Top Secret Work Habits of the Successful Novelist

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By Randy Ross

(Note: this piece first appeared in Calliope)

Recently, I've been working on my novel at the local library, where I don't have Web access to distract me. Last week, a successful novelist* started coming in to work on what I'm assuming is his next book. So, I've had the good fortune to observe his routine, which I'd like to share.

June 24, 2013 | Randy Ross

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If You Write What You Love, Will the Money Follow?

If you write what you love will the money follow?

By Randy Ross (Portions of this piece originally published on Randy's Blog, The Loneliest Planet.)


April 22, 2013 | Randy Ross

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life

How to Read Your Writing in Public

Confession time:

I have no New York publisher.
I have no agent.
Hell, I haven't even finished writing my novel. (It will be done in January, I swear!)

Still, I've been able to read excerpts from the manuscript more than fifty times at venues in Boston, New York, and once while on a ski vacation in Revelstoke, Canada.

One more confession: I'm no actor, but I've gotten better at reading in public. And you can, too.

August 29, 2012 | Randy Ross

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Diary of a Book Marketing Novice: Keywords

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By Randy Ross
(Originally published on Randy's blog, The Loneliest Planet.)

For months, agent blogs have been exhorting writers -- even fiction writers -- to build a massive online platform of potential readers. So, last week I took the plunge and borrowed Online Book Marketing by Lorraine Phillips from the library

May 29, 2012 | Randy Ross

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