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Taking Care of You

January 5, 2014

By Larry J. Leech

If 2013 was the year of self-publishing, as some have dubbed it, what will 2014 be?

Could be any number of things at this point. Could be the year that e-book prices drop. Or rise. Could be the year that we see another two big publishing house merge. Or could be the year that self-pub releases dominate the top seller’s lists.

While we’re unsure what we may find on the road of publishing, one thing is certain, readers will want great content. To deliver that great content, each of us, whether multi-published or a potential first-timer, must work on our craft. And not take shortcuts.

Publishing is a big beast that some have trouble getting their arms around. That’s okay. The key is to keep learning. About the industry. About the craft. About yourself.

Without you, readers won’t have content. Without you, publishers won’t have readers. Without you, the industry will disappear.

So, take care of you this year. Eat well. Sleep well. Or if you’re inclined, exercise. Read as much as you can. Write a lot. Re-write more. Study the craft. Discover want you need to grow, not only as a writer, but also as a person. Then work hard. And deliver great content that readers will enjoy.

About the Author:

LarryFor more than thirty years, Larry J. Leech II has written and edited in a number of capacities. He began his professional writing career in 1981 at age 18 and spent twenty-three years writing and editing at daily newspapers and magazines. With thousands of published articles under his belt, Larry moved into freelance book editing and writing in 2004. Since that time he has ghostwritten more than a dozen books and coached a number of aspiring writers through their projects. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide each year and has become a much sought after writing coach. Upcoming releases in 2014 include two novels and two ghostwriting projects, one of which is the memoir of Dr. Raymond Damadian, the doctor who invented the MRI. You can see him discuss ghostwriting, dialogue, and more at the FWA Mid-Winter Conference West and Reading Festival

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