• Getting Published

    Five Things I Wasn’t Prepared for When I Got My Book Deal

    Getting a book deal is a magical, dream-fulfilling thing.  You cheer, you dance, and then you get down to work.  But this ‘work’ may not be the work you anticipated. Here are a few things I wish I would have been a little more knowledgeable about: 1.  Revision. This is where you say, “Becky, you are an idiot. You knew you’d have to revise.” I did know, but I wasn’t prepared for the difference between an editor-guided revision versus a critique partner revision. I’m actually planning an entire post on what I’ve learned from my editor because there is just SO MUCH STUFF.  But to keep this short, an editorial revision is deep. …

  • Finding an agent,  Getting Published

    So You Want to Be an Author…

    I just got off the phone with a cute girl who is starting this crazy publication journey.  She wanted to know where to begin, but really there is too much information for one phone conversation. I wrote a giant email for her and decided to turn it into a blog post for all of you who are interested in the same process. Ten BASIC Steps to Getting Published 1.  Finish a manuscript.  That’s the most important step!  No agents or editors will look at an unfinished story. 2.  Revise with help.  Get a beta reader (or three).  A beta reader is someone who is willing to read your story and give you…

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