Ode to October, how I love thee so! Not only do you bring cooler weather, but my two weeks of vacation is just around the corner, as well as the annual Witches' Costume Ball my friends throw during your visit. The theme this year: alter ego.
As always, I'll have pictures to share afterwards. ;)
In honor of today's ISWG post, I thought I'd share a few things I heard recently from a writing coach.
What's IWSG, you ask? Click on the pic below to find out more. But first! read on....
During a local SCBWI meeting this past weekend, Joyce Sweeney, author of 14 traditionally pubbed YA novels and mentor to 38 novelists, shared some of her expertise on things to do before and after you're published.
I'll share the ones I found most helpful:
* Craft is overwhelming. ( lol no kidding!) It may take years before you find the genre you're best at. In order to come up with fresh and brilliant stories, we have to do our time in the trenches. This means we're in for years of learning before we can truly start to market ourselves.
* 4 years of writing before breaking into the traditionally pubbed market is fast
10 years is average. (wow)
* How long it takes, is no measure of how good you are. (love this one)
* You have the right to an answer when you send in requested work. Check back with agents/editors after a couple of months, and don't feel like you're bothering them. This is a business. Treat it like one.
* If you're getting rejections because agents/editors aren't connecting to your MC, it's probably structural. Get back in there and figure out why. ( I suggest watching all of The Plot Whisperer's videos on YouTube!)
* Once you're pubbed, you can't impact sales as much as you hope. Sometimes, it's simply the high concept that sells. Do what you can do to promote, but don't kill yourself.
* Have a market strategy that makes sense to who you are. If it's blogging, blog. If it's public speaking, speak.
* Be smart about what your brand is. After pubbing your first book, give readers something to associate with your name brand in your second book. Are you an adventure writer? Romance?
* Educate your family and friends on how the market works in order for you to be successful. Tell them they are helping you by BUYING your book. We are starving artists. We need their support by them spending a few dollars on our book.
* Plan for success, and don't forget to enjoy your journey. Each one is different, and there's no right or wrong path.
Thanks for stopping by! Anything to add? Do you disagree with any of these? Please share!