, a women hurried over to my modest display. Is Dave alright? The Dave to whom she referred is Dave Cubiak, the angst-driven hero of the series. Readers first meet him as an angry, brooding man burdened with grief and guilt over the deaths of his wife and daughter. Dave drinks himself out of his job as a Chicago homicide detective and is barely hanging on to his new post as a park ranger in beautiful Door County when a rash of mysterious deaths strikes the picturesque peninsula.
Comes his moment of truth and Dave starts on a rocky road to redemption even as he tracks a relentless killer. Dave is the kind of tragic hero I like. The kind I want to read about. But would my readers relate? Would they empathize with this sullen, bitter man? The woman at the booth bought the second book. Yes, I assured her.
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Death at Gills Rock is set two years later in fictional time and Dave is getting better. I really like Dave. This woman, a stranger then and now, is not the only one to appreciate my fictional hero. More than anything —the thrill of opening that first box of books, the amazement of seeing my mystery novels displayed on bookstore shelves, even the honor of being asked to sign one of my books — my Made It Moment erupted from the realization that readers have such a strong emotional connection with my troubled protagonist.
Knowing that what I write matters to others leaves me humbled, grateful and inspired to write on. Following on the heels of a successful career as a nonfiction writer, Patricia Skalka made the leap into fiction with her debut mystery Death Stalks Door County, which was followed this year by the sequel Death At Gills Rock. A Chicago writer, Skalka is currently working on book three of the six-book series.
Sherry Knowlton is an International Thriller Writers author, which already makes us bound by a connection deeper than blood. Come look us up. But when I read this Moment, I realized that we are bound by something else as well. Those times when we were children and got in trouble for reading late at night. And that experience as a writer when a reader believes in our stories. Many of my steps along the road to becoming a published writer have been rewarding. That day when Sunbury Press told me that they wanted to publish my book.
Getting to work with them on the best cover design. Actually holding Dead of Autumn in my hands with my name right there on the cover. How often did my parents catch me reading a book in bed by flashlight? How many books have I finished in the wee hours of the morning, even when I had to work the next morning?
Most in those groups embraced my story and took my characters to heart. That reader involvement with characters on the written page resonates with me.
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I still mourn that there will be no more Travis McGee books. I am dying to know what fate awaits Tyrion and Arya in the final volumes of Game of Thrones. Some of the feedback about Dead of Autumn has come from people I know or who have spoken to me at book signings and author events. One thing is clear about them all. These are kindred spirits; people like me who love books. So, this feedback from readers has been a wonderful affirmation. It has confirmed that I have made it.