It isn’t often I come across a post so good that I am compelled to share it. But this post from the WordServe Water Cooler blog for writers, penned by a literary agent, and writing coach on book publishing basics is a keeper. Alice Crider gives simple, yet profound wisdom to those who would like to write a book and have it published.Many camp out in favor of self-publishing, and others think it’s the devil to an author’s success. I won’t step into that debate at this time, but I will say this. One of my goals as a writer, was to see if I could hone my craft to the point that someone would pay me for my work, versus me paying someone else to publish it. I wanted to know I could write well enough for the professionals to take note and place their stamp of approval on it. Otherwise, I didn’t trust my skills were ready to launch into the hands of a company that would take any book, as long as the author was willing to give them money.
The competition to get a book published by a traditional publisher is fiercer than ever. Our tight global economy means there are fewer royalty houses, and even fewer books being published by them. But I can tell you from experience, you can do it. If you study, apply what you learn, and resolve to tenaciously move forward no matter how daunting the odds may seem, I believe your work will eventually find the hands of professionals who appreciate your perseverance. Alice Crider’s writing word from around the Water Cooler will get you started, and keep you moving toward publishing success.
Where are you standing at the Writer’s Water Cooler? Ready to share your success story? Or hanging in the background to glean from those who have success stories to tell?
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker. She’s the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — Biblical Secrets to Make You Irreplaceable on the Job.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, and the Simply Sue Speaks booking agency. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.