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Guest Blogger Keri Mikulski: Pass It On

Please welcome guest blogger Keri Mikulski to Lit Rambles. Keri is the author of the Screwball Series (Screwball and Change Up), and the Pretty Tough Series (coming Winter 2011 from Razorbill).

Not only is she here today with an awesome guest post, but she's giving everyone a chance to check out sporty lit by offering Change Up for free on her website. How cool is that?! Let's show Keri how much we appreciate her awesomeness, shall we? If you haven't already, please considering buying a copy of Screwball as you head over to Keri's website to download the sequel.

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Thanks so much for having me, Casey! Your blog is amazing and such a valuable resource for writers.

Like a pass in soccer, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse or football, the best passes are the ones that end in a score. And although I still consider myself a complete newbie, below are five things I’ve learned over the course of my writing career either passed on to me by other authors or discovered via the hard way… I hope one (or all) of these tips will result in a scored goal. Photobucket

1. Find author, writer, and/or blogger buds you trust. Honest friends are so important in this business for comradely, comfort, and counseling.
2. If someone or a business offers to publish your book (even if it seems legit), get an agent and/or a lawyer to represent you first. Photobucket Always proceed with extreme caution. And if the publisher freaks out or gets defensive because you’ve gained representation, dump them immediately.
3. Trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right (regardless of what or who it is) it probably isn’t.
4. Read all the time. Both in the genre you want to write for and good craft books and guides. My three recent faves are James N. Frey’s How to Write a Damn Good Novel, Robert McKee’s Story, and Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat. AMAZING guides that were all recommended to me by equally amazing author buds (see number one).
5. But, most importantly – write a ton. Nothing is more valuable than your writing and your work deserves the bulk of your attention everyday. Once you receive ‘The Call’ all the books and/or scenes you were working on previously might get their day to shine.

So, what have you learned since you beginning your writing journey? Please, pass it on. Photobucket

Keri Mikulski is hard at work on a four-book deal with Penguin/Razorbill for the Pretty Tough Series Books 3 – 6 (Winter 2011). Her previous novels include Screwball and the sequel Change Up. Keri lives at the Jersey Shore (the real one) with her family. Say hello at http://www.kerimikulski.com or visit her blog at http://kerimikulski.blogspot.com.


Janet Johnson said...

Great suggestions! Totally agree with #1. It makes everything so much easier . . . less grueling.

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks, Janet!! So true. :)

Beth said...

Thanks for the book suggestions in #4. I'm always looking for great books about writing, and these sound terrific. I'm looking forward to checking them out!

Kelly Polark said...

Important tips, Keri!!!

Keri Mikulski said...

Me too, Beth! Enjoy! ;)

Thanks, Kelly! :)

Casey Something said...

Thanks again for the awesome guest post, Keri! You rock!

Angela Ackerman said...

Good to see you here, Keri! Wishing you all the success on your books, and thanks for the advice!

PJ Hoover said...

Yay Keri! She'll be on my blog next week. And she is such a doll!

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks for having me, Casey!! :) Right back atcha!

Thanks, Angela!! You too!

Awe, PJ!! *blush* :)

Elana Johnson said...

Excellent tips! I especially like the "Trust your gut" and "write a ton." Two things that I think we sometimes get bogged down and forget about.

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks, Elana! I agree. :)

J.A. Palermo said...

Great tips. And can I add to read a ton? Stop sometimes to do a close read. It's so easy to get caught up in the story. Go back again. See how the author did it.

kathrynjankowski said...

Good tips, all. I also believe in analyzing books.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great post! Very helpful suggestions. I know the more I write the better I write. :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Me too, J.A.! :)

Thanks, Kathryn! Very important. :)

So true, Sharon! :) Thanks.

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