Author of No More Dead Dogs and three 39 Clues books tells aspiring writer: “Post stuff on the internet.”
Just a few years ago, the mantra for anyone planning to go legit with their writing was to say no to the world wide web. Internet meant copyright headaches, dodging book theft, and the terrifying prospect of a publisher having googling skills–they’d track your novel down, and then brush you off as one of those. (Heaven forbid they find your fanfiction.net account.)
This Saturday at the DC National Mall, Gordon Korman added “Post stuff on the internet” to his list of advice to an aspiring author during the 2011 National Book Festival.
Write more, read more, and submit your writing, Korman continued at the Q&A session. “I can guarantee that nothing will happen if you don’t put yourself out there.”
And putting herself out there is just what one question-asker did. The young woman listened to Gordon Korman’s advice and, at the end, quickly put in, “Want to see my book?”
“Sure,” he said.
She walked up the aisle, pulled a copy of her book out of her backpack, and handed it over amid audience laughter.
How have you put yourself out there? How have you seen authors getting out there?