>There is a lot of advice about writing out there, but many sites fail to mention that you need to learn the ropes before you finish your manuscript. Nathan Bransford’s Blog about Writing and Authorship talks about what you need to do ahead of time, things you should be researching ahead of your completing a manuscript. Under the title, “How to find a Literary Agent” you can connect to his straight talk about the work you need to do. Blogging is a start. You can read the info. HERE. Bransford champions learning about and beginning to promote yourself, connecting with other Writers and Authors, and learning about agents before you need them…makes sense, right? So here’s my attempt at getting my WordPress Blog account to connect with Blogspot so I can connect with more of you brilliant Writers and Authors! Wish me luck!
>People ask me, what does it take to get started writing a novel? Well, for me my writers block broke, and the ideas just came flooding into my head. It was so overwhelming I had to leap out of my shower, where I was when it happened, and run for paper and pencil. Then I spent the next couple of hours wrapped in a towel, scribbling the ideas down on ten sheets of paper stolen from my printer.
When I finally stopped, my hair and towel were dry, and I had ten sheets of tightly cramped writing using both sides of each sheet. The ideas that rushed forth that day were the basis for the manuscript I am working on now, and I guess I should count myself lucky I had such an experience. But many writers just can’t seem to get started. I am not really an exception. There were things I was doing that got those floodgates to burst.
So how do you go about getting to the beginning of writing, pushing those ideas you have banging around in your head to the page? I don’t remember where I heard it, but it is some of what I had been attempting to do before my writers block broke. The answer is “ass in chair time”.
You must sit yourself down in the chair either with paper and pen, or an open blank page on your computer screen before you, and not allow yourself to leave from that spot until you have written something on the page. Even if it is only, “Dear G*#, I have no idea what to write!” Then play the “What if” game. (See earlier post)
That is what I was doing several weeks before the big flood of ideas in March of 2010. See, I even remember the month in which it all started, because it was that momentous an occasion in my life from ideas for a great story, to actually getting them on paper.
Remember this: “Ass in chair time” is where it starts. So go plant your ass in a chair, and get writing!
If an offer for your manuscript smells funny, say because you will have to buy copies of your own books, or the agent’s offer still seems too good to be true, though you will be handling the printing costs, the perfect publishing packaging of your dreams may be an Author’s trap.
So, how does an anxious Writer, eager to get published, avoid the pitfalls and bad guys that lurk around every corner of the publishing business?
The answer is do your homework! Do some research on those editors, agents and publishing houses to whom you intend to submit your manuscript.
Here are two must see resources for Writers and Authors:
Writer Beware, go to their site here is a direct affiliate of The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America site (SFWA) which has included members such as Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and Anne McAffery. Writer Beware exists to aid Writers and Authors in avoiding literary scams and unscrupulous editors, agent and publishing traps. They do not accept manuscripts, but offer advice on staying clear of fraud, and if you have been scammed, a place to begin the process of reporting it. Their site is well respected and the advice is sound.
Preditors and Editors, go to site here ,was recommended to me by Nishi Serrano, Author. The site has inside information about agent listings, editors and publishing houses, along with basic and advanced Writer and Author manuscript submission advice, query letter and synopsis guidance.
In Preditors and Editors Agents and Attorneys section there is an alphabetical list of possible sites for you to query with your manuscript. There are some that are listed as NOT Recommended, and others that have a High Recommend, according to feedback from aspiring Authors and Published Authors. Still other listings are marked as Highly Not Recommended for various reasons.
From what I hear the industry is trying to shut down Preditors and Editors, which says to me, go print it out just in case the information is gone one day! But I hope that will not be the case. Just out of curiosity, I checked a couple of NOT recommended agencies, and sometimes no address is posted, link won’t go to the posted addy, etc. Take a look for yourself!
Preditors and Editors alongside Writer Beware and SFWA are a Writers and Authors goldmine of protection and writing advice.
Thanks so much Nishi, for the Link!!
>I’ve got a huge treat in store for the Writers and even Authors already published. Ever heard of NATHAN BRANSFORD? He has, hands down, one of the best blogs on writing a scribbler like me, or like you Dear Reader, could ever desire!
Nathan Bransford was a literary agent from 2002 to 2010 for Curtis Brown, Ltd.. Now he is an Author, but he keeps his blog going to help aspiring Writers get to that golden dream they’ve set themselves to following: Their FIRST NOVEL! (I put it in caps because that is how I see it in my head…in marquee lights!Lol!)
He offers up great advice, from learning how to set up your pages to plotting your first, or your tenth fantastic tale, to making your characters come to life on the page. And if you want the lowdown on publishing, whether ebook or traditional, he’s got the answers you’re looking for!
I’m going to start with a link, and then we can talk about it. You can get to his page by clicking the link at the top of this page, or just click the link in My Blog List section to the right of the page. Tell me what you think!
>”If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
— Ray Bradbury
> Blog, Paper, Scissor is a reference to:
A.)BLOG~My new Blog about writing life, creating my manuscript and the maze I navigate in learning about getting published
B.)PAPER~Getting my story ideas from head onto computer and printed page, how it sucks my life away and gives me new perspective on living at the same time
C.)SCISSOR~The Godawful amount of editing it takes to build a good story by tightening up my manuscript, and the cuts I make to my social life because I’m writing, researching about writing, and talking to other Writers and Authors about writing