What’s next?

It is paralyzing at times to consider what comes next. I still have work to do on Sarah Blue; somedays it seems that the more I work on it, the more work remains. In truth, as daunting as that is, considering what I have to do when I’m done is significantly more troubling. Finishing the novel is step one. So, what’s step two? There are a billion decisions to make.

After reading your own work nine dozen times, it’s impossible to see your own typos. It’s difficult to notice if entire words and sentences are missing. Sure you can send out your work unedited – but should you? Can you trust your friends and family to be your editors? Can you trust yourself? Or do you shell out the money to pay someone to fix all your errors? If you decide to get an editor, how do you pick one? Or do you risk sending it to an agent as is – and letting them forward it to their own editor?

Another big question: do you reach out to an agent or try to submit directly to a publisher? According to Editing Ass, not obtaining an agent makes you an ass (not his direct quote, but what I took from it). However, if you listen to Gina Scott it’s okay to market directly to publishers.

What is one to do?

I don’t think there is one answer, what works for one person does not work for another. I’ve said it before, don’t get so caught up in the business end of writing, that you forget to write. Don’t allow yourself to become so focused on becoming an Author that you forget to enjoy being a Writer.

Important links for you to consider:

Formatting your manuscript

FAQ about editing – from an Editor

Copyediting vs. Proofreading

A word on copyrighting

Thoughts from Literary Agents

Author Platforms

Your Homework: Focus on your writing, do a little research, but don’t let it overwhelm you.

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Writer’s Digest Contest: Deadline November 2015

Happy Friday folks! Thanks for stopping by again. This week I have a Writer’s Digest Contest alert for you. I’ve also made a few updates to Sarah Blue’s page if you feel like checking that out, head on over to the menu bar and select “Sarah Blue”.

As for the short-story contest: It closes November 16, 2015. Head over to Writer’s Digest for complete details.

Contest

Your Homework: Enter the contest! If you really don’t want to, at least draft something for your writing arsenal.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday and Saturday with writing resources, prompts, and of course, the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com

My interview by Shelly of Keystrokes & Closed Doors

I’m happy to announce that my interview by Shelly of Keystrokes & Closed Doors has been posted.

Interview

Your Homework: I’m not going to give you homework tonight. Take time for yourself: rest, sleep, watch some movies, and stay in your pj’s, sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing.

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning