As a new indie author I have attempted to put my novel in to paper back print via Amazon's CreateSpace. I was surprised how easy all the different stages were and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of my shiny new novel to arrive. What a shock when I opened the book to find that the font was so tiny, a mouse would need a magnifying glass to read it! What had I done wrong. After muchas pleading for help on the many different forums, I finally came to the conclusion that I had not changed the … [Read more...] about Trials and Tribulations of a Newbie – Guest Post by Catherine L Vickers
I started my journey as an independent author of December 31, 2011, when I published two books on Amazon and Smashwords. This was after years of near misses with publishers and big name agents, and the production of over twenty novel length manuscripts. I published four more novels over the Spring of 2012, then several more that Summer, until I had ten novels out there. I got some reviews, mostly good, and some sales, mostly bad. My best month was about $40 during July of 2012, not enough to … [Read more...] about It Doesn’t Always Go To Plan – Guest Post by Doug Dandridge
Word of advice: Don't read fiction while you are writing fiction. 50 Shades of Grey monopolized the literary airwaves while I was finishing up my debut novel, Lime. It was everywhere I turned. I was getting emails, texts, Facebook updates on the book and saw the cover in every store, but I refused to even hold it in my hands. I didn't want any careless influence or at the very least shamed like Kaavya Viswanathan whose debut manuscript, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, Got a Life, was full … [Read more...] about Writing Fiction: Doubts, Dilemmas, Delights – Guest Post by Melda Beaty
I am quickly learning that writing books is not just about writing books. There is promotion, and critically, putting in the time every day to ensure your book succeeds. Time is the tricky part. We only have 24 hours a day, and roughly 16 hours we are awake. Everyone gets those hours, but not everyone uses them efficiently. If you're anything like me, time slips away. By the time the sun sets, I will have done all the things I absolutely NEEDED to do, but none of the things I WANTED to … [Read more...] about How to Use Your Mornings to Write – Guest Post by Kyle West
I'm promoting this novel for the obvious reasons, but, in addition, I'm hoping that readers will enjoy another novel in the Brier Hospital Series and fall for my characters Jacob and Lola. I knew that it was risky having octogenarian protagonists and that the thirty-somethings might not be interested, but our population is aging and what's wrong with highly intelligent, competent, world-wise, and humorous characters of any age. When I pitched the screenplay for No Cure for Murder in LA … [Read more...] about No Cure for Murder – Guest Post by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.
All Hail the Test Readers It's out there right now. People are reading it. My beloved first fantasy novel. People are reading it. This is terrifying. It's not out out yet, but my test readers have it, and there is bound to be some lovely, skin-flaying reviews that make me feel raw and naked all over again. At least it will be from friends this time. I'm doing things different this time around. My first novel, Elly in Bloom, is doing fantastic, so much better than I expected or … [Read more...] about All Hail the Test Readers – Guest Post by Colleen Oakes
Thank you Book Goodies for inviting me here today. I thought I’d talk today about what initially inspired me to try my hand at writing novels. Although I completed my first “novel” attempt more than fifteen years ago, I’ve only been socializing with other writers on Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest for three years now. Over the course of that time, I have been fortunate enough to befriend (and learn from) literally hundreds of authors from all over the world. I’m deeply indebted to many … [Read more...] about I Didn’t Always Want to be a Writer – Guest Post by Tom Winton