March 18th, 2010


Novel Survey Results, Part II

Update: The full survey results and the raw data are now posted at

For those of you just tuning in, last month I collected information from 246 professionally published novelists on how they made that first pro novel sale.  This is rough, Mythbusters-style science.  It’s not a perfectly controlled study, but it provides a lot more data than I usually see when we talk about these things.

Today I’m looking at two more myths about the writing process:

The Overnight Success
You Have to Know Somebody

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Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.