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Why You Should Make a Deadline (Even If You Don’t Have a Deadline)

Do you make writing deadlines for yourself?

The Song Remains the Same author Allison Winn Scotch urged writers to set a personal deadline, even if their editors don’t give them one. She encouraged readers to break a large project into smaller components, setting a specific timeline to complete each individual task.

Here’s an excerpt from her blog post: “With the screenplays I’m working on, I actually give deadlines to my producers…they are happy to get what I turn in whenever I turn it in, but I can’t work that way. So, for example, I’ll say: I intend to get you 50 pages by X date, and then I work backwards from there. I calculate how many pages a day I’ll need to write to meet that deadline…and I write them. Often times, I write faster than I imagined but without that date looming over me, there’s no chance I would. I think this can be a really useful tool when you’re working on a spec manuscript.”

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Do Writers Need to Read?

In a recent blog post, author Allison Winn Scotch (pictured, via) discussed whether or not being an avid reader is necessary in order to be a proper writer. Her answer is “yes.”

Here’s an excerpt with her blog post: “This doesn’t mean that you have to devour a book a week, but I do think it means that you have a higher appreciation and love of the written word (and 300 pages of those words) than the average person. I think being a successful writer means reading your peers and learning from them too – I can’t tell you how much reading authors whom I admire has helped me up my game.”

In a recent interview, Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan advised aspiring writers that reading is an essential part of the profession. Do you feel the same way as these two writers?

Should You Re-Query?

In a recent blog post, author Allison Winn Scotch tackled one of the toughest questions facing aspiring writers: should you ever re-query after an agent?

Here’s an excerpt from her blog post: “if in your heart of hearts, you think that Agent X will fall in love with it and may have overlooked it in her slush pile, I suppose it doesn’t hurt to retry. (But I would do so with very few agents.) As for those you never heard back from? Well, I’d just query them as if it’s your first time. They may not have really read your query very closely, and I doubt that it will be remembered such that they’ll find you annoying or pushy.”

Scotch (pictured, via) also suggested that authors don’t attempt to re-query an agent if the first was sent less than six months before–because revisions require a lot of time and effort. What do the agents in the audience think?

Sally Kim Named Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster

Sally Kim (pictured) has been named editorial director at Touchstone, a Simon & Schuster imprint. She will report to vice president and publisher Stacy Creamer.

Here’s more from the press release: “In the course of her career Sally has specialized in quality fiction with commercial appeal, which fits perfectly with our Touchstone mission. Her authors have included Lisa Unger, Gillian Flynn, Allison Winn Scotch, Justin Evans, Phillip Margolin, Cecelia Ahern, and Kate White.”

Kim’s previously served as executive editor at HarperCollins. Kim’s publishing career has included jobs at Random House, Macmillan, and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.