A little bit of learning about Markdown or Multimarkdown and version-control systems will help you become a more efficient author — perhaps you’ll find the technical setup worth it in the long run.
Although you simply cannot distill creative writing into a proscriptive algorithm — people start in different places, and they learn in different ways — a review of the literature suggests that there’s perhaps too little scaffolding offered to new writers.
Too many authors, especially those early in their writing career, tend to use sarcasm as the default inner voice of a character.
Good literary citizenship ensures that readers get great books, authors obtain the exposure they deserve, indie bookstores remain viable and small presses can fund worthy projects.
These little maxims are the “big ideas” I share with early-career authors eager for advice about the craft of writing.
Whether the disagreement is sourced in a contractual dispute, or concerns about edits, or in the misinterpretation of a social-media post, authors will inevitably have to engage in some classic dispute-resolution activities.
If you can position your work solidly within a constellation of known sellers, you’ll do a better job of convincing a hesitant agent or publisher to give you the green light.
We’ve come a very long way in a very short period of time. We’re proud of the connections we’re making and of the literary endeavors we’re supporting, although (obviously) it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses.
Think carefully about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
Never underestimate the power of base moral conflict to drive tension and keep a plot advancing.