Back when I was a starry-eyed unpub, I thought published authors possessed magic fairy dust. If only they’d sprinkle it over my manuscript, I would magically join their ranks on the bookstore shelves.
Now if you’re as green a writer as I was, you’re probably thinking, “Where can I get me some of that fairy dust!?!?”
But if you’re published (or very close) you already know there’s no such thing.
Anyhoo, in my clueless newbie days I screwed up the courage to ask a multi-published friend to read over my manuscript.
As a former editor for both True Confessions and Guidepost magazines, and writing her own books for Avalon, Kensington, Awe-Struck, New Concepts and Midnight Showcase, I figured Connie Keenan/Consuelo Vazquez had fairy dust to spare.
However, Connie gave me something better than magic.
“Sure, I’ll read it,” she said, “but it doesn’t matter what I think. The only opinions that count are yours and the editor who buys it.”
I’ve received plenty of awesome writing advice, but that simple statement stands out as the most memorable.
No, I didn’t send my manuscript to Connie. Instead, I went with my own gut. I still do. And so far, I have no regrets.
Sooooo, tell me… what’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?