First of all, I'd like to welcome my new followers and Crusaders! I'm very pleased to meet all of you! I'm getting close to 200! So cool! Yay! I think book giveaways are on the cards! Woo-hoo!!!
So, what have you been doing these days? Exciting week so far? Tell me what you have been up to!
Me? Let me tell you...
Last Saturday, I attended a writing workshop (Writing Children's Fiction) with a very enthusiastic tutor, Author Paeony Lewis. Paeony has a joyous personality with an infectious laughter that obviously made us smile all throughout the four hours we were with her. The writing exercises were very interesting indeed, especially the characterization part where we were asked to create a character not realising that in the process, we were also creating an idea for a story!
I left the classroom so elated that I wanted to zoom back home so I could carry on writing! Paeony gave us so much inspiration and encouragement, without forgetting to state the truth - that it is hard to get published but absolutely not impossible.
Here are some points that I've learned from my charismatic tutor, Paeony:
1. When writing, always remember that a story is a problem that needs to be solved.
2. Aside from the main plot, you must always have a psychological plot that develops in each chapter of your story.
3. Take rejections as part of apprenticeship.
4. Even after getting published, you will still get rejected.
5. You don't have to have an agent.
6. You can contact publishers directly but you have to find out who these publishers are who accept submissions directly from writers.
7. You can submit the same work to as many publishers as you want at the same time.
8. Agents don't like receiving manuscripts that have already been submitted to publishers.
9. Give the publisher or agent time to have a look at your work. Six months is enough time - if you haven't heard from them, it is time to write and make a follow-up.
10. Publishers are always looking for fresh ideas and new talent so don't ever give up!
There you go, dear friends! I know some of them you already know as writers but just the same, I thought I'd share them with you as a good reminder.
Happy writing, everyone!