True Publishing Story: Jennifer Bosworth

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This is the first installment of our “True Publishing Story” series, where we’ll be speaking with authors to get the inside scoop on how they got published. If you’re an aspiring author and wondering how to get published, this series is for you!

Last month, we had the opportunity to sit down with debut author Jennifer Bosworth to discuss how she got her first book, STRUCK, published with Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group.

Jennifer’s tips:

  • Attend writers conferences and pitch-fests to meet others in the industry and hone your skills
  • When receiving feedback on your work, ask yourself if the changes suggested will just make the reviewer happy, or if they will actually strengthen your story
  • In addition to friends, relatives and other aspiring authors, try to get input from editors (possibly freelance) and/or agents
  • Try to maintain a balance between creativity (incorporating lots of new ideas) and structure (a solid outline of your main story points)
  • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to publish everything you write. Not every idea comes at the right time and place to be purchased by a publisher – even for established authors
  • Join or create support groups with other writers, but at the same time, don’t forget your readers!

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A big thanks to Jennifer for taking the time to share her story! You can pick up a copy of STRUCK on Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, or at your local bookstore. And make sure to check out her awesome book trailer!