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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 Heather McCorkle

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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 YA writer Heather McCorkle.

GIVEAWAY: Heather is excited to give away a free copy of her book to a random commenter. Comment within one week; you MUST leave your e-mail in the comment somewhere or else we will not be able to contact you; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail; international winners will receive an e-book. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. (Update: Dawn won.) Read more

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

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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 writerEllen Airgood.

1. Smile. A little before the release date, I wrote and asked my cousin Mary, a 26-year bookstore employee, if she had any advice for me about doing store events. “Make eye contact and smile,” she wrote back. I felt a sudden zoom of confidence. I knew I could do that. It was a skill I’d taught myself when I started waiting tables for a living. Her only other comment was, “Some of these authors, you’d think they were born under a rock.” So, note to self: avoid seeming as if born beneath rock. Read more

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

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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 YA writer Sarah Alderson.

1. Trust your instincts. My brother taught me to trust my instincts. Actually my mother tried to drill this into me too when I was a kid, telling me a story about hitchhiking aged 18 in France, which ended with the lesson: Always listen to the voice in your head or you might get killed by a serial killer. But it’s not just relevant for hitchhiking, it’s also important for writing. Listening to your instincts (or some might call it intuition) is probably the best advice I can give. Read more

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

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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 Suzanne Hayes.

Suzanne Hayes is a sociologist by profession. Her essays have been published in Full of Crow magazine’s On the Wing edition, as well as an upcoming publication in the May/June issue of Life Learning Magazine. Read more

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

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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 Liane Moriarty.

Liane Moriarty is the author of What Alice Forgot (June 2011, Amy Einhorn/Putnam), the story of a woman who loses 10 years of her memory. Publishers Weekly described it as “moving, well-paced and thoroughly pleasurable,” and Fox 2000 has optioned the film rights. Read more

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

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