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Three Idioms and a Proverb Guaranteed to Help You Become a Published Author

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Listen to every-day-speak, and you’ll hear idioms here, there and everywhere. Yes, idioms are a dime a dozen, and so are proverbs—those little sayings that give advice.

Here are three idioms and a proverb that when put into action can help you become a published author.

In a dream world (idiom)

dreambookIn a dream world, you imagine yourself a published author, and a famous one! Your books are number one on the best-seller lists. You travel the world doing book signings . . . .

But for a dream to become reality, even for that first book to get published, you need to step out of your dream world and into the real world. You will never become a published author by dreaming. It takes work—hard work. So, wake up! Get busy.

Look before you leap. (proverb)

lookYou’ve written a book. Now what? Before you send your manuscript to anyone, learn about how to submit to a publisher or agent. Do your homework and know what you’re doing. Another proverb knowledge is power can lead to another idiom getting your foot in the door.

 Carry the ball (idiom)

11472207-question-wordsCongratulations, you’ve successfully submitted your manuscript and someone is interested in publishing it. Your agent or editor has asked for revisions. Now, it’s up to you to carry the ball. You might think every word you wrote is perfectly right. But remember—agents and editors have reviewed hundreds, even thousands, of manuscripts and they know what makes a good story even better. Another idiom: don’t drop the ball. Instead carry it and work with your agent and editor. A good working relationship is another key to becoming a published author.

It’s about time (idiom)

Time-and-BookThe publishing industry is time driven. Deadlines. Deadlines. Deadlines. All parts fit together like a puzzle. Those final pieces printing the book and shipping it to stores are scheduled well in advance. When deadlines are missed, printing and shipping dates are in jeopardy. Time is money in publishing, and money is lost when books aren’t printed and shipped on time. You can have tons of writing talent, but if you are lazy about deadlines, your first published book might be your last.

Does your plan to become a published author have more holes than Swiss cheese? If you answered yes, then memorize these little bits of wisdom and act on them.

Your pipe dream might turn out to be—
a dream come true.

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How to Fall in Love With Your Writing

writingDo you enjoy the act of writing? Do you love to write? Let’s find out if you really love sitting down and putting words on paper.

Answer these 12 questions honestly:

When you have writer’s block or when your writing isn’t going well are you patient?

Are you kind to yourself when your writing doesn’t go well, or do you have negative thoughts about your ability?

Have you ever been jealous of an author’s success?

Do you brag about your work?

Do you/would you celebrate publication with an attitude of pride, or with humility?

Do you get upset and respond rudely when someone interrupts your writing time?

beautiful journalist looks typewriterHave you neglected responsibilities to family or others by being selfish with your writing time?

Do you count the number of times your submissions have been rejected?

What is your attitude toward rejection?

How do you accept constructive criticism?

Are you patient waiting to be published? Trusting and always hopeful?

Do you feel like giving up?

productdetailsIn his letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul provides this beautiful definition of love:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done.  Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth.  Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NCV

Apply his definition to your answers; then ask yourself:
How can you put more love into your writing?

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