The Author’s Responsibility

Today’s tip is brought to you by Rachelle Gardner’s blog. She is a literary agent that writes a blog to help writers traverse the publishing world. It’s interesting stuff.

The blog entry I’m talking about today is about the importance of mastering the craft of writing.

To summarize the entry, she believes that publishers are starting to spend less and less time on pre-publication editing, and so producing a quality manuscript will be increasingly left to the writer. In other words, it’s more important than ever for you to learn the writing rules and use them (and at times, break them) well. If not, readers will be less likely to read your work or recommend them to their friends. This goes for those who are traditionally published as well as those who self-publish.

I believe that the biggest mistake many new and aspiring writers make is not spending enough time revising. The first draft is not the end of it. You have to go back and revise and revise and revise to make sure your writing shines.

I suppose that is why you are visiting the tips on this page, but I don’t think this is enough for most people. If you can take a writing class, take it. Look in your city; perhaps you can take a free class at the community center (I did that once). In fact, I took writing classes in college, online, and at a community center. Do what it takes to keep learning.

According to this agent, it may be increasingly your responsibility to make sure your work is the best it can be.

Do you have a question about the way the publishing community is changing? Do you like or hate those changes?

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