We will soon be moving on to a new topic, which was #2 on the list of my blog readers’ major interests: “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers.”
I have a nice surprise for you all. We’ll have a guest expert on to answer many of your questions. I’ll still be here adding in my nosy little bit, but you’ll have the advantage of hearing from an expert who knows far more than I do:
Renni Browne will be our expert. Renni is known around the world as the author of “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers,” which she co-authored with Dave King. This is one of the “must have” book on my list of recommended books for novelists.
If you don’t have “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers,” you can check it out on Amazon. Take a look at all those 5-star Amazon reviews! I own a copy and virtually every published novelist I know owns one too. It’s that good.
Go ahead and post your questions here as a comment on this blog. I’ll collect the questions and forward them to Renni. She’ll answer them and I’ll post them back here in groups of 2 or 3, alongside my own blithering commentary. I think we’ll have fun.
Many of you know that Renni Browne heads a major editing service, The Editorial Department. This is one of the premier editing services in the world, as you can well imagine. I won’t belabor this point, but I know that at any given time, some of you are looking for editing services. Check out The Editorial Department to see if they might meet your needs. They also have an e-zine, which you can subscribe to for free on the web site.
I’d like to respond to a few more comments that you all have posted in the last few days.
I try not to work on more than one project at once, but there are several times that I have wondered if I could pull of writing two books at one time. Basically my action plan is to keep writing this one until I’m sick of it and it’s as perfect as I can get it. I hope to finish it early next year…do you recommend writing more than one project at a time?
Randy sez: Professional writers often have multiple projects going. They also have 40+ hours per week to spend on their projects. Most pre-published writers are lucky to have 10 or 20 hours per week. Because of that, I recommend focusing on one project at a time. It’s not a hard/fast rule, but it makes a lot of sense to me.
Like the Simpleology guy says: “See your target clearly. Keep it in your sights. Keep hitting it (until you hit it).” That is sound advice for anything, and especially for fiction writing.
Randy, as you know I’ve been learning A LOT about the marketing end of writing. I posted about all the stuff I’ve mastered these past few months here: http://aratus.typepad.com/tma/2007/10/pebble-turning-.html
Because of what I’ve learned (and boy did that involve a LOT of action and trying things I’ve never tried before), I am much more efficient in this part of my writing.
Randy sez: Bravo, Mary! I’ve been watching the development of your brand and your marketing strategy on your web site. You go, RelevantGirl!
We’ll look at a few more of your comments tomorrow, while you give me your questions for the queen of self-editing, Renni Browne.
Post your questions on self-editing here now!