As you notice, I have completely sucked at keeping on schedule this week. I thought for sure every other day of blogging would be much easier to keep up on when I’m writing but turns out like habitual things, it takes time to nail it down. Today I will get the rest of this week scheduled and posted, and start scheduling post for next week. I would really love to make this blog helpful to us all instead of an I’ve learned this, and I’m hearing on my writing only.
While it can be great to follow along, sometimes we want more information. If there is something in particular, you want to know let me know down in the comments.
I have noticed while going through some of my facebook groups there seem to be upheavals in the writing community. It’s ones that continually circles around every few months. Traditional publishing vs self, editing vs no editing. It’s pretty much a dead horse, and there are strong voices on both sides of these wars.
Trad vs self
Seriously, this is getting old. The choice for this needs to be yours, and yours alone. Self-publishing is not a lesser choice. It isn’t a Plan B. Yes, there are people that have marked up the name of self-publishing so it leaves a bad taste in peoples’ mouths. It’s happened with traditionally published as well, it just gets swept under the rug faster.
Now, if you are planning to self-publish (and I do) keep in mind you shouldn’t treat it as a well if publishers won’t pick me up then I’ll self-publish (just a matter of opinion here. Feel free to think as you wish). The reason being you are literally in charge of every step of the entire process this way. Not only is the cost up there by quite a bit, but you are also in charge of lining all your ducks in a row. That is no easy task, and most of it begins before you ever type The End on that manuscript.
You need to start figuring out the path you want to choose for promotions. Build yourself up a platform. I’ve read a lot of articles, youtube videos, and books on this. The resounding one seems to be focus on one platform at a time. The reason being if you try to do multiple platforms at one time not only are you spreading yourself thin, but you will be so busy keeping up on these multiple platforms you will find you have less time to actually write. Now, it’s not only about being on these platforms, and posting things. The main key part in this ENGAGE.
Who is your target audience? What sort of things would they be interested in? Gear the things you post or talk about more to them. (Things I will be trying more on this blog)
You want your audience to interact with you. That is the goal. Find ways to strike up conversations. The more you interact with people the easier it will be to build up your readership, a readership equals a platform.
This is all key elements when it comes to any form of publishing, but it is essential for self-publishing and makes or breaks your selling potential. You’ll also want to start figuring out a marketing plan. Again who your potential readership will be is a key ingredient in this. Market wisely. Marketing can be costly just like great editing, and cover work, formatters.
All of it adds up, and when it comes to self-publishing that is your pocket it’s all coming out of. Which brings me to another point on why I tell you that you need to think about the direction you wish to take your novel. The cost for all of it isn’t something most people have just lying around somewhere. It’s things you need to save up for, which can take time, so it’s best to start early. Not to mention even finding those out there that you want to work with, which is something you need to get started on right away.
As for traditional publishing, it takes time as well. Querying your work can be such a frustrating part of it all, and it can take a really long time. While you’re waiting to hear back on your queries, don’t just sit and twiddle your thumbs. It can drive you crazy. It’s not without its own planning routines. Start working out a marketing technique that you can do. Yes, some publishers offer you marketing once the book releases, but it is usually only for a short time. Make it easier on them, and you. Build those platforms while you wait. Connect with potential readers, and KEEP WRITING. (I won’t say so much on this as I’m all for traditional publishing, but as of right now it isn’t the pathway I’m even thinking about, so I haven’t done enough research work on it to make anything I say here worth a lot of value.)
Now for the Edit vs NonEdit
I can tell you that I’ve done the nonedit version. Granted it was when I first started into the industry, and my biggest goal was to see my name in print. Quality didn’t matter to me at that time. In fact, I was so green I didn’t bother to do any research at all on the industry. It was a hot mess. Absolutely horrible. I didn’t market it, didn’t even know how. Editing? That costs hundreds of dollars, and I was still proving to myself and my family it was no longer a fun hobby for me.
So, I slapped a cover on it that looked…wow, just wow. I created one in createspaces creator, used one of their images, slapped on the information and sent it out into the world. It was horrifying to look at, it still is when I see it on my bookshelf. The whole thing stunk of immaturity. Yet, still to this day, it is my highest grossing novel and my most loved novel. I continue to get messages from readers about if I plan to finish the series. That is a whole other post that goes toward it isn’t in my plans to finish, and that is a blog for another time.
Since I completely went off topic by giving you my experience as a new and unedited author let’s get back on hand. Most people will scream to have your work edited. I can tell you I know my weaknesses when it comes to my own writing, and all can be cured with a really great editor so I have one lined up already.
I’ve heard people say they are qualified to edit, and they do so on their own work. This can go really great for them or really horrible. I thought I could edit my own work, and it was a disaster. Still, some can accomplish this.
When making the decision on which way is going to work for you take into consideration what you would buy if you were on the other end of it. If you were the purchaser instead of the creator. Think about your own weaknesses and strengths, and rather you’ll be able to thoroughly edit your own work. While you’re going over all of this remember you book, your precious baby, it’s also your product. You will be peddling this saying please buy my book.
It’ll set up not only your platform, but also your brand, your name – and in this industry that is huge. Your brand/name means everything. Make sure what you’re putting your name on is the very best work you can make it. Make it something worth buying, and something that you’d be proud of.
With all of that said those are my insights into the whole beating the dead horse writing industry cycles of argument. Do you. Be you, but make sure in the end it’s something you’re proud of, not anyone else. You have to stand behind your work 100%.
That’s all I have for this post. It’s a rather long one so hopefully you valiant readers will all forgive me for missing a few days this week.
Remember, L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.