Advice to the pub-lorn
I’ve read lots of great advice from published authors on how to become published. I’ve collated, amalgamated, and distilled this advice into a plan of action for getting published; and since being published is the reason why so many of us write, it just makes sense to post it here.
Now, it goes without saying that everything begins with quality writing. But right now, I want to regard that as a separate issue, the writing. There’s plenty of time and opportunity to deal with the process of writing and how to make it better, and I’ll be sure to write about that on many an occasion. But what I’m talking about today is something rather ancillary to the writing. Continue reading “Finding My Publisher”
I’ve been too busy with work the past week or so to write very much, but I do have a little something to present. It’s not much, but it is a snippet of a scene.
Here’s the link:
Sketch 1: Khaba Learns His Fate
So, to borrow an anachronism from the sport of football, my writing ‘offense’ perhaps ought best be described as “three yards, and a cloud of dust.” That is to say, that I’m generating a flurry of activity, but I’m not going very far or very fast.
Specifically, I’m alternating between continuing with my research, which is currently focused on the Egyptian Old Kingdom (specifically, the sixth dynasty) and writing story and character sketches to see where my writing now stands after my extended hiatus.
I initially thought that these sketches would strictly be writing exercises, but I rather like the character that I came up with in my first sketch. Continue reading “My First Attempt at Writing in Over 18 Months Contains an Early Surprise”
Setting up this new website from scratch (I don’t even have a dedicated domain name for it yet) means that I’m starting over completely. When I set this page up a few days ago, I had just enough time to write the first blog post, compose the About Me page, and find a template I don’t hate. Today, I’ve added three new pages and a new blog post (No, don’t go looking for it, you’re reading it right now).
I feel like I’m going to be much more pleased with this new site (even if I am having loads of trouble finding a look for it that I can live with). My old website was all over the place with self-aggrandizing content, self-serving blog posts – ultimately a labor of self-love – just like my writing at that time. My new writing is going to be much more deliberate, thematically consistent, and ultimately an act of worship offered up to God, and it’s my hope that this new website will be a reflection of all that.
So, I’m not looking for this website to grow into the sprawling mess that my first website became. It’s just a humble internet presence where I can communicate with fellow writers and attract critical readers and, hopefully, excited publishers some day.
I hope it is well received.
These are very exciting times in the realm of biblical fiction. Go to your local large-scale bookstore and near the aisles of bibles, you’re likely to find dozens of fiction titles written by followers of Messiah for the edification of the body of believers. Just five years ago, you might – might, mind you – have seen a dozen, and ten years ago you probably wouldn’t have found any at all.
So, what’s going on? A market shift is what’s going on. Continue reading “An Underserved Market?”