Knowing Your Audience

I thought I would talk about audience today. Specifically, knowing who you are writing for and how you can ensure that you’re hitting the mark. I’ve been shown the value of understanding who might want to read my stories several times. When I sent in Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero originally, I kind of knew who I expected my eventual readership to be: boys, ages 9 – 15. Simple enough, right? After all, the book is about a boy in that age category who wants to be a superhero. I expected some girls might like it and the occasional adult too. Then my editor, Robert Runte, and I had the chance to meet last Fall. He told me that when he […]

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The Proof is the Next Step

The process of publishing a book can be a long one with many steps. The author, of course, has to present a clean, completed manuscript to a publisher. It has to be well-written and interesting and something the publisher is prepared to spend money on. Once that is agreed to, there is the contract, the editing, revisions, more revisions and finally a manuscript that is ready to see print. Or is it? The publisher then lays out the book and then… well then the laid out book is sent to the author (and other proof-readers) for final review as a galley. That is where I’m at right now. This minute, in fact. My publisher, Lorina, sent me my galley on […]

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Get Published Episode 79b – L.E. Modesitt Jr. Part 2

http://media.blubrry.com/getpublished/p/www.michellplested.com/wp-content/uploads/GetPublished/GetPublished-Episode79b.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThose of you who listened to episode 79a know that the interview with Lee Modesitt Jr. was cut in half due to length. I didn’t want you to have to wait two weeks for the second half of that interview so you are getting the part ‘b’ of episode 79 a mere week later. However, because it is part ‘b’, this episode will be a bit shorter than usual; I won’t have the normal Tips and Typos section. I hope you don’t mind. Before we get into the show I also wanted to give you all an update on my progress with Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero. I received, […]

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