Alyice Edrich is the editor of The Dabbling Mum magazine and was kind enough to stop by for a visit.
Hello Alyice! Welcome!
What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given/learned in your life as a writer?
Never stop learning. It’s important to not allow pride to stand in the way of corrections or critiques. We must listen, take a step back, and see things with an open mind. Sometimes change can actually make the piece stronger. Other times, the change isn’t really necessary and you can leave it alone.
What do you wish you had known when you first started out as a writer for publication?
That it was a hard road, especially financially. You send in a query letter to request permission to write on a specific topic, then you must wait weeks—sometimes months—for an acceptance or a rejection. Once you get the acceptance and write the piece, you may not see publication or payment for another 6 months to 2 years.
Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing?
When it came to self-publishing it was a fairly smooth ride. I did a lot of research, a lot of interviewing, a lot of learning before I ventured out onto my own. Then as I learned new things along the way I implemented them. It’s been a fairy tale ride—even if it can be difficult at times.
When it comes to print publications, definitely a bumpy ride. There’s lots of competition out there and sometimes it’s a matter of who you know or if you can beat the next guy to the punch. It’s unbelievably surreal how many of the same ideas are floating around out there.
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
The Dabbling Mum’s e-bookstore at The Dabbling Mum Press.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers here (advice, website, etc)? Do you have a website for readers to go to?
Don’t hesitate to stop by my magazine’s writing center where you will find a wealth of free information for aspiring and veteran writers: The Dabbling Mum.
Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today, Alyice!
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