If you're being mottled by your writing; your punctuation, adjectives, nouns and verbs, commas and so on; well I do the same thing. I am NOT strong in the areas of punctuation. So, of course, I have to pay someone to handle that part for me. If you are very astute in doing this, congrats! You're saving something like $1.000+- on each book depending on the word count of them. In the upcoming weeks and months I will cover several subjects and give you URLs to writers groups and such that I have found enlightening. I'd love for you all to use the blog to pass along the information to others. Feel free to post the links to these web pages to help solve conundrums other writers are having and, maybe answer question readers have, or enlighten them to how much work it is for us writers to do this and hope it makes us a living at some point - beside the enjoyment of it all!
Here are some links you might want to venture over to:
Fitness and Health writers wanted:
Automotive writers needed:
Fashion and Design editor/writers wanted:
Blog and Podcast show notes writer:
Writers Block? Well, So far myself, I haven't seen it happen to me. I have 5 or 6 books already titled with a partial storyline in my head read to go. Some are science fiction, one is a suspense/horror, and a few Christian - both non-fiction and a 2nd book to start a small series for the already published title 'Life Explained a Journey to Selfless Love'. Of course I know it's pretty common for other folks to get writers block. So, I want to address it and give my experience and maybe some helpful tips to gear you all up! Follow along with the upcoming blogs on this subject if you're interested and hopefully it'll help you. Feel free to post the links to my web pages on the internet for others to come and get some use out of them too! Thank you all for dropping by!
I'm glad to be able to present a brief bit of information on several interviews I had to pleasure to partake in since 2015! One was in my local newspaper and two others were through on-line websites who interview authors. You can read them on another page on my website - just click the main top toolbar and go to the Testimonials and Reviews page. There you'll also see reviews from my readers who've been all too kind to me by leaving a review on how they liked or dislike my books. I hope you'll find them interesting and that it helps us to be more in touch as an author and my reading fans. I like to think we're a bit like family! Check it out, won't you? God bless!
I've tried to compile several URLs or direct links to possible writing ops to earn money for anyone, and, also for the writer who may want to supplement their income while writing, or even if they are retired and want to make a few more dollars. So I will try as often as possible to add posts here for anyone who would like to read or click thru to earn more money. I have affiliations to any of the site, just something I wanted to do to aide everyone in this overwhelming saturation of ads from companies biding for your time and money. Sift through them and make your own decisions!
As easy as this seems to be and is for some authors and writers to figure out the difference between them, it's not as clear cut as it should be. I found this out the long and hard way.
When I started I got my publisher who told me they are a "traditional publishing house" and that's what I wanted - no vanity press. After a year with them and hours and hours of on-line studying documents to market my 2 books and myself I was told by several writers groups, including the Boston Writer's Group that no matter what they say, if you pay for services in advance they are a vanity press. They told me to steer clear but, of course, I was already involved and had a Facebook page set up by them and 2 paperbacks on the WWW, and eBooks on their website.
So, no matter what anyone says, if you're paying for services to publish your books in advance, your with a vanity press and not a regular publisher.
Another way to know that difference; if you secure an agent, they use a publisher for sure. A publisher will pay an advance in many cases for your work before they publish it because they've read your work thoroughly and have made a conscious decision that it's worth their time and effort and will make them and you money! The publishers profit success depends on sales and that means they're in it to make money. While a vanity press already got paid by you and can be less worried about the end result. Even though their reputation is out there, there are many writers who get insulted or disappointed by the constant query letter turn downs and jump on the next person who is willing to put their work on-line.
Research, ask questions, watch videos and do it over and over again to be as prepared as you can be before you invest because even then there's more to learn as this industry is vast and always changing!
Good luck with your endeavors. Don't forget to join the email list to be updated on news and other interesting stories, tips and tricks for writers, authors and business people alike!
There are hundreds of companies world wide offering a myriad of services to the writer/author to help them get their work to the masses. The problem, unfortunately is there are also many of them who don't have the contacts to do the job as you may see fit or aren't astute enough to make correction or changes to your books.
So, what to do? Well, in my case it's weeks of sifting through internet pages for every thing I needed done to cherry pick who had the smarts, educational training, contact or whatever that would get me the most bang for the buck I was spending.
I implore you new and established authors (and this is a good reference point for the business entrepreneur also), to ask these on-line agencies and specialty places of business for some of their customer recommendations, and if possible, a contact name or something to ask them yourself what they thought of the services they were provided.
In cases of choosing book covers images there are illustrators who design original art for your covers and those who provide many choices and swap out parts of those cover images between others to form new cover art that they cane sell. Those non-specialized cover images are cheaper but, as I got from my publisher, will appear in someone else's book cover art in part on the web.
When choosing a editor or proofreader, well, in case you didn't already know, they're not the same thing. Although they people often seem to use the words interchangeably, one service is provided with more precise correction of punctuation, sentence structure, repetitiveness of your words/adjectives/nouns and etc. while the other is more of a check of the tone of your chapters and how readable and exciting they are to the reader.
Proofreading is the minimal and cost less while editing is more expensive and more in-depth. Be sure you question the person or company you are about to hire to make sure they do what you are expecting before you dish out any cash! Do you want them to move parts of a sentence around, say, from the end to the beginning to word it better, Do you need real help with semicolons vs. colon placement and other punctuation? What about reusing the same word over and over in a chapter. There is software available for that like Autocrit so check it out or send me a question and I'll try to help out as best as I can.
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I'm glad to be able to present a brief bit of information on my experiences so far with marketing and the vast amount of options that are available to authors. For the reader, it's as big of a choice to find an author who writes with excitement and passion that captures your interest and imagination. For the author there are more marketing websites for Twitter ads, Facebook ads, book launching, book marketing, increase your web presence and so many more that it's overwhelming at times. I have a huge list of favorites that's probably a foot long under a category called 'marketing' in my internet favorites - never mind the other headings I made for other information that might come in handy down the road.
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