Key Number Six: Kill The Arrogant Attitude Key Number Seven: Learn To Take Professional Advice

Once you finish your manuscript, it’s easy for pride to become arrogance if we’re not careful.  What is arrogance? Webster’s defines it this way: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.  My take on it?  Thinking that you know more about the publishing business than professionals who do this job for a living … Continue reading

Key Number Five: Rejection: Make It Work For You!

Rejection. That word conjures up a lot of negative energy for most of us. You’ve waited weeks, maybe even months to hear back from the person you sent your query letter. You have  placed your hopes, dreams, and ambitions for becoming a writer inside that envelope. Your expectations are high. You’ve written the best manuscript … Continue reading

Key Number Four: Write A Dynamic Query Letter

If you write a query that is attention grabbing, you are well on your way to securing that agent/editor.  A query first and foremost, tells the editor/agent that you can write, believe it or not. If you submit a query that is riddled with errors, full of embellishments using adjectives to describe how your characters … Continue reading

Ten Keys To Approaching the Giants –What I’ve Learned

Key Number 2  Rewrite! Rewrite! Rewrite! This should really have been Key number one.  Okay, so you’ve labored long and hard and have finally written “the end” to your very first novel. Congratulations! Finishing is your very first hurdle and is not to be taken lightly. You love your book, your family and friends rave about it.  … Continue reading

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