April 23, 2012

Sarah Addison Allen

I just finished reading, and enjoying, The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. I flipped over to her website – which is really well done – and thought I’d share this with you. It’s one of her answers to a FAQ and it’s very true, definitely worth keeping in mind.  Click on the paragraph below to explore her writing further.

How long did it take for you to get published? Can you give me advice on writing a book?

I’ve always loved writing, but I didn’t start writing seriously, with the goal of being published, until I graduated from college. It took twelve years writing as close to full-time as I could manage to finally make a living from it. Twelve long years, folks. This is what I know: There’s no shortcut. There’s no secret handshake. You sit down, you write. YOU FINISH IT. You revise and make it the best you can make it. You do your research on where to submit and you submit it. Then you start writing something new. It’s all about the rinse and repeat. I wrote over a dozen completed manuscripts before Garden Spells.