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For Writers

Welcome.

What I say next to you depends upon where you are.

  • If you want to someday write and publish a book, congratulations! You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you, but you can do it!
  • If you’ve written a book and are now thinking about getting it published, congratulations!  You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you, but you can do it!
  • If you’ve signed that first contract and are diving into publication, congratulations!  You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you, but you can do it!

Hmmm, maybe my advice isn’t all that different after all.

The bottom line is: You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you.

We expect our doctors, lawyers, and teachers to keep learning after they’ve earned their degrees and certifications. Real estate agents, construction workers, and computer gurus must all keep up with the changing times and updated standards. Writers are no different.

Sure, we have the timeless truths of grammar and punctuation, right? No, those rules shift every ten years or so, and a good writer will keep up with them.

But readers will always love a good story, right? Absolutely, but inventions like the television mean we tell them very differently today than Jane Austen or Lloyd Douglas had to.

If you are going to give the publishing world your absolute best, you must treat it like the business it is. Work hard, and never stop learning.

So, let’s get to work. 

Below are some of the resources I’ve created for you, some of the same questions I was answering over and over again for new and aspiring authors. I wasn’t kidding above. You have a lot of work ahead of you. But you can do it.

Teen Creative Writing Course

So, you have a writer in the house, and you don’t know what to do. How can you encourage them where they are while also helping them to learn what they’ll need to know to succeed? Let me help!

I originally wrote this course for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. (They have hundreds of courses for kids and teens, so you might want to check them out!) It includes the basics of writing fiction and recommended resources if your teen wants to know more. 

Publishing Options

These days, a lot of options are open to writers. Traditional publishers range from the Big 5 to small press, and many of them offer vanity options in addition to the self-publishing choices. Which is best? Well, that depends. Click here to read what I can tell you from my experience with each of them.

Reading Lists

A plethora of books sit on retailer bookshelves for every part of the publishing world. But which ones are worth your time? The quick answer is the books written by people who are actually making a living selling books, but that advice gets murky. How exactly do you know who that is? After years of reading and writing, these are the best I’ve found.

Each list is divided into two parts with the books I rated 5 out of 5 stars first, then books I rated either 3 or 4 stars after a line break. In each section, books are listed in alphabetical order by author. If you want more information on any book, check out my review for it on GoodReads.com. Keep in mind that the star rating is affected by where I was in the moment. This may mean I rated a book 4-stars merely because it was the sixth book I’d read on that particular topic, and it didn’t convey new information to me. 

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