This past Montrose Christian Writers Conference in July, we had a lot of fun on Wednesday evening playing a Jeopardy-type quiz game with faculty and conferees called the Odd Ducks’ Dilemma. One of the categories on the quiz board was entitled WRITING/PUBLISHING TERMS, which the contestants who were seasoned writers had no problem answering. But the newbies to this business got stumped several times.
In this blog post, we have the list of the writing/publishing terms included in the conference quiz game. For you who are more experienced, this little quiz will be old hat for you. It’s a 20-question matching quiz to sharpen the writing/publishing part of your brain. So, take a few minutes, grab a pen and paper, and let’s go:
- _______GENRE A. $ EARNED AFTER BOOK IS OUT
- _______MANUSCRIPT SUB. B. YOUR NAME PRINTED W/ARTICLE
- _______ QUERY LETTER C. SUMMARY OF BOOK ON COVER
- _______ COVER LETTER D. UNDERLYING MESSAGE
- _______ PROPOSAL E. CLEVER BEGINNING OF STORY
- _______ CRITIQUE/EDIT F. CATEGORY
- _______ REJECTION G. “PLEASE LOOK AT MY WORK”
- _______ CONTRACT H. ALL ABOUT YOU & YOUR WORK
- _______ MARKETING/PROMO I. “DOES NOT MEET OUR NEEDS”
10._______ PITCH J. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT YOU
11._______ HOOK K. SENDING IT TO THE PUB. CO.
12._______ STORY LINE L. “ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND …”
13._______ THEME M. $ FOR NOT BEING PUBLISHED
14._______ PLOT N. EARNED BEFORE BOOK IS OUT
15._______ BLURB O. ESSENTIAL REVIEW OF WORK
16._______ CREDITS P. OF THIS A WRITER DREAMS
17._______ BYLINE Q. LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
18._______ ADVANCE R. ACTION IN YOUR STORY
19._______ROYALTY S. WHAT YOUR STORY IS ABOUT
20._______KILL FEE T. THE EDITOR’S INTEREST PEAKS
Well, how do you think you did? Here are the answers:
If you missed this year’s Montrose Christian Writers Conference, you missed a real treat. Next year’s conference is scheduled for July 16th-21st, and we’ve already gotten verbal commitments from some of the faculty: film actor and best-selling author Torry Martin, fiction expert Barbara Scott representing Gilead Press, award-winning B.J. Taylor representing Guideposts and Inspiring Voices, Gloria Penwell representing Bold Vision Books, Carol Wedeven doing a picture book WIP, Cathy Mayfield doing a WIP Teen Track, fiction author Mike Dellosso, and Don Catlett will be back with updates about blogging and social media and private mentoring sessions.
Watch for more updates as I connect with more best-selling authors, agents, and editors to make next year’s MCWC a double dynamite conference!
Keep on writing!
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