If someone would have told me I would hate to write I would have slapped them! Then I would have told them to get out of my face; yeah I went hard but it’s the truth. For the last few weeks my love for writing has been questionable. I couldn’t motivate myself to even write a blog post that’s how deep it was.
Don’t get this post twisted or misuse it I’m still not where I want to be with my relationship but I’ll get it together because I came too far. Have you had that moment where you’re just not feeling it mentally? Let me just say it’s ok to want to take a break from writing. I will never quit for good but I do recommend breaks. Breaks will help rejuvenate your flow and make you realize how much you need to stay in the writing game at least for me it is.
Another problem is I was on Facebook too much. What the hell does that has to do with anything? Because I would see writers giving out release dates and I’d get jealous. Just a tip, don’t compare yourself to other authors. They struggle too and I’m for sure they have gone through what you are mentally going through, just do you and go hard. Take heed to that and I will see you on the bestsellers’ list.
Peace and luv!
Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia
Not sure how your novel will be accepted? Test drive it!
Turn it into a flash fiction or a short story and work it to as many social media outlets as you can, especially writing communities.
Be careful though especially with people fan fictioning now. You don’t need someone stealing your idea before you even publish the thing!
If you get a great response then you know to roll with it.
Pay attention to the criticism, the constructive ones that is. Write them down keep them in a file specifically for that story. Pick and choose which ones you will take into consideration. Word is not always bond.
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Have some trusted friends, not that many but enough you trust to read your ish and give their view from a reader’s stand point.
Anyone can publish a book these days. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. Some would say that is the reason why these situations happen; I think the reason is something else which I’ll tell you after the jumpoff.
You know Nora Roberts right? The very well known writer? Well recently she became the victim of name stealing. A wanna-be writer is using the name Nora A Roberts to sell novels. It is even on the B&N’s bestsellers list! Tweeters who purchased the book began to realize that maybe this was not the real deal Hollyfield and they realized the name on the novel has a middle initial and that was when shit hit the fan! The whole incident got back to the real Nora Roberts and the seasoned writer had this to say,
I’ll state what’s in my name. Over 3 decades of hard work, of writing, of building an audience, of experience. All mine. And absolutely no one has the right to use my name with an added middle initial – to try to cash in on it.”
Crazy thing is when they changed the writer’s name to save face (they meaning the publisher) the alternative is the name of another bestselling writer! Seeing the name similarity didn’t raise red flags from jump?
Back to who is to blame. I think it’s the damn fan fiction! We have these common folk thinking it is cool to restructure their favorite book into how they like it then posting it on the internet or going a step farther and passing it off as their original work. It’s sick if you think about it.
If your name is similar to an already famous writer then 1) prepare to get flack for attempting to use that name to increase your popularity and book sales even if that is not your intention or 2) publish under an alias. Sucks I know but it’s better than the drama of being called a fake. But again I think the acceptance of this fan fiction (ahh-hm 50 Shades of Gray) is fucking it up for writers who have worked their asses off to get a top spot.
Do you have a similar name to a famous author and still published under that name? How do you feel about fan fiction?
Technology is a beautiful thing, well if used correctly. Please don’t take advice from these celebrities who have been getting caught using technology and social media sites to advertise their umm….weiners!
When I got fired from my job over 2 years ago I took it as a sign that I needed to pursue my writing career. My goal was to go the traditional route of publishing because I want my own publishing company. I thought if I get a deal then I could learn the logistics of the business. I’ve always digested books on self-publishing and running a business; I’m not an expert but I’ve learned quite a lot.
After about six months I decided to pursue it on my own. No it wasn’t because I had a gazillion rejection letters I just saw opportunities for writers to get recognized and published on their own.
A couple of days ago I came across a different avenue I could use to get my ebook published. My first ebook I published called ‘White Lies’ was done thru Lulu.com. This time I will try Kindle Digital Publishing. Like many of the e-publishers out there this one is free to set up an account and upload your work. What made me wanna switch is Kindle can reach a bigger demographic and more reading devices. Which, duh, for me is genius. I have the potential to make more money and gain better exposure.
I like putting info like this out so other writers can have more options for themselves. As writers we have to stick together and look out for each other. Before I go let me give you a few quick tips on what to look for when deciding which e-pub you wanna use:
1) Is it easy to upload your work?
2) What devices can your ebook be viewed on once it’s published?
3) Reviews. Check out who has published with this e-publisher. Have they come back to publish more work?
4) The terms of services. Read every guidelines and rules before signing on. Understand them. Know the percentage of what they will take out of the sell of your book.
Those should get you started off right. Are you an expert in self-publishing? Any ideas would be openly accepted here. Can’t wait to chop it up with you!
I’ve spoken on this subject before but I felt the need to repeat it. Mainly because I am rewriting my psychological thriller Without Consent and I’ve noticed some areas that I could improve on in the plot, characters and intensity. I’ve learned a lot in the 2 years since writting it and I will not bore you with all of those lessons instead I will enlighten you on one that should be a given for writers but a lot of them who are published have forgotten – know what you spit!
Here’s a Lil’ synopsis of the book I’m writing:
Hundreds of women are sexually harassed a year. Nia Long never expected to be one of those statistics until a business trip to Paris changed all of that. Just like so many of the women suffering thru this, Nia thinks it is all her fault and travels back home keeping the whole thing a secret not expecting the weight of it to get heavier and heavier until a deep depression sets in. No longer could Nia use the excuse of her father’s heartattack as to why she has been angry, agitated and distant especially after discovering that she is pregnant!
Not able to abort the baby all Nia wants is an opportunity to face her abuser.
Several years later perfect stranger comes into her life. His familiar demeanor pulls at her intuition until a picture brings it all back. Her opportunity just knocked.
Ok you’re probably wondering why in the hell I went into a synopsis about my story. One because it’s my blog and two I wanted to make a point about researching whatever topic you write about, whether it’s a fiction or non-fiction. You want your reader to believe the story, relate to the character even if they never have been thru it. I don’t know how many times I have lost myself in a book because the writer did some kick ass research on the topic adding that much more realness. On the flip side, I cannot tell you how many stories I’ve read and got so frustrated with the lack of creativity and literary skills. Basically the shit is garbage and they are walking around living it up off their book deals when we both know they caught the editor on a good day.
And shame on the publishers for putting these lame untalented writers out there. Stop accepting writers just to say you have writers under your belt!
Anywho my point to this post is know what your writing is about. Don’t assume you can skirt through a project and get away with it.
Doesn’t all truth come to the light eventually?
Has there ever been a topic you’ve been wanting to write about? Tell me.