Many writers dream of creating a successful series. The books are easier to write, as you already know your characters, setting, genre, and voice. Readers who are happy with the first book have an easier time buying the second, so you have a built-in market.
But creating a series is challenging. In this article we’ll discuss whether you’re ready, whether your project has potential, and some odds and ends about series.
Let’s face it, sometimes criticism sucks. It can come in the form of a scathingly bad review, or it can just be someone who reads your latest and calls you to say, “That wasn’t quite as great as we expected.” It’s no walk in the park, and I know that for too many authors it feels like a full-scale attack. (To some, rejection feels like much of the same.) It’s normal to feel that way, but you’ll be glad to know that rejection and criticism can both be great things. Here’s how to turn rejection and deal with criticism...
We publish a blog post to thousands of subscribers with a glaring grammatical error. Or we accidentally “cc” someone on a client’s confidential email. Or we quote a source incorrectly in an interview. Or we discover inconsistencies in a released novel, causing friction with our fiction.
Let's talk about your health. Every occupation has its hazards, and for writers, the list can be varied: from arthritis (Martina Cole) and spinal injuries that can make sitting down a real pain in the ass (Stephen King), to debilitating addiction (Hemingway). Are you as healthy as you could be?
Author's note: The internet makes for a terrible doctor. Consult yours if you've been experiencing health issues of absolutely any kind. The intent of this article is not to diagnose, but simply to alert you to the kind of symptoms for which you should be on the lookout.
There are endless lists of what aspiring novelists should DO to become successful. But what about the "DON’T DOs"? Knowing them can be just as valuable to you for getting the right kind of writing done.
Both of my new writing buddies are English majors. At the café where we meet, I offer up my hesitant little poems with great trepidation. I’m terrified. I want so badly for my work to be good. Mitzi’s poems are lyrical, evocative and moving. Veronica is a master of line, rhythm and imagery. I feel like the dumb sister. Mitzi and Veronica are wonderful at finding the good in my work, for which I am deeply grateful.