Words of Wisdom
BRoP: Tell us about your route to success –how did you land your agent/publisher?
Sue: I met my publisher at a science fiction convention. Get out of the house! Meet people. Learn the ropes. Demonstrate that you’re a professional and can get the job done, and that you have something great to offer.
Sue: Clarity and a great story. Pretty is as pretty does. If you focus all your time on beautiful prose that doesn’t tell a story, you will lose most of your audience pretty quickly. On the other hand, I loathe first-grade writing and will put down a book that is poorly or simplistically written. Give me a good story and a mastery of the language and I’m yours.
Sue: Good grammar, good spelling, a basic command of the language you’re writing in. For pity’s sake, learn the basic rules before inflicting your prose on a poor, overworked editor. Learn to punctuate and when to use dialog tags, what passive writing is and how to avoid it, and all the other basic “rules”. Trust me, the pros will thank you for it. Get a dictionary and don’t trust your computer. Learn to use a thesaurus, and find people you trust to give you feedback (not your mom). Those people need to be disinterested strangers or at least folks with no vested interest in stroking your ego to make you feel better. Pros need to learn to see the flaws in their work and learn how to fix them.
Sue: Get over the rejection and send it out again. Target your stuff; don’t shoot it out there on hope. Be professional. You will get so much better results than whining about how Editor So-and-So was such a jerk.
Sue: After Seaborn I will probably write the fourth and last Masters of the Elements book focused on Earth Mother. I have an epic trilogy coming out next year, and I really, really want to finish a standalone fantasy I had started before I landed the three-book contract for Masters. Also the alternate history! I have plenty to do.
Contact Information for Sue Bolich
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/s.a.bolich?ref=hl
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5162506.S_A_Bolich
Firedancer buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Firedancer-ebook/dp/B005JMXIMG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1318134259&sr=1-1
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