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Writing Q&A: How Thigs Work, From A to Z

This post is probably going to be long. It’s meant to provide a quick reference guide/summary to the process of writing/publishing as compiled by me. As such, it is very much subjective, and nothing I say here should be taken as the final say on the matter. Rather, I intend for this to be a starting point from which new and aspiring authors can launch their research into the process. So, from beginning to end, writing, editing, publishing, and marketing. Questions to be covered:

  1. What constitutes a full length novel?
  2. How much should I edit before submitting to an agent/publisher/publication?
  3. Do I need to register a Copyright for my book?
  4. Do I need an agent/publisher/publicist?
  5. What do I need for submission to agents/publishers?
  6. How long does it take to get a book published once it’s signed?
  7. How do pre-orders work? Do I need them?
  8. Should I send out Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) to reviewers?
  9. What happens after my book is published?
  10. Do I need an author website/blog/social network account?
  11. What is the most important thing to keep in mind when setting up my author website?
  12. How do I market my books?
  13. What about paid ads?
  14. What has worked best for you?
  15. How much does it all cost, this being an author thing?

Are you ready? Here we go!

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Editing And The Art Of Not Losing Your $#!+

With NaNoWriMo fast approaching, there are a lot of people out there gearing up for marathon writing sessions to reach that 50,000 word mark. For those unfamiliar with the event, the challenge is to write a novel in a month with minimal edits and rewrites. You just type like crazy, and then you go back to make it all look nice. It’s a useful event to get writers going (because, let’s face it, sometimes it’s easier to procrastinate and put off the finish in favor of tinkering with one particular chapter). But it doesn’t make for good quality writing. At least not on its own. Sooner or later, you will have to face the dreaded edits. So let’s talk about those…

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