on Writers on the Move:
With a world-wide pandemic and lockdowns, we are seeing a unique time in the history of the world. It has not been easy for anyone. For example, to stay out of the stores and at home, I’ve learned how to order almost anything online and have it delivered to my front door. It still feels strange to order items where I normally walk into a store and get it but it’s possible and I’ve been doing it. Much has changed, yet there are many things which will remain the same way beyond this pandemic.
I read the publishing trade publications and know book sales are up–in many different categories–print and electronic book sales. Books are continuing to be released and promoted and published–as they will for years in the future. It’s good news for writers.
In this article, I want highlight something I wrote more than a dozen years ago, as a frustrated acquisitions editor. I wrote Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success. In the back of that book, I included a series of simple statements for writers that I called Maxims. Today I’m returning to these truths as reminders for every writer (including me). I hope they will be something important to you and help guide your writing life: