Sep. 11, 2016

LAURA'S WRITING TIPS... OR WHATEVER.

Okay. It’s been a while since I’ve done something like this, but I think it’s about time I get back into the swing of things. Yeah, I don’t think this is going to last either, but we’ll see.

Lately, I’ve been asked by several new authors, or people starting their first novels, what my advice is about the publishing world and blah, blah, blah.

First of all, I’m flattered that they would ask a not successful, loser, like myself about something that I haven’t been able to do yet. But that’s beside the point… what was the point? Right. My writing/publishing tips.

Second, I figured I’d give all of you some tips about what I’ve learned through my epic failures as an author. And before you say, “Oh, come on! You’re successful.” Successful would be a steady stream of income, and being able to rely on my own steam instead of the charity of others. Oh, millennials!

All right, let’s begin this shit show, shall we?

We’ll call it: LAURA’S WRITING TIPS… OR WHATEVER.

TIP ONE: WHATEVER YOU DO… DON’T GIVE UP!

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll explain it anyway.

Never give up on yourself, or your work, because one day you will be a bestselling author… even if it was only for one day in an obscure section on Amazon, and you were number ninety-three.  The point is, one day you will be relevant enough that people will recognize your name.

When that happens to me, I’ll tell you. But for right now, a girl can hope. Right?

TIP TWO: START YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA STUFFS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

I mean this with every fiber of my being. If you’re not on social media… FORGET IT!

We live in an anti-social world, and you have to be a part of it. Sadly. But more importantly, you have to remember that you must… YOU MUST… YOU MUST… get your name out there by any means necessary.

That means, you need a Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook page (AUTHOR PAGE), Snapchat and possibly even a Vine (that last one is optional, but you get the point). YOU HAVE TO BE A PART OF THIS SOCIAL/ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD, whether you like it or not.

Sorry.

TIP THREE:  DON’T USE CREATESPACE!

Truer words were never written. Don’t use it. Don’t be sucked into their lies! Don’t do it!

I did a whole rant about them on my YouTube channel, which you can see through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ1U7crcKZ0

Yes, that was a shameless plug, which brings me to my next tip.

TIP FOUR: SHAMELESS PLUGS MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND!

Whenever you can, whatever you do, always plug your work. This means, going on a blog tour, doing a book blast, which is just getting people to share your work over and over, making a Facebook event for the release day, and making sure that you get you name, and the book title, out there. This includes, giving away FREE BOOKS.

Yes! You read that right. You have to give away free books if you want the reviews, if you want good standing with your readers and if you want a good reputation as an author. I’m serious.

Readers will be more likely to read your work if you are giving away free stuff.

TIP FIVE: $2.99 IS KEY!

Subsequently, when picking a Kindle price for your self-published work, pick $2.99. Trust me, this is a struggle that I learned the hard way. People are willing to buy your work if it’s $2.99 and not above or below.

Unless, it’s a novella, then it’s $0.99. But that’s neither here nor there.

If it’s a full length book, it’s $2.99. Always.

TIP SIX: INVEST IN AN EDITOR AND ALWAYS TRIPLE CHECK YOUR WORK!

Again, I learned this the hard way. Let’s face it, I’m the definition of insanity.

Anyway, make sure that you invest in a good editor for your work. Even if you can’t afford one, find one of your author friends to look over it for you. You just need that extra set of eyes to go over what you no longer can stand to see or read. And when they are done, ALWAYS GO OVER THE WORK YOURSELF! Because some reviewers will find anything to give you a one star about, which includes minor errors, or major errors, in your work. There will always be that one person that, just because you’re an indie author, will pick at your writing, even if you pay for an editor to look over it.

This brings me to…

TIP SEVEN: DON’T SWEAT BAD REVIEWS!

YOU WILL NOT BE EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA!

People will hate your work just because you’re an indie. People will hate your work because of your title. People will hate your work because of the cover. People will hate your work for no reason except they hate your work. People will hate your work!

But some people will love it. Some people will buy your books just because they have your name on it. Some people will love you so much that they tell their friends, and then THEY begin to love you.

Bottom line: Bad reviews are par for the course. Especially, three stars. I mean, come on… that’s just par!

TIP EIGHT: AGENTS DON’T WANT IT!

I’ve gotten six-hundred rejections, and that’s moderate in the publishing world. Agents don’t want to buy things that don’t sell. And there’s no problem with that. They’re just doing their jobs. Don’t get upset with them, get upset with the publishing standards if you’re going to get upset with anything. Just remember that there are other options besides regular publishing.

Which brings me to…

TIP NINE: WRITE WHAT YOU WANNA READ!

Don’t write for anyone but yourself. Honestly, that is the best thing that you can do for your writing.

If you want to read what you write, people will want to read it too. Not always… especially in my case. But I’m the worst case scenario in everything.

Anyway, if you write what you want to read, it’s guaranteed that there is a market for it SOMEWHERE!

AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST…

TIP TEN: WRITE, WRITE, WRITE… WRITER!

Write. Just sit down and do it! If you have a story in your head, get it down on paper. Don’t let it fester and rot in your mind. If it sucks… write another! If you think it’s good… write it again! Only when you can’t look at it anymore and want to bang your head on the keyboard is when you should stop writing and start thinking about publishing.

And don’t be discouraged if your first work sucks. Every first work, draft… whatever… sucks. That’s part of a writer’s life.

And yes! You are a writer! As soon as you put pen to paper, you’re a writer!

OWN IT!

LIVE IT!

BE IT!

DO IT!

Okay, well, that’s all the tips I’ve got for ya. If I fail at anything else, I’ll give you more tips. Like I’m failing at YouTube, but that’s a different situation that I have no idea how to fix. But it’s whatever.

Anywho, I hope you enjoyed these tips. If they help you… YAY! If they don’t… SORRY! But at least you know that there’s always someone that’s doing worse than you are. And that someone is me.

So… that’s it.

TTFN. Ta ta for now!