Friday, July 3, 2015

First Timer? Good News!

Virtual Workshop Instructor!
Okay, the July 11th workshop is a no-go. I'm SO disappointed! I was so excited about it! But a Saturday workshop is hard to organize in the summer and we had some dropouts. Hmmm. Workshop? Cottage? I get ya.  But everything will be up and running in the fall, so we'll be ready to go then. This is vital information for all new authors, so I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, I'm going to be sharing tips and info about the business here on the blog. You won't get my charming inflection of course ... ;) but you will get TONS of info about how to make your first book a success. Which is so important. Because if it flops ... well, a few years down the road you'll be doing workshops. ;)


The first thing I want to say is this: I know everyone makes it seem as if first-time writers have the odds stacked against them. I even quoted an author in my last post who said don't complain about your contract. Just sign it because as a newbie, you don't have much clout.

This is true - in some ways. But mostly because new author contracts are pretty standard. The difference between my contracts from Simon & Schuster and St. Martin's Press were negligible.

Here's the truth - and something not many people talk about: as a first time writer, you're actually in the best spot of your career.

Because everyone in the business - editors, agents, publishers, reviewers, even readers! - are all looking for that next big breakout writer. Whether you're the newest self-help guru, business writer, novelist or blogger breaking into the biz, everyone is looking for YOU. They really are.

I can say that because I was a first-timer once and I know what it's like to feel that excitement and support.

So as long as you can get those words on the page in the first place, everyone is going to be excited about giving you a chance. Because you're new. You're fresh. You're untested. And you could turn out to be huge!

That's what everybody's banking on: that your first book is going to be the 'debut' of the year. So don't ever let yourself get discouraged over being a first-timer. You truly are in the best spot of your career right now.

At least until you hit the bestseller lists. ;)

Which is why it's so important to make the most of the opportunity that's ahead of you. And that's what I want to help you with. Whether it's here or in the workshop in the fall.

And please, if you have any questions about publishing or the business, leave a comment or get in touch with me personally. I'd be happy to hear from you:

For now, enjoy this beautiful weekend! Late Happy Canada Day! And Happy Fourth! :)