WARNING – This blog post contains math. I promise you it won’t include algebra or those blasted hard story problems from all our middle school nightmares. Let’s start with three numbers. 66. That’s the percentage of readers who prefer print books to digital eBooks. 635 million. That’s how many print books sold in the U.S. in 2014, an increase of over 3% from 2013 sales. 100. As in the number of print books that BookBaby publishing specialists recommend for first time authors. Why 100? You’re going to need them – and probably more.
Novelists love stories and are often motivated to write by the effects a story can have on a reader. There's a real power in being able to touch the emotions of someone, a stranger, who lives far away or even far in the future. What better reason is there to write than to inspire others to follow their dreams? And yet, too many authors waste that opportunity. They confuse their reader with awkward phrasing, distract with careless typos, or turn off a potential buyer with a poor quality product.
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During the recent uPublishU session at Book Expo America 2015, I was asked to moderate a panel entitled “Get Discovered – By The Right Readers.” Every author with a story to tell is looking to connect with an audience – but not just any reader will do. In order to realize meaningful sales levels, authors need to actively target their audience utilizing any and all tools available. What I and my fellow uPubU panelists tried to do was to share some of the best techniques and methods based on real life success stories.
You’re stuck. Something about your book just isn’t working, but you’re not quite sure what it is. Time for drastic measures.
Yes, you could tinker away at the sentence level or rearrange a few chapters here and there — but when your ideas stall or you've written yourself into a corner, maybe it's time to do something radical to shake things up and revise your book. Why not GO EXTREME!? You can always return to your original stinker of a draft if these attempts at radical revision fail, right? So yeah; you’re totally safe to play around and get your hands dirty.
Here are four things to try when your manuscript feels like it’s falling flat.
Like any craft, the beauty of writing lies in the creative process combined with the workmanship and joinery that lie beneath the surface. So writers, don’t panic! You’re not out of a job. Apple’s next major innovation is not going to be the iTolstoy. Please carry on writing wonderful stories for us to read.
But, while a computer program can’t generate a compelling narrative or sympathetic characters, it might help make a good story even better. It's where technology can make a difference.
Everyone wants to have won an award, yet writing contests are something of an outlier in the book publishing world. Why isn't entering a writing contest a regular in a writer’s promotional plan? The fear of competition? The notion of paying an entry fee? I’m not sure what the answer is, but you ought to take a moment to consider entering a writing contest – or a number of them. You don’t have to wait until you have a book to vie for an award.
The benefits of entering a writing contest include: 1) You learn to be vetted (and yes, even rejected), 2) You develop a measure for your talent, 3) You learn to write for a judge’s eye, 4) Winning or placing opens doors, 5) You may find a home for your poetry or prose.