Marketing. The bane of many if not most writers’ existence. Yet, without it, potential readers remain unaware of our work, and it loses its opportunity for influence. I presented a workshop for my local writing group last year on the subject of marketing, kind of the blind leading the blind! I thought I could get
I was ready to pack it in! I had committed to putting out the third and final book in my current series, and then maybe I’d just quit. Live an ordinary life. Not have to keep learning new skills and trends to keep up my writing career. I had learned many things: — How to
Indie Publishing Part Four: Great Expectations “Whatever you may have heard, self-publishing is not a short cut to anything. Except maybe insanity. Self-publishing, like every other kind of publishing, is hard work. You don’t wake up one morning good at it. You have to work for that.” — Zoe Winters, Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie
Indie Publishing Part Two: The Strength of Our Why Things to consider before boarding the indie train. Question #1: Why would I indie publish? Answer: As I hinted in “Part One: Say What?”, the route of traditional publishing has become increasingly challenging, with a smaller profit margin, even for established houses. For authors who want to
Indie Publishing Part One: Say What? Clarifying the Terminology Self-publishing, according to Wikipedia, is “the publication of any book or other media by its author without the involvement of an established publisher.” If you’ve written blogs or online articles, you are independently published. A traditional press is one that requires an application process (manuscript submission
Being a writer these days requires much of us. We are to be:
– cover designer
– promotional expert
– and so on
There are some who manage to carry it off, but for most of us, doing it all is more than we can accomplish.
I’ve always been a goal-setter. I need a plan, a direction, a purpose. I love new beginnings. But my compulsion to plan ahead deserted me this past year. I was in the personal position of needing to be flexible with my time, of caring for a family member and putting my routine on hold. Stronger
My Best Blogs and Books on Writing There are many and varied writing helps online and on bookshelves these days, but a few have become favourites of mine. Highest on my list of writing blogs is livewritethrive.com by C.S. Lakin. Suzanne Lakin publishes weekly posts on every aspect of writing. There are novel-writing checklists, free
3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank
Where do our ideas come from? Best answer: everywhere.
I’m visiting with friends and someone mentions a strange circumstance that intrigues me. Or talks about a quirky character they met. Or refers to a larger-than-life experience they read about online. These are all fodder for the idea mill.
First lesson: Be observant. Listen. Imagine how this or that can be recreated in our writing.
Sometimes good ideas slip away on me because I’m not convinced they are novel-worthy. Can I build an entire book around a particular idea? Will it really fit into my plan without messing it up? Perfectionist tendencies show up and may need to be squelched in order to give the brain free reign to imagine the possibilities.