Would you rather… Impossible questions

Book fans…

My friend, T.L. Bodine, in a recent blog post, posed some impossible questions for authors. You can view her post here. I’ve been thinking about these questions today and thought they might make some good topics for blog posts as I consider them.

I thought I’d start with the question that I think is the easiest:

Would you rather have a small group of extremely devoted fans, or a wide readership of casual readers?

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Day 13: Publish

Day 13: Publish

It’s Day 13 of the Mastering the Habits of Great Writers challenge. Today’s challenge is to publish something. You can read the whole challenge here.

Right now, there is only one manuscript that is ready to submit to publishers. That one went off to the Kids’ Book Review Unpublished Manuscript Award. When I hear the results, then this manuscript will be flying away to publishers.

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I had a dream last night…

Dream I had last night…

I think I’ve been immersed in my stories a bit much lately. I had a strange dream last night.

I was wearing a tiara and a Superman cape, reading my book to a group of kindergarten kids, with some cool activities ready to share with them.

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Day 4: Practice

Day 4: Practice

It’s day 4 of the Mastering the Habits of Great Writers, and the challenge today is Practice.

The challenge is to share what practice looks like to me, and to practice in public.

Right now, this blog is my platform for practising in public. I haven’t done much lately, but I do post snippets of pieces I’m working on here, especially pieces from different writing workshops I participate in.

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Prompt #24 – Book as a business

Book as a business

The 24th prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

If your goal is to sell books, you must view your book as a business. In what ways do you treat your book as a business? Where could you improve? What resources could you leverage to improve your book business?

When my books are published, the biggest thing I want to put in place is the “behind the scenes” support. Realistically, I will still be working at a job for some time, even after my book are published, though I can dream that my first book will be a bestseller and I can quit my job…

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Prompt #21 – Best advice for the publishing process

Advice for publishing

The 21st prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

What is the single best piece of advice you’ve ever received about the publishing process and/or would advice would you offer to a first-time author?

This is a hard one… lately I’ve had so much advice, it’s hard to pick just one.

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Prompt #17 – Market for my book

The target for my book

The 17th prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

Describe the market for your book – to the tiniest detail (e.g., childless divorced women past age 50 who want to remarry). Why that demographic? How do you connect with them to market to them?

To answer this question, the easiest manuscript to focus on is the Accidental WAHM stories.

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A little bit nervous…

I have butterflies in my tummy

A while ago, I wrote a story called “My Princess Wears a Superman Cape” that won a flash fiction contest. When writing it, I could see it as a picture book, and the comments on my piece backed it up.

My challenge was simple – turn it from a short story into something that could be published as a picture book. Sounds easy, right? Wrong!

I had no idea where to start. Some lines that I love would have to go – like the one about adding a laser gun – as they would be better told in illustrations. [Read more…]

Having a blog – this one!

Blogging for unpublished authors

After telling a friend about my Facebook post, I thought I’d follow up with a post about this blog.

I have been blogging for years. My first blogs no longer exist, but it is something I have been doing since before it became a popular thing to do – be a Mummy blogger. Although, to be fair, my topic was business tips for business mums instead of about parenting.

Last year, I created this blog as my “author blog”. I’m an unpublished author and my dream for years has been to change that status to published author. [Read more…]

What is a first draft?

What is a first draft?

Part of the 12×12 in 12 is to create a FIRST DRAFT of a picture book. This is not a completed manuscript, it’s just a draft, and a first draft at that.

Following from me announcing I had completed the draft on the Facebook group, I saw a question about drafts.

A first draft will be different for everyone, and, in many ways, it’s a foreign concept for me, at least since I was in high school. [Read more…]

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