5 Things I’ve Learned From Submitting A Short Story

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1. Write everything down.

I’ve found over time, that I write my best stuff when I write it out longhand on paper and then import it into the computer. Some people are also the same way, while others are completely the opposite.

My point with this step is make sure you write everything down. It doesn’t have to be perfect at the beginning.

Never written a short story?

2. Get a group of supporters. 

I love that I have a group of supporters. They really are wonderful. Another good term for them is “people who are willing to give you a kick in the butt and remind you to work on it”.

It’s nice, when you are going about your life and you are reminded by people of your projects. It makes you live up to your word and stay accountable. If you said you were writing a short story.

Write it.

Finish it.

Ship it.

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Katie Cross – Miss Mabel’s School For Girls

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 12.24.15 PMNote from Devin’s Desk: Please welcome my friend, Katie Cross to the blog! Her new book is coming out tomorrow!! How exciting!??? Let’s give her a warm and big welcome!!

For me, writing a book involved a lot of staring at a computer screen, erasing text, pulling my hair out, and Pinterest.

Oh, yes. You heard right. Pinterest.

The power of Pinterest comes from the images. I always find photos that I want to remember and have access to, so I pin them to a board for later reference. So, I thought to myself, Hey, I’m releasing my first book, Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. Why don’t I give the readers something to look at in anticipation of the book?

So instead of a boring interview where I talk about how great I am, I’m here today to take you on a visual tour to give you a few ideas of what you can expect to find in this exciting new YA fantasy novel, Miss Mabel’s School for Girls.

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