Publishing trends may come and go, but honesty always prevails.

Publishing trends may come and go, but honesty always prevails. Here’s why. (In my opinion.)

Every writer published, or unpublished fears the dreaded T word. TREND. Just mentioning t-who-should-not-be-named makes my stomach twist in a knot. Advice is dispensed by everyone and their mother on the subject, but what happens when the story that’s itching to be told happens to be in a hot genre du-jour?

Write it anyway. (Waits for tomatoes to be thrown at screen.)

Write it, and make it the best freaking [insert genre here] novel it can be. Will it be harder to get an agent, or a publishing contract? Probably. But isn’t that already super difficult? Put your original spin on it and don’t hold back. Maybe it won’t sell now, but fear not–publishing is a cyclical industry. Your time will eventually come. In the meantime, keep writing! (And revising;))

Personally, I write YA light science fiction, speculative fiction, and dark fantasy. I’m not writing to a trend. Actually — if I’m being honest — I’ve been trying to write a contemporary young adult novel, but it never works out. Something always goes all fantastical in my brain. I. Can’t. Help. It.

Believe me, if I could write about lofty romances set in Europe, I so would. I think those stories are amaze balls, and I adore reading them. Deep down I’m a closet romantic. I’m also totally jealous of writers who can capture true-to-life contemporary novels. Holy crap, I WISH I could do that.

But I’ve never been that girl, fictional or not.

Don’t get me wrong, I seriously respect people who can write epic love stories historical, contemporary, or what-have-you. My early attempts at writing things like that were often met with furrowed brows. And comments like, “This is your happy story? But you’re talking about things that are…writhing around on top of burning embers…”

Sigh.

The hardest part about being an author, is finding your authentic voice and honoring it. No matter what.

That being said, I have to believe that what I’m writing passionately about will find its way into others hearts, as well (eventually). Trend, or not.

If I am a science fiction/fantasy writer by nature, wouldn’t I be doing everyone a disservice by trying to genre jump — just because the next [not-yet-hot-genre] might be an easier sale?

I’m not sure what the right answer is. But I am sure of one thing: the best things I’ve ever written have come from that unabashedly honest writing place within me. Blood, guts, and all. It’s where my voice truly comes alive.

With my latest project, agents are noticing that honesty. I credit not holding back (for fear of how it may, or may not be received) for my current request rate. (Just thinking about it is sending my heart into crazy palpitations. Inhale. Exhale.)

I think the best writing and publishing advice is this: be one-hundred percent honest with your writing. Write from your heart, people will notice. I think no matter the trend, if you stay true to yourself, eventually your time will come.

Never be afraid to keep improving your craft, though. Know that you’re an amazing writer, but there’s ALWAYS room to grow. (Myself, very much included!! :)) When all else fails, start your next project. Every new book is a stepping stone. Trust me all those stones will lead to good things. Each new project will teach you precious writing techniques. Also, don’t forget to READ!! Devour everything you can, you’ll be amazed by how much you’ll gain from reading in your genre (and beyond).

No matter what subject you choose to write about, be brave. Be bold. And revise the hell out of your manuscripts. Have a fantastic day loves. XO

What are your thoughts on writing trends? Are you finding that (even writing in your authentic genre) it’s harder to break into the publishing industry, now more than ever? 

Or… has the only thing that’s really changed is our ability to openly commiserate communicate (via social networking) about the whole publishing process?

Top five [misquoted] things writers should avoid.

 I like LOVE to post top quotes in various categories: Music, writing, food, and so on. But today I thought it’d be fun to twist some popular quotes around and turn them into HORRIBLE writing advice.

 Consider it an exercise in getting your brain back into the work grind. Happy Monday! XOXO

 Top five misquoted things that can be detrimental to your writing career.

1.) Never use one word when two will do. — Thomas Jefferson misquote

2.) If you don’t have time to read, then you have more time to write. Simple as that. — Stephen King misquote

3.) If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you’re screwed until someone else writes it. — Toni Morrison misquote

4.) If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: drink a lot and write a lot. — Stephen King misquote

5.) The first draft of anything is THE shit. — Ernest Hemingway misquote

Top Ten: Quotes for Writers and Word Nerds

Unfortunately, I don’t have time for a super long post today because I’m spending the weekend putting the final (okay the sixth, or seventh FINAL) touches on my latest project. I started it at the end of December, shelved it in early January – wrote another book in between – and brought it back out a few weeks ago, to really edit it into perfection. I really like it, and I even made a video trailer for it. (Visual aides are my weakness, you should try it sometime!) But that’s staying underground for a bit, I’ll put it up on Youtube eventually.

The first round of query letters are going out SOON(ish), so I’m super excited. That’ll bring my submission count up to three novels circulating at once. Two projects are still under consideration by some mighty fine agencies, so we’ll see how this lil’ guy does. Soooo, since I’m editing and doing all that fun writerly stuff, here are some quotes for all you writers out there doing the same thing this weekend. Happy Friday! XOXOXOXOXO

Top Ten Quotes for Writers and Word Nerds

1.) “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway

2.) “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison

3.) “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” — Robert Frost

4.) “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” — Kurt Vonnegut

5.) “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” — Stephen King

6.) “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” — Virginia Woolf

7.) “Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” — Neil Gaiman

8.) “Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” — Meg Cabot

9.) “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” — Neil Gaiman

10.) “So what? All writers are lunatics!” — Cornelia Funk

Let’s eat grandpa

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“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” – Oscar Wilde

It’s all fun and games until someone accidentally eats grandpa.

I’m TOTALLY guilty of this common grammar mistake. Oh, the SHAME. XOXO