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"Slow down and smell the roses" may be an old cliché, but it is ever so relevant. You've finished your book, now what? This is the ONE question that determines your fate in the publishing industry: you only get ONE chance. Optimize your opportunities. The following is a normal scenario from a new author: I've… Continue reading The Rush to Fail
You are your own worst enemy when it comes to editing. There's a psychological term for this that escapes me right now, but it boils down to mind games. Your brain will look at errors and automatically correct them or fill in the blanks. Can You Read This? by Chris McCarthy (Study@ecenglish.com) I cnduo't bvleiee… Continue reading What does an editor do?
You might start out with a plan, but after you write a while, your writing can take on a life of its own and lead you down another path. Don't despair. "[T]hat’s the great thing about fiction. We use it for entertainment, and we also use it to explain and understand our lives. We only… Continue reading Are Your Dreams of Being Hemingway Dissolving? Don’t Despair!
Where is your book? The most honest answer involves a tidy arrangement of piles and piles of manuscripts. You're in there somewhere! So how do you move to the top? The top of the pile often depends on genre. If I'm looking for diversification in my catalogue, I'm looking for something different. Are you different?… Continue reading Where’s My Book? The Mystery behind the Publishing Process
If you put in about the same effort I did, you are in the try-it-again-next-year club! I haven't succeeded yet, but I do get closer every year. But isn't that what writing is really about? All the time and effort is for us. It makes us a better person, we've (sort of) created something, and… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Ends Another Year