Friday, July 20, 2012

What Would You Tell a Writer or New Author?

Now that I have my manuscript back from my critique partner (thank you, Karen Walker) I can finally finish my publishing and promoting book. By finally finish, I mean get my own butt in gear and get ‘er done.

I’ve a few more things to add, plus links to hundreds of websites. As I’ve said before, if the publishing industry would just stop changing for a week or so, I could finish.

As with my Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK book, I intend to include some quotes from others in the book. Just little tips and suggestions sprinkled throughout the chapters. I have many people to email this weekend, but I’d like to open it up to my followers, too.

If you are an author, book blogger, or publisher - what would YOU tell a new writer or author? What words of advice would you impart? What I’m seeking are short, 1-3 sentences of wisdom from those who’ve been there, done that. All contributors get a by-line and a link to their site.

If you are interested, leave a comment and include your email address if it’s not located on your blog or in your profile. I’d like this to benefit as many people as possible.

Karen’s comments were wonderful and I really hope How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now helps a lot of people!


  1. Nice idea! I'll shoot you an email with it.

  2. Is it supposed to help them? I'd hate to ruin anyone's career.

  3. I'm sure your book will be invaluable. Hmm, I guess what I'd tell people is that persistence really is the key. That, and to start your new novel while querying your last one. Practise makes perfect!

  4. Great idea! One thing I would encourage them to do is to stay sharp by continually learning.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Good book to put out there Diane! Promotion? Start making friends/connections long before you're ready to publish. That's twofold because you'll be speaking to your audience and/or people who can spread the word on your work. It also teaches you that you're more than THE BOOK--whatever one is currently being offered.

    My brain is on fried right now (I think all the sore painting muscles are draining it). I'll think about it and send you an email.


  6. Sounds great! I'll try really hard to put my thinking cap on.


  7. You are so welcome, Diane. It was a pleasure to read. I guess what I'd want to tell people is that if your heart and mind and soul are urging you to write, then the wisest thing to do is listen. The rest is just a things to do list.

  8. Here is something I wish I had learned sooner: Give and receive critiques. When you give, you learn what makes a manuscript work. When you humbly receive, you grow as a writer.

    Can't wait to see the finished product.

  9. I'm going to dig around my head add see if I have something worth offering.

  10. "No matter how much the industry grows and changes, the one thing that stays the same is you must sit your butt in a chair and write. Nothing else matters unless you get that part done."

  11. Hmm... the first thing I impart to new authors is this:

    Forget what they've told you about gaining a following AFTER your book is done. Do that first, you'll have a reader base waiting that will grow once the book is out there. And get a blog!


    Great post and good luck!

  12. Fun idea! I would tell new authors to slow down. So many people rush to the next step before they've learned what's important fromt he step they're on. Publishing isn't a speed race. :)

  13. I won't feel competent enough to hand out any advice until I've been published myself. I like your concept though! :)

  14. AnonymousJuly 21, 2012

    I would tell them to start a blog and post about various topics. Blogging helps me stay fluent so to speak in areas of science, sci-fi, writing, publishing, and promoting.

    And visit other blogs outside your genre.

    I think a writer needs to be well rounded rather than excel at only one or two things.

  15. I would say continue to write no matter what. If you stop writing for fear of rejection, you won't grow as a writer.

  16. What a great idea! I really admire how driven you are. What a way to give back, too.
    I think the first thing a new author needs to learn is how to take criticism without it ruining their creativity and goals. Study each word like homework and learn from what people say. With this attitude a writer will grow quicker and have less nervous breakdowns. :)

  17. I bet Karen is an awesome cp!

    I would tell them to get busy expect it to take forever. But do it anyway.

  18. That sounds like it's going to be a fantastic book!

    I guess what I'd tell someone is: don't write for somebody else. Don't write for a market, or to a trend, or because you think it's what you should be writing. Write a book for YOU, a story YOU want to tell.