Posted by: kimberlysullivan | February 14, 2014

Important lessons from first-time novelists

novelsThe excellent Writers’ Digest web site posted this interesting article on lessons learned by first-time novelists.

Five novelists share their experiences along the pathway to publication – discussing their writing lives before their first novel, their submission processes, their experiences with writers conferences, balancing writing and work/family commitments, and what they’d wished they’d known before publishing that first novel.

There’s great information here for aspiring novelists, but the best thing to take from this is how very different each publishing path is. (Unfortunately) there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy, but I love reading these stories and learning from other writers.

And you, writers? What lessons have you learned along the way?


  1. Writers’ Digest has the best articles about writing, I agree. This one is pretty interesting and motivating too for anyone willing to find an agent for example. Like you say there is no recipe! Good luck with your projects.

    • I agree, Evelyne. I love their articles, too, and learn so much. God luck with your projects, too!

  2. Well yes… there is no recipe tailored for each writer!
    It is sometimes a stroke of luck, the word of mouth, your marketing skills…
    Thank you for the excellent article, I’ve added your blog to my favorites…
    Ahhh is which Rome has attracted my curiosity!
    Have a nice weekend Kimbely and good luck for your “soul expression”
    🙂 claudine

    • Thanks for your comments, Claudine! Yes, strokes of luck are also awfully useful. : ) Glad to see you’re a Rome fan, too.

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