Children who are exposed to books and reading are more likely to be readers as adults, so fostering a love of books in your child’s early years is vital.
For writers, rejections are a dime a dozen – it is all part of the process. Understanding this will help you avoid rejection blues.
We’ve all heard that old adage ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ and I think we all agree that these are words to live by, but, here’s the thing…it’s entirely different when you apply this saying to actual books. When you stand in a bookstore or browse eBooks online, you can be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices available. Some kind of process of elimination has to occur, and that usually begins with what we see: the book cover!
What are your comfort books, books you can read again and again, that foster and rekindle your desire to write?
Do you have author envy? Which author’s career would you most like to have as your own? What lessons can you take from their journey to apply to your own writing life?
A friend asked me recently what I was reading currently and how I chose my books. That got me thinking…how DO I chose books to read? With so many books on bookstore shelves, listed online, and catalogued in libraries, it can be difficult deciding which book to read…and there are always more books than I have time to read. I realised I had three ways of selecting books: a targeted approach, a general browsing approach, and a totally random approach.
The hard work does not end once a manuscript is written, getting a book published takes commitment and persistence.
At some point while writing your novel, you will need to write a synopsis. These can be difficult to write, but by following a few simple steps, you can ensure you get it right first time.
There’s only really one wrong way to write a book and that it to simply not write!