I recently read this advice telling fiction writers not to worry (initially) about online presence or platform.
When I started to talk with people about my first book, I noticed a pattern of frequently asked questions, the most common being: “How do you come up with a new DailyOM idea every day?”
Legend has it that Picasso once got into a discussion with a neighbor who looked at his paintings and told the artist that while his colors were nice and the picture was very pleasant, he should try making them a bit more realistic. Otherwise, he advised, nobody would know what Picasso’s paintings were supposed to be about. The artist, exercising a rare amount of patience, nodded thoughtfully and asked his neighbor if he had an example of what he meant by realistic.
“Ah, yes, I do!” The neighbor quickly reached into his pocket, brought out his wallet, and handed over a photo of his wife for Picasso to see. “Now that’s what I call realistic,” he proclaimed. Picasso took the photo in his hand, turned it this way and that, studied it from every angle, then handed it back to its owner. “She’s awfully small and flat,” he said.
I believe we find the time to do what is important to us, even if it means writing only twenty minutes a day. Most books are born in bits of time, not marathon sessions.
A query letter is a combination of written sales pitch and summary of your book idea with a twist—it opens the door to the publishing world and introduces your unwritten nonfiction to editors.
Your rituals are completed, the talismans in place, the Muse appeased. Now you're faced with the actual task of writing and you can't remember your own address. Block. What a nasty word.You stare at the blank page as beads of sweat form on your forehead. You spit and sputter in the quagmire of language. Why can't you get the words on paper?
The first step in facing a publisher’s rejection of your manuscript is to acknowledge that it happens to all writers at some point, including the literary lions. Feelings of anger or failure are normal. You are not the exception and you are in good company. Just ask Stephen King.
Time Magazine estimates that Americans spend over $30 billion each year on alternative forms of health care and the sale of personal growth materials is rapidly expanding. The category referred to as "new age" is being embraced by the mainstream. Because of this emerging mind-body-spirit culture, new age writing is among the fastest growing niche markets in the U.S. and one of the easiest for a newcomer to crack.