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A Few Cool Doors That Open When You’re Published

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Today’s guest post is by author and screenwriter Harrison Demchick:

It’s a long, long road to publication, as months or years of writing give way to months of editing, and then more editing, and then more editing. But you’ve arrived at that very best version of your story. You’re proud of it, and you should be. And once you launch it on Amazon, or your publisher launches it into the world, there will be nothing between you and superstardom. Right?

Yeah. Not so much.

No Guarantees

Writers who follow the publishing industry already know full well that creative success and commercial success have, at best, a complicated relationship, and even the most carefully considered marketing plans include no guarantees. When my novel, The Listeners, launched in late 2012, I knew from my own seven years in publishing that the top of the New York Times bestseller list was pretty unlikely, and I was going to have to fight like hell even to make anyone aware of my book. After all, a million new books are published every year. Continue Reading…

How Small Projects Can Keep You Rolling in the Dry Spells

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Today’s guest post is by author Sarah Allen:

Whether we’re between novels or slogging through the slow middle of our work-in-progress, all writers go through periods of feeling creatively weighed down. Some writers go through weeks or even months when every word of their novel feels like it’s been wrung from a dry sponge. It can be heartbreaking when these heavyweight projects—into which we’ve poured blood, sweat, and tears—seem to be absolutely unwilling to cooperate. Continue Reading…

9 Books Aspiring Writers Must Read

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Today’s guest post is by freelance writer Nicolette Morrison:

One of the “rules” often touted is that writers must always spend hours reading. It helps in improving comprehension and grammar, but most importantly it guides them to find their footing as writers.

Reading can give you an idea of what you like and what you don’t in a piece of writing. It’s about taking every bit of the things you like in a creative piece and trying to incorporate them into your own voice. It’s about widening your range of influences and learning what works for your style of writing. Continue Reading…

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