Ten Tips for Writers
Blogger: Rachel Kent
1) Don’t wait until tomorrow to back up your files. Do it today. Email your manuscript to yourself so that it is stored online as well.
2) Take breaks and move around throughout the day. Sitting all day is bad for your body and your creativity.
3) When you’re on a deadline, don’t wait until the last minute to work on your book. The publisher gave you that time to write the best book you are able to write–so do your job well.
4) Involve your agent in conversations with your publishing house. Your agent can’t know what’s happening without communication from you. Copying your agent on emails is a great way to keep him or her aware of the details. (Provided your agent wants to be copied; check this out first.)
5) If you are asking other writers to help you with promotion, be ready to help them in return. Everyone is busy. Don’t assume that you are busier than someone else who made time for you.
6) Be cautious about giving away your writing for free. Ask yourself, “Is this freebie going to sell books?”
7) Push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you hate public speaking, try teaching at a conference. If you aren’t comfortable with blogging, guest blog a few times. By pushing your own limits, you will reach an audience that you wouldn’t otherwise.
8) Invest in your own books. Be willing to set aside some of your advance for promotion. You can write it off of your taxes anyway!
9) Don’t forget to read. It’s easy to get so caught up in writing that you aren’t reading current releases. Keep up on the market. And read writing craft books too. There’s always room for improvement.
10) Dream big and work hard.
Do you have any tips to add to help other writers?
Which of these tips is most important for you to remember right now?
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