We live in a digital world of pressing a button to order anything, including books. Does that mean traditional bookstores are obsolete? Of course not. Bookstore owners/managers can be an author’s friend and advocate in the community, but we, as writers, need to do our part in fostering that relationship.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”–Aristotle
What personal habits are keeping us (writers) from reaching our writing goals? Cluttered workspace? Unclear goals? Perfectionism? Taking on too many projects at one time? Disorganization? Lack of discipline?
Your first reader should, of course, be yourself. After you’ve read through the manuscript and revised to the best of your ability, find several other readers to offer critiques. These first readers are often referred to
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“I can’t control whether an editor likes my story,” an inexperienced writer may object.
Just as political candidates and parties need platforms, so do writers. We build those platforms through our online efforts and through public appearances/speaking. Many of us prefer using social media. It can be done within the privacy of our homes. If, however, you are ignoring using public speaking to promote
No doubt about it; writers have it hard. We work like a mule to craft a wonderful book, send it out, then wait to hear back from the editor. We may start to feel persecuted because so many things in this crazy industry are out of