Hey, it's another Friday and I have another great author just for you. Let's welcome Anne Johnson!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the interview with my fellow BRoP hosts
Part 5 @ party at my house... um blog, I mean blog - Friday, July 19th
She's having a blog tour, check it out: http://anneejohnson.com/
Drawing on her eclectic background, which includes degrees in classical languages and musicology, ANNE E. JOHNSON has published in a wide variety of topics and genres. She's written non-fiction books for children with the Rosen Group and feature articles for adults in serials such as The New York Times and Stagebill Magazine. As the author of nearly thirty published short stories, she has won writing prizes for both children's and adults' short fiction. Anne lives in Brooklyn with her husband, playwright Ken Munch.
Section #5: Words of Wisdom
The publisher of the Webrid books is Candlemark & Gleam. I found them during a Twitter chat session about book marketing. I liked what they had to say (and their encouragement of me, an unknown and clueless author); I then went to their website and was very impressed with their presentation and philosophy. Fortunately, they loved what I submitted to them. Working with C&G is a delight, and I hope the relationship continues for a long time.
The willingness to improve is the most important. Otherwise, I would say an ear for figurative language, an internal alarm set off by cliché, a rock-solid knowledge of grammar, and the nerve to experiment.
This depends on the writer, so I can only answer for myself. I must have a large, ever-growing stack of nice, small notebooks. I prefer ones with animals or cute aliens on them. I use only Xeno ballpoint pens. A cup of coffee and a snack in the afternoon is essential, lest my energy flag. I need a computer for the editing and revising phases. A supportive spouse or significant other is a huge boon!
It’s a hackneyed answer, but a true one: write every day, read every day (and read widely, not just in “your” genre), don’t give up, and learn to separate helpful criticism from nonsense.
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