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5 Lessons Learned after Publishing Online

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Stephanie Hrehirchuk

I received a wonderful e-mail this morning from Bring Your Book to Life Program graduate, Stephanie Hrehirchuk and thought you might find a few good lessons in it.

Stephanie wrote: “Funny story: I was surfing around at links connected to my name. I saw a strange picture that linked me to a health magazine I know. I submitted 2 articles to the magazine early last fall…to put myself out there and exercise some courage in exposing myself and my writing.

“So…they published one of the pieces in January. As I read it, I wanted to delete it from their site! The passive voice screamed at me and I found myself editing it as I read.

“I am obviously becoming a far better writer because I know at the time I wrote that article I thought it was really good 🙂  Nice to know how I’ve improved since the start of your course.”

I see at least 5 lessons in this one:

1. Edit out passive verbs when you can. Well chosen verbs bring energy to your writing and hold far more power than adjectives and adverbs.

2. It can’t hurt to have an editor look at a piece you plan to post online. It often stays there forever.

3. Do a Google Alerts for your name so you know when something gets published by or about you.

4. A good writing class can help you become a better editor of your own work. Good writing is a skill that can be learned by almost anyone (it can be harder if you’re super-ADD and can’t stay focused within a sentence or paragraph, but otherwise most people can learn the skills relatively easily).

5. Forgive yourself any mistakes and focus on the positive: If you read  Stephanie’s full blog post on the experience, you’ll find that she ends her post with “I’m pretty proud to have put myself out there. I think half the battle, if not more, is finding the courage to risk exposure and share your story with the world. My intent is always that somehow what I have to offer helps someone else. ” When you come back to why you’re writing, you keep the triumph of being published and any lesser issues are just lessons learned for next time.

Any lessons I missed? Any recent writing lessons you’d like to share?


Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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  1. Barbara Gini (@BodyLogique) says

    I learn so much from your posts. I like tips #1 and #5 above. I catch myself sometimes with passive verbs, and have no idea how that habit developed. I also tend to re-edit material after publishing it, but I suppose that is how we improve our writing and a way to measure growth. I’ve learned to be careful of adjectives too. Its is possible to over-do them! Love your blog Lisa. Thanks for the post!

  2. karen Packwood says

    Hi Lisa,

    I have a question about struggle! I have completely committed myself to writing my book. The trouble is that i have hit a really stuck point, even though I trying to connect with my muse and to remember my vision. I’ve found myself despairing and considering giving it all up even though I can’t imagine what else I would do. I’ve even found myself feeling a bit depressed and morose. I’m sure this all about issues of confidence, patience and trust but do you have any advice for dealing with despair when it happens!!?



  3. Lisa Tener says

    Hi Karen, You know me. I always suggest going to your muse for this kind of thing…your muse can help you over the hump, answer questions, etc. Try the recording: or e-mail me to set something up if the recording is not enough. Often, intense resistance means you’re so close to a breakthrough.

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