From Woman Writers, Women’s Books
‘You got this’
The writer’s life can be creatively fulfilling and packed with possibility — and it can also be arduous, frustrating, and downright lonely. Sometimes you just need another writer friend (or ten!) who gets it, has been there, and can give you that little bit of encouragement or great piece of advice that inspires you to keep going.
We’ve got you covered! We asked ten of our published authors to share the best writing advice they ever received, and to tell us what inspired them to persevere and keep creating. Think of it as your own personal support circle when you need a creative pick-me-up! Here’s what they had to say:
‘You got this’
“From those who published books before me: ‘Put butt in chair.’ (Plus a variation on that theme: ‘Sit. Stay.’) From my storytelling instructor: ‘Don’t worry about your memoir: it’s YOUR story. Write it down.’ From my writing coach and all-round cheerleader: ‘You got this.’ So, to every fellow writer out there: Keep on keepin’ on. We NEED your art.”
— Margaret Davis Ghielmetti, author of Brave(ish): A Memoir of a Recovering Perfectionist
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Consider a mindful approach
“‘A writer writes.’ I don’t remember when or where I first received this advice, but it fuels my daily writing practice. Whether I lock in for a stellar word count or labor to squeeze out a few measly sentences, I’m comforted by progress and validated by discipline. No matter how slow or frustrating the process may feel, I’m living my dream—in the moment, every day.
This mindful approach to writing helps me enjoy all the stages of publication, from inception to promotion. What a special joy it is to be celebrating award nominations for The Ninja Daughter, preparing for the virtual launch of The Ninja’s Blade, and writing the next Lily Wong adventure!
Link to the rest at Woman Writers, Women’s Books
PG noted the headline of the OP mentioning “Published Authors” and, sure enough, he didn’t find an indie author in the bunch. He didn’t check every book featured in the OP, but ones he looked up on Amazon had unimpressive Bestsellers Rank numbers.
Indie authors are “published authors.”
The only difference between indie authors and “traditionally-published authors” is that indie authors hire the people that they think will do the best job of editing and formatting their books and designing their covers.
Indie authors are the boss, not the minimum-wage help.
Traditionally-published authors are either a low-cost/low-risk contractor or a sucker, depending upon what sort of traditional publisher they’re dealing with.
Some very successful indie authors have paid PG to help them get out of the traditional publishing contracts that are keeping them poor so they can make better money as indies. (No, PG does not disclose the identities of any of his clients as a hard-and-fast policy. He doesn’t ask any of his clients for permission to disclose their names, either.)
To be fair to the author the OP, she did disclose that she is a book publicist at the end of the article, but didn’t say how many of the books she mentioned in the OP were books she’d been hired to publicize.
Several of the books mentioned in the OP were published by She Writes Press, a “hybrid” publisher that offers the “She Writes Press Publishing Package” for $7,900.
The author of the OP didn’t mention whether her services were part of the She Writes Press Publishing Package” or not.
But there PG goes again, being all cynical and not believing in fairy godmothers in the book business.