Who am I to give ANYONE any kind of writerly advice? I'm no one, really. And that is the same for ANYONE else out there spouting advice to young/new writers. Advice isn't concrete, so be wary. Be careful. Advice, even from professionals, is simply an OPINION. As with nostril holes, we all have them--opinions that is. Some are HUGE. Some are in need of trimming (you've seen those hairy noses. You know what I mean), and some are just plain nasty.
But in the case of all (well, almost all), we're simply trying to pass on what we've learned to help others along their path. That's all I'm doing. I admit that. I also admit that for the most part, I haven't got a clue. I'm still trying to work out the basics of finding writerly success, but what I do know is what works for me. That's all I can ever offer here on my blog. If others can gleam something from my ramblings, then fantastic. If I can gleam something from someone else's ramblings, all the better for me. But I will NEVER tell you THIS is the way YOU have to do something. Never.
There are too many contradictions out there for anything to ever be set in stone as the right thing to do. Get you book professionally edited before publishing it--I still believe there is merit in this (lots of merit). This is a step I will never skip. But does that mean that every best seller out there is edited to a perfect shine or that your book, once edited perfectly, will become a best seller? Nope. There are many best sellers that I can't even get past reading their sample due to so many errors. There are also AMAZING books out there that only sell a handful of copies that put those bestsellers to shame because they're written so well and edited the same. How can that be? Right place, right time, I guess. No one really knows for sure, and if someone tells you they do--RUN.
It's impossible to know--just like a fortune teller. Oh, they can get close, and may even get a few things right in the process, but it's impossible to predict the future (feel free to argue with me on that if you'd like). So, if you come to my blog and read my "ADVICE" remember, it is only my opinion. That is all. If it works for you, fantastic. If it doesn't, move on and find what DOES work for you. Regardless of what advice you listen to, keep writing and keep loving what you do. Create your very best work. Everything else will fall into place after that.
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