Category: Tips

Preparing for Publication

The key to turning out good stuff is rewriting.  The key to grinding it out is consistency. – Forrest McDonald Let’s just assume you have a killer idea for a story or article. You have great, multi-faceted characters against a dramatic backdrop. You KNOW it’s going to sell. What now? How do you get the manuscript ready for publication? These are the steps I … Read More Preparing for Publication

Tip #13

When people come see you at a show, reading, signing, whatever, give them something to take home. I use bookmarks. Who doesn’t need more of those? I’m always losing mine. And they’re pretty, too. Most people have gotten so used to logos on their clothes, or on nearly everything they own. They won’t throw them away. These are things they’ll see when I’m not … Read More Tip #13

Tip #12

When your body doesn’t feel good, your brain doesn’t either. It can get distracted. Depressed. Dull. Eat well. Exercise. Keep your story-making machine well maintained.

Tip #11

From the moment you first set out to write a story for publication, you become a public figure, a celebrity. People applaud you, fawn over you, tell you how wonderfully clever you are. Most people can see themselves writing a book someday. They relate to you. They want to be you. But that will end quickly if you are unlikable. It will hurt your … Read More Tip #11

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