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You’ve considered self-publishing, but you have your doubts.
Here are stories from people who became wildly successful: they got their book in the hands of thousands of readers and made a bucketload of money.
And all without waiting for years and wading through mounds of rejection from traditional publishers.
Learn from how these 7 writers got movie deals, quit their day jobs, and gained tens of thousands of readers.
If you can write a great scene, you can write a great book.
Fiction is built of scenes. You could argue that it’s built of sentences, but I’ve seen plenty of excellent sentence writers who fail to provide the reader a compelling reason to read those sentences.
This post is going to teach you 7 strategies for how to write a compelling scene, and by the time you’re done, you’ll have a much better concept of how to enthrall the reader.
I looked at the first paragraphs of more than 1,000 novels to make this list.
The first paragraphs below are the ones that shocked, surprised, and delighted me. The paragraphs that made me want to read the rest of the book, the paragraphs so memorable that I would dream about them.
Writers, learn from these first paragraphs. When you’re revising the first paragraph of your novel, or preparing to start a novel, do yourself a favor and read through every single one of these. They will radically improve the start of your book.
There are lots of articles with practical tips on how to find a literary agent.
- Make sure your manuscript is great.
- 9 Tips on how to write a cover letter.
- Research an agent to find out who they represent.
You’ve probably heard most of those before. But what I’m going to give you is much more than a checklist.
If you have an interesting story to tell, but lack the time or the desire to write it, there’s a simple solution: hire a ghostwriter.
So many people live fascinating lives, accumulating stories that would awe and fascinate readers, but yet they don’t feel comfortable doing all the writing.
Look, writing isn’t easy. Even the best writers will admit this. For instance, James Patterson doesn’t really write his own books anymore. So get some help.
If you want to learn how to publish your first novel, and if you want to pick up some key writing tips along the way, keep reading.
This is an interview with Lindsey Lee Johnson, whose debut novel The Most Dangerous Place on Earth is getting rave reviews from the likes of:
- New York Times
- Publisher’s Weekly
- GQ Magazine
- Book of the Month (Sarah Weinman picked it as the January selection).
What is the most dangerous place on earth, you ask? Spoiler alert: It’s high school.
Donald Trump plans to cut the funding for the NEA, the National Endowment for the Arts.
The budget for the NEA is $150 million annually.
To the average person, $150 million a year sounds like a lot of money. But since $150 million is actually only .006% of the annual budget of the federal government, it’s actually quite small.
Here is a list of some other things the U.S. Government spends $150 million on.