Thursday, 20 February 2014
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Randy Davila's Think like a publisher: 33 Tips to Write, Promote and Sell your Book has been the best thing for my writing since I entered the QWC Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Even though I didn't get to jet off to Brisbane last November, the efforts I made with my entry saw me produce a much sharper piece of work. Davila's how-to has done the same - if not, even more so. His 33 tips are easily read and understood, making the writer really assess their work and encouraging them to 'kill their darlings' - to get rid of parts they may think are great, but don't necessarily add to the content or quality.
Davila covers publishing, marketing, editorial and more. He's big into platform building - especially creating digital points of contact between the writer and their readers. So far, I only have this blog as a social network. I've been contemplating a Facebook page, Twitter and Good Reads account, but feel I want to be further along with my manuscript before I go down that road. I know this is contrary to Davila's instruction - as it does help when it comes to publication, for many different reasons - but I just need a bit more time to sort out what I want to do and how.
I've taken copious notes from the library copy of Davila's guide and will buy my own when funds permit. It's not that the book is wildly expensive, it's just that we've started the year on a very tight budget. Davila's tips are invaluable and I've taken apart the entire structure of my work and thought seriously about its direction. With Davila's advice, I've been able to see where my writing has become too broad and been able to rein it back in. This is a must have for budding writers - whether it's a library copy or one of your very own, you must get it now!
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Yes, it's happening! Monday's was a great success, adding new material and rewriting the old. I've discovered that if I adopt an English accent and read my work out loud, it's much easier to edit than when I use my own droning Aussie drawl (luckily nobody knocked on my door as I was working!). I do actually think this is a really good tip for other writers. I know people say to read your work out loud, checking for flow and clarity, but a different accent adds another dimension - go on, try it some time and let me know!
Kinder is on again tomorrow and I'll do another mad dash home to get back in front of the computer. I have just over 30,000 words to go - editing included - but I'm feeling more confident that the overall shape of my manuscript is coming together. It's been helpful to have time away from the work and come at it afresh. I'm still continuing to read as much as possible, finding that there are tips in every novel - a code behind the story if you like - depth of character, sentence structure, continuity and so much more.
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