Today I am handing the blog over to author, Voinks, who is sharing her advice on how to become an author in twenty easy step …
How to become an author in 20 easy lessons
If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming an author here is some useful advice:
1. Read a lot. Anything and everything, even the back of cereal packets is good.
2. (Not recommended.) Have a freak accident which leaves you bed-bound and staring at the ceiling.
3. To save your sanity start writing the book you’ve never had time to complete, as incidental things like
earning a living got in the way.
4. Submit to a publisher.
5. Get a rejection letter.
7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 innumerable times but now with chocolate, tissues and coffee on automatically
replenished shopping order.
8. Receive ‘We want to see more’ communication from publishers.
9. Do crazy, skippy, happy dance (totally forgetting about useless leg).
10. Discover this is just the beginning and learn to love the editor’s big red pen.
1. Sit back and assume your beautiful book will immediately hit the best sellers list.
2. Realise that’s not quite how it works.
3. Double the chocolate, tissues and coffee order.
4. Accept you are now totally hooked and start writing your second book.
5. Repeat steps 4 to 10 as above.
1. Assume you now know everything about publishing a book.
2. Decide to self-publish your third novel.
3. Realise there’s a big gap between ABC and ST and have a little cry while you wonder if you’ll ever
4. Triple the tissues, chocolate and coffee order while you try to learn the difference between metatarsals
and meta tags.
5. Thank bloggers, fellow authors, publishers and readers for all their support, especially Emma for
hosting my brief, tongue-in- cheek guide which proves it only takes years to become an overnight
This time next year we’ll all be millionaires, if only I can find that flying pigs emoji.
Well, Val, this is probably one of the best advice pieces I’ve read for a very long time and I’m certain it will prove invaluable for many aspiring authors!!
What do you guys think? What horror writing stories do you have? What was the worst advice you’ve received? What was the best? What do you do to keep your spirits up after another rejection letter? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below.
Have a super day xx
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Pen name: Voinks