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Thursday, July 26, 2012
SCWC: Why Some Authors Get Published—and Some Don’t
Strive to write every day even if you don’t get around to it. Set writing goals.
Read a lot (of good stuff). If you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have time to write.
Read widely within your genre for inspiration
Publishers don’t have time to deal with high-maintenance authors. Do the work they ask for.
Try to look at your work with an objective/dispassionate eye when self-editing.
Setting/style/period/subject can be what sets your work above the rest
Stay focused on your strengths and what’s unique about you and your story when marketing/making your pitch
The Artist’s Way
by Julia Cameron:
“Bring life in.”
Do research to cover a universal theme. Every nonfiction book is an argument
Don’t give up!!! If something isn’t working, take time to re-assess. It’s okay to send a query letter to the same agent if you indicate you’ve spent some time researching, revising, improving, etc
Online writing groups (Salon, RedRoom, She Writes)
San Diego Writers’ Ink, Scribd
Community support and interaction is important
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Southern California Writers’ Conference
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