Originally posted on AuthorHouse UK Publishing:
You have completed your manuscript, proofread and edited, created a fantastic design for your front cover and written the ultimate inviting blurb for the back cover.
Now you can just sit back and wait to hit the bestseller lists and the royalties to come flooding in? WRONG
To be a successful self-published author you need to market your book. It is staggering how many new authors fail to grasp that books do not sell themselves and that book marketing is crucial in becoming a successful author.
Originally posted on Deep in my psyche:
Suffering from writer’s block is all part and parcel of the business. One day the words flow too fast for you to type or jot in your own gibberish. One day you see the layout ahead of you and are watching the possibilities play out. Then there are days when you draw such a complete blank you are sure you must be as talentless as you always, secretly, thought. Let’s put aside our damaging thoughts and try something drastic. I am going to ask you to attempt the impossible, do the unthinkable, and… well, it really is not as bad as that gasp you are prepared to release.
What genre are you partial too? What reality is your book born from? Put it all aside and choose a different view. Writing a love story? Try writing your main character/s into a mystery. Flying through fictional history? Take those same characters and place them in the world of science fiction. Writing for adults? Transform your characters into a child’s world. You are not looking at a rewrite, simply expanding your views to other possibilities should the circumstance change. Imagine your characters in another situation, another place, another reality. Play around with their environment and allow yourself to laugh at any absurdities.
Giving your characters a situation completely different from the direction in which the story is intended can release your mind from its current rut and open ideas previously unconsidered. Ever been in a conversation that feels more like a bee zipping from flower to flower vs the bird building a solid nest? You start with one subject, but one word, one joke, one minor detail sends your discussion down a side road. This can happen so quickly and so often you may have found yourself trying to remember how you started out talking about your work situation and how will you ever make your boss see sense to talking about the impossibility of eating brownies without sighing. Don’t laugh, I am sure we have all been there at least once. Suddenly, in the middle of discussing the oddities of the color cerulean the answer to your problem hits you.
Originally posted on Below See Level:
Time is very precious and if you’re a writer, you know first hand how difficult it is to tackle all your writing life’s to-do list including all that personal stuff you can’t forget like cooking dinner, spending time with the family, going to work, etc.
In leu of trying to organize and maximize my own time, I constantly scour the apple App Store, hunting down new apps that promise to make my life easier. And, I’ve found some that I totally love and use often.
Originally posted on Marcia's Book Talk:
There are instances when we are composing scenes for our stories we may consider that a specific scene(s) is/are unnecessary, and, hence, excise these. Maybe we are thinking that if we include extra scenes, this will slow down the story, or, add unnecessary material to our work. Sometimes this is necessary to do, but, many times it can be detrimental to the story to overly speed it up, or cut back on certain scenes. I have been personally finding this whilst writing a current project, but have also experienced this writing other stories.
What I originally envisioned as a short project, being around 1,000 words, is 3,000 words at the moment, and, may go higher the more I go into it. Certain scenes that did not seem as important in the initial stage gained momentum in the writing process, and, spawned more scenes, giving the story a depth which I did not foresee when I was writing the story breakdown. I am now pleased that this has happened, and, looking back, if I made the decision to not include these scenes, it would have made the story choppy, and uneven. I believe that this will assist the story to unfold at a more realistic pace, and, include the most essential scenes which are key to the story.
Originally posted on AuthorHouse Book Publishing:
Marketing is always the turning point once a book is done and ready for launch. No matter how well it’s written, or how entertaining the story is, a book that lacks marketing will never find its intended audience.
Originally posted on Poseidon and the PC:
As early as the 1950’s, I can remember my father Paul speaking in the highest terms about America’s naval victories during World War II. Military history permeated the atmosphere of where I grew up as my father was quite a Civil War buff as well. Many of Paul’s books had a particular emphasis on the great naval battles of World War II, and when he talked of that time, he spoke with reverence and authority. But with regards to his own activities during his three and a half years in the Navy, he said very little, and only a large family barometer kept in the living room provided a visible clue to some of his memories.
Only after Paul’s death in 1997 at the age of 80 did I start to explore my parent’s house in Chagrin Falls, Ohio to see what memories there might be remaining. Hundreds of letters written by family members in the 30’s and 40’s were discovered scattered in various corners of the house. Some were in the art room of my mother Phyllis, some in her dressing room, and others were in the attic. Old picture albums were in the basement. More letters were found a few years before Phyllis died in Chagrin Falls in 2008 at the age of 92. Of the hundreds of letters, one hundred and fifteen were written by my ocean-sailing, naval-officer father to his wife beginning from the Great Lakes in September of 1943, the Atlantic soon thereafter, and ending from the Pacific in November of 1945. I also found Paul’s military orders, which led to me being able to retrace my father’s travels of which I knew almost nothing when my father was alive. Poseidon and the PC is the result, which contains so much more than just family history.
I’m a retired software executive and long-time American history lover living in Lilburn, Georgia. I am the youngest of three children. Sister Carol Neidhardt, born in 1941 and the toddler of this book, lives in Mission, Kansas. Brother Paul, born at the end of this book in 1945 and known herein as “Little Two,” lives in Chagrin Falls. I am grateful to be married to my lovely second wife Mary, and I’m the father of three children. At this writing, my daughter Laura, interested in returning to India as a servant of Jesus, is 26, about the age her grandfather Paul was when he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve in July of 1942 for his adventure of a lifetime. Son Paul, 23, continued his grandfather’s ties to the Navy by graduating from the United States Naval Academy seventy years later in 2012, but he then chose to serve our country as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marines. Son Thomas, 19, is pursuing a computer game design major at Southern Polytechnic State University. Lt. Paul W. Neidhardt (USNR) is revealed by these letters to be a man his children never knew while he lived. By the publication of Paul’s letters, his children, their descendants, and friends and acquaintances can get to know him in a way none of us ever imagined.
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