One of my peeps on Google Plus, a Mister John Ward, had a super handy link to post today, and I figured I needed to come share it here with the few of you that read my blog with any regularity.
(Which implies I post regularly, and you know that doesn’t happen. But just go with it for now.)
William Hertling, a person with whom I’ve had absolutely no familiarity until today, wrote up an excellent check list in PDF format (clicky, clicky, clicky!) for those of us seeking a self-publishing route for our writing.
To sum it up, here are the sections:
Phase 1: Pre-launch
- Book Focused Activities
- Web / Social Media
Phase 2: Book Launch
- Weeks 1-4
Phase 3: Post Launch
Phase 4: Influencers
This is a seriously hardcore (and very handy) checklist. Eight pages long. Print them. Print them all.
Also, don’t get too ahead of yourself. Finish the writing first, and then start checking things off the list. I see you hovering over that upload button. Stop it.
Very recently, Ray Sanders (astronomer and blogger) asked for advice on how to deal with writer’s block. I have some epic level experience with writers block, so I figured I’d pitch in. Then I figured this was something worthy of its own post here in blog land because who doesn’t need advice on writer’s block? (That, and I can’t believe I neglected this thing for a whole month. I’m sorry wordpress! I love you! Don’t leave me!)
When I seize up creatively, it’s because of one of these reasons:
1) I’m stressed about something else, and usually need to get that something else taken care of before I can focus on the writing.
2) I don’t want to write the thing I set out to write. This one is trickier to overcome, as you have to figure out what about the writing is turning you off. Typically for me it’s trying to push a character in a direction they normally wouldn’t go, or not admitting where I want to go in a scene (I would say not knowing where I want to go, but that is a simple lie I tell myself. The real issue is that I know where I want to go but am trying to figure out how not to go in that direction because of <insert reason here>.)
3) Something else has caught my attention. As an example, I needed to make a deadline recently with writing, but I chose instead to spend an entire night sketching to get the itch out of my system. It cleared my head, and I still made the writing deadline.
It helps me sometimes to just walk away from the project for a short time. I don’t mean stop writing. You can go forever and a day without writing, but if you’re still thinking about that thing you’re not writing, you really haven’t taken a break from it. So stop it. Take a break.
Obviously I don’t offer solutions to these problems. The solutions are different for everyone. But if you can at least nail down the reason why you have the block in the first place, it will be easier to fix.
Also, it would probably help you to stay away from the internet. Just saying.
Some good tips here for new and established writers.
I don’t know that the tip to stop talking about yourself is entirely accurate. There are certain instances where talking about yourself is perfectly acceptable, and even entertaining. Take The Bloggess or John Scalzi, for instance. They talk about themselves all the time, but they have more viewers you can shake a stick at. Not that I’m saying you should shake a stick at them. You shouldn’t. That’s just silly. A stick can’t penetrate the fabric of space and time in order to poke someone through the internets, and besides, that’s grounds for a restraining order if you do it in person.
Anyway, have some tips!
In case you didn’t already see me announce this on G+, Twitter, or Facebook, Curiosity Quills Press is expanding. They want to sign on some
fresh meat new people. So if you have something ready to go, bust out that keyboard and type yourself a rocking query letter.
Complete guidelines here – Curiosity Quills Submission Guidelines: Author Submissions
I know… marketing. I want to run screaming away from myself right now too. It’s okay. This isn’t really that evil, and it will be one of only a handful of times I’m going to throw this kind of thing at you. It is must know information for anyone that ever plans to publish an eBook.
For those of you that have never set foot in a marketing class, or those of you that are familiar with marketing but need more tips, here are some seriously good suggestions for making your eBooks easy to find on a search. Easy search = more readers. Good, yes? 🙂 John Ward found this little gem and shared it to his writers group over on Google+, and now I’m sharing it with you. This is the part where you give John a high five or kiss his feet or something, because he is made of win. (Please don’t kiss my feet. That’s gross. I’d prefer the high five.)
The gist of it is in this one paragraph:
Categories, keywords, and tags can be used to help readers find your books, and these are methods that are generally not available to authors of print books that are sold in brick and mortar stores. As authors of ebooks, we need to learn how readers find books in estores like the Kindle store and use the tools that are available to us to maximize our sales.