One of the hardest choices for a writer to make is whether or not to traditionally or independently publish. Whether you are brand new to the industry, have been querying for years, or have been agented and you are seeking new representation, this question will arise.
For some people self-editing is simple. For others, it is like slogging through a baby pool of peanut butter while being chased by hungry pigeons. There are a lot of ways to overcoming the self-doubt and uncertainty associated with editing your own work. It is worth learning those tricks, because, when you begin critiquing your… Continue reading Author’s Learning Workshop – #5 SELF-EDITING – How to Make It Work and Why It’s Important
Sometimes it feels like finding people to read your work is like locating the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Not only do you have to find someone willing to read your book, but then you need to harvest the insight and feedback they give you into productive edits. Here are some… Continue reading Author’s Learning Workshop – #4 Editors, Critique Partners, and Betas (and where to find them)
You've done a wonderful thing. Finishing a novel isn't something that everyone can do. Every day a hundred (a thousand!) people will say, "I'm going to write a novel," or they'll swear, "I could write that." Guess what...you DID. You are a WRITER. Now that we've established that - I'm going to tell you to… Continue reading Author’s Learning Workshop – #3 DRAFTING, or NOW WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS THING?
As a writer, you will often be asked if you are a Plotter or a Pantser. This isn't in refence to your Saturday night (unless you're spending it writing), but, instead, to your writing style. Do you sit and write your story by the seat of your pants while letting your characters guide you through… Continue reading Author’s Learning Workshop #2 Plot it or Pants it…
This is the first post in a series for aspiring writers. I’m calling them the Author’s Learning Workshop. Their purpose is to build a simple step-by-step guide to your first year as an author. I will focus on writing fiction novels (because that’s the road I’ve taken), but a lot of this information works for… Continue reading Author’s Learning Workshop – #1 What You’ll Need