So, they tell me you want to be an author . . .
That means you should be doing 1 of 5 things: brainstorming a new story, writing/drafting, editing, researching publishing houses (or self-publishing methods), sending our query letters or submissions.
One of my favorite creative writers, Derek Updegraff once said:
Keep writing. You are a writer, not a submitter. Once you’ve written pieces and submitted them for publication, forget about them and start writing something new. You haven’t produced your best work yet. When you finish a new piece of writing, admire it, take joy in it, and then submit it and move on and write something better.
Being an author does not mean being famous or going to book signings every other week (although that could be super fun). Being an author means never giving up and never stopping.
In my own experience, I have discovered that writing is a cycle. While I am waiting to hear back on The Agency Games, I have re-worked, edited and submitted a children’s series to various publishing houses. I probably won’t hear back for six months but that is kind of the point of submitting this early. That way, when I finish working on The Agency Games, I can hopefully jump straight into my next project!
- Have you brainstormed that new story idea? Great! Start writing!
- Have you finished drafting that story idea? Fantastic! Start editing!
- Are you working on editing your story? Good, start look around online for where you might want to submit it.
- Have you found a publishing house that you want to send your work to? (PAUSE! Make sure to read all of their fine print and rules) Great! Now, send out your work.
Have you sent out your work? Yes? Then why are you just sitting there? Start working on your next story!
Happy Writing Everyone!
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