Beginning Again

penWhile I’m waiting for Sentient to be published, I haven’t been sitting around. I’m working on another story and, as you’ve seen, I’m getting ready for the marketing push when the novel does eventually sell.

I’ve looked all around the internet for a list of things the author does for the publication/marketing process. I’ve found some good ones, but none seem to be complete. They assume the publisher will do some of it. Having had a publisher who wasn’t able to, I am trying to make a comprehensive list of everything that should be done, marketing-wise. I’ll post my experiences with them here.

The first and most important item: begin the next story. Immediately!

Plot, outline, jot ideas, scribble scenes, then get down to the business of writing. Don’t procrastinate.

If you don’t get some meat on your next novel, you can get really discouraged in the very long process of publication. Also, because things only get busier from the contract signing point, you’ll hit weeks that you won’t be able to write much at all. You’ll be glad you got a jump on the next novel.

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About Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.
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