Advice to My Newbie Author Self, Part 3: The Dream vs. The Reality

Many times as a newbie author–heck, sometimes a seasoned author–we get a whack in the head, or a face-full-o-concrete from a little thing called reality. For many of us writers, the moment we type “The End” on our first full manuscript is the moment we sit back and begin to daydream about huge book tours, TV interviews, movie deals, having our favorite band write a song inspired by our novel.

Yes, I seriously imagined that last one.  🙂

The Dream Scape

At the start of our writing journey, we set goals. These goals can range from, “I’m going to snag a large, multimillion dollar contact,” to “I’m going to as famous as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and Danielle Steele.” Even our family and friends will say things like, “Don’t forget about us little people when you become a big and famous author.”

After thinking these goals, we sometimes sit back and imagine how our first TV interview would go. Maybe it’d be on Good Morning America. Maybe it’ll be Matt Lauer. OR … maybe it’ll be with Baba Wawa herself. Oh, that’d be so awesome, wouldn’t it?

Dreaming and imagining future interviews, movie deals, and everything in-between is okay. Day dreaming is what our imaginations do. And our imagination is what made us an artist in the first place. So turning that part of our brains off is impossible. And even if we could our imaginations off for a moment, would we even want to? Hellz no. Because we’re artists. We’re writers. And we can’t imagine going a second without the vivid imagery our brains conjure at various times of the day.

However …

At what point–and when–do we draw the line in the sand between dreams and reality?

When should we reign in our imagination? When should we begin telling ourselves, “Ya know, it’d be great to nail that TV interview with Baba Wawa. And it’d be great to sit on a movie set and watch my characters come to life. But maybe I need to think small-scale. Baby steps. How about I snag the title of published author first?”

The answer to those questions are for each of us to decide. Maybe we don’t start telling ourselves to slow our day-dreaming-roll until after we knocked down by a brutal critique. Maybe we pull our heads out of the clouds when we attend our first local RWA chapter meeting.

It doesn’t matter when we stop and come back to reality. What matters is that we do, at some point, take a look at our writing journey from a realistic standpoint.

I recently had a conversation with a mother and her oldest son. Mom told me that her youngest son wants to be a published author. Older son told me that he felt bad because he might’ve discouraged his younger brother by telling him, “It takes hard work and it doesn’t look like a goal you’ll achieve quickly.” My response? Well, I said that maybe little brother should’ve discovered that reality on his own. However, I also said, “You’re definitely right about what you said, though.”

Because that’s the reality.

Now it’s just a matter of the younger brother’s perception. If younger brother wants to become a published author bad enough, he’ll accept the reality as a challenge and face it head-on. And throughout his entire journey to becoming published, he’ll continue to dream of the day that he signs a publishing contract on a daily basis. 🙂

So the perception question is: Do we fall now? Do we face reality now, in that first moment of typing “The End?” Or do we allow ourselves to hold on to those BIG publishing dreams as long as humanly possible and run the risk of doing more damage to our hearts at a later time?

For me, personally, I wanted a cold, hard dose of reality as soon as possible. The more time I spend day dreaming of meeting Matt Lauer in person, the more my heart’s going to crumble when I realize I have a snowball’s chance in hell at that ever happening. The more I keep going through life believing I’m already the best at my chosen profession, the more I’m going to look like an idiot. And I already embarrass myself enough as it is, thank you very much. 😉

So even though I waited a little longer than I might’ve liked to get my dose of reality, I still sought out the facts and welcomed the smack of reality. Searching out articles like “Author Reality: Today’s Book Publishing Industry” is my way of bringing myself back down to earth. Which is just my style since I’ve never really been one to make large decisions without facts (in life, not writing–that’s a whole other topic). After I got the facts, I knocked a few items off my “ultimate goals” list. And now my goal list is a bit more in line with what’s realistic and possible.

Though I still dream of having Michael Sheen playing one of my first characters in a movie one day. 🙂

Michael Sheen

Yes, you will play one of my characters on the big screen one day, Mr. Sheen.

