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Beth Jusino is an award-winning writer, developmental editor, teacher, and publishing consultant with twenty years of experience helping people share better stories. She's also an unlikely pilgrim and thru-hiker who has spent more than 100 days walking Europe's Way of Saint James, better known as the Camino de Santiago. Her thousand-mile trek across France and Spain is the subject of her latest book, Walking to the End of the World.

Beth's books have won the Barbara Savage Miles from Nowhere Award for narrative travel writing and the Independent Publisher Book Award for publishing titles, and have been nominated for the Banff Mountain Book Competition. She's a member of The Authors Guild and the Northwest Editors Guild.

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Beth Jusino Understand that publishing is a business, and if you want your work to be published successfully, you need to start thinking like a businessperson.…moreUnderstand that publishing is a business, and if you want your work to be published successfully, you need to start thinking like a businessperson. (This is true whether you self publish or traditionally publish, so let's stop being judgy about one another's choices.)

Your income isn't based on how hard you worked on the book, or how many years it took you to write it. It's based on how many books sell, so it's in your best interest to figure out how to identify your readers and attract them to your work.(less)
Beth Jusino Sure, as long as that response is "thank you for reading and sharing your feedback," or something equally positive.

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Sure, as long as that response is "thank you for reading and sharing your feedback," or something equally positive.

It's never, ever a good idea to try to correct, dispute, or engage with a negative review. If a reader didn't like the book, or didn't understand it, let that go without comment. A review is not an invitation to dialogue. Answering a critique draws more attention to the negative response, and puts the author in a place where they'll just end up looking defensive, petty, or bad.

If you're tempted to defend or explain yourself, step away from the keyboard. (less)
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Pitching a Publisher, Step 1: Know What You’re Pitching

You wrote a manuscript that you want to see published. You read the previous blog post (and this and this), and understand the importance of editing, revising, polishing, and working to make that book the best it can be. You’ve done all of that, and now it’s time to find the right publishing partner.

Here’s Step 1:

Know what you’re pitching.

Really? That’s it?

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Hannah Pittard
“We packed our trunks and suitcases, prepared for our natural and necessary moves away from home. Outwardly, we breathed sighs of relief at the somber comfort of growing up. Inwardly, we held our breath and tried to stand as still as possible, afraid we might be the only ones who didn’t yet feel the promised call of adulthood.”
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Karen Thompson Walker
“Later, I would come to think of those first days as the time when we learned as a species that we had worried over the wrong things: the hole in the ozone layer, the melting of the ice caps, West Nile and swine flu and killer bees. But I guess it never is what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophes are always different—unimagined, unprepared for, unknown.”
Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

Mary Doria Russell
“we all make vows, Jimmy. And there is something very beautiful and touching and noble about wanting good impulses to be permanent and true forever," she said. "Most of us stand up and vow to love, honor and cherish someone. And we truly mean it, at the time. But two or twelve or twenty years down the road, the lawyers are negotiating the property settlement."
"You and George didn't go back on your promises."
She laughed. "Lemme tell ya something, sweetface. I have been married at least four times, to four different men." She watched him chew that over for a moment before continuing, "They've all been named George Edwards but, believe me, the man who is waiting for me down the hall is a whole lot different animal from the boy I married, back before there was dirt. Oh, there are continuities. He has always been fun and he has never been able to budget his time properly and - well, the rest is none of your business."
"But people change," he said quietly.
"Precisely. People change. Cultures change. Empires rise and fall. Shit. Geology changes! Every ten years or so, George and I have faced the fact that we have changed and we've had to decide if it makes sense to create a new marriage between these two new people." She flopped back against her chair. "Which is why vows are such a tricky business. Because nothing stays the same forever. Okay. Okay! I'm figuring something out now." She sat up straight, eyes focused somewhere outside the room, and Jimmy realized that even Anne didn't have all the answers and that was either the most comforting thing he'd learned in a long time or the most discouraging. "Maybe because so few of us would be able to give up something so fundamental for something so abstract, we protect ourselves from the nobility of a priest's vows by jeering at him when he can't live up to them, always and forever." She shivered and slumped suddenly, "But, Jimmy! What unnatural words. Always and forever! Those aren't human words, Jim. Not even stones are always and forever.”
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