I retweeted a bit of praise, and now everyone thinks I’m a jerk… I’ll never publish my novel, and everyone knows it… I used the word “shrug” 432 times in my novel, and now my writing group thinks I need to go back to school…
Refute such foolish notions with this week’s featured links. Also: An important discussion about what happens to your literary estate when you’re gone.*
- Does Retweeting Your Own Praise Make You a Monster? Inquiring minds want to know.
- With the litany of “Best Writers Who Figured This Out Before Me” viraling around the interwebs, it’s easy to get the impression that the only way your manuscript will be discovered is when your relatives are cleaning out your house after you’ve died. This chart proves it’s never too late to publish a novel.
- But say it is too late to publish due to circumstances out of your control. Here’s what happens when an author dies. Neil Gaiman wrote about this as well and provided a downloadable will for authors who wish to protect their literary estate.
- To cheer you up, here’s an inspiring tale of debut author Sonja Yoerg, who queried 100+ agents before finding success.
- If you’re still feeling emotional, check out this cheat sheet on how to translate that emotion into written body language. Great for those of us who struggle with the overuse of ‘shrug’ or ‘frown.’
* Gone-gone. Not just on vacation.