Not everyone can find local writers who are willing to critique their work for a variety of different reasons. Some struggle to get critiques back within a timely fashion. One possible solution is to join a critiquing site such as Scribophile or Critique Circle. Both sites have literally thousands of writers on the sites, all willing to look at different manuscripts at the various stages of development. Critiques will range from extremely helpful to the vague, depending on the skill of the critiquer, but when you are in desperate need of feedback of that scene not working, this is just one option.
Many self-published and indie-published writers are connected with Amazon’s CreateSpace and KDP. They aren’t bad options, but they aren’t the only options either. When I started down the road of setting up my own publishing house, I seriously looked into what CreateSpace and KDP had to offer. It was then that I quickly realised that CreateSpace and KDP had some major drawbacks for myself living all the way on the other side of the world.
Before I delve in the specific reasons of why I chose to print my books, and distribute the printed and eBook versions through IngramSpark, I better explain what makes IngramSpark different to CreateSpace and KDP.
There are many out there who believe that they should have a blog because they are a writer seeking to be published. When used correctly, blogging can be a wonderful marketing tool; however, readers don’t want to read something on a blog that you halfheartedly put together. You should never blog just because others told you that you should. The only thing that will achieve is a sense of resentment and failure when you don’t meet your blogging objective. If you are blogging because you feel you need to as a writer, then you should really do some homework. There are plenty of successful writers out there who don’t have blogs, and there are plenty of nameless writers who have been blogging for years and still haven’t gotten anywhere.
Don’t blog because you think you have to; blog because you want to.
There is only so much editing that a writer can do without seeking the opinions of others. Eventually, you will need to share your writing, but not with your family. Let’s face it, your family wants to support you, but unless they’re writers themselves, they’ll never understand. Instead, they’ll lie, tell you that your manuscript is perfect. They won’t be able to give you the help you really need. Critique partners NEED to be other writers, people not afraid to tell you that your writing is not working and potentially help you edit that rough draft into a masterpiece.
When I tell people that I’m a freelance editor (including other writers), they instantly assume that I’m a copyeditor, with a keen interest in working on the grammar and punctuation of my clients. I’m not surprised that writers often jump to that conclusion. Majority of editors that I encounter actually ARE copyeditors. However, what is the point behind looking at the appropriateness of a given word in a sentence when on page 152 the bad guys are setting up the bomb that will level the city, but the good guys find the bomb and disarm it by the end of page 154.
This may sound incredibly odd coming from a professional editor, but in all honesty, grammar takes a backseat to story and character.
Get used to the idea now. Just like your writing, not everyone is going to be happy with your website. There will always be those who find something to nit-pick about. If you try to create the perfect website, you’ll go insane. Accept it and move on.
When selecting header images, plan to have portions obscured by your profile image on social media sites. This is typically the bottom, left-hand corner of the image, so one should avoid placing important information in that portion of the header image. If incorporating the front cover of a newly released books, ensure the cover can been seen at all times.
There are some out there who believe that writing is just writing. If you have training in writing of one nature, surely you can write other stuff too. Well…
There are certain aspects of writing that hold true no matter what type of writing you do. The rules of grammar, for example, don’t care if you write fiction, a scientific paper, or a cookbook. However, there is a massive difference between all three of those particular types of writing.
It is becoming increasingly common for those who have nonfiction writing backgrounds to shift into the fictional realms. Let’s face it, we have big imaginations and we want to share that with the world. Rightly so. Our stories should be told. However, nonfiction writers, you need to retrain your brains if you are serious about pursuing fiction.
If you’re not careful, leaving reviews, good and bad, on Amazon and Goodreads can make you the subject of an attack from trolls. Don’t forget that you might have liked a book that others believed was dreadful. So, writers that have been at this game for many years don’t recommend leaving reviews of any kind. Instead, if you want to show your support for other authors, help spread the word. Share links on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Recommend the book to others in your discussion groups. Tell your readers about the book, either directly on your blog or through your email list. Utilizing your contacts to help another writer promote their book is probably the best way to show them how much you enjoyed their book.