WRITING AND PUBLICATION: HOW TO COMBAT FEAR OF REJECTION

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

WRITING AND PUBLICATION: HOW TO COMBAT FEAR OF REJECTION

So you’ve done it. You’ve successfully bled your writing onto hundreds of pages. You’ve somehow gotten the attention of a publisher. He’s given you a proposal deadline. You’re ready. You’ve trained for this. You’ve lived for this. You’ve dreamed of this. And now….now…

You’re totally not ready.

You know the deadline and suddenly every negative thought you’ve ever pushed past is back. …Which may look a little something like this:

Ross from Friends looking nervous

But wait, this is supposed to be a good thing, right? Well, getting published is. But often when we are presented with the possibility of realizing our dreams, it can be overwhelming. So how do we combat that? Well, first, we have to address some questions… Continue reading

THE LITERARY AGENT PITCH: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

THE LITERARY AGENT PITCH: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?

I had the chance to go to my first writing conference strictly as an attendee this past weekend, and had a wonderful time. I went to workshops all day, and met some really wonderful people. The most exciting part, however, is that I pitched my book to two literary agents.

What does this mean?

It means a lot of being nervous, incessant foot-tapping, finger-shaking, and making weird noises to yourself in the car before composing yourself and speaking professionally to a literary agent for 10 minutes about your book, and learning very quickly whether they are interested in representing you or not.

How did I do? Read on…

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