Nothing will substitute for having a completed book that is the best work it can possibly be. But if you present it to someone before it’s in good shape, nobody is going to read it.
If people are spending their time trying to discover what letters are contained in the midst of all those swirls and angles in your text, you can be sure they’re not actually getting your message.
You don’t actually have to explain everything immediately. Sometimes you don’t have to explain at all.
Many of these are “niche” books that simply wouldn’t work as ebooks. Nor would they have a wide enough market to justify the larger publishing houses printing them on paper. Yet they are valuable volumes.
A two-word sentence like “I quit” contains the seeds of almost every other complete sentence in the English language.
Many important keys to improving your writing can be summed up in two words: pay attention. Absorb everything and use it to your advantage. It doesn’t have to be torture, but can really be quite productive.
When the intern finds something she or he likes, they are going to sing its praises to the agent, who will then probably read it with a less jaundiced eye.
If you want to get your “writing muscles,” imagination, and creativity into better shape, the only way to do it is the same way you firm up your real muscles: you need to exercise.