Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday's writing related ramblings - September 23rd 2015

In case you missed Saturday's post...

"Zeena And The Gryphon" (Zeena Dragon Fae, #2) is now officially released in eBook format, and available to buy from eBook retailers such as Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and the Apple iBook store. In other words, it's available in an accessible to you format, regardless of your eReader of choice. In fact, because of the wide variety of formats Smashwords offers, all of which I allow it to become available in, if you can read this post, you can read the book.

I'll let you know when the paperback is available... Please be patient though, as that part takes longer to arrange.

In the meantime, I have some writing and publishing related links for you...

First of all, in order to have a story, you need conflict. If you're asking "conflict, exactly what is that?" I suggest you read the article I just linked to, which explains it very well.

Also, here are some things writers should know about dialogue, and a couple more tips for using dialogue.

Let's talk about editing for a moment... Which kind(s) of editing does your novel need? It's up to you. But it will need some kind of editing; even the best author needs to have their work edited at least a little. It's always a good idea to at least have some kind of proof reading happen... Even if it is just using someone to read it when you're finnished. Although, if you're going to get a family member or friend to help with this, make sure you can trust them to be honest about any issues they notice, since some will be reluctant to point them out for fear of offending or upsetting you... Despite the fact that doing so actually doesn't help anyone.

However you edit, once you're sure your book is ready, it will be time to publish! Will you go with a traditional publisher, or self-publish? This post answers the question "what is being an indie author all about?" - if that's the option you were thinking of going with. Also, here are the 5 biggest self-published author mistakes that kill sales and a post on 10 learnings over 4 years of publishing.

Regardless of how you publish... Always remember: it's important to make some effort to do some marketing, but don't let it take up so much of your time that you don't have time to write. Are you an author or an eBook marketer? Your answer to that question will determine whether you should be focussing more on writing or promotion. After all, if you're a writer, then you need to actually write; there's not much point in building up a nice fan base if you'll have nothing new to offer them once you have them interested. Besides, as mentioned in this article, where the parallels between writing and running are explored: you have to work to be good at something, so if you don't write, you don't improve, and you have no chance at all of reaching your personal goals as a writer.

Last, but by no means least... When trying to get a following, don't forget to think about what's in it for them.


Intense Guy said...

"Zeena And The Gryphon" is a great story!

I'm sorry I'm taking so long with paperback cover graphics.

Victoria Zigler said...

I'm glad you enjoyed "Zeena And The Gryphon" so much!

It's OK about the cover graphics. I know you have good reasons for taking so long with them, and am just grateful you're willing to help with them in general.