My 6 Rules for the Publication Process

Anything worth doing comes at a cost. The bigger the dream, the higher the cost.

Having accepted that being a novelist will take my life, sweat and blood, the economist within me has a few questions. Agents in economic models seek to maximize utility (wellbeing) at the lowest cost. In other words, the economist in me is very interested in finding the most efficient way of achieving my goals – you could even call it the maximization of resources.

Thus emerge the 6 Clarag Rules for the Publication Process, which are meant to keep the process moving as efficiently as possible. They can be applied to those who are working on any writing project, whether in blogs or through books (self or traditional publishing). Importantly, they are based on information shared by those who know much more than I do.

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Author Spotlight: How did Tammara Webber make it?

You’re always going to have to learn through your own experience, but it’s best if you’re prepared by having read others who have gone through it.

In 450 words or less, the “Author Spotlights” help shine light on contemporary writers of different genres, and concentrates on how they gained popularity so that you can have a head start on yours.


Indie author Tammara Webber published four books (and wrote an additional four) before hitting a bestseller with Easy. Prior to its release, she wrote weekly teasers and shared the upcoming novel’s cover. Although she “honestly has no idea” how her book got noticed, she does note that  favorable reviews from book bloggers really helped spread the word about it. Her entire marketing strategy is simply to “interact with readers and know [her] audience”.

Her advice to us [this has been shortened, for the full text visit this page]:

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Where I found Unexpected Inspiration

There’s this feeling I get when I’m putting words on a page. Do you feel it too? It’s hard to explain, other than it simply brings a smile to my face, a feeling of sublime satisfaction. The best is that while I’m at it, I’m deeply thankful for my existence, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

For that reason, I can’t remember a moment in my life during which I wasn’t writing. I was inspired to do so because the act of writing helped me feel closer to something beautiful and much larger than myself. But, as I explain here, I didn’t always have the courage to show my work to anyone else. And, from what I’ve been learning recently, many people have that problem. Just a few of the excuses I would make for my self-censorship: no one wants to be bothered with my trivial thoughts, I’m just another kid, then preteen, then teenager, and now, young woman, spilling her guts on a page, and the strongest: it’s not good enough anyway.

The break from self-censorship came in January 2014, although it would take a few months to form into Of Poets & Heartbreakers. How did it happen, you ask?

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Why write?

Office meeting today, or high school classroom then

It’s always been the same,

I look like I’m taking notes back here,

But it’s a masquerade.

Yes, a complete charade,

Because while I pretend to hear what you’re saying,

I’m dumping my guts on a page.

The release of a high-pressure dam, that’s what it feels like to write. Blood runs through to my hands, water flooding out of the gate. Right before the pen hits the page, my heart beats faster. Always that change in rhythm, as if I’m a parched wild animal that’s spotted a watering hole.

If you’re a writer, you’ll understand. It’s felt natural since the beginning. A new experience, and old experience, every day gives you an excuse to play with words, create worlds, and play with reality. When I was in second grade, for instance, I saw snow for the first time. This was the result.

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5 things I learned about writing, while blogging fiction

  1. Online story-telling is a good way to establish a writing discipline.

When I began my fiction blog Of Poets & Heartbreakers, most people I spoke to about it would ask me what I was trying to achieve. After thinking about my incentives, I realized that what I wanted was practice and feedback. I mean it exactly in the “basketball practice”, “volleyball practice” type of way.

When you write for yourself, you don’t get feedback and practice can lag. But, when you start writing for others, even if you’re looking to attract just a couple followers who enjoy and critique your work, you must let them know your publication schedule and stick to it. If you don’t stick to it, they will stop coming back to read your story (yes, I’ve learned this the hard way).

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