As a writer rules dictate how we write, format, edit, query, publish and promote. All the information can make a one's head spin.
Rules do keep things in order. Agents encourage us to visit their website for submission rules and guidelines. There are multiple blogs to help you write a query letter or the realities of the publishing business.
So, follow the rules. It may save you time from querying an agent, who isn't interested in your genre. And, it may help get your foot in the door, so it can have a larger audience than the dog.
I found "food for thought" links to share:
- Just Write —Earlier this month, BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency had a great post called: Forget Everyone Else.
- Encouragement to keep going — a post from Writing While the Rice Boils shares encouragement from Sherrilyn Kenyon. I read the link to her blog. I call Kenyon's efforts to get published heroic.
- Real world — River Jordan shares her real world as a writer on A Good Blog is Hard to Find.
- FYI on money — Author Ellery Adams bares all in this post on BookEnds.