NOTE: We have another winner of the Disagree with Me contest!
Sara ♥ wins a book of her choice by noting that Mentors do not prevent the hero from coming to harm. A Mentor is not a stand-in for the Hero’s mom (although she certainly can act as a mentor). Congrats for noting that right away! BTW I discovered that Sara won by a mere 5 seconds. Incredible.
Disagree with anything you see here? You could win! Although I haven’t added anything intentionally wrong in this post…it’s just a bit facetious overall.
Why aren’t we Published?
I actually don’t have much to say today. No nuggets of writerly advice are springing from my brain. I’ll probably continue my Hero’s Journey series on Monday. I’m about to head over to SteamCon, Seattle’s Steampunk convention so I don’t have time for a detailed post.
I will say that I have a new hope. Some of the books I’ve been reading lately are great, but some are simply atrocious. Talk about turning off your inner editor—it’s one thing to constantly hound yourself over bad writing, it’s simply another when you’re reading the utter tripe released from a major publisher. I literally want to mark up the book and send it back to the author with suggested revisions. I’m about 50 pages in and so far it’s been nothing but boring conversation about backstory. WTF?? This was billed as a romping adventure!But, like I said, this gives me a new hope. I know I write better than this person. In fact, I’ve read much of your writing too, and I know many of my blog readers are excellent writers. So what’s stopping us from being published?
I can tell you why I’m not published yet. Aside from the fact that I haven’t queried agents (except agent contests and the like), and I haven’t submitted anything to publishers. I’m not published because I don’t have a novel that’s ready to be published. I plan to remedy this over the next few months, starting with my NaNoWriMo novel, which I will talk about next week. I could go on and on about why my existing works are not worthy, but that would fill a book. Suffice it to say that my growth as a writer has far surpassed my ability to revise past material. So, I’m starting fresh.
So. Why aren’t you a published author?
(BTW if you are published, answer “what took so long?”)
So here are my Steps to Becoming a Published Author:
- Write something good.
- Throw it out and write it all over.
- Get feedback.
- Realized your stuff still stinks and throw it out again.
- Finally hit on a winner. If you’re lucky.
- Send to an agent/editor. Deal with rejection. Return to Step 1.
- Sell and Publish!
See? How easy is that? Good luck!