10 Things I Learned Since I Started Writing

Guest Blog Post By Anne Tibbets

  1. Your process is your process and it’s not anybody else’s process. So, don’t judge how others work (how fast, how slow, with outlines, or without, etc.) and hopefully they won’t judge you for yours.
  2. We’re all on the same team. There’s no sense in getting jealous of someone Author, Anne Tibbetselse’s success. Just be patient, and work your ass off. Your turn will come.
  3. It’s about writing books but it’s also about selling books. Publishers are not non-profit organizations. They’re in this to make money. Presumably, you’d like to make money, too. So, be sure to write. Yes. Writing first. But, also do everything in your power to sell books, too.
  4. Be professional with your relationships. Your agent is your business partner and your editor is your collaborator – not your therapist, parent, or spouse. You don’t own their lives. Don’t monopolize them. Be courteous. Be polite. Poke when you need to, nicely. They’ll appreciate you more if they don’t have to carry you and hold your hand over every bump in the road.
  5. Know that there are bumps in the road. LOTS. You’ll write books that won’t get offers of representation and/or published. You’ll write books that will get represented/published but don’t sell well. You’ll write books that publish, sell well, then stop selling and go out of print. You’ll get discouraged. You’ll threaten to quit and become a Medical Lab Tech like in those commercials you see on daytime TV. Bumps are a part of the journey. Accept it now. It’s a roller coaster. Up and down. Up and down. Up and down. Try to enjoy the ride.
  6. Find other writer friends. They are on the same ride as you. And as we know, roller coasters are more fun with your best buddy screaming right beside you.
  7. Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever respond to reviews. Ever. Never ever. EVER. Got it?
  8. Don’t say stupid stuff on Twitter.
  9. In the words of Kenny Rogers: “You gotta know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.” This is true of manuscripts. Not every word you right should be published. Some manuscripts are best left to die. If you’ve rewritten the same book for 10 years, and it still hasn’t had an offer of representation or publication, it’s time to move on.
  10. Keep writing. Keep writing. Keep writing.


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About The Author

Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

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  1. Thanks for being on the tour! 🙂