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Lately on Facebook, writers have been tagging each other to prompt them to write ‘seven things you don’t know about me as a writer’. I was tagged by two authors, Catriona Troth and Philippa Rees and so I duly wrote my post on Facebook. I thought I reproduce it here on my blog as well! Read More
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I’m delighted to announce that my debut novel, INVASION OF PRIVACY, is now available on all major eBook retailers!
When I first decided to become a published author, I bought a copy of Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and The Writer’s Handbook. The year was 1999. I still have them. I resolved to purchase updated versions a few years later when I finally finished my novel. After all, I’d need all those addresses for agents, editors and publishers to send my manuscript to.
And here I am – ahem! – 15 years later and I’ve finally finished my novel. (That’s a whole different story, so let’s not get into that!) So, as per my prior resolution, I now need to buy a copy of Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2014. Don’t I?
Actually, no. I don’t!
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For the unpublished author truly serious about publishing their first novel (the category I fall into at the time of writing this), what are the pros and cons of posting some or all of your yet-to-be-published work on Wattpad?
Category: Indie Author Tags: authonomy, beta readers, Crime fiction, fiction, indie author, literary, Margaret Attwood, novel excerpts, poems, poetry, publishing, rankings, readers, scribd, short stories, submissions, voting, wattpad, writing 3 Comments
For the unpublished author truly serious about publishing their first novel (the category I fall into at the time of writing this), is posting some or all of your yet-to-be-published work on Wattpad a good idea? And what are the downsides?
The first responsibility any author has to their readers is obvious: write and publish a great book. That means it should be well written and if you’re an indie author it should be professionally packaged (i.e. good cover, compelling blurb and have been through a proper copy-edit).
The second responsibility an indie author has to their readers is to engage with them. Engagement means striking up two-way conversations with readers and potential readers. Read More
I just bought a bottle of wine solely based on its label. According to old guard wine connoisseurs I’ve just committed a major faux pas.
As a yet-to-publish author, I knew that one of my tasks ahead of publishing my first book was to build an “author platform”. The logic is impeccable: if I built enough followers then, when I came to publish, there would be hundreds and thousands of people for me to market the fruits of my labour to. I researched what it meant to have an author platform and so I dutifully built my Cyber-Scriber blog on WordPress, reworked my Twitter account (which had 26 followers at the time – all real people I knew personally) and created a Facebook author page. I wrote a few articles on my blog and tweeted about them to direct interest towards my blog. I was smart and wrote articles on themes that my novel addresses (in my case, the subject of computer hacking) rather than writing about the writing process, which, by-the-way, seems to be the plague of many indie-publisher author platforms.
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