Many Roles of an Author

There are many roles of an author instead of just writing a manuscript. Imagination and research play a big role in writing books; depending on what type of book you want to write. Then of course, you need to find a publisher. There are two types of publishers. 1. Traditional publishers which pay for the whole process and self publishing. 2. With self publishing you can choose a vanity or subsidy publisher that will help with part of your expenses. There are some self publishing companies that will publish your work, but at a fee. Even if they say they are a free publisher, you still have to spend money for different things, including marketing, and buying the books up front.

The traditional route is the hardest and you have to send out numerous queries to agents, books publishers, in hopes that they like your manuscript. This process takes longer and is more time consuming.

There are Many Jobs of the Book Author.

You not only have to write a manuscript, but edit it. This means that is takes a great deal of time, looking over your manuscript, making sure that the sentence structure is sound; that there are no grammatical errors including punctuation, word usage, subject verb agreement, use of modifiers and so on.

Yes you can hire someone to edit your book, but they are going to expect you to clarify things in the book. They cannot rewrite your book for you, they are going to need you to write your own sentences.

Next thing about being an author is that you have to devote time to marketing your book. Yes, Publishers will help you with this when your book is released to the public, but there is a three month time in which they expect you to promote yourself before the initial release date.

Marketing is the worst thing for me. I hate spending countless hours on marketing. Unless you are extremely wealthy and can hire a large staff or publicist to take care of this, you are going to have to market some yourself.

There are several ways to market your book.

1. Through social media

2. Through cold call sales

3. Through newspapers, word of mouth, and post office mailings.

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Content Marketing by Blogging

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Marketing comes in different forms. One new way to market yourself is by offering valuable content to the public, which helps your website rankings on Google. You can write articles and post them on article sites or by blogging.

More and more people from all over the world is using the Internet to search for content in several different topics. A new author may search for ways to promote their book by using the Google search engine. Book readers may search the internet by using keywords such as: books, crime, mystery, romance books, etc… which might read readers to your blog.

As an author, you have knowledge to share with others. One way is by writing valuable content on your blog. This is something like writing on a website. There are two main blogging sites that are free to write on. http://Wordpress.com, http://Blogspot.com, and http://thoughts.com/free-blog

Start slowly by writing about things you know. You will be amazed at the topics you can come up with. Make sure you post something on a regular basis. You can post excerpts from your book, offer free tips to other authors, interview other authors about their books. Book readers love to read reviews on books before purchasing them. Your first post could be all about your book and include a picture, excerpt, and buy link.

Then make sure you share your blog on all of your social media sites. If you haven’t started posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads by now, you need to start right away.

So it is important to get your name out there by writing relevant and valuable content about topics such as:
•How to Write a Book
•All about Writing
•Reading
•Marketing tips
•Blogging

Another important way to spread your articles or valuable content is by using Syndication sites. Here is a link that list many syndication sites to use. I know it takes time, but this will help you build a brand for yourself.

http://www.buzzblogger.com/500-places-to-syndicate-your-content/

Below is a list of places that allow you to post articles for free. On the bottom of your article, don’t forget to mention your website or ways for people to reach you. I suggest choosing a couple and starting there.
◾http://squidoo.com
◾http://ezinearticles.com

Your Writer’s Mind

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Your Writer’s Mind.

In truth, a writer’s mind is unique and who can know it but another writer. Writers experience different thoughts on a daily basis. Just walking down the street might bring thoughts that would make a great story. Writers look at their surroundings and consider the weather, the people around them, different situations, noise, lights and colors, shadows, mishaps and misfortunes and the list goes on. I really thought that this point brought to light the writer’s mind. “The writer’s mind is wily.”

In truth a writer will often be distracted from any diversions because the thought process is always moving, imagining and creating the next topic. A writer has millions of ideas but harnessing those thoughts on paper is a different story.  Writers might begin one story but become so captivated by something else that they start a new story, placing the other one on the side.

Related post: http://garrisonpublishing.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/writers-born-to-create/

Writing for Gratification

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What brings inspiration to an author? Is it simply the need for gratification or could it be much more. To me, a writer should enjoy every part of writing itself even if the work is never read. In the Wikipedia, online encyclopedia,”Gratification is the pleasurable emotional reaction of happiness in response to a fulfillment of a desire or goal.” To look at this much further, one must define what the fulfillment aspect of the desire or goal is. What fulfills us and brings satisfaction? Is writing itself instant gratification or is it the completed work—the book that brings it?

