My advice to writers who threaten to quit, “if I don’t sell this one” is: If you CAN quit, do.
Review the book that you have just read, not the one that you wish the author had written.
I have two things to say about getting published: One, it is almost impossible. And, two, it is the easiest thing in the world.
There is a whole wonderful world of stories out there waiting for you based on your experience, areas of expertise, and willingness to research.
Guidelines to follow when dealing with book reviewers
This is not a post about the magic of the singing group En Vogue.
Some gauge their day based on a word count. Others outline their story, chapter by chapter before they begin the process of writing.
Each scene should either advance your plot or reveal information about your character. If your scene does neither, cut it. People tend to skim or skip over scenes that have no clear goal.
The more you know, the more you have to write about.
The thrilling part of “being author” is that at this moment, we may be speaking to, sitting next to, or even meeting those rare, great, authors that are among us here today.