Everyday, I read the posts on the Adventures in Children's Publishing Blog usually via TWITTER: @4KidsLit
Today, they posted about a great opportunity:
A first chapter critique by literary agent Natalie Fischer.
Natalie Fischer has recently moved from the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency to the Bradford Agency. Don't dust off your query and hit send just yet: she is still settling in so she is not ready to accept submissions.
However, on the Adventures Blog, Natalie Fischer's explanation of voice and style had the same affect as washing the fingerprints off my glasses - I'd always been able to see the difference but everything got a lot clearer, remarkably quickly ;)
Question: How would you describe the difference between voice, style, and language in a manuscript?
Natalie: Language is diction: the word choices, the literal language of nationality. Style is the form: short, choppy, flowing, poetic, lyrical. Voice is the personality, the person behind the words that makes the reader forget about the author, and dive into a life. It’s what you remember about the characters long after you’ve forgotten their names.
I entered the First Chapter Critique Giveaway, I found two places to do it too :D
"Want to know if your voice is right for your manuscript? For the market?"
Let's face it, who doesn't!
Head straight over to the Adventures Blog: remember to comment and fill out the form so you can help them celebrate the one year anniversary.
They will be selecting their winner at random and posting the name on Saturday.
I've been thinking about Blog Birthdays recently as it is only two days to the second anniversary of this blog. It feels like minutes, except when I can't think of anything much to write ;)
How long have you been blogging? Is your Blogging Birthday due soon?