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Welcome to the 12th issue of the Weekly Prophet, a weekly newsletter that focuses on creative writing, publishing opportunities, life. A hearty hello and air-five to new subscribers! Thanks for being here - you're a rockstar!
Vancouver | September 20, 2020

How to Tweet Like a Bird


I came across a great article this week by fantasy writer Lorraine Ambers about using Twitter to your advantage as an author. Twitter can be daunting for anyone looking to enter its corner of the internet. 

And Lorraine's eight tips on using the platform to your advantage make things look easy:
  1. Load a profile and background image, and add a short bio. Remember to use keywords relevant to you in your bio. (Keywords help people find you.)
  2. Every social media platform has a different way of conversing. Twitter uses short, punchy statements because you only have 180 characters to work with. Don't be daunted if you make a few mistakes on this swiftly moving platform. People are forgiving!
  3. Pictures and Gifs are a great way to draw attention. Make sure you have the right to use the image, though. 
  4. Use hashtags to help you connect with others. Here are some of Lorraine's favorites: #amwriting, #writing, and #writingcommunity. And don't forget to play around and pay attention to what other writers use.
  5. Remember your manners, and don’t spam. The fastest way to be unfollowed is by only plugging your own (or other people's) work. Instead, mix it up by asking questions, interacting with others, and provide updates on your writing journey. 
  6. People converse through their newsfeeds. Why? Because direct messages tend to be spam. If you want to chat, be brave, and tweet them directly by adding there @name. 
  7. Twitter hosts competitions like #PitRev and #PitMad. In these contests, writers accept the challenge of pitching their novel in one Tweet. It’s excellent practice and an easy way of making connections with your fellow writers (and literary agents).
  8. Pin critical Tweets to the top of your newsfeed. This way, people will immediately see that post when they visit your page. And it may entice them to interact with you by giving you a like or by visiting your author website. 
There you have it! Eight great tips for getting the most "juice" out of your Twitter account. It's not about arguing with others, but interacting with them and building connections. 

Want to learn more about Lorraine? You can find her on her blog here or Twitter here

Upcoming Publishing Opportunities


To give you more time to prepare, here are some upcoming publishing opportunities:
  • The Hoxie Gorge Review publishes innovative poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by emerging and established contemporary writers. You have until September 30, 2020, to submit your work!
  • VERVE BOOKS is a new digital-first press that publishes "great stories in the crime, thriller, and commercial fiction genres."
Good luck to those who choose to submit!

This week on Danielle Adams... 

microverses is an electronic publisher of speculative flash fiction, poetry, and other tiny forms of storytelling. They have two different “venues” for publishing: 
Octavos and Constraint 280.
On Tuesday, we talked about how to write a comic strip. We went over terms and how to incorporate them. Oh, and did I mention that I made some comics for the post?
If you're looking to break into the children's book and young adult literary market, then this post is for you! Here are 26 magazines that publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for kids and teenagers.
On Thursday, we started to talk about superheroes. This post is all about defining what a superhero is and their history in the comic genre. I dare you to geek out. 
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This Author's Life


Something unexpected happened to me last weekend. 

I woke up, walked to my laptop, and wrote a poem. I don't usually write poetry, but I've been trying it out. (It's supposed to be good for your creative growth.)

When I got up on Sunday morning,  I wanted to work out while my husband slept in. Maybe do some reading. Instead, I wrote this four-line poem. And the strangest thing of all? I submitted it to Four Lines for publication. 

Cue the worst four hours of my life. And a flurry of panicked texts to my nearest and dearest. ❤️ But something magical happened. Four Lines published my poem, and I became a published poet. To say I was over the moon is a bit of an understatement. 

So thank you to my loved ones for putting up with the anxiety and elation. And thank you, Four Lines, for accepting my poem, "The Devil." If you'd like to read it, you can do so here

In other news, I finished my paper edits for the first draft of my short story collection. 😃 And will be transferring them over to the computer this week. 

The Wedding Date - A Short Review


Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck in an elevator with is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles, and his job as a pediatric surgeon and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...
Rating 3/5 stars

A few weeks back, I reviewed Guilleroy's third book, The Wedding Party. It didn't go well. But I wanted to start at the beginning of her series to see if I missed anything that would've made the third book any better. I didn't, so my review of that book still stands. 

Now on to this one. It starts off way too fast but levels off into a better pace as the story wears on. The character development, while still not great, was way better than it was in the third book. I also connected with both characters and thought they were adorable together. 

And Guillory had me hooked in about a third of the way through the book. The story had its tender moments and some funny moments as well. 

Overall, I liked it, and I've dipped into the second one as a result. 

The Proposal - A Short Review

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise — or happen in front of 45,000 people.

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part—they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans.

Thankfully, handsome doctor Carlos Ibara and his sister come to her rescue. He's even there for her when the proposal goes viral - in the worst way possible. 

Rating 3/5 stars.

And speaking of the second book... It started great, but let me down in the end. There were a few subplots that had underwhelming or predictable endings, which was disappointing. 

The characterization was stronger in the first book than it was in this one. To be frank, Nikole's friends were more interesting than the main two, and Carlos's overprotectiveness towards his family seemed a bit cliche. 

This book also mimicked the feel and tone of the first, except that these two had a bit more guts when it came to talking about their feelings. And like the third book, this one had significant editing issues that should've been caught by an experienced editor. 

That being said, I loved her secondary characters and the first half of this book. Guillory also had a few ridiculous moments throughout the book that made me chuckle. And that's why I'm giving it a three-star rating. 

What I'm Reading


I'm slowly making progress on the Hans Christian Andersen tales. I won't do a review of the book, though. There are too many stories to cover in it. But please know that I am thoroughly enjoying it. 

I started reading Delia Owens' Where the Crawdad's Sing last night. It seems interesting so far and I'm interested in seeing where Owens takes the story and I already love her imagery.

After Owens, I have no idea what I want to read next off of my ever-expanding to-read list:
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R.R. Tolkein 
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Help by Kathyrn Stockett
  • Tick Tock by Dean Koontz 
  • Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens
  • Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  • The Raven's Poison by Braeden Michels
  • Hans Christian Anderson Tales (Translated by Jean Hersholt)
  • Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm
But if there are any books that you think I should read, I'm open to suggestions!

Thanks for reading this far. 


Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Wear a mask.

I'll be back on September 27.


 
Danielle Adams

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