Note: The best part about being a writer on a journey like this is that there are many of us who prefer to keep that high dream alive and on the top of the goals’ list. And that is A-OK. Because we’re individuals, and what works for one of us, motivates and drives one of us to do and be our best, may not work for others.

Which means this particular debate–the dream vs. the reality–is an individual decision. One that only we can decide.

I’d love to hear from you! Which side of the scale do you fall? Do you have an ultimate goal for yourself? Did you shoot for the moon, or did you pull back a little? What was your “published author daydream” when you first began this journey?

Previous Advice to My Newbie Author Self posts:
Part 1: Patience, Young Padawan
Part 2: Buh-Bye Self-Doubt and Introverted Tendencies

This Week in Favs…Is Retiring (For Now)

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After a lot of thinking, and thinking, and thinking, I have decided that it’s time for me to temporarily retire my Week in Favs posts.

This decision has been in the works for quite a while – since November, actually – and it wasn’t until I read Stina Lindenblatt’s post announcing that she was retiring her Cool Links Friday posts, that I finally decided to retire my post as well.

Stina’s reasonings mirror my own, and so once again, I felt a little relieved at knowing WE ARE NOT ALONE. I also felt a little sad because I enjoy sharing the best posts of the week with my fellow writers.

But the time has come to buckle down and concentrate on my writing. With the additional four to five hours a week that I would normally spend on perusing the blogging world for the best writing posts I can find, I’ll be able to concentrate on not only my writing, but also on bringing all of you better quality writing posts. And maybe some more music posts. And maybe some movie posts.

So… today I will not say ‘goodbye’ to This Week in Favs. Instead, I will say ‘goodbye for now’ because I’m sure that somewhere down the road I’ll end up missing it and will end up incorporating the posts back into my schedule. Not sure when, but it’ll always remain an option for me.  🙂

Thank you for understanding, and for visiting my blog on Friday’s to catch up on the great posts our fellow authors have written throughout the last year and a half. *BIG HUGS*

My blogging schedule will now be Tuesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays I’ll continue to reserve for writerly posts, and Fridays I’ll now reserve for fun stuff – music, movies, and anything else my heart desires that week. 🙂

As always, Happy Reading & Writing, Everyone!!!
Melinda

This Week in Favs…


Playing on the Zune:  Follow Me by Muse

Social Media and Author Websites


9 Amazing Blogs for Writers on Mythic Scribes


On the Craft

How to Keep Your Audience Interested by Writing Long-Term Story Arcs on Copyblogger

What Does It Really Take to Be a Die-Hard Writer? by Jody Hedlund

The Writing Toolbox on Thinking Through Our Fingers

5 Things a Writer Can Do to Evolve by Angela Ackerman on W.I.P. It

My Favorite Writing Advice – Write Like a Mother****er by Shelli Johnson

Choosing a Story Idea: 4 Questions Every Romance Writer Should Ask Themselves by Courtney Carpenter

When It’s Time to Let Go: Abandoning a Novel by Jordon McCollum


Writerly Inspiration

Inspiration and Costs by Scott Tracey

Ten Tips for Taking Time Off by Wendy Lawson

Living on the Edge of Confidence and Self-Doubt by Nathan Bransford

5 Ways to Deal With Failure by Rachelle Gardner


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

10 Crazy Things People Say to Writers on Fiction Notes

The More You Learn, The More You Realize You Have a Long Way to Go by Scott Eagan

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers by Keith Cronin

How Do We Handle Rejection and Keep on Pressing? by Kristen Lamb

Can Writers Reuse Their Own Work? by Jami Gold

What Genre Will be Red Hot in 2013? on Smexy Books Romance Reviews

10 Writing (and Life) Lessons I Learned From My Dog by Jenny Hansen

Perfecting the Query Letter Part 4 by Lynette Labelle

Are Ebooks Changing How We Write? by Kevin McLaughlin

How Do You Find a Literary Agent? by Rachelle Gardner

Gifts for Writers by Nephele Temptest

Five Tips to Determine If Your Manuscript is Ready to Send Out or “But My Mother Loves My Book…” on Where Writers Win

