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Bang2write is known best for its screenwriting advice, but being a novelist and author myself, I also love to write and read about the art of novels, too.

So, with lots of you Bang2writers out there resolving to write a novel this new year, then – here’s my top tips on getting yours written, edited AND out there! Enjoy …

1) Writing

DYK? Writing a novel is HARD! Le duh. The good news is, there’s a plethora of help online to get us through the process and B2W is no different. Here’s some of the most-hit articles on this site dealing with the many ways, reasons, mistakes and other things we writers have to deal with when diving into our drafts:

5 Steps To Writing A Novel

Top 10 (Normal) Struggles When Writing A Novel

How NOT To Write A Novel: 5 Mistakes Writers Make

5 Reasons To Write Novels

7 Reasons Why Studying Screenwriting Can Make You A Better Novelist

2) Editing

Gone are the days in which authors and novelists could send out first drafts. Nowadays, competition is higher than ever, with harsher standards to be met. If writers want their work to attract agents’, publishers’ or even readers’ critical eyes, then editing our work is a MUST … Luckily, there’s lots of advice out there on the web about this, too and B2W is no exception:

5 Questions To Help Edit Your Work 

5 Ways To Evaluate Your Feedback

Creative Ways To Edit Outside The Box

5 Tips For Editing Your Work 

6 Reasons NOT To Have A Prologue In Your Novel

2 Things ALL Writers Get Wrong In Early Drafts

11 Expositional Clichés That Will Kill Your Story

3) Submitting & Self Publishing

Once upon a time, writers had only one real way “in” to publishing: usually via an agent and a so-called “traditional” deal.

But this has changed in recent years. Authors now have gained more choice on their routes to publishing, thanks to new technology like the Kindle, plus platforms like blogs, Twitter and Facebook to find their audiences. The “indie author”, just like the indie filmmaker, has arrived!

3 Ways To Transform From “Self Publisher” to “Indie Author”

12 Things To Think About Before Rushing Into Self Publishing

10 Tips For Authors Promoting Their Books Online

Authors & Book Rights – 5 Key Truths

8 Essential Tips For Working With Cover Artists

Social media has also opened up what was previously quite a closed shop: now writers can follow and converse with literary agents and publishers online, meaning there is again HARSH expectations of “proper” submissions practices … But again, subs guidelines are easy to follow, so really there’s no excuse not to do it properly! Here’s the most-hit articles on B2W about novel and agent submissions:

5 Steps To Writing The Perfect Cover Letter For Your Novel

How To Write A Cover Letter: The Write Way & The Wrong Way 

29 Ways NOT To Submit To An Agent 

29 Ways To Find An Agent by Harry Bingham

Question: Can I Use My Self Published Book To Try & Hook An Agent?

Good luck!

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3 Responses to 3 Steps To Writing, Editing & Submitting Your Novel

  1. Peter Hitchen says:

    Excellent information that I’ll definitely make use of. Thank you!

  2. Dawn says:

    Thank you Lucy.

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