Here’s what you have to remember while writing
Sometimes a story idea just comes out of nowhere and refuses to leave you alone until you write it.
And, whenever you read a book that really fires you up, you’ll find yourself thinking, “I wish I could write like that.” So, just keep trying. you’ll never write the best but will always write your best.
And get better every time. That’s the “secret of the writing business“, same as any other business. Always deliver the goods and think about the importance of writing.
A habit recommended to any author is “Read voraciously”. You’ll subconsciously pick up on what does and doesn’t work.
Characterisation, dialogue, pacing, plot, story, setting, description, etc. But more importantly, someone who doesn’t enjoy reading will never write something that someone else will enjoy reading.
- When you write, be a dreamer. Go nuts. Know that you’re writing pure gold. That fire is why we write.
- Sweat out each individual sentence. Write it, rewrite it, and doesn’t leave it alone until it’s perfect. Then when you’re done, means you’re done.
- Set aside a certain number of hours every day for writing, or a certain number of words.
If writing a story entertains and moves you, then you will find readers who share your tastes. For some of you, it means a niche market and for others, it means regular appearances on the bestseller list.
Once you’ve done your writing bit, this information will help you with all the other stuff involved in being a writer.
Writing involves wearing at least four different hats. Writer, editor, publication seeker, post-sale self-promoter.
Writing is a calling, but publishing is a business. Remember that AFTER you’ve written your manuscript. Not during.
The next step is self-editing. Fixing all the mistakes you made, that you can identify.
The first, most important step on the road to publication is to make your writing the best it can be.
One question you should ask:
- What will it cost me?
Answer — It won’t cost you a thing. The single most vital advice is that don’t pay a penny for publication. Your success will come from investing time.
It costs you nothing to share what you’ll learn. It costs you nothing to read it except some of your time.
Your goal should publish it in both mediums, e-book, and print.
There are some readers who prefer e-books, and some who prefer print books. The latter group is much larger, but those publishers are harder to sell your writing.
Thus, Publish electronically with a quality place, enjoy the benefits of free editing and almost instant gratification regarding publishing time.
Later, if you think you can sell your book to a traditional print publisher, you have a professionally edited manuscript to submit.
Before you e-publish, check the contract to be sure you can publish the edited work in print later.
If you know your book just plain won’t ever make it into traditional print, print-on-demand (POD) is an option.
The best e-publishers will simultaneously publish your work electronically and in POD format, at no cost to you.
A lot of authors swear by self-publication. All that promo, all that self-editing, maybe driving around the countryside with a back seat full of books.
PROMOTING YOUR PUBLISHED WRITING
It doesn’t matter how you publish your book. Self-published, e-published, POD, or traditional print publishing from an absolute powerhouse.
Marketing falls largely on you, and the same things always work. Book signings, interviews in the local newspapers and on radio.
Look up for all the local media outlets in your area that have websites. If you write to them all, you’re a spammer. Plus, it’ll take ages. Look for the ones with a legitimate interest and fire away.
If you find a stale URL, and I think you will look for the name of that media outlet at some place like Google.
Spend some time looking for the right press contacts, spend some time writing your press release, and do what you can.
Most of these sites list email, snail mail, and phone calls. Book reviews, author interviews, book listing sites, and book contests are something we can all do, regardless of where we live.
Some are ezines and some are websites. Some are printed newsletters, some are printed magazines, and some are newspapers. This is just a starting point.
If you visit them all, and you have time for more promotion, you can find much more.
Your goal in marketing is this. There are certainly people in the world who like what you like. And since you like your book, they probably will too.
But you have to find those readers and make them interested, without spamming them and without just “playing the numbers game.”
Nobody buys e-books who doesn’t have Internet access. Do they? So you definitely need a website.
Here’s something you’ve heard before. When your manuscript is rejected — and it will be — remember that you aren’t being rejected. Your manuscript is.
Did you ever hang up the phone on a telemarketer, delete spam, or close the door in the face of a salesman?
Of course, and yet that salesman just moves on to the next potential customer. He knows you’re rejecting his product, not him.
All authors tell other authors not to take rejection personally, and yet we all do.
Consider it a target to shoot for, then. Just keep submitting, and just keep writing.
The best way to cope with waiting times is to “submit and forget,” writing or editing other stuff while the time passes.
Hopefully, you found this article relevant. Thank you for your precious time.