Sometimes, it feels like the publishing world is messing with us. One week they’re telling us something is amazing, the next week, admonishing it. What’s a well-intentioned author to do?
You could ignore the advice. Read the advice. Assess the advice. Use the advice. Or toss the advice. You could also turn off your internet connection and write or revise. But before you do that, we have some advice…
- Last week, the internet told us how important it is to read “difficult fiction.” This week, the internet asks us whether we overvalue difficulty in literature. Our thoughts: Did you enjoy that book? Hoorah! Now, go tell all of your friends about it.
- Oh, interwebs. You give us authors so much conflicting advice, especially about social media and how we are supposed to use it.
- Taking some of that advice can make you “feel like a self-promotional nightmare,” and 10 other things one author learned as a debut novelist.
- But wait! There’s more where that came from: The Necessary Evils of Self-Promotion.
- If you’re the sort of individual who enjoys developing your porn star name via a series of fill-in-the-blank prompts using childhood memories, then this book title generator is for you (I mean, really. Who doesn’t enjoy that?). My debut novel, Shower Fresh on Wildwood Road, will hit shelves at some point before climate change destroys us all (fingers crossed, no guarantees).