10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Writing
1) All the research in the world is useless if you don’t sit down and
write the book.
2) Your efforts at self-promotion do not supplement the effort of your
publisher — but, in fact, are a desperate attempt to fill the gap for
all the things your publisher could have (should have) done … or
could have (should have) done differently.
3) No matter how much you wait by the phone, Oprah ain’t gonna call. Or
Diane Sawyer. Or Matt Lauer. (Or Jerry Springer.)
4) The greatest story hook in the world is useless if your publisher
refuses to include it in any of the catalog or marketing copy. (Or, for
that matter, on the cover of the book itself.)
5) It doesn’t help to gripe about what went wrong with your last book
— you’ve got to keep pushing forward.
6) The greatest book in the world won’t sell if your friends can’t find
it — and strangers never hear about it.
7) If your last name falls toward the end of the alphabet, you really
should consider a pen-name that falls somewhere around the middle.
8) No matter how much you try to fool yourself, watching TV is (mostly)
9) When the manager of the local bookstore admits they have never heard
of you, do not resort to violence. (Showing up in the police blotter is
10) Don’t make jokes about being arrested. (People think you’re serious.)
Chris Well is a novelist and magazine editor.
His next novel, the comedy thriller TRIBULATION HOUSE (Harvest House),
is already acclaimed by Colleen Coble and Alton Gansky, among others.
Find him online at
http://www.StudioWell.com and http://www.myccm.org/ChrisWell