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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far

Published authors share their best tips and advice on how to get published, how to find a literary agent, and how to be sell more books.

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lisa Lawmaster Hess

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Lisa Lawmaster Hess.

Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a Jersey girl, school counselor and the author of two books: Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce, both inspired by her interactions with her students. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Bill Peschel

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Bill Peschel.

Bill Peschel is the author of Writers Gone Wild, a collection of true stories about authors published by Perigee Books. Book reviewer and novelist Claudia Leavitt (Pictures of You) called it a “hilarious and witty compendium of writers acting badly. (What? We act badly?).” Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Rebecca Serle

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Rebecca Serle.

Rebecca Serle received her MFA in creative writing from The New School and her BA in English from The University of Southern California. ROSALINE, due out May 2012, is her first book. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Tom Leveen

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Tom Leveen.

Tom Leveen is the author of Party, a young adult novel published by Random House Children’s Books, now available in paperback. His second YA novel, ZERO, is due in Spring 2012. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Darien Gee

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Darien Gee.

Darien Gee is the author of Friendship Bread: A Novel (Ballantine; April 2011). She’s also the national bestselling author of three novels under the name Mia King (Good Things, Sweet Life, and Table Manners). Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Rachel Friedman

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Rachel Friedman.

Rachel Friedman is the author of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure (Bantam; 2011). She teaches literature at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Glen Retief

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Glen Retief.

Glen Retief is the author of The Jack Bank, a memoir focusing on his experiences of violent whites-only hazing rituals under apartheid. Kirkus Reviews called it “Visceral and emotionally complex—an impressive first book.”. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer .

Sara Sue Hoklotubbe is the author of the Sadie Walela Mystery Series. Her new release, The American Café (April 2011, University of Arizona Press), has been described by Library Journal as “a good pick for Tony Hillerman fans.” Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Simon Morden

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Dr. Simon Morden.

Dr. Simon Morden is a bona fide rocket scientist, having degrees in geology and planetary geophysics. He’s a writer of multiple books—most recently the mass market Samuil Petrovitch series, with the first in the trilogy, Equations of Life (March 2011; Orbit) called “engrossing … with a fresh and engaging character” by Publishers Weekly. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Stephen Graham Jones

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Stephen Graham Jones.

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of nine books, and has two recently released: Stoker finalist horror collection The Ones That Got Away (Prime Books, 2010), and It Came from Del Rio (Trapdoor Books, 2010). Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Carrie Vaughn

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Carrie Vaughn.

Carrie Vaughn is a New York Times-bestselling YA author. Discord’s Apple (Tor Books; starred review in PW) was recently released in paperback, while Steel (HarperTeen) is her new YA book released in March 2011. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Alexander Yates

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Alexander Yates.

Alexander Yates grew up in Haiti, Mexico, Bolivia and the Philippines. His first novel, Moondogs, (Doubleday; March 2011) was given a starred review by Kirkus, which called it “accomplished … unusually involving.” Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jane Borden

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Jane Borden.

Jane Borden is the author of the humorous memoir I Totally Meant to Do That (March 2011; Broadway), a story about a Southern girl who moves to New York. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Imogen Robertson

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Imogen Robertson.

Imogen Robertson is the author of Instruments of Darkness (Feb. 2011), a debut novel the AP called “a thrilling tale.” The book is the first in a series of 18th century detective novels featuring the willful Harriet Westerman and anatomist Gabriel Crowther. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Erika Dreifus

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Erika Dreifus.

Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio, Jan. 2011), largely by the experiences of her paternal grandparents, German Jews who immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Delilah Marvelle

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Delilah Marvelle.

Delilah Marvelle is the author of The Perfect Scandal (Feb. 2011, HQN) as well as four other romances. She was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with adventures that they did not deem respectable. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Leslie Tentler

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Leslie Tentler.

Leslie Tentler is the author of Midnight Caller (Jan. 2011, Mira Books). The book is part of a trilogy of romantic thrillers built around a fictional unit of the FBI. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Leslie Jamison

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Leslie Jamison.

Leslie Jamison is the author of The Gin Closet (2010), a novel about “three generations of ‘wounded women’ in an exquisite blues of a novel,” says Booklist. She grew up in L.A. but currently splits her time between New Haven and Iowa City. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jessica Anya Blau

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Jessica Anya Blau.

Jessica Anya Blau‘s second novel, Drinking Closer to Home (Harper) was released in Jan. 2011. Her first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was picked as a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, the New York Post, and New York Magazine. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Matt Baglio

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Matt Baglio.

Matt Baglio is the author of The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcism (2010, Doubleday). The movie adaptation of the book was released to theaters on Jan. 28, 2011. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Paula Bomer

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Paula Bomer.

Paula Bomer grew up in South Bend, IN, and is the author of Baby and Other Stories (Dec. 2010, Word Riot Press). She’s also the co-publisher of Artistically Declined Press and the supervising editor of a literary journal, Sententia. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Sarah Jamila Stevenson.

Sarah Jamila Stevenson is a freelance writer, editor, artist and graphic designer. Her first YA novel, The Latte Rebellion (Flux, Jan. 2011) is the story of a moneymaking scheme that spins hilariously—and disastrously—out of control. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mark Mustian

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Mark Mustian.

Mark Mustian is the author of The Gendarme (Sept. 2010), a historical debut novel that received a starred review from Library Journal, and was called “extraordinary and unforgettable” by Bookpage. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Danica Davidson

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Danica Davidson.

Danica Davidson has been interviewed by the Los Angeles Times and Writing It Real about her novel writing. She is currently seeking to publish a YA novel. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Catherine Gildiner

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Catherine Gildiner.

Catherine Gildiner has written two memoirs. Her latest, After the Falls (Nov. 2010, Knopf) is about growing up in the 1960s. Her acclaimed first memoir, Too Close to the Falls, followed her, ages 4-13 in small-town America. Read more

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