Today is a double post. I'm looking for reviews, blurbs and endorsements for my poetry chapbook Can You Catch My Flow? If you're interested, please sign the form below and I'll email you an ARC (advance reader copy.)
Are you stuck in a writing scene or feel that somehow it’s gone stale? And no matter how much you write there’s still no progress? That you’ve hit a writing wall and can’t get past it?
Here’s a way to get yourself unstuck and it’s a trick I’ve just recently discovered. To blast a hole through that writing wall, you must first ignore it. Take a writing break from your project and focus on another writing piece, which I like to call a ‘writing breather.’ Taking a writing breather will breathe new life to your words and your storytelling. And the best way to do that is by doing a visual writing prompt.
All week long I’ve been breaking out in song the lyrics to Lean On Me by Bill Withers. I break out in song in the bathroom, separating the whites from the colors, seasoning the meat for tomorrow’s dinner, in my cubicle, etc.
You’ve probably seen the 1989 movie, also named Lean On Me and starring Morgan Freeman. It’s the quintessential theme song to the dramatized film about a large group of people coming together to rise out of a dismal situation.
Since my vacation to Toronto at the end of July, my writing schedule has fallen off the wagon. Hell, maybe even before then since I'm an easily distracted person, been working on my marketing and promotion plans for my poetry chapbook “Can You Catch My Flow?” and had participated in an online six week MOOC poetry course How Writer’s Write Poetry.
There’s also an upcoming 6 week course, How Writer’s Write Fiction , from September 26 to November 21. The course syllabus isn’t up yet and I still haven’t decided if I want to take the course as I’m already busy as it is. However, it’s a good opportunity to meet other fellow writers and hear from contributing authors about writing fiction. At the most, I’d probably stop by to watch the video sessions and participate in the discussion forums, and just skip the writing assignments. Who knows?
There are boundless writing tips being told and shared but only one writing advice is so prevalent that it can be considered its own icon. KEEP WRITING.
However, most if not all writers go through a period of the image above, where it’s not so much we’re unable a to write a thing. It’s just that what we wrote felt hollow, didn’t resonate and or was telling instead of showing, that in the end we deleted it all and have to start at the beginning all over again.
Just like that, you've written a book and poured your blood, sweat, tears and sanity into publishing it. So what’s next? Your next book of course!
Whether or not you’re previous book is a series or a stand alone story, the following prompts can help you create some ideas to use as a plot or subplot. Enjoy!
Did you know that today is Women’s Equality Day? I just found out today and there’s a good reason I’m bringing it up.
Anyways, so your manuscript is complete with reviews/blurbs/endorsements and all. You’ve been reaching out to your target audience, promoting on social media and your blog, sent out press releases, participated in blog tours and answered author interviews. Your book is ready to be published for your readership to buy, find and share but hold on now. When is the release date?
The above graphic is very busy isn’t it? Well that's the life an authorpreneur has to bear. Back in the day, the only requirement an author had was to write. Their publishers and/or agents would’ve taken care of everything else; all the marketing, promotion and publishing. But the paradigm has shifted.
In today’s publishing, an author is responsible for the marketing and promotion of themselves and their book(s). Hence the importance of the book proposal, business plan and using social media.
If you’re not selling yourself, who’s going to sell you?
To become a published author you have to create a business plan for your book(s). To the best of my ability, I’ll explain what a business plan is, the difference between a business plan and a book proposal, as well as ways to market and promote your book.
Did you know that although a business plan is different from a book proposal, a book proposal can help build your business plan. Who knew that they were so interrelated? However, a business plan is a step by step guide to publishing success that focuses on the four areas of authorship: writing, marketing, publishing and promoting, while a book proposal helps sell your book. It’s proof that you’re not just talking out your butt that your writing is the ish and will sell out faster than a Mr. and Mrs. Carter concert. It’s documented details composed of research on what your book is about and how it’ll fare against competitors in an already flooded market. Knowing about your competitors helps you to think of ways on how to set your book apart from them. If you follow this link to Susan Spann’s post, A Business Plan For Publishing Success, you’ll see all the components of the business plan.
If you weren't aware of it already, I'm going to share with you a not so little secret when it comes to publishing your work. Whether or not your novel, poetry and short story collections, memoir, self- help, nonfiction etc. will be published by a press/publishing house or you're self-publishing it, you must GET THE WORD OUT months in advance.
But how do you get the word out?