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Abracadabra: You’re a Novelist!

Donna Fletcher, Novelist
Donna Fletcher, Novelist

A guest post by Donna Fletcher

There’s no magic formula for writing and selling fiction. You can take a class that tells you if you do a, b and c, you’ll get published, and there are those writers who do x, y and z and get published. What works for one person doesn’t always work for another.

What does work is the magic of words and that magic depends on how you feel about writing fiction.

I’m a novelist because I love to write. It’s part of who I am and I can’t see myself not writing. Characters haunt me, plots nag at me and I have to write. It’s not a chore; it’s what I love to do. That love is what kept me writing while working a full time job until many, many books later and becoming a USA Today bestselling author I was able to become a full time writer.

But being a novelist doesn’t only consist of writing. Marketing takes a big chunk of time that is just as necessary as my writing. There are must-attend conferences, invites to present lectures, not to mention blogging tours and social networking sites to keep current.

You might ask is it all worth it? Can a novelist really make a decent living? Statistics have shown that only a small percentage of writers can make a living solely on their writing. Continue reading Abracadabra: You’re a Novelist!