What to Do While You Wait to be Published

JordanBusiness of Writing, Writing. Practice.

You want to be published,  for as long as you can remember. Or perhaps you’ve  recently realized that you’re actually rather good at this writing thing.  On the other hand, maybe you’ve submitted more pieces than you can count, or, you’ve just worked up your nerve for the first time. Wherever you fall in the want-to-be-published spectrum, read on. I’ve got words for you. The truth is, if you want to be published, you must never just wait. The title of this post is misleading on purpose. If you find yourself in the position of anguished waiting (wringing hands, fighting anxiety, cursing the publishing gods) here are some of the things you can be doing: All-weather Writing Your writing can be … Read More

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Going Indie, a Year Later

JordanFiction Writing, Forged in Grace, Writers Persist.

One year ago today I experienced the giddy, slightly mortifying experience of publishing my novel, Forged in Grace (which I’ve made FREE all weekend in celebration). It wasn’t my first publishing experience, not even my first book, but it was my first novel, and I had made the leap after a tremendous amount of anguish to publish independently. I’m not going to quote you the millions I made or the bestseller slots my book fell into. It did about as well as an average book of its kind does in the world of indie publishing, relishing a few days in the numbers that count before returning to its place of near obscurity. Around me voices in my head, critics, colleagues … Read More

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Dealing With Criticism. Guest post by Rachel Thompson

JordanGuest Blogs, Writers Persist.

Every writer struggles with criticism. As creators of an artistic pursuit, we have to understand that not everyone will relate to or even understand our work – and that’s okay. People will send negative (and positive) criticism your way both before and after you release your books. What’s important is that you learn what you can and keep writing, while still holding onto your creativity. After I had written my two satirical humor books, I realized I had another type of book in me: one that dealt with abuse, primarily sexual. I shared some of my work with a writer ‘friend’ who told me: It’s a boring downer subject. People only want to read happy stuff. Besides that, it’s not … Read More

JordanDealing With Criticism. Guest post by Rachel Thompson