If you’re thinking about moving out of your parents’ house, odds are there are a lot of big life changes coming your way soon. You probably just graduated from high school or college, just started working full-time, and you may or may not have a lot of financial experience.
And while I wouldn’t consider myself a prime financial advisor, I’m happy to share the steps my fiancé and I took in moving out of our parents’ homes and into one together.
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We all know that whether you’re traditionally published or going D.I.Y., marketing your book is mostly on you, the author—and creating a solid web presence is one of the best ways to do just that. But how can you make the most of your online persona?
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Happy Thursday, writers! I was hard at work on a few manuscripts over the last week when I noticed a recurring, but simple issue: redundancy.
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If you’re in the process of getting your book published, odds are you’ve been looking for editors and agents to hire to get your manuscript up and running in the publishing world. And if you’ve done any research on the matter, you’ll know that a solid query letter is key to landing a good literary agent.
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It seems as if this is one of the most unasked questions amongst aspiring authors. They either start looking for an editor much too soon, or they look for them much too late, and miss personal (or even publisher-induced) deadlines as a result.
Today, I’m going to work through a quite abbreviated timeline of the process leading up to hiring an editor for your manuscript. Of course, all of this is subjective—don’t be afraid to stray from this timeline if you find it doesn’t work for you!
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Have you recently completed your manuscript? Gone over it yourself a time or two? Then it’s probably time to hire your first developmental or line editor—and once you think you’ve found the right one, it can be really tempting to just send your book right to them and forget it for a while. But that’s not how it should work.
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So you’re having trouble getting people to read what you’ve written?
But unless you’re J.K. Rowling and you’re publishing another Harry Potter novel, every writer ever has to deal with this problem on a regular basis. Not only do you have to get people to want to read your books though; you also have to make people be willing to pay money for them. And that’s a challenging feat.
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The first novel I wrote after high school started with just a dream.
I woke up with an idea for one specific scene somewhere in the middle of the book. So what did I do?
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Ah, the dreaded genre dilemma. You may start this inner debate with yourself early in the writing process, or wait until after your manuscript is complete, but you’re going to have to address the issue at some point—so I suppose there’s no time like the present!
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