10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Writing

~ By Brighton Walsh 10. This business is a whole lot of hurry up and wait. And, okay, that’s probably not a new one for you. I’m sure if you’ve read even one author’s blog, you’ve heard this. But I cannot stress it enough. It’s basically one giant waiting game—waiting for the call, waiting for contracts, waiting for edits, waiting for blurbs, waiting for covers, waiting for payday! Patience is not my strong suit, but I’ve had no choice but to adapt. 9. Don’t sweat the small stuff. When I started writing my first novella, PLUS ONE, I got hung...

Know ‘Em, Break ‘Em

~ By Brighton Walsh I think I’ll start this post off with a bang while quoting Nora Roberts from a past RWA conference: “If anyone tells you there is a ‘right’ way to write they are a lying bitch.” Yes, yes I do believe you are correct, Nora. One of the things I love most about writing is the absolute freedom of it. If I get an idea to write about a scuba diver who finds a treasure at the bottom of the ocean, loses his oxygen, and has to get rescued by a mermaid…all told from the perspective of...

Finding the Perfect Agent (For You)

~ By Brighton Walsh So you’ve got this book you’ve just given birth to. You’ve bled tears to get it just right. You’ve spent hours correcting grammar and punctuation, polishing your characters and arcs and the climax. You’ve gotten constructive feedback and prettied it up as best you can. Now what? Well, you have three options. (Or four, if stuffing it in your closet and never looking at it again appeals to you.) First, you can self publish. Second, you can query a publisher who takes unagented submissions. Or, lastly, you can go the traditional route and search for that...

It’s Okay To Say No

~ By Brighton Walsh It’s okay to say no. Really. It is. It might not be easy. It might be nerve-racking. But it’s okay to do it. “I value your opinion, but that just doesn’t work for me.” You finish your manuscript. You love it. You maybe have some spots that you are iffy on—does it work or doesn’t it? Was that character arc pronounced enough? What about the overall arc? How about that one scene? Did it fit? So you send it off to your trusted beta readers and/or critique partners and you wait. Then comes the day...

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