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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Advice for Novelists (Part 1)

C.J. Darlington, co-founder of TitleTrakk, is running a great series on her blog: She started a series of blog posts in which industry professionals (editors, agents, publicists, authors, etc.) share their responses to this question:

"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"

Charlene Patterson, Fiction Acquisitions Editor at Bethany House Publishers has this to say:

"First of all, write. Don't just talk about or think about or pray about writing. Write. Secondly, if you want to be published, do your homework. Can you imagine an aspiring optometrist showing up at Lens Crafters saying, "Yeah, I've been practicing in my house. Anybody need their eyes checked?" Read the rest here

I'll be sharing this great advice from C.J.'s blog every Tuesday and Thursday!

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Katie Hart - Freelance Writer said...

Go - C.J! :)

Great advice.

Katie said...

Thnaks for this post, it hit home!

I'm getting bolder in getting out there as a writer. This week alone, I paid my renewal dues to ACFW and began my second year there,on the same day I joined another writer's organization here in the Southwest.

I'm not able to go to the ACFW conference this year (next year I'll make it.)but I have made my reservations for my first writers's conference here in New Mexico.

I think you DO have to get out there in order to be a better writer. You have to meet writers, read about writing and practice writing. And you know what? It's all good!