Important lessons from first-time novelists

novelsThe excellent Writers’ Digest web site posted this interesting article on lessons learned by first-time novelists.

Five novelists share their experiences along the pathway to publication – discussing their writing lives before their first novel, their submission processes, their experiences with writers conferences, balancing writing and work/family commitments, and what they’d wished they’d known before publishing that first novel.

There’s great information here for aspiring novelists, but the best thing to take from this is how very different each publishing path is. (Unfortunately) there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy, but I love reading these stories and learning from other writers.

And you, writers? What lessons have you learned along the way?


  1. evelyneholingue on February 15, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Writers’ Digest has the best articles about writing, I agree. This one is pretty interesting and motivating too for anyone willing to find an agent for example. Like you say there is no recipe! Good luck with your projects.

    • kimberlysullivan on February 24, 2014 at 9:13 am

      I agree, Evelyne. I love their articles, too, and learn so much. God luck with your projects, too!

  2. Giovannoni Claudine on February 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Well yes… there is no recipe tailored for each writer!
    It is sometimes a stroke of luck, the word of mouth, your marketing skills…
    Thank you for the excellent article, I’ve added your blog to my favorites…
    Ahhh is which Rome has attracted my curiosity!
    Have a nice weekend Kimbely and good luck for your “soul expression”
    🙂 claudine

    • kimberlysullivan on February 24, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thanks for your comments, Claudine! Yes, strokes of luck are also awfully useful. : ) Glad to see you’re a Rome fan, too.

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