If you have a chance to attend a writers conference (or a meeting for whatever your interests are), I highly recommend it. I attended The Atlanta Writers Workshops this weekend. Also, I paid to have my book query letter critiqued. With that critique, I now feel I have the tools I need to successfully pitch my book. Here are a few of the highlights of the day for me:
Publishing Options Today:
*If you don’t know if whether you want to go the tradition route, or self publish your work, start with the traditional publishing route. If that doesn’t work, you can always self publish but, it is harder to switch from self publishing back to traditional publishing. (Of course, there are exceptions to everything.)
*There are pros and cons to both options:
Pros – No upfront costs. Traditional gives you legitimacy in the publishing world.
Cons – Moves slow, it may take up to two years from an offer to see your work actually published.
Pros – Complete control of your work. Length and genre no longer matter.
Cons – Quality can suffer, You have to pay out to get the book to publication.
Tips For Writing Success:
*Always write the best thing you can. Don’t simply get tired of working on a piece of writing and say, “I’m going to just put it out there.” Make everything the best in can be first.
*Build a writers platform. Not only social media, but perhaps public speaking etc…
*Keep moving forward. Rejection is hard, but you have to get back up and keep swinging.
*Put down the remote. Make more time for writing.
*Don’t use the same word over and over on one page, it can distract the reader.
*Slow down with the opening of your book. Be sure to build your world so that your reader will know what is going on.
*Be sure to read a lot in your genre. This helps you to know what is expected.
So, invest in you. Invest in your dreams. And…dream on!