Christina Skye's Writer's Corner

Here's my advice for surviving in the writing biz:

Your editor is the gateway to thousands of excited readers. So how do you reach that editor and secure offers from one to fifty?

By remembering that your editor is first and foremost a READER. It's not the clever gimmick or the fancy-footwork plot that captures an editor. It's straight-to-the-gut writing.

Your editor is almost certainly overworked.

Remember that when schedules slip or details are overlooked.

Listen to your editor.

She knows what subjects or time periods are overbought and which ones are underperforming.
When she says your opening drags, you'd better stop and rethink. If she says the third chapter with the parrot and the midget assassin is overwrought, she's probably right.  :-)

Having said all that, I come to my next rule:

Don't listen to your editor.

It's your book, your plot, and your concept. Your name will be the one emblazoned on the cover. Carefully consider all points. Ask questions. Understand all suggestions. And leave your ego out of it! Then make your own choices.

Learn to be your own editor. Be ruthless with your work. Don't show it to casual friends and family members, only to critique group members or your agent.

Finally, as Gary Provost put it so well,

"Did you leave out all the boring stuff?"

So there they are. Six vital steps to writing survival. I hope they help you along your journey.