Its time. It’s finally time. What time is it you ask? Well that is a great question and the answer would be that it’s time for me to get my hind end in gear. My second novel is completed and I have been staying away from it for too long. I have been scared to go through the rewrite stage because to be honest, that’s the stage that I hate the most. I hate going back through and rewriting what I just got finished writing. It feels like I am doing double the work. But whether or not I like it is inconsequential. It needs to be done and no one is going to do it for me.
So that means I need to make a checklist of all the things that I need to get done before its printing time. Last time when The Broken Scale came out I gave it about 50%. I didn’t have a lot of money or time to put into the book release and to be honest I wasn’t 100% sure on how to release a book. Now I have gone through that though and I have learned some does and don’ts of the trade.
Number 1- Try to have your book as perfect as it can be (cover included). Before you jump all over my case and call me a hypocrite because you found faults in my novel look back to my wording. I said as perfect as it can be, not make it perfect. There is only one perfect book out there and that’s the Bible. That’s why we try to make it be the best it can be. Again I know that time and money are problems that get in the way of our books being #1 best sellers but that shouldn’t stop of from trying. My novel in its current state made it to #56 on Amazon’s best seller list and I struggled through it all by my lonesome. Now that I have made it a little further in my career I am currently going back through The Broken Scale and trying to make it better so that I can re-release it in the future.
Number 2- Know your market and figure out how to get them. This is one that I think kills most books. We are writers and we like to write, we are not scared of a blank page or a new idea. We do usually get a little nervous when people want to read our writing especially when they are strangers. With that said there is no way around that. If you want to be a writer for a living then you are going to have to let people read it but the trick is to know who to give it to. I remember early on that I got a horrible review, like 1 out of 5 stars bad. The guy giving me a review said that he hated reading Young Adult Fantasy novels, which is what mine is clearly categorized as. He then went on to smash both my novel and my genre, but he went into it knowing that he hated my type of book. Why did he read it? Not sure but if you that you are writing a romance novel find outlets that will appreciate it.
Ok that’s it for now but I will try to post again soon. You guys take it easy!