"Thank you so much for your comments on my blog entry -- I hear you on having another reader. Too scared too this time (and finding someone willing to read 85,000+ words??!) but I am thinking this could be great for next time ...! Although, can I say…"
"I always read passages aloud to myself, but having someone else do it as well is critical. I have a pre-reader who is great about this--I've learned to expect a skype call just about any time so she can read me what doesn't work for her.…"
"Do you expect to have a relationship with them afterward? That seems facetious, but it's something to think about. I think writing about the living is crass, to be honest, especially without their consent. Unless your experience is somehow…"
"I think this is a good question: what do you blog about? If you blog about "the process of writing and marketing books", are you blogging for readers or for other would-be writers? I'm not being snarky--one look at my blog tells you…"
"You're within most guidelines. As a very general rule for a first time, untested writer, 100k is at the upper end of what's acceptable for submission. There are always exceptions, of course, but it's a good idea to keep this in mind.…"
"Timely advice, as I never quite know what the heck I'm supposed to be tweeting/blogging/ FBing about. Constantly pumping the book squicks me out--I have a Twitter follower who does that, and I'm on the point of blocking and unfollowing…"
"That makes me so happy! The writing part is the easy part, believe it or not. Publishing is much harder, and marketing... forget about it. If you're a newbie, a lot of the work of marketing falls on the writer, and that's the very hardest…"
Thank you so much for your comments on my blog entry -- I hear you on having another reader. Too scared too this time (and finding someone willing to read 85,000+ words??!) but I am thinking this could be great for next time ...! Although, can I say novellas are looking good right now. ;-)
Delighted to have you join us in the novelist group, Autumn! If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion. We do a live chat Wednesdays at 1 EST, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one. I hope you’ll enjoy the group.
Autumn, Just waving hello! If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group.
Hope you enjoy it here, and best of luck with your writing.
Meg Waite Clayton Moderator, Novelist Group Bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (all Random House/Ballantine)
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