Guest Post from Clark Burbidge – His advice to budding authors and what he’s learnt from writing!
Clark Burbidge was born and raised in the high mountain valleys of the Rockies. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from the University of Utah. Clark and his wife, Leah, live near Salt Lake City, Utah, where they enjoy their blended family of ten children and nine grandchildren.
Clark’s award-winning works include the Star Passage series, Giants in the Land trilogy, the acclaimed Christmas book,
A Piece of Silver: A Story of Christ
and a nonfiction work, Living in the Family Blender: 10 Principles of a Successful Blended Family.
What is your best advice for aspiring novelists (based off your own experience or what advice you’ve been given by other writers!)
- Just write. You will get better over time.
- Test your writing against both fan-type readers as well as editor-type readers.
- o to a bookstore, pick out books in your chosen genre, look at the acknowledgements, and write them down. These are people who have supported the kind of book you want to write. Read those books and figure out what they liked about it. Then, give them a call or text. You will be surprised how often you hear back. Most authors are very approachable, but their gatekeepers can be difficult. Persevere.
- Do not be intimidated by big agent companies. If they say no, that’s fine. Try to learn from each interaction.
- You will get turned down. Remember, you just need one person that likes it, not a dozen.
- Good editors will make lots of corrections, but never try to steal your voice. Edits have always made my books better and helped me learn a lot about myself. Those who try to steal your voice and make your work into theirs are not editors.
What did writing your books teach you?
- How to be patient with the process. It takes a long time.
- How to learn from those who make comments or provide critical advice and behumble.
- Your book needs to catch the imagination of strangers to sell. Anyone can sell to their family and friends.
- When you are looking for a publisher, you must remember that anyone can print a book, but a publisher should do so much more. Look for those extras.
- Love what you do.
Mike Hernandez and the Coleman twins return, but just when the friends think they have the Star of Passage, it’s riddles, and Orion’s Belt figured out, they discover a new relic.
All of Tim and Martie’s rules are tossed aside when Tocho, a member of the Native American Shoshoni tribe which roamed the Rocky Mountains, knocks on Callie and Courtney’s Astoria, Oregon door with the mysterious Star of Hope. The new relic has the shocking ability to transport the teens forward in time, where cartels and gangs are a rising threat and technology has advanced so far that computer viruses affect humans. As Mike, Callie, Courtney, and Tocho struggle to remain free of the virus, they also have to dodge the shadowy Trackers, those wicked souls who are doomed to haunt history and desire the relics to free themselves from their eternal prison.
The teens find themselves racing to save a possible future, but can they change it for the better?
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