I’m reworking my book with answers to questions about writing, editing, and publishing. Here is the list of questions that are answered in Tame Your Writing Dragon: answers to 57 of your burning questions about writing, editing, and publishing. If you’d like to have input on the content of this book, now’s your chance. What questions would you add? Would you put all three topics (writing, editing, and publishing) in the same book? If you’re a writer, what advice would you give to new writers?
I can do it all on my own, right?
Can I really be a writer? I’ve heard that either you “have it” or you don’t.
Should I be a writer?
Why do people write?
Do I really need to read books about writing?
Should I get Writer’s Digest?
Should I write every day?
Do I really need a writing website?
Do I need a degree to be a good writer?
Where can I get ideas for writing?
The how questions
How do I get over writer’s block?
How do I phrase things to be fresh and engaging?
How do I focus on one idea at a time?
How do I expand an idea and grow a story to fruition?
How do I figure out what my style is?
How do I develop my style?
I don’t have any time to write. How do you expect me to do this?
How do I know if my writing is any good?
How do I become a better writer?
How often should I write?
How can I write more?
How do I find out what people are buying?
The what questions
What keeps some people from writing?
What is the most important thing for writers to do, besides write?
What is a writing niche, and why do I need one?
What is “long tail,” and how does it relate to writing?
What are writing groups? Should I join one? What are the pros and cons to a writing group?
What if I don’t have the confidence to be a writer?
What is “NaNoWriMo?”
What about feedback?
What is keyword research?
What is copyright infringement, and is it really that bad?
What should I do when someone steals my writing?
What can I do about copyright infringement?
What are some differences between writing books and writing screenplays?
My friends say I should write a book. What in the world do I write about?
What if I’m afraid to use my talents?
Can I ignore things like spelling and grammar? Isn’t that the editor’s job?
What is the difference between editing and proofreading?
Can I find editors/proofreaders for less than the industry standard?
What is the process of editing like?
How do I get published?
What are the easiest markets to break into, and what are the hardest?
What is a query, and how do I write one?
How do I find out where to send a submission?
What if I get rejected?
When should I send in a summer-themed article? (relating to editorial calendar)
When should I send in a Christmas article?
What does “evergreen” mean?
How much money can I make?
Do I need to copyright my work?
So who gets published, if there are 20 manuscripts for the same story?
What is vanity publishing, and should I publish my book that way?
Okay, so what is self-publishing?
How do I get bookstores to carry my books?
How many words are “a page”?
Which font should I use?
How should I format my book?