Fan Fiction to Published Book: A Case Study by Jami Gold

Tips for Greater Productivity, Part 2 by Annie Neugebauer

How to Ignore an Editor’s Suggestions and Still Fix Your Novel by Roz Morris


Other Round-Ups

The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Stina Lindenblatt’s Cool Links Friday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific (compilation of all the writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)


Just For Laughs:
 
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Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs…

Playing on the Zune: Had Enough by Breaking Benjamin

Social Media and Author Websites


The Forest Gump Guide to Attracting Readers and Becoming a Legend by Stanford on Pushing Social

Hashtags to Connect With Readers on Fiction Notes


On the Craft


Knowledge is Power But Story is King by Mooderino

Creativity Advice from CRACKED.com by Mike Mullin

Could You Write the Next ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? on Write to Done

Adapting Story Structure for Any Project on The Bookshelf Muse

Writing the Heart of Your Story by Joanna Penn

Actions and Reactions: The End-All-Be-All of Storytelling by Jami Gold

The Secret To a Successful Concept by Larry Brooks

How to Write Smart, Not Fast on Write to Done

NaNo Wrap-up, Part 2: Can Slow Writers Win Too? by Jami Gold


Writerly Inspiration


NaNoWriMo Next Steps: Bringing Books to Life by Cate Russell-Cole

Healing Creative Injuries by Cate Russell-Cole


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…


Procrastination: Don’t Put Off Dealing With It on The Writer’s Relief

21 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors, Bloggers and Artists by Janet Boyer

The Fine Art of Conquering Impatience by C.S. Lakin

Why The End Isn’t The End by Tawna Fenske

Change is Not the Enemy on Writer Unboxed

The Victims of the Penguin & Random House Merger: Literary Agents by Ella Delany

From Debut to Multi-Published: What I’ve Learned In My 1st Year as a Published Author by Roni Loren

How to Survive a Critique by Marcy Kennedy


Other Round-Ups

The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Stina Lindenblatt’s Cool Links Friday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific (compilation of all the writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)


This week on the blog:
 




 Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs…


Playing on the Zune: The Kill (Bury Me) by Thirty Seconds to Mars

Social Media and Author Websites
 

Social Media and the Author by Lynda K. Scott

What Not to Blog About by Rachelle Gardner

What Does Your Online Activity Say About You? by Rachelle Gardner

How do I Balance Marketing and Writing by Chip MacGregor

Blogging – What’s the Point? by Marji Laine

10 Marketing Techniques That Annoy Potential Readers by Nathan Bransford


On the Craft
 

Writer’s Block – What Is It & How Can You Avoid It by Jim Denney

The Biggest Problem Facing the Beginning Novelist – And 6 Tips for Avoiding It by Anne R. Allen

Stay on Target: When is Subplot Leading You Astray? by Janice Hardy

Want to Be Read 100 Years From Now? Here’s How by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Series vs. Stand-Alone: What Should We Work on Next? by Jami Gold

Five Common First-Chapter Mistakes by Jody Hedlund

Writing Lessons Learned from JUST LISTEN by Julie Musil

Thesaurus Pros and Cons by Carolyn Kaufman

NaNo Check-In: Lessons from the Halfway Point by Jami Gold


Writerly Inspiration
 

Next Steps: How to ‘Do More’ with Your Writing by Sarah Baughman

9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier by Geoffrey James


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

How to Digitally Format Your Book on Where Writers Win

Love Your Book? Choose a Great Cover by August McLaughlin

ABC’s of Writing – (S)ubmissions Tell Us More than Simply About Your Book by Scott Eagan

Beware the Subtleties by Lynne Price

What to Do When Your Books Aren’t Anything by Jeffe Kennedy

Don’t Shrink from Synopses! by Laura Drake

Write Tip: Advice From the Slushpile – 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Submitting Manuscripts by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Writerly Uses for Microsoft Excel – Part 1 by Jenny Hansen


