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View Diary: A Kossack's Guide to Book Publishing - part 7 [updated] (87 comments)

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    My first two didn't sell, but they eventually landed me my first agent. More importnatly, they taught me some key things I needed in order to write books that would sell. They were near misses, which could have sold with a favorable tailwind but weren't irresistible. Looking back on them, while there are scenes that I love and the writing holds up, my control of plot is much stronger now - there are things in the story structure I would never do today, 12 books later, and they weaken the book.

    Piers Anthony wrote 13 books before he sold one.

    It can take a while, and while sometimes first novels do sell, more often they teach you the skills you need to write a more successful book.

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    by Swordsmith on Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 08:56:04 AM PDT

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