Self-publised, avid reader, looking for mentor
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I read more than I write (trying to change that), but I've just self-published my first novel and I'm working on number two. I'm looking for friendship and guidance from other readers and authors.
Have you checked out the forums over at AbsoluteWrite and Querytracker? They're great spots to find beta readers, etc.
I have the same "read more than I write" problem in a big way. I've got lots of projects I'd love to write, but I'm trying to focus on one sci-fi novel. I just finished the outline and am starting the first draft this weekend. I've been writing for a while, but I've never finished a full-length novel. And, unfortunately, I have recently (i.e. this morning) determined that I need some new friends. :) Feel free to message/email me or keep chatting in this thread. I love to hear about what people are working on.
Here's some advice, FF: just do it. Write the whole thing. Why not? I could, however, give you some practical, psychologistical advice, if you like. But first I'd need to know if you have a nine-to-five job.
I'm a full-time student right now, so my schedule's unpredictable. "Writing the whole thing" is my main preoccupation at the moment, but fire away with the psychologistical advice.
Plodet, here's a small piece of immediate advice. Make sure the page your homepage link goes to includes a button to buy the book, or at least a button that goes immediately to Amazon. Making a potential buyer go to Amazon themselves and do a search will lose you sales. You want to make it as effortless as possible for them.
You have a great platform for your book, too-- your experience in Special Investigation in the USAF. Put that in a bio on your site. That will grab attention!
FFortuna and others: keep in mind that November is NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing month. It's a terrific way to get motivated and also to find a lot of support and encouragement among others all trying to do the same thing. The "official" NaNo goal is to write 50K words in the month, but I've never been able to write that fast and set a personal goal of 20K words for the month.
Sistersapphist, thanks much. That's the best advise I've heard (about anything) all week. This weekend I will sit down and actually figure out "how" to do it :)
I agree with ejj1955, I did NaNoWriMo last year and completed the 50,000 word challenge. It is a real motivator. The novel I completed during that time was published in July through CreateSpace and is now available on Amazon and Kindle. So, I'm a big advocate for NaNo and just getting on paper. Good Luck!
Hello, I did NaNoWriMo last year for the first time. If you would like to have a buddy, my screen name on that site is Readforlife. It is very helpful to have "buddies". The Amazon Kindle discussion forum has a nice support group as well. Happy reading and writing!
Saffyre2, I'd be honored to have you as a buddy for Nano this year. I only had one last year but it was still helpful to have one. I'll check you out at Nano and send a buddy request.
Apparently they don't have the Writing Buddies set up yet. It says "Coming Soon". I'll check back in a few day and look for you. My name is tlmasin if you get a chance to search for me.
For the past two years I've been doing more reading then writing and I'm hoping to change and make them equal. I do admit that it's been a rough past two years with death, moving and other major family issues but I have managed to do NaNoWriMo each year (though I missed Script Frenzy).
I HIGHLY suggest NaNo for those who need to sit down and just get it out there. I've done it for years now and just love it.
Anyone who wants to buddy up can count me in.
tamikidd, As soon as the Writing buddies is set I up, I will look for you.
as long as were buddy-ing up, i'm brianjungwi over at nanowrimo. Currently reviewing librarything member zette's guide: nano for the new and insane. hoping i'll get some time to plot an outline this weekend, work is busy lately.
Add me to the folks on NaNo welcoming buddies: I'm LittleDoe there. Still says buddies are pending.
My advice would be to:
1. Put your work in a drawer for a couple of weeks and then re read it from a fresh angle. You'll find all sorts of errors you missed the first time.
2. Edit, edit edit. And then get a good editor to go over it for you.
3. Join a writers' circle or group. Listen to comments with an open mind. If more than one person is telling you the same thing, they are probably right.
4. Don't publish until you are sure it's the very best you can offer. You can't remove poor reviews.
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