My novel writing ritual

I wrote this 4 years ago, and came back across it again while I was stalling to edit my novel. Some things never change, I guess. 😉

Crissi Langwell

I wake up every morning at 5:30 a.m. The coffee is set for 5:20 a.m., so by the time I drag myself out of bed I have a full pot ready to be inhaled.

I spend the first twenty minutes or so waking up. That means checking my Facebook, my Twitter, and any important emails that might have come in between 11 at night and now. Then I check my online bank account to make sure I still have money. Finally, I repeatedly check my book sales to see how many millions of people have bought my book, and am genuinely surprised to see that it’s still just the one person. I make a mental note to thank my mom.

At about 6 a.m., I decide it’s finally time to get down to business. I open the manuscript I’m working on and read a few paragraphs above where I left…

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2 thoughts on “My novel writing ritual

    1. I self-published, so I can’t tell you who to go to for a publisher. If your plan is to use a traditional publisher, my advice is to write the best book possible, and make sure it’s free of all grammatical errors, plot holes, etc. Start working on your platform (building your fanbase on Facebook and Twitter, blog audience, and email list), because a larger platform is attractive to publishers. Then write a killer query letter that will make someone want to read your book (if your platform is substantial, be sure to mention that!). Then you can start the process of shopping your book to publishers (check out They have tons of resources for writers, including a long list of publishers looking for books). Be prepared for a lot of NOs. But you will have to endure all those NOs so that you can find the publisher that understands your book the way you do.

      Or, you can cut out the middle man and self-publish, like many authors are starting to do. You still need to write an awesome book. And you’ll end up shelling out money for editing, formatting, and cover design (at the minimum). But you’ll have 100% control over your novel, and get to keep a larger portion of the profits (which will actually mean something if your book finds its audience).

      Good luck!

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