And So On…

Summer has finally come to a close. The months where the temps are too hot, the bugs too buggy, and the only solace you get is sitting in your air conditioned home.

Do you get the sense summers aren’t my favorite?

Right?!

Fall is upon us. The months where the leaves are changing their reds, oranges, and yellows, the bugs have long gone, and the temps are more than perfect.

My favorite time of year.

It’s also the time I’m inspired to do something new, or new(er).

Writing (again).

My summer was filled with knitting pattern design, working with (knitting) magazines to firm up the release of my new patterns, keeping up with my Etsy shop and answering knitters questions. Busy, but blissful.

What am I up to now, you ask?

A writing contest. Harlequins, You Think You can Write, contest. Romance writers like me send in their first chapter to be judged by over 50 judges in their extensive lines at Harlequein. The winner will be chosen in November to win a 2 book contract among other goodies.

I’m in!! All the way!

After completing NaNoWriMo (refer to earlier posts), I had a complete novel that I believed to NOT suck. After editing (and you also know if you’ve been following that I edited along the way–that’s how I roll), I feel this piece is ready for the eyes of one fantastic editor.

Wish me luck! Submissions begin next week, September 22nd.

I’ll keep you informed!

Write On!

Deb

Notes on E-Publishing

I attended a brilliant workshop on Self-Publishing last night, and learned a lot on how authors can take themselves to new heights by venturing into this model. Epublishing is the wave of the future in many opinions. Read what I learned…

Self-Publishing doesn’t have to be scary.

Will you sell a million copies? Probably not, but the copies you do sell will propel you forward and drive traffic to your “name.”

Should you epublish or submit the traditional way? There’s nothing that says you have to choose. Keeping one foot in each world is definitely okay (they say).

The biggest gripe about epublishing comes from poor editing. Very, Very Important piece of advice. If you know how to edit and are confident in doing so, then by all means, you can edit your own work. If not, hire someone.

Making sure it’s formatted right is also important. Try Smashwords Style Guide at http://www.Smashwords.com.

Having a cover design that’s appealing to the eye is important. You can use your own images or use Stock images online. Again check out Smashwords to see what they’re up to…

When all this has been accomplished, it’s time to announce to the world you have a publication via facebook, twitter, website, blog. Marketing.

Marketing Plan…yes, I said Marketing plan. Now, this is something I will work on this week. No one ever told me this was a factor, but in order to be a successful epublished author, it’s important to have a plan. Makes sense, right?

I was 100% against epublishing until rejection after rejection began (and continued) to happen. It wasn’t because it was junk, it was because (in their opinion), not right for the market right now. Who’s to say it’s not? Really?

So, stepping into my big girl shoes, I will self-publish a book. I have 2 that are ready, and one non-fiction knitting book that I have to map out yet. I think that may be the easiest to self-publish. We’ll see. Stay tuned…

As I always say,

Write on

deb