Do you love to make lists? I do. I write all kinds of lists. Bucket Lists. Grocery Lists. Deadline Lists.
Although the following list was written from the perspective of author talking to author, I think many of these lessons learned as a published author apply to life in general and will be of interest to readers too. So here’s my list of things I’ve learned after over thirty years in publishing and the writing of over seventy books.
- A writer never has to worry about running out of ideas. They’re a dime a dozen.
- A book gets written one word, one paragraph, one page at a time.
- Write a page a day and you’ll have a 365 page manuscript at the end of one year.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff (and there is a ton of small stuff in publishing).
- Don’t compare yourself to another author. Don’t compare your success to another author’s success. It doesn’t change anything and it isn’t healthy.
- As much as is possible, hold on to your joy of writing even when the business of writing is unpleasant.
- Be a professional in every way and be kind to the professionals with whom you work.
- Write the book of your heart every single time. In fiction, if you don’t love your characters and the story you are telling, neither will the readers.
- Read, read, read. Reading is just as important for a seasoned professional as it is for a raw beginner. You’ll learn more from great novels as a writer than from reading a host of how-to-write books (although you should read and study those too).
- Don’t forget to live your life. Without your own experiences—your heartaches, your joys, your failures, your triumphs—you’ll have nothing to write about. Live fully! Live relationally! Live joyfully!
Over on my web site, I’m running a giveaway. I have four Advanced Reader Copies (uncorrected proofs) of Love Without End, the first book in the new Kings Meadow Romance series. This is a contemporary romance, and for those of you who have read A Promise Kept, you will recognized the hero, Chet Leonard.
Love Without End is set to release in mid-November, and I would love to get some early buzz about the book started. Word of mouth is critical to a book’s success.
Riffing off a well-known George Strait song, Hatcher tells the story of Kimberly and Chet, both carrying deep-seated pain from past marriages. It will take one wise matchmaker to help them see that love doesn’t come with an expiration date.
I am looking for four readers who are willing to read an advanced copy (overlooking errors, knowing that the ARCs were printed before final corrections were made) and who will also promise to post reviews online as early as possible to places such as Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Christian Book, etc. Does that describe you?
If so, come over to my web site and enter by using the Rafflecopter form and leaving a comment. (Read the linked blog post for full instructions.)
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