Goodreads Q&A and Writing Advice from David Estes

If you have any questions for me, I’m doing a Q&A over at Goodreads all week. You can find it here, as part of David Estes’s YA fan group.

I also wanted to share a blog post David recently put up. It’s some of the soundest advice I’ve seen for aspiring writers. Definitely worth a read. My favorite bit:

Be patient! Those who are trying to make quick money will realize how hard and competitive the publishing industry really is and they’ll give up, but if you’re serious and you keep working at it, publishing more and more books, growing your readership slowly over time, you’ll outlast the others. I’m not talking days or months here, I’m talking years. You have to be in it for the long run, looking at success ten years down the road. Every step you take today is a step in the right direction.

That’s the most honest and uplifting and dead-right advice you’ll ever get. The entire post is worth a read. Brilliant stuff.

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