When I first started writing almost ten years ago, I made myself one promise: I wasn’t going to spend my own money to get published. This meant not only no vanity press publication, but also no writer’s workshops, no new laptop computer, no editor telling me what I was doing wrong at six dollars a page. Understand, I’m not criticizing anyone for paying for those things. (I salute any writer who’s willing to put her money where her book is.)
But I wanted to see if I could do it without spending. I didn’t even buy Microsoft Word. I wrote the whole thing in a couple of slightly used spiral-bound notebooks.
Throughout the unpublished years, I kept to my promise. I didn’t spend any money if it could possibly be avoided. No workshops. No editors. No contests that had an entry fee. Continue reading “Best Review Ever (and some unsolicited advice for the coming year.)”