Things have changed so much since I was in high school. Gone are the days of analysing that Shakespearean text. Instead, they assess how various forms of media has influenced our written and spoken language. His English latest assignment is to develop a marketing campaign using social media. He’s apprehensive of doing this, aware of the dangers of the Internet. In steps mom and her checklist for building a basic on-line platform.
Every writers that is serious about publishing, particularly those attempting the traditional publication path, will know that agents and editors put a lot of weight on word counts. The acceptable limits vary depending on the age category and genre of the book.
It’s incredibly important to have a good understanding of the average word counts for the type of story that you are writing, but it’s just as important to understand word counts are not an excuse for poor story telling.
There are many out there now self-publishing. They’re decisions to head down this path have come about for a variety of reasons and there is nothing wrong with it. There have been many successful writers who have self-published, just as there has been many writers who have been traditionally published that bombed.
In some cases, writers elect to push for self-publishing because it’s the fastest way to get your book out there. For time-sensitive, non-fiction books, this is likely the path you’ll take. However, there is a HUGE difference between (1) producing a quality product that was self-published and (2) self-publishing because you want it out there.
Not everyone is comfortable in reading their manuscripts aloud, but there is a solution available. Text-to-speech apps can read your story to you (assuming you can stop laughing long enough to listen). (See post for more details.)
Those who have heard me talk about social media and writer’s platforms will know that I highly recommend using Twitter. And those who follow me on Twitter will have seen at least one of my rants about the Don’ts of Twitter. They are instant turnoffs and will likely result in me glancing over your profile and moving right along. Read More→
I frequently find myself in the middle of a conversation on some forum about Facebook and how one might include that particular social media site into their writer’s platform. There are a lot of things to consider. Unlike Twitter, where you can have as many accounts as you do email addresses, on Facebook, you are meant to have only the one account. Yes, there are some writers out there who have two accounts: one for personal use and the other for their writing persona. For those that get away with it, good on you. However, for those considering doing this […]
Guest blogs can be a great way to get your name out there as a writer. Most blog hosts will allow you to have links to your various online accounts and are happy to include a brief bio and profile picture. Let’s face it, for the time and effort that it takes to write that blog post, you get free advertising. However, there are some rules that you should follow when it comes to pitching guest blog posts. 1) Do your research! Just like in pitching a manuscript to an agent or publisher, you need to do your research. You […]
Those who have been following my personal blog, my Twitter, or this blog will know that I have been working on moving my sites to a self-hosting provider. For the past two years, my sites (personal and business) have been hosted by WordPress.com. It was a brilliant place to start: easy to use and cheap (i.e. free for the site with the option of adding a custom domain for little financial outlay). For someone just starting out and building that on-line platform, I honestly can’t think of a better place get that momentum going. But for financial business reasons, shifting […]
November is over, everywhere around the world. Congratulations to all who have met the 50,000 word target, but an even bigger congratulations to all those who actually wrote that story that was whizzing around in your heads. But with NaNoWriMo over, now is the time to think about the next steps in your writing journey. The first thing you need to do is ask yourself the following question: have you finished that first draft in its entirety? Have you actually typed those coveted words of The End? If the answer is no, then stop reading this post right now. Get your […]