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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Advice for Novelists (Part 2)

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?"

Publisher, Don Pape had this to say: Write for the pure passion and joy of it. Don't write so to give us the "next Left Behind" or to be another Beverly Lewis. Be original and creative - as the Creator is! Be disciplined. Too many writers want to kick out the next bestseller in a weekend. Get up each morning and spend an hour honing your craft. Find other writers that can be mentors and provide the "iron sharpening iron" in your life. Don't write to get published. A contract is the gravy. Write for the delight of putting to paper words.--Don Pape, Publisher - Trade Books, David C. Cook

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Jen's Journey said...

I love this advice...now to set goals again...that would be my first step.


Kennisha Hill said...

Excellent advice. Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

Trish, Thanks for the link to CJ Darlington's site. I appreciate all the things you share which are definately helping me to improve as a writer.