Wednesday, January 20, 2016

#Writing Wednesday - January 20th 2016

If you're an author, have you ever thought of doing a Skype visit with schools or libraries? Or, if you're a teacher or librarian, have you thought of inviting an author to do so?

Well, here are some tips to help you make your Skype visit fun and successful, and 9 tips to give a great podcast interview.

If you don't have Skype, worry not; there are also other ways to do it. You can use a regular phone to call someone who has Skype, for example, or use other types of similar software.

At this moment in time, I don't have Skype, personally, but I once did an interview by calling someone's Skype number with my phone, and - just so you know - would be happy to do so again... You just have to ask.

I'm also happy to do text interviews on blogs and such... Just so you know. Like I said: you just have to ask.

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Here's a post containing some advice for authors, which is worth reading.

I also read a post recently about the 10 things that red-flag a newbie novelist. Now there's not exactly anything wrong with doing any of these in your writing... As it does actually say in the post... But if you can find a way to avoid doing some of them, or at least make sure you've put your own spin on them, it might help.

Always remember: it's important to remember that there's a difference between how you should write if you're writing fiction, and how you should write if you're writing non-fiction. In other words, whether or not you should show or tell depends on whether you write articles or other types of non-fiction, or write fiction. That's something all writers should remember if you want the reader to get the most out of your work.

Another thing that's very important is editing; whether you plan to self-publish, or intent to submit your manuscript to a traditional publisher. If you submit to a traditional publisher, you need your manuscript to look good enough that they'll see its potential. If you self-publish, you need your work to be edited well enough that your readers will be able to focus on enjoying your book (not to mention, be more willing to try other books of yours, and recommend you to their friends or family members). In other words, editing well is good marketing for you and your work. Also, bear in mind, this doesn't just apply to your actual book... You should also do all you can to catch every single editing mistake, and each little sneaky typo, in book descriptions, promotional posts, any letters or e-mails you send to anyone promoting yourself and your books, etc. After all, how can you expect people to be confident that your book is properly edited, if its description isn't?

If you do plan to go through a publisher, you may want to read this post on when authors should be suspicious first.

Regardless of your publishing method of choice, you'll need to figure out who your target readers are. So, here are some tips for finding your target reader.

Last, but by no means least, here's a list of the top 50 sites for indie and self-published authors.

2 comments:

Intense Guy said...

Skype visits of schools? The thought never occurred to me. I rarely even visit friends on-line in a "chat" like format (IM, Skype, or any other form!)

I'm just not too social I guess.

Victoria Zigler said...

Iggy:
I didn't give it a thought either... Not until I saw the post about it on a blog I follow for authors of children's books.