As writers, we need to figure out how to smell those roses without getting pricked by the thorns.
Some choose the path of self-publishing and plant their own gardens. They prep the soil, plant the seeds, water it, and weed it all on their own, looking forward to that first bloom – and hoping the frost doesn’t nip it off.
Others prefer the guidance of an agent and/or publisher to help them navigate through the landscape and find that perfect spot where their flower will get enough sunshine, hoping that the other flowers don’t crowd theirs out.
As in any garden, thorns lurk among the rosebuds, no matter which path a writer takes. Thorns such as inadequate knowledge, lack of confidence, poor marketing, low budget, and time constraints.
The focus of this monthly column is to help writers become master gardeners, to learn how to plant and prune and water and fertilize – and hopefully produce award-winning blossoms that many will enjoy for years to come.
Welcome to the speculative fiction gardens of The Dark Roses.