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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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Five Ways to Break Out of a Writer’s Slump

Are you a discouraged writer?
It’s a rocky road to publication. But today is a new day! You can wipe the slate clean and begin again with a fresh and positive attitude.

Try these unique ways to break out of your writer’s slump.

1. Embrace Kindness.
Pick up a bunch of cards at a dollar store. Write encouraging poems or messages inside. Then drop them off at a rehabilitation center or hospital for the staff to distribute to patients. When you write, be creative. Focus on encouragement with a touch of humor.

2. Practice Compassion.
Think of someone you know who is going through a tough time: an illness or death in the family, caring for an elderly parent, a divorce, financial trouble . . . Write a compassionate letter to that person and send it or deliver it in person. Take your time with this one. Sharpen your revising skills.

3. Stand Up for Justice.
Think of a topic that makes you react strongly: politics, religion, social justice . . . Craft and send an opinion editorial or a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Before you write ask yourself, “How can I write to persuade and not offend?”

4. Encourage Others.
Start a writer’s coffee group. Meet over coffee to ask for help, offer hope and listen with your heart. Take a fresh approach. Instead of meeting to critique each other’s writing, meet to share information about the business of writing: proposals, agents, markets, self publishing . . . Share what you’ve learned and work for the common good—Not just getting published, but also staying encouraged through the process.

5. Be Good to Yourself.
Squash that little voice inside that says, “You’re not a writer. You might as well quit.” Imagine: If that voice were a despicable character in your novel how would you get rid of him or her? Hold that image in your head whenever you think that you can’t write.

Love yourself, stay positive,
AND
Be the kind of writer that you want the world to see.

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