· Don’t sell yourself short. It’s okay to self-publish, write for free or get pennies for each internet view if you need to start or get credentials, just don’t stay there to avoid rejections or working with editors.· Don’t do it alone. Sometimes you’ll need encouragement and sometimes you’ll need honest criticism. Find both a mentor and a coach to help you.· Don’t specialize. You’ll need to be able to write what you like, but also be able to write press releases, interview questions and, if your work isn’t selling, other genres.· Don’t be unprepared. There’s no feeling worse than an editor’s request to see a whole book or article and you only have the first three chapters or the outline finished. Get it done first!
· Don’t give up. Everyone can write a book, but few do. When you finish yours, keep sending it out, fixing it up and working on the next one while the first is “being considered.”
So these are my top five. I really tried to condense and of course each point has a story behind it, but I'm sure most of you have been there, done that. What did I miss? Agree/Disagree?
Causes Teryl Cartwright Supports
United Methodist Committee on Relief, American Red Cross, Heifer Project, American Cancer Society, Doctors without Borders