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You’ve Finished Your Manuscript-Now What? (Part 2)

victoria-howard-5For my second post about whether your manuscript is ready for publication and the value of a three-chapter evaluation, I would like to discuss the opening chapter more commonly referred to as ‘how to hook the reader.’

When I am not writing I am an avid reader. If you fail to grab my attention in the first few pages, I am not going to read any further. Here are a few things I find annoying in the opening of a story:

Irrelevant information. Most novice writers feel they have to tell the reader everything about a character – known in the industry as backstory. The first few paragraphs are crucial. Introduce your protagonist, but only impart important information.

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What a Headache . . .

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Oscar Wilde said he took out a comma in the morning and put it back in the afternoon.

Long before I devoted endless hours going back over and over what I’d written, I laughed at that quote.

No longer.

I’d recently completed another chapter in my wip and begun another, but something nagged at me.

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Launching Soon!

WN White w1 & Border 400WRITING YOUR NOVEL: From Idea to Outline, to Plotting Your Way Through the 3-Act Structure Book 1

Have a great idea for a novel, but don’t know how/where to begin?

Never Fear. Writing Your Novel will help you!

A simple, step by step method for building a successful storyline from your basic idea. Designed for the busy lifestyle, it’s simple enough to read in one sitting, yet powerful enough to demonstrate the mysteries of the modern story structure.

I explain story structure and demonstrate plot points, although I call them Stepping Stones because, when used correctly, they guide you through the maze of modern story structure.

As a Bonus, I’ve included how I used the Stepping Stones to build my novel, Ten Times Guilty!

Amazon Kindle:

Smashwords: Coming Soon!


September 5, 2015 · 4:17 pm

Manuscript Evaluations

Book Fairy largeL. Cooper Press is, in my opinion, the best for authors who wish to be independent. As Gen Mgr, I think they offer the best terms for writers, and as an author who’s been with ‘traditional’ as well as the smaller indie publishers, I’d recommend them over any other publisher – except perhaps a million-dollar advance from one of the Big 6 publishers. Or is it 5?

As part of LCP’s service, they offer a 3-Chapter Manuscript Evaluation by Victoria Howard, whose romantic suspense novels have hit the bestseller status on Amazon several times. She’s talented and knows the craft. I just read her latest evaluation of a gen fiction novel, and I’m so impressed with her observations and recommendations. And she’s still willing to read and critique for L. Cooper Press’s opening special of only $50.

If you’re writing a novel and wonder what other people would think of it, wonder if you have talent, or would even like to know how you’re doing, take advantage of Victoria’s special. Even if you do not want to publish with L. Cooper Press, take advantage of the evaluation. It’s quite a bargain.

Victoria Howard’s evaluations:

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February 5, 2015 · 6:22 pm

P & E Readers Poll Results

P&E Top Ten NovelFor those of you who’ve asked for the results, thank you for your interest. I’m flattered you care enough to inquire.

So for you, and also to share my excitement, The House on Serpent Lake finished at #5, and all the top ten winners earn nice icons/banners to proudly post on their websites. It wasn’t exactly a horror novel, nor a romance; instead, it was a combination of the two with heavy tones of reincarnation.

Now that this contest is over, I need to get back to my novel and actually work on it. Now that we’ve begun the new year, it’s time to do something constructive instead of thinking and planning. Time to get it done.

I’m still holding workshops in the Redlands, CA area. On the third Thursday of each month, I discuss publishing – commercial, online, and self-publishing, and offer pros & cons of each. For the first Thursdays, I’m starting a critique group. And I’ll be presenting two workshops at the Ovitt Family Library in Ontario this April. So I’m still busy, always busy, but I love it, love being around writers, love the air of excitement we seem to garner when we discuss our hopes and dreams. As one good writer friend says, “Writing is a fantastic journey,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Harlequin WorldWide Mysteries will be sending their paperback version of With Full Malice to their mystery subscribers at any time, but for those of you who are not on their list and would like to read it, it’s currently on a bargain price of only $.99 for a few more days. SO if you’ve ever wanted to read it, how’s the time.

With Full Malice

Thanks, y’all. Until next time,


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January 17, 2015 · 6:34 pm

Publishing – Self-Publishing, Online Publishing, Commerical/Trade

LCooperPressLogo75Are you ready to publish your novel? Thinking about self-publishing but overwhelmed by all the choices? Let L. Cooper Press help to break it down for you. Even though we’re a self-publishing author/publisher co-op, we can help with the confusion.


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January 2, 2015 · 11:30 pm

L. Cooper Press


If you’ve considered self-publishing but do not know how, join us 1/15/15. Bring your opening two pages for critique and/or evaluation.

Novel Writers Workshop,

Redlands, CA

L. Cooper Press


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December 27, 2014 · 9:57 pm

Harlequin Releases With Full Malice as Mass Market Paperback

Exciting news! Received word that Harlequin will release With Full Malice as a mass market paperback in Feb 2015. It’ll be for their WorldWide Mystery subscribers.


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December 16, 2014 · 8:30 am

Writers Forum

We’ve just added a writers forum to the L. Cooper Press website, and while it’s brand new and incomplete, we’ve love for you to join and add your voice, your techniques, anything you’ve learned and want to share about writing. New topic suggestions are welcome:

Writers Forum

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Thanks, y’all!

Brenda Hill

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October 18, 2014 · 8:34 pm

L. Cooper Press

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As Gen Mgr, I’m getting ready for the meeting Thursday about L. Cooper Press and what if offers. If you’re thinking of self-publishing your novel, and you’re in the Redlands, CA area, stop by IHOP off I-10 & Alabama around 8:30pm. We’d love to meet you. We’ll talk about the pros & cons of general publishing – querying an agent; online publishers, and self-publishers.

L. Cooper Press

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September 29, 2014 · 6:14 pm