A-Z – Editing

Editing is important

Editing is important

Any writer knows that editing is just as important than writing! It is something that we need to do to knock our writing into shape. I don’t know you, but my first drafts are quite rough. As I tell the participants in my Young Writer’s Group, a first draft is meant to be bad… it’s the editing that turns it into something that readers will want to read.

When I write my first draft, I go through the following process (not always in this order): [Read more…]

A-Z – Dreams

Dreams!

Dreams!

We all have dreams. One of my dreams is to be able to earn an income from my writing. Every book I write brings me one step closer to that dream.

I also come up with some great ideas for stories in my dreams – when I can remember them! Right now I’m writing two novels that came from dreams, and I have a few more ideas that I have written down to develop at a later date.

The dreams don’t usually give me the whole plot of the story, but they do give me a starting point.

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A-Z – Challenge

My first ChaBooCha winner badge!

My first ChaBooCha winner badge!

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you will already know that I enjoy a challenge to help me get my writing done!

There are many writing challenges out there. Regardless of what their focus is, the aim is to help you get words on the page and get your writing done. For some of us, this is what we need.

I know that I have a number of half finished manuscripts, challenges help to keep me focused to turn them into complete manuscripts.

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A-Z – Blogging

Blogging

Blogging

I was thinking about a topic for B – bookmarks was the obvious one, but most authors will use that. So I thought I’d blog about blogging!

I started blogging way back in the early days, before it was a “thing”. The earliest blog post that I’ve been able to find was in 2008! I have blogged about parenting, running a small business, writing, reading, life, and all sorts of things.

One question I see in a lot of writer’s groups is: Do I have to have a blog?

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A-Z – Advice

Where do you go for advice?

Where do you go for advice?

As I said in my last post, I have been looking for some prompts to help me keep the blogging happening! One of the author’s I follow on Twitter, Beth Stilborn, is using the alphabet as a prompt, and I thought I’d do the same.

I’m not aiming to blog every day, just more regularly than I had been before the Author Blog Challenge.

I hope you enjoy my A-Z posts.

Where do you go for Advice?

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Day 21 – Keeping the momentum going…

Keep the momentum going

Keep the momentum going

Day 21 Prompt is:

This  is it – the last day! So what will you do to keep up your book marketing efforts? What are you going to do to keep the blogging momentum going? What plans do you have to continue your connection with other Author Blog Challenge participants and the new readers you’ve generated for your blog?

Wow! I can’t believe that three weeks has past already, and I’ve been able to blog every day! I admit, having the prompts has certainly helped as I haven’t had to come up with a topic for each post. It has been a good feeling to get posts written, especially as it’s been a while since I’ve blogged on this blog!

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Day 20 – Live author events

marketstall2-200Day 20 Prompt is:

With holiday shopping in full swing, ’tis most definitely craft fair season. Authors sometimes do well at craft events by virtue of being the only bookseller at an event. Not every live event is for every author – but they can be a great way to show off your book to the public and meet new potential readers. Have you done any live events? If so, how did it go? What’s your best tip for other authors to be successful? If you haven’t done them yet, what’s holding you up? What technique/display/idea have you seen a vendor use that might work for you or other authors?

This year, my friend Julie Grasso and I have been sharing a stand at a few markets. Some have been more successful than others, but usually we earn enough to cover the stand (though there have been a few exceptions).

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Day 19 – If you were to take up mischief marketing…

Mischief Marketing

Mischief Marketing

Day 19 prompt is:

Mischief marketing is any form of nontraditional – and often outlandish – marketing. Leaving your bookmarks in similar books in a bookstore. Writing your title in chalk on a sidewalk that gets lots of foot traffic. Attending a ballgame dressed up as a character in your book. What kind of mischief marketing could you get up to in an effort to promote your book? The bolder the better. What would it take for you to work up the nerve to implement such a campaign?

Interesting prompt today. What have I done so far? I leave bookmarks wherever I can – cafe’s mostly. I have also left them in library books when we return them!

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Day 18 – Who’s your perfect marketing partner?

Marketing partner (OK, this was the only picture I had to do with market!)

Marketing partner (OK, this was the only picture I had to do with market!)

Day 18 prompt is:

Who would be the perfect person/company/organization to partner with to sell your book? It might be another author, a performer, a shop owner, a seminar facilitator, a teacher, etc. Pretty much, the answer to this question is limited only by your imagination. How will you reach out to that person/company/organization? What’s the hook for your pitch?

The answer to this question depends on the book!

For my Green Oaks Primary School series, my perfect partner includes schools and libraries so I can get the book in the hands of primary school kids. Though for 3… 2… 1… Done! my perfect partner includes cubing shops. It’s already stocked in one store!

Ideally, my books would be sold to libraries, including school libraries. I have been reaching out by getting to know librarians and then they order copies of my books! I also have the opportunity for people to buy a second book that can be donated to schools and libraries.

There is plenty that I could do to reach out in a larger way, but it comes down to time.

Right now, the limited time I have is mostly spent on writing a new story or two!

If you would like to join the challenge, and would like to read the other posts, click here.

Day 17 – If you were to write a jingle…

Holiday Jingle

Holiday Jingle

Day 17 prompt is:

The holidays will be upon us soon. Ever notice all the holiday commercials that use jingles in their ads? A jingle is designed to be catchy and entertaining. If you were to write a jingle for your book, what lyrics might it contain? What music might you mimic/use? Now that you’ve thought about it, how likely are you to actually go out and create a jingle for your book?

If I were to write a jingle, it would probably be something for the series rather than an individual book, and it would possibly take the form of a school song, you know, the kind that was sung at assembly and everyone hated!

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