Posted at 10:44 pm , on February 6, 2019
I was a bit hesitant writing this post at first because what works for one self-published author may not work for another. And no two authors have the same amount of time and resources to dedicate to marketing. Promoting a book can get expensive.
I didn’t want to dive deep into creating a marketing plan, although you must, at least a few months before publication to generate interest. But, that’s another post. I didn’t want to talk about guest blogging – the easiest way to get into guest blogging is to start with your writing circle.
See why I was hesitant? This is not an easy topic. There are lots of options and opportunities to increase your reach. But, a lot of them start long before you hit publish. Sometimes, we find that out too late. What I finally decided on for this post is what I’d like to see or think about when I pick up an indie book. Continue reading
Posted at 10:05 pm , on January 23, 2019
If you’re thinking of getting your baby out to the world, then shaping it into the best manuscript has to be part of the plan. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re self-publishing or traditionally publishing.
While this post is not about brand, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it. Because why would you put a pot-hole on your momentum, your hard work, or your brand by self-publishing a book you didn’t whip into shape first?
One of my least favourite parts of whipping my manuscript into shape is redundant editing. And before you send flack my way, I don’t just mean plain old editing. I actually happen to like editing and strengthening the story. This is also my opportunity to add details on setting, characters, and word choice.
What I’m referring to is re-editing the same piece over and over until you’ve either sucked the joy out of it or you’re not sure if the story has actually improved. Now, while there may not be an easy button for that, there are some ways to train yourself out of the habit. Continue reading
Posted at 10:05 am , on January 16, 2019
1. Your Protagonist must have strong convictions to hold to as things change his world.
- A Mennonite pastor has a daughter killed by a drunk driver. His beliefs call for forgiveness, but does he want revenge instead? Every character in your story should want/need something.
2. List 10 inner demons for your Protagonist, choose the best one and work it into the back-story, then see how it affects him now and how it could hinder him in the future. Continue reading
Posted at 11:13 am , on January 8, 2019
New year, New Writing Plan
Authors Circle Q and A
It’s that time of year again. I imagine organizers are being filled with resolutions. I often wonder how any writers, book lovers, and creators stick to their plans. I know, I didn’t in the past, but over the last year or so, something has changed. I’ve become more focused with this site and moving into a writing career mindset.
If you think creating a writing schedule is boring, then you probably wouldn’t have any fun executing it. I found that most difficult when moving from hobby writer to romance author wanting to make a living writing what I love. In hobby mentality, I wrote when I wanted and if I felt like it.
This year, I’m taking it a step further, I’ve not only created a writing plan. I’ve added a branding and marketing plan as well. This year, publishing and enjoying romance novels are definitely on the list.
This month’s Q and A talks about creating a winning strategy for a new year of writing. Continue reading
Posted at 3:02 am , on December 27, 2018
WHAT IS A PLOT?
It is a chain of events within a story, each of which is the result of some prior event. Nothing in a story is random, everything is cause and effect.
HOW DOES A PLOT DEVELOP?
Quite simply, things get worse. Never let the main character sit back and watch. He / She must always take action, even though every attempt to make things better, only makes it worse. Continue reading