Cranking out a new plot is exciting. The characters and plot take me in directions I don’t typically expect, even after months of planning. Strangely, I have started to find editing and revising to be just as satisfying. Edits make a story work, especially after feedback. It is a process that perfects a plot and polishes characters.
At first I really hated editing. I saw it as a means of cutting the heart out of my stories, but as time went on I grew to not only appreciate working with my editor but come to enjoy it. Authors not only want their stuff read, we want our readers to have fun as well. The beauty of the modern era is we authors can make changes to our work even after it is published. That is something I have been doing right now. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes the book being published and time away from it to realize that is isn’t quite ready. This is especially true if you are new to independent publishing.
So if you are a writer and get bogged down by the editing process, just know that it is not only necessary, but there is joy in knowing that it will further perfect your book.
I have said before that marketing isn’t my specialty. Honestly, I need help, as in a professional to come along side me who is honest. I have had friends and family come along side me and give awesome tips, and combined with my own research I’m fairly well-armed. However, that doesn’t mean that I always know how to implement what I learned, and even when I do it doesn’t seem to work very well. I’m willing to pay someone to help, but frankly I’m very suspicious of all the book marketing sites on Twitter. It is particularly alarming when someone clams to be awesome at marketing and when I check out her amazon page she has less reviews than I do and hasn’t sold a whole lot more than me either.
Sadly, this is something I have found to be rather common on Twitter. Hundreds of people or companies claiming they can sell books grunted, but there is very little information on how they are going to sell the books. Meanwhile I’m trying to improve my writing and marketing skills all at the same time. It’s been a fun journey, but I think the time is coming where I am going to need to get even more serious about marketing. Like anyone learning the ropes I made several blunders. It isn’t easy convincing total strangers they should by a book from someone they never heard of, and that is completely understandable. You don’t know the quality of the book I wrote or anything really. You can read the blurb and check it out on the website, but you won’t know how good it is until you buy it.
The other issue with book marketing is literally every author has a “formula” that sells books and as one can imagine the information often contradicts between sources. It is horribly confusing and at the end of the day all I can do is see what works and what doesn’t. So if you are an author like me, hang in there, selling our books takes time and it is often a painfully slow process.
I’ve been busy working on the second edition of Goandria: Visions of War. It has been taking quite a bit longer than anticipated. As I said before new content is coming to this blog though, it just may take me a little time to get it posted. I have several blogs written but they need a round or two of editing before being put on here.
In the mean time, here is the possible new cover for Visions.