#ArtistTherapy: There Are No Guarantees

Praise and prizes may not always lead to publication, and it can even cause one to hit a wall when it seems like a natural conclusion. But--and you'll hear this word a lot--perseverance even after the downfalls are what will help with the distinction between success and dropping out.

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#ArtistTherapy: Subjectivity Can Be Hard to Understand

While I've always known art was subjective I didn't truly realize how much so until I started querying agents and saw that word come up repeatedly in form responses or feedback. The world is subjective and you have to figure out where you fit in but also why you produce the art you do.

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#ArtistTherapy: Tortoise & the Hare (Things Take Time)

Slow. Fast. These are words that can set all kinds of insecurities off as an artist. People create when they create and it's done when it's done. Doesn't mean the pressure, or hope, to finish in a speedy amount of time isn't there. But, try to remember: no pressure.

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Research Doesn't End When You Leave School....

If they say practice, practice, practice gets you to Carnegie Hall, what will get your book in a lit magazine, what will make your query letter top notch, how will you find the agent to submit that top-notch letter? Research!

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Ignore the Hype, Just Write

Keeping tabs on the publishing market place can be both deterring and distracting. After going to workshops and speaking with accomplished authors I learned that they agree, disconnecting from the business end of publishing is the best way to get your book finished and retain creative integrity.

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