Rushing: One Huge Mistake New Writers Make
Even though publishing is why I originally started this website back in the 2000s, I haven’t posted anything publishing-related in a while. I’m not even sure about what’s happening with new writers in publishing these days. I haven’t had time because I’ve been working too hard on my own LGBTQ books for the last 15 years with my own agent, editors, and publishers.
I haven’t sold millions of books like Stephen King, but I have sold thousands of books and I was lucky enough to find my own genre and audience. If you look me up on Goodreads, I’m there and so are all of my books, ratings, and reviews. Some love me; some don’t. I’m fine with that. At least they know I’m here.
I started getting published by Gay Presses like Alyson Publications and Cleis Press back in the 90s when I was in college, and then I graduated into digital publishing where I found a nice audience thanks to digital books. While writing my own novels (over 150 now) and getting them published, I’ve also worked in publishing as an editor and a ghostwriter. So, in short, my first love is publishing in general. And I should be posting more about things like this.
It’s a very insightful piece written by a writer/publishing professional named Nathan Bransford whom I’ve been following since he kept a literary agent blog in the 2000s. This kind of thing is really the best of the internet, too. You are getting good, solid professional advice and it’s not costing you a dime. That’s magnificent.
This particular piece is about how new authors often tend to rush into getting published for various reasons, including the fact they are terrified someone might steal their idea.
Here’s why it’s misguided: there are books with similar worlds and plot ideas published all the time. You’re not going to lose your spot to someone else just because they had an idea before you did.
Here’s the link to read the rest. If you’re a new author, you really cannot go wrong with this kind of advice. I highly suggest checking this out, in full.
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