I hope that this blog finds you all well. If not, let me know, and I will put you in my prayers, or if you are against such things, I will send you good thoughts.
What is wrong with that sentence?
I genuinely do mean that I will pray for you but, I am appealing to the politically correct or those who don’t believe in a higher power.
You might have noticed that usually, I sign with ‘much love.’
If you are reading this blog or you have purchased one of my many novels, or perhaps you follow me on Twitter, we share a bond.
I can love you without being ‘in love’ with you if that makes sense.
Writers share a bond, and I feel like most of my followers are writers.
Currently, I am going through the process of looking at each of my novels ‘all 30 something of them’ and trying to figure out why some sell very well, and some don’t. I have asked close friends to read those that are not selling well, and give me feedback.
To improve my craft, I have spent much time and money on programs, classes and yes seminars to see what I can learn that I don’t already know.
If you are a successful author, please comment below and send me a link to your books.
If nothing else, you will sell a book or two.
Do you realize how much of what we write must be perfect to sell? Not only is the story critical, but the characters must be real. Once you get a cohesive story with characters that people can relate to and ‘feel’, you have to create the perfect cover.
The brand that you assemble and sell to the world must be one that people will recognize and gravitate toward, before they even read the title.
If your pen name or brand brings people to your books, you are successful. The cover art must be perfect. As an artist, I have muddled my way through one cover after another. I don’t have the luxury of hiring a focus group or think tank to assist in that process. You probably don’t either.
There is a real benefit to fishing for an agent, a good one. They know the people and companies to contact for the perfect cover, and for the precise editing of said book.
In one of the groups I am associated with, I uploaded a complete novel for them to read, free of charge. Just give me some feedback.
The novel has enjoyed medium success, but for the subject matter and the type of story, it should be much better.
Here is the truth of the matter, not one person has downloaded it and read it.
If I cannot give a novel away to other writers, how can I expect to sell it?
I challenged them with that question at the last meeting. ‘They don’t have time,’ was the answer.
Allow me to pontificate on what it takes to be a successful writer.
- Read much and often.
- Go out of your office and live your life.
- Pay attention to everything and anyone.
- Make notes of things and or people that might make fodder for a story.
- Don’t steer away from controversial issues.
What I was hoping for is for them to read it, and offer some feedback.
From character development to the story itself, what did you like or not like, and why?
‘Why’ is the operative word.
Without ‘why,’ what they tell you is worthless.
One of my beta readers told me just tonight that there were a few ‘eww’ moments.
Ok, great, what are they, and why?
Feedback is critical to the process, and let me tell you, it is like pulling hen’s teeth.
Was that idiom lost on you?
As the weeks and months progress, I will be creating more blogs with helpful thoughts, notes and what have you, regarding writing.
If you have not followed me yet, why not? Am I asking for money for these pearls of wisdom? No.
Am I seeking free anything from anyone? No
Am I trying to pay it forward and assist other writers…? Yes!
With Christmas around the corner, we have time to write before the year ends, don’t waste it.