Well, hello, hello, hello! And welcome to this week’s edition of FACTUAL FRIDAY! Today, we’re going to get to go over some great tips I’ve found to be very helpful when it comes to writing independently, I’ll share what’s going on in the new books I’m reading, and I get to tell you how far along the publishing process is with my book! To say I’m little excited about my upcoming book would be an understatement. But before I even start on that, let’s talk tips, shall we?
Tips and Tricks for Independent Authors
I guess I don’t post enough stuff about independent writers and my excitement about their books and all that because I get so many authors emailing me and asking if I accept independent work!
So, just to set the record straight, yes. I accept independent work, and sometimes I like it better! Yes, it’s true, all the publishing companies get the better editors and fancy fonts and pretty covers and all that good stuff but we can get that too, can’t we? Yeah, it takes a little longer but it’s so worth it! And isn’t it more satisfying to look at your book and say, “Yeah, I put that together…” as opposed to saying, “Oh, isn’t it beautiful? What, did I make it? Ha … um … I okayed it …”
Okay, hear me out. I’m so not bashing publishing companies ― we need ’em! ― I’m just saying … COME ON, INDIE WRITERS, LET’S SHOW THE WORLD WHAT WE’RE MADE OF!
Alright, alright, I know I said this was a tips and tricks thing, I promise I’m getting there. In fact, I’m getting there right now.
TIP NUMBER ONE: KNOW HOW AND WHEN TO USE POETIC LANGUAGE.
There’s nothing better than a book that can speak poetically! Whether it’s describing how a character felt with strong enough emotions to make the reader feel with them, or if it’s showing an underlying theme you’ll find throughout the book. However you want to use poetic language, use it! But use it sparingly.
Those little hints and pretty phrases are things we like to come across in books. It’s the kind of stuff readers go through and think, “Wow, I can see the picture the author’s painted!” the kind of thing we writers think, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” But on the flip side, I think we’ve all read this book:
“And when she wept, they were like the tears of a hundred, hitting a stream of cool blue water and rippling outward. Her deep sorrow had the affect of wind through the autumn trees, bringing all leaves there were not strong enough to withstand the gale tumbling to the ground, where they would soon rot away and die like thin, delicate pages over a roaring furnace.”
By the end of that paragraph, you should be thinking, “…. WHAT. What did I just read?” Because it seems to go nowhere, doesn’t it?
Poetic language can be distracting and guess what! We don’t have editors to tell us that! Limit the amount of poetic language you use in your novel but don’t take it all out! The poetry gives us all a glimpse into the character’s mindset. Of course, if your character is some sunbaked hillbilly I doubt he/she is going to use lyrical words but I think you get my gist.
TIP NUMBER TWO: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE.
I can’t stress this enough! It’s the same way for screenwriting. Before you even sit down to write out your outline (if you’re going to outline) you must know which audience you’re trying to draw in. Not just a casual “what genre is my manuscript” kind of thing. More like: I want to attract young girls of about the age of 14 that are struggling with their individuality and identity.
That’s a pretty descriptive question, huh? Well, it works. Knowing who your audience is will help you keep it tame or exciting enough for them. If we’re going off my example of 14-year-old girls struggling with their identities then we’re not going to want to use a bunch of foul language, profanities, or inappropriate scenes! Just a thought.
TIP NUMBER THREE: WAIT TO NAME YOUR BOOK.
I think I’ve touched on this before but just in case I haven’t, here’s one of the biggest tips I’ve heard from indie writers and even publishers! Don’t name your book the moment you have a concept. Temporary, working titles are totally fine, but don’t sell yourself to a name that you think it going to work out great before you’ve written the book. I don’t care how much you’ve outlined and planned, your book is going to change, at least a little! If you name it prematurely, you’ll end up marrying yourself to something that might not work well later on. That’s when the real problems happen.
I’ve done this before in the past so I know. If you name a book before you’re even done with it, you end up changing things to better fit that name, sometimes at the cost of some of the greater aspects of the story! If we’re sticking with my little example up above for the 14-year-old girls, and I named it, Aspiring People or something like that, I might end up making it about ten girls instead of my one main character!
Okay, that’s a ridiculous example, but I think you all know what I mean. Up until the day your book is published, everything is tentative; let’s not pretend it’s anything else!
Books I’m Reading
On a less technical note and a more “eek!” note, I’m in the middle of reading some pretty killer books and recently finished one I get to talk about on my Mailbox Monday ― that book being The Ghost of Red Fields, the first in the Soldier Sons series. When I first saw it, I was thrilled just because of the name! I think I made the right decision. I dunno, we can chat about it Monday.
The book I recently started is Survivors Secrets! Ooooh! Apocalyptic!
My favorite kind of book. And so far, it’s been great! A little iffy in some places but otherwise pretty solid.
I’m also starting Once Upon A [Stolen] Time pretty soon, which is always exciting, and World Below, all of which look great. I’ll get to read them just as soon as I’m done with Survivors Secrets!
Guys, it’s getting so close to the time where I get to reveal the release date and I FREAKING CANNOT WAIT. I’m sure all you indie authors know how much time goes into a project like this and let me tell you … it’s an undertaking. Like most writers, when I first started out, I thought: “If I get 300 pages out of this storyline, I’ll be grateful.” Yeah … that didn’t work out. I went slightly over what I thought would be my cutoff point … Regardless, it’s turned out to be a great experience!
For those of you who haven’t been following my blog for a while and don’t know what the heck I’m talking about … well … it’s my book. Yay. Words cannot express how excited I am for everyone to get to meet these characters! Some of them are dark and others are more happy but they’re all modeled after someone in my life, which I think gives them more … is dynamicacy a word? Yeah, didn’t think so.
Thanks for stopping by during Factual Friday portion! If you’ve got tips you’d like to share with fellow authors, let me know and I’ll make sure they get out there and you get the credit for them!
Congrats to all you indie authors who are getting your books out there; if you’ve made it this far, there must be something worthwhile about your book.
What’s on your bookshelf?