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How I Got a Book Contract at 21

From Then to Den: Since I started writing novels at 16 I always wondered how authors managed to get book contracts. Their bios would run something like: "I wrote a lot of terrible books in high school, and the I wrote INSERT TITLE OF BESTSELLING BOOK and Harper Collins picked it up." That's great. But how did you bridge that gap. Having recently acquired a book contract with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas before I graduated college, I would love to lay out my writing journey from first draft to final contract. And trust me, I made a lot of mistakes on the way. In the Beginning I did write a lot of bad books in high school. It all started with a conversation between my friend and I. I

How I Got a Book Contract at 21

From Then to Den. From when I started writing novels just shy of sixteen years old, one thing always frustrated me. I never know how novelists got there. To the contract, I mean. There was always something about how they started and where they were headed now, but something always felt missing. It always seemed to go along the lines of: "I wrote a lot of terrible books in high school. Then, I wrote TITLE OF AMAZING NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER, and Harper Collins picked it up." That's fantastic! But how did you bridge that gap? In an effort to provide that missing piece, I'll share my story below. Contracts, of course, aren't cut-and-paste formulas. But I hope this provides you with an encoura

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