This article appeared Sept. 18, 2016 in the Hudson Hub-Times at https://goo.gl/hDbQMo
Hudson library launches Writing to Publish series
by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: September 18, 2016 12:00 AM
Hudson — The library is offering a Writing to Publish series for the first time.
The first program was Sept. 7 with Plotting the Bestselling Novels by Amanda Flower. Flower is a best selling mystery author with her 20th book due out Dec. 6. She also is the adult service librarian at the Hudson Library and Historical Society.
“As a writer, I’m excited to offer this series to the community,” Flower said. “To get published is hard. I’m in a position to help.”
The remaining three programs are scheduled the first Wednesday of the month and registration is required, with a limit for the Oct. 5 program when literary agent Vicki Selvaggio will talk about Writing Query Letters.
Local authors Shelley Costa, Casey Daniels and Mary Ellis will form a panel Nov. 2 to talk about Getting the Call and Selling Your Book the Traditional Route.
The final program in the series Navigating the Changing World of Self-Publishing is Dec. 7 and includes a panel of local self-published authors, Eric Van Raepenbusch, Matthew Verish, Stephanie Verish and Elizabeth Yurich.
Flower advised writers to start with a bang and set the tone of not only the story but the tone for a writer’s entire career. She gave examples of several first lines in well-known novels to illustrate how the author revealed what was ahead.
“It’s your voice,” Flower said. “No one has the same voice. It’s unique to you. So set it early.”
She talked about using sympathy to make the reader care for the characters and then raising the stakes to put the character in trouble and increase tension in the story.
“The writer needs an emotional connection to the story,” Flower said. “The reader needs to feel the story.”
Flower describes herself as a pantser or fly-by-your-pants type of writer instead of the plotter who has detailed outlines and character sketches before writing the first word.
“Every book has magical moments,” Flower said. “Plotters need to make room for magic when the character makes a hard right turn. Your character may know better than you what will happen.”
The plot needs a turning point where the character makes a decision to resolve a problem before the final confrontation and resolution, she said
“Out of a dark moment, they decide to do something to change their lives,” Flower said.
The final step is to rewrite several times.
“It must be the best book you can write,” Flower said. “Don’t submit a book that could be better.”
For more information or to sign up, go to www.hudsonlibrary.org