In this episode I . . .
Share my own personal journey to publication, including:
-I started writing seriously in 2004 and didn’t get published until 2009.
-Overconfidence can blind you from learning and improving.
-How to find a publishing house and editor that’s right for your book.
-How to find an agent.
-The best place to meet editors and agents.
-Learning what a pitch statement is.
-How not to pitch your book.
-How to “Respect Your Dream” of writing a novel.
-Books on the craft of writing that helped me, such as:
The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
Getting Into Character by Brandilyn Collins
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
On Writing by Stephen King
How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
-My first book that sold wasn’t the first one I’d completed (The New Recruit). It was the sixth book I’d completed (By Darkness Hid).
No matter where you are in your journey to publication, know that you won’t stay there forever. So, respect your dream. Don’t take shortcuts. Learn what you need to learn to improve and work hard. Above all else, have fun.