September 3rd, 2015

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Writing Excuses 10.35: Breaking In, with Charlie N. Holmberg

Writing Excuses 10.35: Breaking In, with Charlie N. Holmberg

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/30/writing-excuses-10-35-breaking-in-with-charlie-n-holmberg/

Key Points: What has changed in the last 15 years? Length is more flexible. Self-publishing is more viable now. Not as much physical book sales, much more ebook sales. Advice to writers who want to break in? Get an agent. Writing hasn't changed -- finish your book, edit it, get beta readers, and then have confidence in it. Have your pitch ready, and submit to everybody. Keep going!
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[Brandon] So, Charlie, I'm going to put you on the spot again.
[Charlie] Okay.
[Brandon] Well, see, you did this to me every week for two years. I want a writing prompt out of you.
[Charlie] Oh, good.
[Brandon] I want a writing prompt that you can suggest that they can take and they can write their book that is going to sell them between 10,000 and 10 billion copies, like yours.
[Charlie] Okay. So, here's a writing prompt. This is something I was thinking of doing with a friend of mine. So go find a friend, and I want you guys to, without talking to each other, write down the titles of two or three books or movies that you really love. Put them into a hat and shake them up and pick out two. Your book is title meets title. Write that story.
[Brandon] All right. Excellent. Thank you, Charlie. Thank you for being a good sport. Thank you WorldCon audience.
[Yells and screams]
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses. Now go write.
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