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.

Screen Shot 2012-04-23 at 3.25.48 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far: Kami Kinard

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 kids writer Kami Kinard. GIVEAWAY: Kami is excited to give away...

Screen Shot 2012-04-27 at 12.59.41 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Eric Griffith

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 Eric Griffith, author of BETA TEST. GIVEAWAY: Eric is excited...

Screen Shot 2012-04-23 at 4.21.34 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far: Joanne Brothwell

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 Joanne Brothwell. GIVEAWAY: Joanne is excited to give away a...

Screen shot 2012-06-30 at 1.32.16 AM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Megan Bostic

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 young adult writer Megan Bostic. GIVEAWAY: Megan is excited to...

Screen shot 2012-04-30 at 12.12.16 AM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mike Mullin

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 YA writer Mike Mullin, author of the ASHFALL series. GIVEAWAY: Mike...

Screen shot 2012-05-19 at 3.20.21 AM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Leah Bobet

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 Leah Bobet, author of ABOVE. GIVEAWAY: Leah is excited to...

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 11.26.12 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by K.M. Ruiz

1. Be Patient – The whole hurry up and wait aspect of the publishing industry is so very, very true. You will be waiting on agents, while on submission, through the editing process, right up until release day. Sometimes there will be little flurries of action (Cover! Blurbs! Reviews!), but for the most part,...

Screen Shot 2012-04-25 at 1.04.37 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Suzanne Johnson

1. Outline, outline, outline. I wrote ROYAL STREET front to back, beginning to end, with a lot of meandering in between. Said meandering bits got hacked through multiple revisions. Meandering wastes time. I learned quickly that if I’m going to hold down a full-time day job and expect to write multiple novels in a...

Screen shot 2012-05-19 at 2.53.30 AM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Emmy Laybourne

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 Emmy Laybourne, author of MONUMENT 14. GIVEAWAY: Emmy is excited...

Screen shot 2012-05-16 at 6.35.24 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Steven Raichlen

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 Steve Raichlen. GIVEAWAY: Steven is excited to give away a...

Screen shot 2012-05-14 at 10.26.25 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Olivia Newport

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 Olivia Newport. GIVEAWAY: Olivia is excited to give away a...

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 11.40.03 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Melanie Gideon

1. Don’t Google yourself. It can only lead to heartbreak. If you simply must know what’s being said about you and your work in the blogosphere, get a friend or spouse or sibling to do periodic Google searches for you. But, and this is very important, insist they curate. Suggest they say things like...

Screen shot 2012-05-01 at 12.57.44 AM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Nina Benneton

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 novelist Nina Benneton. GIVEAWAY: Nina is excited to give away a...

Screen Shot 2012-04-27 at 1.36.19 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Katharine Quinn

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 historical fiction writer Kate Quinn, author of historical romance novels. GIVEAWAY:...

Screen shot 2012-04-15 at 12.08.42 AM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Chuck Greaves

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 mystery writer Chuck Greaves. 1. Nobody Knows Anything. It’s an article...

Screen Shot 2012-04-24 at 1.08.32 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kirk Russell

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 crime writer Kirk Russell. One of Kirk Russell's earlier crime novels,...

Picture 6

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Miranda Kenneally

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 YA writer Miranda Kenneally. 1. Writing is still hard. Just because...

Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 1.06.54 PM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Samantha Vamos

1. If your manuscript doesn’t sell and you’ve done all the editing you believe you are capable of doing, set the manuscript aside and begin another. My first two books, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (Viking, 2009, illustrated by Santiago Cohen) and The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred (Charlesbridge, 2011, illustrated by...

Picture 2

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Heather McCorkle

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 YA writer Heather McCorkle. GIVEAWAY: Heather is excited to give away...

Picture 2

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ellen Airgood

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 writerEllen Airgood. 1. Smile. A little before the release date, I...

Screen shot 2011-09-19 at 12.07.37 AM

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Sarah Alderson

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 YA writer Sarah Alderson. 1. Trust your instincts. My brother taught...

Picture 1

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Suzanne Hayes

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 Suzanne Hayes. Suzanne Hayes is a sociologist by profession....

Picture 2

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Liane Moriarty

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 Liane Moriarty. Liane Moriarty is the author of What...

Screen shot 2011-09-19 at 3.31.35 PM

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

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,...