Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Editors

James Persichetti, Developmental Editor at Lost Hat Editorial Services

For every brilliant manuscript that grows into a best-selling novel, untold thousands of others get dumped into the recycle bin. What’s the crucial difference between them?

Ask Jamie.

Over the years, James Persichetti has seen more unpublished manuscripts cross his desk than most people could read in a lifetime. He started out at the incomparable Nelson Literary Agency (Bird Box, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, etc.).

Now, he’s launched Lost Hat Editorial Services, a boutique editing business that helps writers like you succeed. Here he is, in his own words, to tell you how to find the right editor, polish your book to perfection, and avoid the biggest mistakes aspiring writers make. Continue reading

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5 Most Inspiring Books for Writers

Did you resolve to finish your novel this year?

I salute you. The bad news is that 80% of those who set New Year’s resolutions give up by the second week of February, according to U.S. News.

So, right about . . . now.

Need a little help staying inspired to write your novel? Here are the best books to keep you going.

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Have yourself a very merry doomsday!

Do you know someone on your “Nice” list who would like to receive an autographed Dru Jasper book as a gift? I’m signing and sending out one of each book, and you can help me pick the winners!

Just contact me and tell me the name of the person you’d like to give a book to, and which book they might like:

#1: It Happened One Doomsday,
#2: A Kiss Before Doomsday, or
#3: No Sleep till Doomsday.

No matter what you celebrate this season, I’m wishing you peace, joy, and the warmest of holiday greetings! Ho ho ho! : )

Very best,
Laurence

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6 Best How-To Books for Writers

6 Best How-To Books for Writers blog imageNeed a gift idea for the writer in your life? Or yourself?

Here’s a roundup of the absolute best how-to books for writers.

These books hold the storytelling secrets you need to to structure your novel, create better characters, and get your book finished.

Check it out on Fiction University.

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8 Secrets to Pitching Your Novel Like a Pro

8 Secrets to Pitching Your Novel Like a ProWhen it comes to publishing a novel, the actual writing is only half the battle. In order to get the attention of a publisher, you have to know how to “sell” your book.

I think we can all agree that most writers are not natural-born sales professionals. So it’s easy to understand why the idea of sitting down across the desk from an editor and pitching your novel might make you break out in a cold sweat.

No worries. There are basically eight big pitfalls you have to avoid — all you have to do is navigate around them, and let your story shine through.

I’ve explained how to do it here, on Fiction University.

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The real life inspiration behind No Sleep till Doomsday

Perhaps the most popular character in my Dru Jasper series is Hellbringer, a black 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that is literally possessed by a speed demon.

In my new book, No Sleep till Doomsday, our anti-hero Hellbringer has a brand-new nemesis, a 2018 Dodge Demon named Soulbreaker.

If you’re even thinking about reading my book, you’re going to want to watch this video.

Whoa!

Man, that’s tough to beat. But yeah, that’s pretty much the essence of my book.

There’s another video I’d like to share with you that reveals a second big inspiration behind this book, but — SPOILER ALERT! — it hints at a major plot twist. So if you want to avoid the spoiler, stop reading now.

(By the way, if you haven’t signed up for my author newsletter yet, and you want to be entered to win free books and other cool stuff, click here.)

But if you DO want to read about this big mysterious inspiration (and you can’t say I didn’t warn you), here it is:

Continue reading

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Meet me at Tattered Cover on Friday 11/9/18 at 7 pm

No Sleep Till Doomsday book signingIf you’re in the Denver area, come meet me this Friday at my very favorite bookstore: Tattered Cover. I’ll talk about the stories behind No Sleep till Doomsday, read my favorite pages, answer questions, and sign books.

After the signing, head through the “secret door” into The Goods restaurant next door to join me and mingle with other book lovers like you. Hope to see you there!

When:

Friday, November 9 at 7:00 PM

Where:

Tattered Cover on Colfax
2526 East W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

Can’t make it? Still want to get a signed paperback—or even win one for free? You’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win when you subscribe to my author newsletter.

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Writers: Outline Your Novel the Incredibly Easy Way

Every day, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to write for a living. Seriously. Every single day.

That’s why I share my tips and techniques to help aspiring writers navigate the pitfalls of the writing craft.

One of my favorites is a method for outlining novels that is super simple, quick, and (dare I say) fun. Here it is.

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Talking monsters on Beyond the Trope podcast

Just in time for Halloween, Colorado’s best podcast for nerds had me on to talk about the secrets to creating bloodcurdling monsters, and other spooky fun.

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Yours Truly rocks the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers podcast

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers podcastTrue story: at the RMFW conference this year, I bumped into my good friend Mark Stevens, an award-winning author and host of the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast. Somehow, we got to talking about weird musical instruments.

I’ve just started playing one of the weirdest of all, the theremin. It’s the original electronic instrument, one that you play just by waving your hands at it. It’s been featured in plenty of old black and white science fiction movies.

Mark was like, “Why don’t you play it on our podcast?”

And I was like, “Wow! That’s a terrifying idea! Let’s do it!”

(And also, somewhere in there, we talked about my writing, too.)

Listen to the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast. 

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