Thursday, July 31, 2014

Things that will doom your book

Waiting for inspiration: Solution: The only way to get a book written is with BICFOK (Butt in Chair. Fingers on Keyboard) Just write. You can’t fix a blank page!

Fears and doubts: Solution: Yes, your book might be rejected, but first you have to write it. BICFOK works well here.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation are boring: Solution: So ignore them until you’ve finished your first draft. Once that draft is down then tidy it up.

If your book is rejected tell everyone how horrible the agent/publisher/critic is all over social media. This will guarantee any other book you write is also rejected. Solution: Always act professionally in public. Feel free to yell, cry and eat chocolate in private. Then fix the book and resubmit it.

Self-publish your book the day you finish writing it: Solution: Or you could be sensible and get it critiqued, edited and polished first. Everyone needs a critical eye on their work before putting it out in the world.

Give up: Solution: Most successful writers were rejected many times before they were published. BICFOK and keep writing, polishing and submitting.

Helen Woodall

Helen is available to line edit and/ or content edit fiction and non-fiction. Rates on application.

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