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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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:...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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,...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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:...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...