I’m not keen on blogging about writing advice, because I always think I can’t say it better than so-and-so, who said this that one time, on that blog over there. But as I was stalking agent interviews on the web and trying not to feel dirty (Ginger Clark! Look at me! Look at meeee!), I came across a great list of advice, given by Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates, in an interview by the writer Peter Hogenkamp. Thought it was so awesome, it was worth sharing.
1. Immerse yourself in the publishing industry.
2. Go to writers’ conferences and learn.
3. Read as much as possible.
4. Take writing courses.
5. Be savvy around genre protocol, i.e. word count.
6. Start building your social media platform now.
7. Build an author website.
8. Set up a writing routine.
9. Never send an agent your first draft.
10. Embrace revisions.
11. Be flexible around your writing.
12. Be grateful for any feedback.
13. Don’t give up.
14. Study character development, plot, character arc, story arc, writing setting and dialog, pacing…
15. Understand general submission protocol.
16. Perfect the 275-word query letter.
17. Learn how to write a one-page synopsis.
18. Always double space your manuscript and insert page numbers.
19. Work with an experienced freelance editor (in book publishing) before submitting to an agent.
20. Stay hopeful, especially in the face of rejection.
Pretty great stuff. You can read the whole interview here.