I look around as I sit at my desktop writing this blog post and think about writing and what it means to me. I really can’t explain it in one simple blog post. All I can say is writing has meant more to me over the last year than it has ever meant. Yes, I wanted to be a writer when I was younger and wrote short stories, poetry, etc.. The desire of writing is not the fulfillment of having a completed work that others look at and buy. If it were, I wouldn’t take time to write a blog because it takes time away from writing my manuscript. I believe this year I have learned more about the writing process and how to make the words flow much easier.

As a young child, I was really quiet. I didn’t speak a lot in school and never had lots of friends. It wasn’t because I didn’t like people or they didn’t like me. It was simply that I enjoyed my thoughts. I would get lost in my own thoughts and it made it hard to focus on schoolwork or time needed to make new friends. As an adult, I would say that I am a lot like I was as a child. I am married and have two children. That is where any extra time is spent. I have met lots of other authors along the way and they have been more of a friend to me than people I see everyday. I guess the concept of having something in common is what I enjoy talking to them about.

To get back to the discussion, each writer has their own reasons for writing. Some may look at it as a means of escape, others as a way to express themselves, or to complete a work of art. I agree with all of these reasons but to me I see it as a gift. A gift is usually shared with others instead of hidden in a closet. Reaching the world with writing is a gift that should be shared. Therefore if you love to write, spread your gift to the world. I’m sure there are many out there that are waiting for your thoughts, whether you think so or not. Good luck and get writing.

The Four Important Stages of a Writer’s Development

The Four Important Stages of a Writer's Development.

Great post. Every writer goes through different stages of writing but every writer works at their own pace to become more proficient and advanced in their writing skills. No matter how many years a writer has be in their field, there is always something they can add to their knowledge base. Writing perfection is something to be acquired after many years of writing.

First Page of Writing

I recently come across this blog that talked about the first page of writing which I thought every author should read. That first page is important because it can draw in the reader or scare them away. Not only should the first page capture the reader’s attention, but the first sentence. This sentence should stand out among all the rest of the book.

In college English, the main part of the class talks about essays, learning to write essays and punctuation. The first sentence of an essay is the Thesis sentence. It should summarize the rest of the story, capture the reader’s attention, and be supported by evidence which will be the following sentences.

Now if you are writing a fiction story, the same can apply. Use that first sentence to let your reader know something about your book. If it is a mystery, the thesis should portray that by using strange, mysterious, enigmatic, curious words. Well you should see my point by now.

Don’t start your page off slowly where it bores the reader. This page should bring some excitement making it difficult to put down. This page is the most important part of your story. Give a hint of the rest but without revealing the whole story.

http://clancytucker.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/22-august-2013-first-page.html
http://bksp.org/2012/12/the-3-cs-of-writing-the-first-page-of-your-novel-by-katia-lief/
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/
http://homeworktips.about.com/od/thesissentence/a/fuss.htm

Mastering the Art of Writing in Six Steps

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To master the skill or art of writing, a writer should look at these six steps which will guide them toward writing excellence. With each step a writer learns ways to captivate the audience, whether they are reading a book or a blog post. One must analyze, clarify, engage, edit, simplify and excite readers into wanting more.

1. Analyze- Know your audience. Readers will be critical when it comes to your writing if they were expecting something different. If a writer states that their book is geared toward kids but uses a lot of adult language, then the author was not taking into consideration the audience. Same applies to a writer writing for adults and but uses simplistic language.

2. Engage your audience with every part of your book. Don’t make the first page very interesting and then make the rest of it boring. You have to keep the reader guessing on what is going to happen next. Make the reader want to keep reading even though they might want to stop.

3. Clarify what your book is about. If you are writing a book for educational purposes, to be humorous or just plain fictional, make sure to let the reader know that in advance.

4. Simplify- Get rid of excess baggage. Don’t go on and on and on about something that is not important or that does not need to be there. I recently picked up a book that was extremely long. I wished I could have shown the author where they could have cut parts that didn’t help the storyline.

5. Bring some excitement into your story. Make your characters interesting. No one likes to read a book when they hate all the characters. Bring life to the character. Don’t make them sound too educated. Use contractions, use words that would use in normal everyday life.

6. Last of all, edit your book. Don’t let your book go to print without someone qualified to edit it. There are programs you can go through where you can get informative advice on how your book reads. Readers want to enjoy their time spent reading, not correcting all of your errors.

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