Practice is what leads to better writing. Sure, reading about writing is educational, inspirational, and a great way to kill an hour. However, for every hour you read about writing, commit to another hour-an hour of writing time. By bookending your writing between stints of quality reading, you’ll see a definite improvement in quality. Be a reader. And then, be a writer.
The best thing you can do to get in the habit of selling your words is pitch yourself regularly. The next best thing you can do is to turn the rhythms that work into systems that you can sustain over time. Pitching success is the best teacher. When you succeed, notice what worked, turn it first into a rhythm and then into a system. In this way, pitching success will become a no-brainer.
What’s the rush all about? Suddenly the world is full of desperate, frenetic people. Maybe it’s the economy. But mamas know that there are some things you simply cannot rush. So slow down. Promote yourself steadily. Have a plan. When you are in an unholy rush, others sense it and get turned off. Attract success; don’t repel it.
Book deals typically happen when everything is ripe. Ripeness is the fruition of many different types of effort, coming together, steadily over time. Keep taking steps to move forward as a professional and you will become ready for the book deal. Read my book, Get Known Before the Book Deal (Writer’s Digest Books 2008), but don’t try to do everything at once. Perhaps find your strengths and lean into those first. Then address your weak spots, too. You can go far as a writer just by following these two tips.
What is the single next most important goal for your writing career?
Focus on each one, one at a time. It’s enough.