* I really tried to take these conference notes word-for-word–but naturally something will be lost or manipulated along the way. My apologies. In addition, I added my own special formatting to the notes. For example in this first post I will do a simple “bullet list” since the topic was editor’s “wishlist”.
———————————————-A writer who:
- #1. Has Voice!
What is Voice?
-Your character’s consciousness
-A character who has more personality than you do
-In harmony with your roots
-Changes depending on the circumstances
- Can promote their own work via personal blog, goodreads.com, Twitter, Facebook. One more time: CAN PROMOTE THEIR OWN WORK VIA PERSONAL BLOG, GOODREADS.COM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK
- Has realistic expectations about editors and publishers (piggy-backing off the former bullet)
- Is shocking, surprising, and uses “fire-fly” words (i.e. magical, special words. No clichés!)
- Uses word combinations that make you feel something, one example is “he huck-finned his way across the nation”
- Has a “high-concept” story–a story that gets across a single point such as Cheryl Strayed’s WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. A story about a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Another example is Jurassic Park. A story about Dinosaur’s living in the modern world.
“There is a dramatic question at the heart of every high-concept story” – Jessica Morrell
A story that is NOT high-concept makes the reader say “wait, what is this story about exactly?”
“The traditional publishing world has changed–but editors need you, publishers need you. You are teenage girls and publishers are teenage boys.” – Jessica Morrell