Novels

When is a Novel Truly Finished? Seriously, I’d Like to Know!

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When is a Novel Truly Finished? Seriously, I’d Like to Know
By Debbie Ridpath @ inkygirl.com

“They” say that writers are never quite done editing their novel, that there can always be some bit of tweaking or full on rewriting to perform. But at some point you need to know when it’s time to end the rewrite process. I’m not even sure I know when that moment is exactly, after rewriting a few chapters, deleting stuff, and having a professional editor go over it. Read the rest of this entry »

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If You Want To Traditionally Publish Your Novel, Don’t Self-Publish

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if-you-want-to-traditionally-publish-your-novel-dont-self-publishNote: I apologize in advance if I sound too direct in this post. I am on a 3-day juice fast because, I’m fat. Yes, 145 pounds at 5’2″ is fat. So, I’m hungry and a little grumpy.

Counter to my own beliefs on self-publishing versus traditional publishing, I found out the raw truth behind the challenges. A while back, I wrote a popular post on To Self-Publish or Not Self-Publish, as I was conflicted on the big debate. Traditional publishing is what most aspiring authors hope to achieve. I say aspiring authors because we’re all professional writers, but an author is published. I know this sounds very elementary but many writers get it wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

The Benefits of Attending A Writer’s Conference: Pitching to Agents & More

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One of the obvious benefits of attending a writer’s conference is pitching to agents face to face. An agent even commented during the recent West Coast Writers Conference in Los Angeles that attendees are already ahead of the game, as compared to blind query submissions from writer’s they never met or at least referred to them.

There’s a wealth of information at conference attendees’ disposal. Let’s investigate. Read the rest of this entry »

Does Your Blog Need to Reflect The Topic & Genre of Your Novel?

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Does Your Blog Need to Reflect The Topic & Genre of Your Novel?


I’ve often wondered, “Is a blog supposed to represent one’s writing genre?”

For example, would Stephen King, if he were a normal moron like you and me, write on a blog site titled, “Scared Shitless?” As fast as that fucker is, he’d crank out short-story posts and write a 500-page novel half asleep while blasting Metallica. Read the rest of this entry »