Other Round-Ups
 

The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Stina Lindenblatt’s Cool Links Friday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific (compilation of all the writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)
 


 
This week on the blog:
 
 
 

 




Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing by Halestorm

Social Media and Author Websites
 

How to Use Google+ as an Author Platform on Write to Done

3 Social Media Myths that Can Cripple Our Author Platform by Kristen Lamb

Which is the Best Social Media for Connecting With Readers? by Jody Hedlund

Are Writers Too Insulated from Their Readers? guest post by Mike Duran on Rachelle Gardner’s blog


On the Craft
 
 

“When” Are You Telling? The Trouble with When Statements by Janice Hardy

In Storytelling, Emotion Trumps All by S.P. Sipal

Hiding in the Writing Closet: Good or Bad? by Jody Hedlund

Characters We Love to Write (and Read!) by Martina Boone

Who to Write Compelling Antagonists by K.M. Weiland

Three Commons Dialogue Challenges and How to Beat Them by Marcy Kennedy

Guest Author Paul Anthony Shortt: First Steps on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy


Writerly Inspiration
 

Why It’s Not the Critic Who Matters by Shelli Johnson

Life Lessons from the “Epic Road Trip” by Jami Gold

Losing Perspective on Your Writing: Does This Sing or Suck? by Roni Loren


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…
 
 

Why I Signed With a Traditional Publisher by Livia Blackburne

Learning to Love the Pitch by Sara Pinneo

Manners Matter: 13 Etiquette Tips by Rachelle Gardner

Writer’s Roadmap – Using Excel to Keep Your Novel Organized by Laura Drake

Most New Authors Sell Fewer than 100 Books – But You Can Sell Much, Much More! on Write to Done

2 Ways Your Brain is Wired to Undermine Your Story – And What To Do About It by Lisa Cron

Write Strong – Is Your Dialogue Doing Double Duty? by Shannon Donnelly


Other Round-Ups
 

The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Stina Lindenblatt’s Cool Links Friday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific (compilation of all the writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)


This week on the blog:
 
 

 



Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs…

Playing on the Zune: Love Bites (So Do I) by Halestorm

Social Media and Author Websites

 Branding: Know Thy Audience by Jean Oram

Facebook vs. Twitter: Where the Readers Are by Roni Loren

How to Be a Good Commenter by John Scalzi

How “Personal” Should Writers Get on Social Media? by Kristen Lamb

Blogs vs. Vlogs by Michelle Gagnon on The Kill Zone

7 Ways Twitter Sharpens Your Writing by David Masters on Write to Done


 On the Craft

Black Swan – The Trick to Inner and Outer Demons by Kristen Lamb

Breaking Story Structure by Mark Landen

Writing a Novel: Focus on Premise from the Writer’s Digest blog

Dialogue Clinic on Moody Writing

Start Me Up: Planning and Writing a First Draft by Janice Hardy

Writing Historical Paranormal – Double Your Worlds, Double Your Fun! by Lisa Kessler on the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranomal Chapter of RWA’s blog

Throwing It Away and Starting Over by C. Hope Clark

Texture: Using Details to Make Your World Unique by Nephele on The Knight Agency blog

Five Key Ways to Make Your Characters Memorable by Jordan Dane on The Kill Zone

7 Tricks to Add Variety to Your Dialogue by Marcy Kennedy


 Writerly Inspiration
Why Does Fear Exist? by Marcy Kennedy
5 Tips to Overcome Fear of Rejection by Lori Freeland on Novel Rocket
I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again by PJ Parrish on The Kill Zone


 On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…
 How NOT to Pitch by Marji Laine

The High Bar of Finding an Agent or Publisher by Jami Gold

New Adult by Meredith Barnes

The Paid Reviews Scandal and What It Means for the Future by James Scott Bell on The Kill Zone

The Editor Will See You Now: Harper Voyager to Accept Unagented Manuscripts by Kimberly Turner on Lit Reactor


Other Round-Ups

The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Stina Lindenblatt’s Cool Links Friday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific (compilation of all the writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)


This week on the blog: 

Write
Photo by Kristin Nador

Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week In Favs….And the Winner of The Emotion Thesaurus PDF Giveaway!

