Monday, November 30, 2009

Christina Berry (Advice for Novelists, Part 108)

Did you think I forgot this series? :) Never fear. Here's another post in my Advice for Novelists series in which editors, authors, agents and publicists answer the question:

"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"

If you've been writing for years and have yet to get published, this is especially for you: Start a new novel.

I'm a stubborn girl—just ask my parents. My mother and I reworked and reworked a co-authored story for eight years, each time putting our newly acquired writing knowledge/skills to use. We were determined that it woudn't end up in a box in the closet or shoved under the bed. I still love that manuscript, and it's actually very close to selling as I write this, but it wasn't until I took the advice of others far wiser and more experienced to start a new novel that I finally made my first sale.

--Christina Berry, author of The Familiar Stranger. Visit her website.

3 comments:

Lori Stanley Roeleveld said...

Very timely post for me, CJ. Thank you for always being encouraging but straightforward!

Christina Berry said...

Lori, glad it touched you at this time! CJ IS such an encourager. :)

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