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robg213

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  1. As an editor, I read for flow, comprehension and pacing, along with smooth transitions. I've learned to read everything 'aloud' in my head as if I was saying the words. That way, clunky sentences, overly wordy text and other problems become obvious. The first six pages set the stage for the rest of the book. Make sure that opening has the right tone and the right pacing.
  2. Traditionally, returns are around 50% of a total book order. So if 3,000 copies go out to a book chain, expect half to come back and most will not be in resellable condition. That's one reason the company I work for got out of selling through a traditional book distributor. Contracts should be looked over by an attorney. They usually contain words or terms that are unfamiliar to almost everyone. If an agent is involved, it may be possible to get an explanation from him or her.
  3. Since I know a number of writers, I know about their influences. First, the writer begins writing, at whatever age, whatever suits them. I know too many artists and writers who come out of school, for example, who were never taught how to market their work in any real, practical way. The internet can help. But I think it starts with the writer whose dream is to write books for children, or science fiction as examples. Once he or she reaches a certain level of proficiency, they should find out who is looking for writers in their chosen niche. Now the internet is offering a lot more in the way of ebooks but the question is: how do you find them? Any of them? In the book trade, it's referred to as discoverability. And that involves some level of promotion. I used to joke with a writer I know that "No one is waiting for your next book" but I stopped doing that. There are people in your niche and you just need to find a way, hopefully more than one, to reach them.
  4. For me, it's enough to get my own ideas down, make them work and meet a deadline. Meeting that deadline is really all I need.
  5. As a working editor and part-time writer, it's good to take breaks. And it's good to follow a schedule, Just like going to school. Most writers don't plan for getting millions of dollars. I know a few who did and one was wise and careful while the other burned through it. Writer's block is different from burnout. The block may be gone in days. It really varies. I'm fortunate to be in a position to do this for a living and I know and work with many writers. As far as creative differences, it just requires a good, honest conversation about the issue or issues. I've seen that as well. As long as both parties are civil, things can get worked out. It is understandable in cases where the other party can only see things happening his way that a 'best that can be done' parting of the ways occurs.
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