Christina Hoag on Her Learning Experience as an Author

New writers commonly underestimate the amount of time and dedication it takes to complete and publish a book. For author and writing instructor Christina Hoag, the journey for completing and publishing her first novel was a much longer process than she anticipated. Before writing a novel, Hoag wrote a lot of short stories that she tucked away in a drawer and never revisited. While these short stories helped Hoag with her writing craft, they didn't prepare her for the amount of rewrites a fully polished, full-length manuscript requires. Another common misconception among new writers is that you will make a lot of money from publishing a novel. Authors that reach bestseller status and sell millions of copies are rare, as are overnight successes. Hoag does believe that if you are fully committed and really want success as a writer, you can attain it. Just be prepared to work.

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