Things I Wish I’d Known
1.. It upsets some readers if you kill off anyone under twenty, even if that person is a minor character in the story. I learned this on my first novel.
2.. God’s timing in my writing business isn’t my timing. And His timing is perfect.
3.. The process of learning and trusting is more important than the actual publication.
4.. An editor is a partner in making my book better.
5.. Editors wouldn’t have a job without authors.
6.. Never talk to your husband about one of your characters as if he or she were a real person.
7.. Never let your husband copy edit your work. Mine skipped over the passages he wasn’t interested in.
8.. When signing books, always ask the correct spelling of the first name, even if you think you know how to spell it.
9.. It’s important to be careful of the impression you make on everyone you meet.
10.. Helping others is just as important as anything you achieve.
Bonus: Not everyone will like your books.
Lena Nelson Dooley is a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in Texas with the love of her life. www.LenaNelsonDooley.com and http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com
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