Life as a new author …
I feel like I’ve been hibernating, but I’m back. 🙂
I’ve been editing the next book in the Blood Crave Series and I’m really excited. I get to read over the adventures that my characters experience and all the crazy relationships they have with each other, whether good or bad. It’s been quite fun, might I add. I think a few of you might be … surprised. I’m putting it away for a bit and I’ll look over it once more before handing it over to my editor. If you’ve read Dahlia and Fallen Tears, I hope you’ll be excited for this book!
I do want to say congrats to all the winners of the Goodreads and Making Connections Giveaways of both print and ebook versions of my books. I hope you all enjoy! I think I might do regular ebook giveaways, monthly or bi-monthly, haven’t decided as of yet. So check my Facebook page regularly for any updates. And LIKE if you haven’t. 🙂
Now, what I want to talk about today is critiquing your own work—or rather, my own work. As a first time self-publisher, I had the mindset of being able to do everything. “I can edit my own work.”
“I can market my own work.”
I will be accountant, formatter and book designer all wrapped into one. I think I can, I know I can … hear me roar.
Do I still think this way?
Yes, I can take on the majority of tasks. I’ve (hopefully) perfected the art of Mobi files, it’s not too difficult to create a book cover. But there are certain things an author needs in order to self-publish successfully. And yes, I made the rookie mistake.
What is that, you ask?
Well, let me tell you: thinking that your family members and your friends are enough to edit your book. Now, they help a great deal but it’s not sufficient. The funny thing is that I’d have told you otherwise just last month. How things change. I have to admit, I’m one of those gently, softly, hoarsely, finally, leisurely, especially, suddenly, swiftly, impulsively, methodically type of writer.
I even named one of my characters Lee (totally coincidental btw).
Moral of the story: it’s definitely a good idea to get help in the quest of becoming an author. I am in awe of my editor and am excited that I found him because he will make me a better writer. And that’s what it’s about, improving your writing. Writing is a passion for me so I do my best to continually improve and grow as a writer. So, number one lesson that I learned over the past few weeks:
No matter how many times you read over a manuscript, and think it’s PERFECT, a professional editor it KEY when self-publishing.
That being said, Dahlia has been updated, so go to your “Manage Your Kindle” on http://www.amazon.com and get the updated version.
Awesome news: I’m currently on a blog tour for both Dahlia and Fallen Tears. Check out my website to see the tour schedule for both books 🙂
Among other things …
So Big Brother Canada is finally airing. Yay! Now I’m currently unavailable three days out of the week to feed my obsession, lol. I do wish I had the guts to apply … but I’m too shy. Sigh. If only.
Until next time!