If you've followed along through the entire Book in a Year Challenge, congratulations. You've written, edited, and begun finalizing your book, and you're getting ready to move into publication. Well done! So...how did it go? Did any of you stay with me the whole time? If so, I'd love to hear about it, and about … Continue reading BIYC: Final Thoughts
So you've finalized your manuscript, and you're ready to share it with the world. How do you go about publishing it? You've got a few options. I'm no publishing expert, but I can give you the basics of each one to help you start making that decision. Research the different avenues before you determine which … Continue reading BIYC: I Want to Publish This Thing!
So you've written your book, had your friends do some beta reading, and you're about to send it to a pro to do a line edit. You're done, right? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Ahem...no. Editing takes forever. Even after a full round of editing, as we discussed in the post about Finding Editors, your book may not be … Continue reading BIYC: Editing Takes Forever
A common piece of writing advice attributed to Faulkner, Hemingway, Stephen King, and a bazillion other people says to "murder your darlings," or in more modern terms, "kill your babies." (Apparently the quote was first voiced by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.) The idea is that you have to get rid of the part of your book … Continue reading BIYC: Deleting Your Favorite Part
Your book sucks. How did you feel when you read that? Angry, maybe? Defensive? Like you wanted to tell me all the reasons your book is, in fact, the best thing ever? Those are all normal reactions, especially because "your book sucks" is useless and unhelpful criticism. Get used to hearing it anyway. No matter … Continue reading BIYC: “Your Book Sucks!” (How to Take Criticism)