 The winner of The Emotion Thesaurus PDF giveaway is *drumroll*……… *more drumroll*……..

SUSAN!!!!!

Congratulations, Susan! *throws confetti*

Angela will send over your winnings soon! 🙂

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Now, onto this week’s weekly round-up of writerly blogs!

Playing on the Zune: All In by Lifehouse

**As promised, because I’ve missed the last two weeks of round-ups, we have an extra, extra, extra helping of writing blogs on the round-up this week!!!

ENJOY!

Social Media and Author Websites

 20 Economical Book Marketing Techniques on Self-Publishing Review

13 Simple Tips for a Better Blog by Rachelle Gardner

Thoughtful Blog Reading: Habits and Perks by August McLaughlin

Should You Preschedule Tweets? by Meghan Ward on Writerland

8 Tips for Promoting Your Book Online by Rachelle Gardner

‘Social’ Media: Author Ignorance by Porter Anderson on Writer Unboxed

Top Five Creepy Social Media Marketing Tactics by Kristen Lamb


 On the Craft  

Great Characters – The Beating Heart of Great Fiction by Kristen Lamb on Warrior Writers

Spotlight on Subtext: When Characters Are Liars, guest post by Angela Ackerman on Jami Gold’s blog

Michael Hauge’s Workshop: Are These Characters the Perfect Match? by Jami Gold

Michael Hauge’s Workshop: Combining Emotional Journeys and External Plots by Jami Gold

The Inner Struggle: Guides for Using Inner Conflict that Make Sense by Janice Hardy

How to Outline a Story by Lynda R. Young on W.I.P. It: An Author’s Journey

5 Reasons Why Your Opening Scene is Like a Blind Date by Marissa on Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing

25 Things You Should Know About Metaphor by Chuck Wendig

Writing Lessons Learned from WHERE IT BEGAN by Julie Musil

Character Arcs? by C.S. Lakin on Live Write Thrive

8 Ways to Write Without Every Touching the Keyboard by Marissa on Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing

Folks Talk About a Writer’s Toolbox, but Do You Actually Have One? by Angela Quarles

Too Many “Cooks” In Our Fiction: The Biggest Lesson I Learned from Book One by August McLaughlin

The Uncomfortable Pantser: When Your Method Doesn’t Fit Your Personality by Roni Loren

Obstacles in Stories: 3 Ways to Turn Hills into Mountains by Jody Hedlund

Beware of This Sly Writer’s Enemy by Jody Hedlund

What is Keeping Your Heroine and Hero Apart? Is it Enough? by Scott Eagan

Finding Your Novel’s Theme and Your Universal Theme by Roni Loren

2 + 5 = 5 – Adding Up by Lynn Price on the Behler Blog

Make Your Reader Uncomfortable by C. Hope Clark

How Does Your Villain Grow? by Lynette Labelle

12 Lessons Learned from 12 Years of Writing by Demian Farnworth on Copyblogger

How to Create Conflict in a One Character Scene by Lynette Labelle

Ask a Writer: “How Do I Write What the Audience Wants to Read?” by Chuck Wendig

5 Basics About Dialogue You Need to Know by Marcy Kennedy

You’re Reading It Wrong: How to Not Treat Your Readers by Daniel Swensen

The Power of THEME, guest post by Dr. John Yeoman on The Bookshelf Muse


 Writerly Inspiration

I Believe I Am Really a Writer by James Scott Bell

This Product Prevents Literary Wedgies. Good for Multiple Users by Jan O’Hara on Writer Unboxed

The Care and Feeding of Writers by Lynda R. Young on W.I.P. It: An Author’s Journey

