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I want to be a writer. Can you give me any advice?
The most important thing for any aspiring writer, I think, is to read! You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, Paragraph on my favorite subject, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, erotica, adventure, satire.
Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do And write. Write every day, even if it is only a page or two. Every writer needs to learn to create his own characters, worlds, and settings.
These days, I meet far too many young writers who try to start off with a novel right off, or a trilogy, or even a nine-book series. Short stories help you learn your craft.
They are a good place for you to make the mistakes that every beginning writer is going to make. And they are still the best way for a young writer to break in, since the magazines are always hungry for short SF and fantasy stories.
Whatever you do, though… good luck. Your novels are broken up into several parts in my country, and published in multiple volumes. Why do you do that? In France, in Italy, in Germany, in the Czech Republic, in Korea, in China, in Japan, and in several other countries, the novels have been published as two or in some cases, three or four books.
My understanding is that this is largely a matter of economics. These are long novels even in English, and in many cases the process of translation can actually make a book longer. And each publisher presumably knows his own market, and what the readers will and will not accept in terms of book length and book price.
Even some of the publishers who would prefer to issue each novel in a single volume — my British, Dutch, and Hebrew publishers, for instance — found themselves unable to do so in the case of A STORM OF SWORDS, where the sheer size of the book would have made it prohibitively expensive to produce, for their markets.
I know it must be annoying to have the story broken up into two or three or four parts, but in some countries the choice is either that, or no edition at all. At least I am in good company.
It was his publisher who decided to issue it as a trilogy, purely for commercial reasons. I usually visit a dozen different cities or thereabouts, in as many days. The next day I do it all over again in another city.
These tours can be exhausting, and a fifty-city tour of the sort that Stephen King and John Grisham have been known to do would not only take two months out of my life [and writing time], but might also kill me.
In any case, it is my publisher [in the U. It also helps if the store in question orders a lot of the books, and knows how to publicize author signings and get a good turnout.
Guess which one I have been back to, for all my subsequent tours? Pretty much the same thing is true for my appearances overseas, though of course the publisher is different. Sometimes it is a convention that flies me across the ocean, but if there are promotional appearances as well, signings and readings and the like, those have usually been set up by my publisher.
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I've tried changing the margin to padding, and making the margin up and down, or even making it ridiculously high, like Laura van den Berg on “The Country” by Joy Williams: One of my reigning short story favorites is “The Country” by Joy Williams (the story can be found among the new stories in The Visiting Privilege).Williams has written that “A writer starts out, I think, wanting to be a transfiguring agent, and ends up usually just making contact, contact with other human beings.
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