Let's consider a practical point today
namely, recording and documenting your research.
Silly Tess (maybe you're saying) I don't have or need any research for my particular story.
Consider this ... I recently received a request from my editor asking me to address both the teardrop trailer I reference in my novel as well as the home school laws for that particular state at that particular time.
Luckily, I had the teardrop information and I was able to point out that the span of the novel happens over summer break but offered to further research the home school laws if necessary.
Do you know how great it was to pop into my file and pull out all the link information on those teardrop trailers?
I was so very grateful for advice I had been given early on to keep your research!!!
Even if you are just researching when the new Diet Coke was released or what year the Ipod nano hit the shelves (if your character is using one, know what was hot for that year)
Now, I'm not suggesting DOING additional research .. but, we all know that we sometimes pop over and Google an issue we are writing about.
What I'm saying is that we should bookmark that link and put it in a file.
Then - when our novels get snapped up and we are going through the editorial revisions and we get an e mail saying something like, "Did they even have Ipod Nano's in 2006?"
It will take us two seconds to pop into that file and pull out that information.
We look professional and they have what they need to move on. win - win!
One more thought: if you are writing anything historical (which some say is 1980 or earlier, amazingly enough) you should include a basic bibliography if ever you get a full manuscript request. I was given that advice, followed it, and I think it helped me look like I knew what I was doing. Publishers can be leery about historical works because there is an element of liability or worry of being incorrect. Doing our homework and presenting that as part of our package removes that potential roadblock.
Questions: Do you ever Google or research items or issues for your work? Do you keep that information? How do you preserve it? If not, will you consider making this change in your work habits? Or, do you think it unnecessary? It's okay to dissent! Let's talk about it.