It seems daunting, right? The prospect of writing a WHOLE book. If you stop looking at the story’s end and focus on individual steps, writing a book becomes manageable. This breakdown helps you get started with writing your first book through outlines, editing, and just plain writing.
Guest Post featuring author and literary agent Caroline George.
Like visual art, writing carries a subjective quality. One reader may adore the book. Another may give the story a thumbs down. Since literary agents are readers, they also view writing through a subjective lens. Each agent determines a submission’s worth based on their personal rubric—platform, plot, genre, writing style, etc. Check out Caroline George’s tips on how you can appeal to literary agents.
Not sure what to get that book lover in your life? Want to treat yourself to a bookish goody? Inspire your Valentine's Day adventure with these literary ideas!
1. Find your literary crush! Head to a bookstore and pick a story to fall in love with OR bring that special book lover in your life and let them pick up a new novel. Your treat!
Do you prefer reading to socializing? Are you more of an introvert?
Don’t have "the guilties” because you enjoy your alone time. It’s healthy to spend time with yourself. Enjoy the quietness and get lost in a story for a while.
"The guilties” are a commonly misplaced sense of guilt when enjoying something you feel you shouldn’t. For example, giving up a night out with friends to enjoy a good book can give someone "the guilties”. Although this phenomenon is a growing issue among the reading community, it has a cure.
1. Finish your TBR pile
We are all guilty of it... the lonely books sitting there, waiting to be opened. Read a portion of the ones on your shelf at home. My one shelf turned into three shelves in 2017 alone! There are many incredible stories, so limit yourself to the ones you really REALLY want to read. You will feel less guilty... I hope I will.