12 Sure-Fire Ways to Find Great Ideas for Your Writing by Ali on Aliventures

The Writer’s Golden Hour: Making the Most of Our Time by August McLaughlin

Start Doing What You Love Right Now! by Jody Hedlund

Michael Hauge’s Workshop: You’re the Hero of Your Life by Jami Gold


 On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

The Publishing Process in GIF Form by Nathan Brandford

Bookstores vs. Backlist: A New Decision by Jami Gold

Book Signings Beyond the Bookstore by Joan Rhine on Left-Brained Business for Write-Brained People

What it Feels Like When Your Writing is Rejected – and How to Bounce Back by Ali on Aliventures

Tips to Indie Success by Tonya Kappes

Staying Balanced in the Confusing Modern Industry by Jody Hedlund

Common Reasons for Rejection by Scott Eagan

How to Use Brainstorming to Edit by Ava Jae on Writability

5 Key Qualities of the High-Value Writer by Jenny Hansen

 Indie Author Advises to “Just Do It”, guest post by Dan Holloway on Live Write Thrive

If You Can’t Say It Succinctly Then Don’t Say It At All by Lydia Sharp

When to Stop Fine Tuning by Lisa Gail Green


 Other Round-Ups

The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Stina Lindenblatt’s Cool Links Friday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific (compilation of all the writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)


This week on the blog: 

Fear
Photo by Lynn Kelley via WANA Commons

Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!
Melinda

This Week in Favs…

Social Media and Author Websites

Social Media is an Imperfect Sales Tool. Use it Anyway. by Nathan Bransford

Six Sinister Blog Time Wasters by Stanford on Pushing Social

The Bodacious Blogger’s Essential Ingredients by August McLaughlin

7 Tips for Turning Your Blog into a Book by Brian A. Klems on Writer’s Digest blog

How Much Interaction Should Authors Have With Readers? by Jodi Hedlund

5 Habits That Make Me a More Creative Blogger (and Writer) by Judy Dunn on Cat’s Eye Writer


On the Craft

Writing Fiction With the 1-3-1 Method by Teresa Frohock

Writing Characters Worth Reading by Mooderino on Moody Writing

Writing as MMORPG: Building Your Writing Addiction by Daniel Swensen on Surly Muse

Who’s There? Introducing Characters in a Scene on The Other Side of the Story by Janice Hardy

Writing Dangers: Shiny New Idea Syndrome by Ava Jae on Writability

Finding Time to Write: Making Hard Choices by Amie Kaufman on Pub(lishing) Crawl

How to Write a Best Seller – Advice from an Olympic Medal Winner, guest post by Dr. John Yeoman on Write to Done

The Drama Bomb – Drop it!, guest post by Mario Acevedo on Writers in the Storm blog


Writerly Inspiration

Monday Motivation: Know You CAN DO IT! by Scott Eagan

Think Like an Author by Danyelle Leaftyl on QueryTracker.net

Icarus and My Fear of the Sun by Marcy Kennedy

Respecting Your Natural Rhythms by Barbara O’Neal on Writer Unboxed


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

When Editing Is NOT Enough! by Tonya Kappes

Digital Publishing – A Marathon, Not a Sprint by C.S. Lakin on Live Write Thrive

What Will Make an Agent Gong Your Pages by Roni Loren

Don’t Think Too Much, You’ll Create a Problem That Wasn’t Even There, guest post by Julie Musil on Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing

Rankings or Dollars by Terry ODell

10 Tips for Attending a Writers’ Conference by Annie Neugebauer

Mastering Your Author Headshot with Photographer Ken Dapper by August McLaughlin

The Truth and Nothing but the Truth on Promotion and Publicity for Debut Authors by Joanna Volpe on Pub(lishing) Crawl

All About Advances by Rachelle Gardner

What Does the Editing Process Look Like? by Rachelle Gardner

5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand About Self-Publishing by James Scott Bell on The Kill Zone

Break it Down: Trimming Words From a Too-Long Manuscript on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy


Other Round-Ups

The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Stina Lindenblatt’s Cool Links Friday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific (compilation of all the writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)


This week on the blog: 

Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda


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