Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stephen Fraser: Midwiving Your Book

Stephen is using this session to spoil attendees with a little bit of encouragement.

A state of joyous wonder helps the book on its way to rightful placement.  You may call this midwiving your book.

Cultivate time every day to be truly still.  Don't let your ego speak; just listen.  Love this creative space within you.  Let this joy spread to all of those you come in contact with.  Don't worry about publishing; delight in what is.  This joyous sense will carry you along; the results will be sure, strong, and continuous.

Get yourself out of the way and let it happen.

Being an agent is like being a GPS system; I have to find not only the right publisher but the right editor.

If an agent or editor asks for a revision, be willing to participate. Be willing to be part of a joint effort to take your manuscript to the next level.

One of the most important things a writer can do is be appreciative and respectful.  Don't burn bridges.

Tell your agent and/or editor thank you.  Show your appreciation.  It says a lot about you.  Think about building long term careers.

There is a lot you can do to promote your own book.  If you show publishers you are willing to do your part, they will grab your hand and run with you.

Don't rush to say yes; think through your options.

Be aware that a corporate way of looking at things has crept in.  Keep this in mind.

Sometimes the concerns of commerce override the concerns or art.  We need both.

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