Where do you get your ideas? Recently, I received an email from a fiction writer who was nearing completion of her first novel and wanted to know how to generate a list of ideas for future stories. I’d like to start by saying that I applaud this writer for thinking ahead. It is always best to have a bunch of ideas waiting to be written when you have finished your most recent manuscript. But how do you find ideas? And how do you know which are worthy of spending your time on? First, it helps to know that there is no magical formula for generating ideas.   With that said, here are 6 suggestions on how to generate ideas for your story that have worked… Read More

My Manuscript Got Rejected — Now What?

After months (perhaps years) of devoting yourself to writing your book, you’ve sent it off to an agent or publisher — only to have your manuscript rejected. It’s an awful, humiliating feeling. No doubt you’re questioning, “Was all of that work I did, the hours I sacrificed, the money I poured into writing classes or workshops pointless?” Many published, notable authors have been in the exact same place that you are now. The key to picking yourself up and moving closer toward your goal of publication is in the next steps you take right now. 3 Steps to Rejection Recovery:… Read More

Book Proposal Basics: How to Do the Competition Right

Are you a first-time author who wants to traditionally publish a nonfiction book? You’ll need to write a nonfiction book proposal, a detailed sales pitch to a publisher showing that your book can succeed. One section of a book proposal — the competition section —  is where you tell the publisher what your book is up against even before it gets to market. This is vital to your book’s success; addressing books similar to or in conversation with yours asserts that your book has a place in the publishing world and that you are an expert on what’s out there in your field. 5 things to keep in mind when writing your book proposal:… Read More