Have you recently completed your manuscript? Gone over it yourself a time or two? Then it’s probably time to hire your first developmental or line editor—and once you think you’ve found the right one, it can be really tempting to just send your book right to them and forget it for a while. But that’s not how it should work.
So you’re having trouble getting people to read what you’ve written?
But unless you’re J.K. Rowling and you’re publishing another Harry Potter novel, every writer ever has to deal with this problem on a regular basis. Not only do you have to get people to want to read your books though; you also have to make people be willing to pay money for them. And that’s a challenging feat.
Ah, the dreaded genre dilemma. You may start this inner debate with yourself early in the writing process, or wait until after your manuscript is complete, but you’re going to have to address the issue at some point—so I suppose there’s no time like the present!
The issue of copyright is one of the most heavily-debated in the writing world. Authors, especially young ones, tend to be sort of clueless in this area, and often take advice from those who also don’t know what they’re talking about. So I’m here to set the record straight. (Buckle up—this is a long read!)