Monday, March 15, 2010

Words of Wisdom

Just a quick 'Ides of March' hello/warning. (Be careful out there today... :) I'll be back tomorrow with a new Girlfriends Cyber Circuit Q&A with author Jenny Gardiner, but I wanted to share this great quote from wonderful women's fiction writer Sarah Addison Allen--from her interview at Books on the House.

Q: How long did it take for you to get published? Can you give me advice on writing a book?

SAA: I graduated from college in 1994, and that’s when I started writing seriously. I sold a few small things along the way, but Garden Spells didn’t sell until 2006. That’s twelve years writing as close to full-time as I could manage, folks. Twelve long years. This is what I know: There’s no shortcut. There’s no secret handshake. You sit down, you write. YOU FINISH IT. You revise and make it the best you can make it. You do your research on where to submit and you submit it. Then you start writing something new. It’s all about the rinse and repeat.

Well said, Sarah!! To read the full interview, click HERE. Books on the House is also giving away copies of Sarah's latest novel, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, on their site. Visit them here for more details.

Until tomorrow!


Pamela Cayne said...

And that needs to be on a t-shirt. (Or maybe an abbreviated version...)

Can't wait until Jenny visits tomorrow!

Robin said...

Thanks, Marilyn.

Edie Ramer said...

Love Sarah Addison Allen's new title. Great advice! Thanks for sharing. I'll check out her interview.

Marilyn Brant said...

Pamela~LOL about the t-shirt! (And I just scheduled Jenny's post to go up in the morning. ;)


Thanks, Edie. Her books all have such interesting themes, don't they? I'm looking forward to reading this one!

tonya kappes said...

Isn't she amazing!Her books are just as great.

I can't wait to see Jenny here.

Marilyn Brant said...

Thanks so much, Tonya!!

Nancy J. Parra said...

Thanks Marilyn, I love Sarah's books and this quote.

SiNn said...

oh wow will have to check these out they sound fun

Marilyn Brant said...

Nancy, I loved that quote, too ;).

SiNn, thanks! I'm so glad you like it as well!!

Brittany Roshelle said...

What a great question! Writers just have to keep writing and it isn't easy at all!