Veronica Park is an agent, author, journalist, and marketing consultant with more than ten years of experience writing and editing for publication. Veronica will make a return visit to the GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ on March 24, 2018, to offer marketing advice for attendees who sign up in advance.
Her favorite categories are YA (anything with a unique voice, but particularly romantic and/or LGBT at the moment), Adult (particularly Romance in all sub-genres) and Non-Fiction that is funny and/or centered upon current events and controversial issues. (Because real life is funny and full of issues.) Also, Middle Grade (MG) with a particular emphasis on diversity, high concept ideas, and graphic novels.
Themes to avoid: controlling boyfriends (unless your story is clearly anti), werewolves, vampires or zombies (unless you’ve somehow found a new spin I haven’t seen), Mary Sue heroines (look it up), edge for the sake of edge, or characters who do things for reasons which psychology can’t explain. Please pay special attention to accurate, non-stereotypical representation in your diverse stories. #OwnVoices preferred, particularly for concepts dealing with issues unique to marginalized communities.
Books V recommends for getting your manuscript submission-ready:
- ROCK YOUR PLOT and ROCK YOUR REVISIONS by Cathy Yardley
- FIRE UP YOUR FICTION by Jodi Renner
- SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne
- THE KICK-ASS WRITER by Chuck Wendig
- WRITING WITH EMOTION, TENSION, AND CONFLICT by Cheryl St. John
She has seven years combined public relations and marketing experience. Veronica has learned that a successful message is about SO MUCH MORE than just getting the details RIGHT, or being able to see the BIG PICTURE.
She won’t only tell you how to fix your spelling and grammatical errors, or how to make your main character more likable, or how to fill those pesky plot holes. And she won’t just tell you how to fix your resume or write a cover letter that doesn’t sound like the back of a Business 101 textbook. She’ll WORK WITH YOU to help you FIND your STRENGTHS and TURN UP THE VOLUME on your talent. Whether you’re an author, editor, blogger, intern, middle manager or CEO.
Most importantly, she’ll teach you how to sell your ideas…your work…and yourself. (In a good way. Not in a crossroads demon, “sell your soul” kind of way. Obviously.)
- You can learn more about Veronica at the following:
Article submitted by Dawn Sooy
A native of Eastern Pennsylvania, Dawn has plenty of experience with the best and worst four seasons have to offer. Armed with a Computer Science degree, she worked in the tech industry until 2012. She’s married to a great guy and between them, have four children, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. As an animal lover, she volunteers at the local animal shelter, sneaking in treats for the four-legged residents.
Too full of energy to even consider a rocking chair, with an insatiable itch to write, Dawn published six short stories, the most recent, “Love Knows No Boundaries,” featured in the GLVWG anthology, Write Here – Write Now. She is currently working on a full-length novel titled, “From The Darkness,” scheduled for publication in early 2018, with plans to publish a horror anthology later in the year.
Dawn is a multitasker with the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, fulfilling the duties of Secretary when needed and Conference Chair for the 2018 GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™.
You can find Dawn on:
- Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DawnMSooyAuthor/?pnref=lhc
- Website: http://dwstrange.com/dawns%20world/