Carrie has announced the name of the person who gave her the best ideas for writing her SuperArticle: Joleena.
Joleena wins a free critique of one page of her current work in progress. Joleena, email me that as a Word doc and I’ll critique it for you.
Valerie asked a good question today:
How do you write super articles, when you’re not a leading expert in a certain field, just a person, whose imagination can’t/won’t shut off.
This is my current struggle and frustration. I have the ideas and the ability to write, but my expertise is ‘limited’ by publishers’ standards.
Do we have to be qualified to write the stories we desire to tell?
Or are their other ways to prove ourselves to the publishing world?
There are several related questions here:
1) How do you write a SuperArticle when you’re not famous:
Randy sez: I wasn’t famous as a writing teacher when I wrote my Snowflake SuperArticle. My SuperArticle made me famous. Nor was I known at all in the world of New Testament scholarship three months ago when I wrote two articles about the alleged tomb of Jesus. Those articles MADE me famous because they had high perceived value.
Here is the secret with SuperArticles: People will judge you on the merit of your ideas, not on who you are. People don’t care diddly who you are. If you have a good idea and express it well and do your part to get the word out, then people will notice. My Special Report on SuperArticles explains a bit of what you need to do to promote your SuperArticle, but promotion is an infinitely large topic which we’ll be discussing here for years.
2) Do you have to be “qualified” to get a story published?
Randy sez: No. For certain kinds of stories, it helps. Carrie’s qualifications as a forensic artist will help her sell her story IF her writing is good enough. My qualifications as a physicist helped me sell my first time-travel novel, but ONLY because my writing was good enough. I know a cop who writes cop stories. His qualifications help, but ONLY because he writes well.
Excellent writing is your best qualification. Degrees and job titles are just gravy. The reason I started this web site is to teach excellence in writing. That’s the main thing.
3) Do you need to prove yourself to the publishing world?
Randy sez: If you’re a novelist, no. Just write well. The best thing a novelist can do for himself is to write superbly well. The second best thing is to have some sort of “marketing platform.” The third best thing is to have some sort of relevant qualification. Those are the only three things that I know that work.
Sending chocolate to the editor doesn’t work. Sending cash doesn’t work. Sending lingerie doesn’t work.
You ask how I know those don’t work. Well . . . I’ve heard stories. Enough said.