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Are you a first-time writer? Here are a few tips that may help you along the road to publishing success.

My #1 piece of advice to first-time authors: Never tell yourself you won’t get published. Don’t even consider the possibility of failure.

Fiction Insider Tips:

  • Biggest first draft mistake: Forgetting to establish TIME & PLACE. Don’t make readers ask, “What’s going on?”
  • You cannot punish your hero enough. Make life difficult for him. Show us what he’s made of.
  • Don’t get too attached to a draft even if a scene doesn’t work. Ask: Is it hindering your story? Can it go in another project?

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Non-fiction Insider Tips:

  • Here’s one way to approach writing a book about your business: Ask: “what is my ideal client missing in his life? How am I his panacea?”
  • Book proposal tip: Don’t include info about your personal life that doesn’t directly pertain to your book’s message.
  • A great way to build an audience for an eventual business book is to contribute articles to a journal or blog.

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Final Words from Diane...

Are you a serious, committed writer, willing to put in the time, effort and resources necessary to become a successful, published author? Then I want to work with you!


While I have a great team of expert editors here at Write to Sell Your Book, I understand that some people prefer to work directly with me. Because I work intensely with each author, I strictly limit how many clients I take on. That means my time comes at a premium, and I choose only those clients I feel will be the right fit.


Working one-on-one truly allows me to nurture a first-time author. For fiction and memoir authors I work directly with you to outline your novel’s plot, develop themes and motifs, and strengthen your storytelling skills. For non-fiction authors, I help you hone your book’s message to position yourself as an expert to help you build your business.

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