There are very good tips here from author Richard Hardie. Incidentally, you can find him at and at his blog

Thank you to Jane Bwye for giving us opportunities to learn from the professionals. Kudos to you both!

Jane Bwye

My Author Countdown continues into its fifth month with this contribution from seasoned YA author and friend, Richard Hardie.

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  1. Be absolutely certain you want to be an author; it’s a hard slog and statistically only one book gets properly published for every 1,500 that are written. Terrible odds! Mind you, a lot of really awful books are written and even some of those get published. Some people write books just for the thrill of typing the two words “The End” and don’t mind not seeing their work in print. They may even vanity publish and pay for the privilege which can be terribly expensive and guarantees nothing, except that your book will physically exist on your own shelf, if on no one else’s.
  1. In your first book, write about a subject / location / person that REALLY interests you passionately. It’ll be obvious in your writing, because enthusiasm, like…

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