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It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us. Which means most of us, for better or for worse, will be with our families. Being with family — though familiar — can inspire a sense of dread. As we approach Grandma’s house (or Aunt Jude’s, Dad and Mom’s, our brother Ted’s, etc.), we roll our eyes and prepare to be treated the same way we were treated when we were the adorable five-year-old or the rebellious sixteen-year-old. Rarely do we experience a full and welcoming embrace of our present-day selves; instead, we are constantly shadowed by the memory, stories, and expectations of who we once were, sometimes in stark contrast to who we’ve become or would have liked to become.
Would-be authors and agents regularly ask New World Library’s editorial department what kinds of books we are looking for. Marc Allen answers that question in this short YouTube video.
The holidays are full of pressures to be glad even if you don’t feel that way. People talk about “holiday cheer,” “finding the silver lining,” and “looking on the bright side,” all of which are fine when we feel those things but can actually add to feelings of loneliness and depression when we don’t. There is also a certain kind of “holiday tyranny” in which we are encouraged to hide how we’re actually feeling, for the “sake of the holidays.”
We are meant to feel what we feel when we feel it, then let it go. Most people don’t know how they’re feeling or that it’s okay to feel it. We are not taught how to have or hold multiple feelings simultaneously, so many people choose one and cling to it. That one feeling might be described as happy or sad, but it’s not a true reflection of our complexities as humans, and results in our feelings not flowing. Instead they get stuck or other feelings are left untended.