Or would you call it serendipity? Fortuity? Whichever term you prefer, I’m grateful for it. And here’s why …
Yesterday, a friend posted on Facebook. She recommended a blog on tips for using social media; exactly what I need right now. The article reinforced my belief that social media is the best way to build a productive network. Happily, I’ve ticked two of the boxes already. I just need to work on a Twitter account. Here’s the link … I recommend a read.
Today, I met a lovely lady. She’s the same age as the heroine in my next novel but, best of all, she’s a gardener. Exactly the job I’d envisaged said heroine doing! How’s that for chance? Fortunately, the lovely lady is holidaying near-by, so I will be able to pick-up a font of information. And, yes, I bet we end up as friends on Facebook!
Before I go, I’d just like to leave you with this …
The view from my laptop, Mama Cat with her two kittens, Tig & Tink, all having a snooze on a sunny Sunday. Think I’ll go join them.
Well, I can’t just twiddle my thumbs waiting for my NWS report, can I? Time to get planning, I think.
Actually, as a newbie writer intent on self-publishing, I’m not ashamed to admit at being more than a little overwhelmed by the whole process. While there’s so much advice available, it’s tricky navigating my own path.
I’ve already prepared a website which will go live very soon. My Instagram page is up and running. Facebook too. So, my author platform is under construction. Apparently, social media is a writer’s biggest asset.
The reality of today’s world of indie publishing is that I need to create a way for my book to stand out from the crowd; the tens of thousands of other books being published. It’s important to find the readers who will create excitement for when the book comes out and, hopefully, build a community that will be with me for years to come. So this is an important step.
I’m also on the look-out for beta readers. Not too sure how to go about this, but I’ve joined a couple of FaceBook groups that can point me in the right direction.
I Won’t Get Far With A Book That Hasn’t Been Edited.
Even though self-publishing is exciting, and I can’t wait to see my first novel up on Amazon, I need to take the time to make sure it’s right first. My NWS critique will be a good starting point, and I know there will be rewriting required. But after that, well, I’m using an editor. I want a book that looks professional, so I’m going to have to hire those professionals to create the book for me.