Monday, April 18, 2011

Sundays for Writers

Yesterday, Patricia Anderson, Judy Emery and I joined the Guelph Write Now group at Lucie's Restaurant in south Guelph. Published author, Sarah Totton was the guest speaker.

Sarah talked about the "rules" for being a professional author. She borrowed the following suggestions from Robert A. Heinlein and Robert J. Sawyer:
  • Write.
  • Finish what you write.
  • Send out what you write.
  • Keep sending it out until it sells.
  • Keep writing new work.
  • Don't quit.
And she added her own rules...
  • Treat it like a job, not a hobby.
  • Schedule time and/or set deadlines and work to meet them.
  • Learn to work independently (not to external deadlines or peer pressure).
  • Always READ the market's submission guidelines.
  • Always FOLLOW the submission guidelines.
Sarah also shared the following tips...
  • Create a goals list. Ensure that all goals are specific and measurable. For example, "Write 100 words per day for the next month" instead of "Write more."
  • Keep a progress log.
  • Reward yourself each time you achieve one of your goals.
  • Use the following free online markets: ralan and duotrope.
A few upcoming events and contests...
Written by Joanne Guidoccio

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