Nine more Take-away Gems from Donald Maass’ PNWA presentation (Follow that link for the original post)
Therese says: One writing tool is to use what you know so that you can use that same information in your marketing. If you set your story in a real location then you have the opportunity to chat about that location and why it mattered enough for you to use it in your story.
8) Readers read to make sense of the world.Your reader wants some kind of insight into the antagonist. Who looks up to your antagonist? What does he have to gain? To lose? Why must he reach his goals? How much will he lose to meet his goal? What will he gain? Help your reader view life through the villain’s motivations and perspective. Make your antagonist multi-dimensional.
Therese says: Make your AUTHOR PERSONA multi-dimensional. Who looks up to your Author Persona? Why does a reader go one step farther to learn about the author? One reason is the reader wants to connect with the creator of the story because the story mattered to the reader.
Morgan says: These added multi-dimensional elements also make your characters relevant to your reader. And it is this relevance that will have your readers chatting about your books creating word-of-mouth buzz.
9) Beautiful Writing + Commercial Writing (page turners) = High Impact Writing.
Therese says: Yes. Until you get there, and have an awesome book to promote to readers, don't worry about your marketing. Keep writing.
For more writing tips and suggestions by Donald Maass, we suggest you read his guide, Writing the Breakout Novel. http://www.maassagency.com/books.html