The thing you can never do without is getting solid, concrete feedback from a bestselling author. You can see my Darklight critique by Jerry Jenkins below.
I have the webinar keyed up to where he digs into my story and pulls no punches. The points he makes are amazing.
The blind leading the blind
If you meet up with a handful of wannabe authors, the odds of getting solid feedback aren’t stellar. Your chances begin to rise when you meet with published authors. Those that have been through the wringer of editors, publishers, and proof readers may have more usable stuff to chew on. Find an author with 21 best sellers, and you’re no longer hear “your story is wonderful, dear,” from your spouse or your mother.
Okay, enough glee on my own story. I really recommend you go back and watch the whole thing from the beginning. There is one other 1-pager that gets picked apart like mine. The points he makes are great.
- Avoid on-the-nose writing (telling us about stuff we all know).
- Focus on nouns and verbs to keep it snappy and tight.
- Don’t explain everything to us. Give the reader credit, a.k.a. give the audience 2+2. Let them figure out 4.