Writing one book is a daunting endeavor, let alone an entire series. And after spending months or years putting the finishing touches on one novel, the prospect of plotting out another can often seem overwhelming, especially if you aren’t much of a plotter to begin with. I’ve published a trilogy, and I’m in the midst… Continue reading How much do you have to know about your sequel ahead of time?
The Debut Author Survival Guide is a series that explains everything that happens between selling your book to publication day in an attempt to demystify the process of publishing your first novel (through a traditional publishing lens). Go HERE to see the rest of the series! Ah, deadlines. Loathe them, love them, fear them, need them–once you… Continue reading Debut Author Survival Guide #2: Deadlines
The Debut Author Survival Guide is a series that explains everything that happens between selling your book to publication day in an attempt to demystify the process of publishing your first novel (through a traditional publishing lens). Go HERE to see the rest of the series! When you sell your book one of the first… Continue reading Debut Author Survival Guide #1: Contract Basics
There is a common refrain out there, in every corner of the internet, on panels and interviews galore, where authors talk about how hard it is to write their second published book. It’s so common, in fact, that it has a variety of names–the sophomore slump, second book syndrome, the tenth circle of hell, etc… Continue reading Why is it So Hard to Write a Second Published Book? Reflections on the Sophomore Slump
One of the most common things I heard when I started trying to get traditionally published was that being a professional writer meant learning how to wait. That advice turned out to be the absolute truth. So much of a writing career is spent waiting. For critique partners to give you notes on your manuscript.… Continue reading Waiting in Publishing
So, as you may or may not have noticed, I announced something this weekend. Something I’d been keeping a secret since August. Something I still can’t talk about without getting a little bit teary eyed, no matter how many people I tell. I’m going to be a published author! https://twitter.com/christineexists/status/926897530914435079 THE DEVOURING GRAY, my debut… Continue reading How I Got My Book Deal With Christine Lynn Herman
Through our Pub Life posts, Writer’s Block Party will be hosting guests and contributors who talk about their jobs within the publishing industry. There are many more career paths in publishing than a lot of people realize, and we’re so excited to spotlight a few of them for you guys! Today, we’re excited to share… Continue reading Pub Life #4: Getting Creative With A Marketing Graphic Designer
Recently, I’ve been in the middle of what I’m mentally calling a productivity marathon. I had a deadline I needed to meet and very little time to meet said deadline, so I hunkered down and got to work. As I’ve gotten closer to the finish line of this project, I’ve realized how many of my… Continue reading How to Focus When You’re On a Deadline
Everyone loves writing contests! They’re a great way to get feedback and make valuable connections, and they’re totally not stressful at all. Nope, there’s absolutely nothing anxiety-making about putting our work out there to be judged and poked at and rejected. A really super duper fun thing about contests is how they’re extremely public. Everyone… Continue reading #chillwritingtips: In The Game Of Contests, You Win Or You Die…Right?
Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to the amazing BookExpo and BookCon events in the New York City Javits Center with a few other WBP contributors: Melody, Foody, Meg, Ashley, and Christine! BookExpo is the largest industry publishing event of the year. There are select tickets for bloggers, but it’s mainly for publishers,… Continue reading Conference Report: BookExpo & BookCon 2017!