Happy Birthday, Patrick Ness, born 17 October 1971
Patrick Ness’s five main steps he’d advise anyone who wants to be published to follow…
- Write a book that YOU want to read. Seriously, even if it’s off the wall or you’re worried that there’s no “market”, it’ll have your enthusiasm and love all over it, which automatically makes it more interesting.
- Be sure to write the book. For novels especially, agents and publishers won’t want to hear from you unless they know you’re serious. So write your book, all of it. That way, when they ask, you can say, “Here it is. You’re gonna love it.”
- Find an agent – Buy The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. It’s a list of every agent in town. What’s good to know is that I got my agent just by sending out samples to a whole bunch. I didn’t know anyone or have any connections, so it can happen to you, too.
- Learn to take criticism – Your first draft won’t be perfect, and it’s damaging to the book to think that it is. Every great book you’ve ever read has been rewritten a dozen times. This is the hardest thing to learn (trust me), but very, very important.
- Don’t give up – You’ll have setbacks and sometimes it’ll seem like it’s never going to happen. But don’t stop. I’ll say it again, don’t ever stop.
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Patrick Ness is an American-born British author. He has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. Ness won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians both in 2011 and in 2012, for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls.
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