Having Writing Buddies is Awesome.

We writers are apparently introverts collectively. So, when one says to me, “Go make some writer friends,” my first reaction is this: poor thing

But.

It’s good to talk to others. It’s good to find people of like-mindedness, for when you do, you will not only help them, but help yourself. You want to surround yourselves with other writers, so you feel motivated to write more. Same goes for any field.

Using a forum like Absolute Write gives one the advantage of getting outside perspectives on writing ideas, methods, styles, and so on. You can exchange information, have someone who will do more than stare at you blankly when you tell them about all your book’s mayhem, and so on. Truly, it’s a good tool. Indispensable. I regret I haven’t used such things before until now….

I don’t know how I feel about posting about another site. I feel like an advertisement mule. However, it’s not just Absolute Write. Any forum site works well. In person people are just as good in fact! Nothing better than grabbing a bite at a local diner or café and chatting about writing! victory_dance_by_sterlingcelestial-d4yql2s I love it.

So from one introverted writer to another. Please do it for yourself. It’s wonderful.

Short post for today. 😡

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Having Writing Buddies is Awesome.

All Writers Must Market Their Work.

eyes elecIf you are writing a novel, or novella, or anything you plan on putting out for public consumption; creating promotionals and paraphernalia is a must.

I detest using absolutes. And I do suppose there are instances when an artist might put out their work but not be interested if lots find it. However, most instances are in contrast. Most writers (from my knowledge) wish for their work to be read, enjoyed, contemplated, fantasized, and so on. Through advertisement you can secure it. Unlike what some think, publishers do not bother promoting your work. Unless you’re not a no-name-author. If your Steven King, or Rowling, then sure, you’ll get attention. If you’re like most of the rest of the writing community, less likely. So, no matter the route you take (Self-Publication or Traditional-Publication) the advertisement/promotional aspect is inevitable.

It can be fun (for those who hate such activity) if you try to create adverts based on your work’s theme. For those who love doing this sort of stuff, they will be aching to create promotional. They probably (like me) already have. I do things like this for fun. Making posters, little art/promo cards, buttons, bookmarks. None of which I’ve put into print, nor will I until the day of ragnarok, but, in the off chance my book is published before the End, then I have pre-created pieces which can undergo some tweaking and additions when necessary

When you use promotionals, no matter how fancy or not-too-fancy it is, people might like it. Your book’s title will spread bit by bit, person to person. The images you use will stick with someone. Depending on the promotionals you make, it might resonate with someone. It too might coincide with a pleasant memory. Which in turn might mean that when such memories surface so too will the memory of your book. Also, should you have book signings, giving out free stuff which is themed to your book is a good way to sort of spread your work. It’s using a multi-media platform essentially. This is why often time, publishers will ask authors to create a blog, twitter account, Facebook account, YouTube account, and so on. Social networking is large, and if you can shift between different media in order to showcase your work, you’ll statistically hit more people than you would by only advertising through type. A website is also a good idea. Whether it be on a site like WordPress, or another, if you make a site, you can spread your link about, you can put it on your promotionals, and so forth. There are even websites which can generate QR codes for a particular website. So, for high convenience, you can put that along with your websites url, and people can more rapidly pop on over to your website. Again, increasing options leads to increase in potential viewers.

While not every place of business will be greeting every author who wants to burden them with promotionals, there will probably be a few. Given I’ve never published a work I cannot be certain of the outcomes, but in my experience working in retail, as well as general ideas of how society and marketing operates, I can theorize it won’t be too easy, but if your persistent you’ll probably find a place or two. Potentially, if you give out buttons or bookmarks for free, then shops will be more likely to be like, “alright I guess…” Depending on how cool your promotionals are they might think it’ll create more traffic, but that scenario is like 1 out of 40,000,000×100 or some sort of ridiculous made up ratio.

Of course there is another aspect besides promos, and that’s one’s press kit. You can find guides online. They usually include a photo, author bio, contact information, premade Q.A., press release, and specific information on your current work. I’ve included a link to one such press kit info.

Don’t be too terribly ridged with it. It is still about your artistic expression, but there’s no need to be flashy or fancy. Simple is enough for reporters. I recommend reading different author’s points of view on press kits so you can get a wider scope of opinions. Some cover more points than others. I’m currently in the process of writing mine. Again, well before publication, but it helps to get practice, and if later down the line I am published, I’ll already have a template which I can refine. I would like to say more on press-kits, but given I’m still learning it, I don’t possess any seasoned advice to give.

I apologize for the delay in blogging. I recently had a wisdom tooth pulled, and was essentially done with all things for about a week. During the tail end of my swelling and pain, a friend of mine got me sick. She took care of me too, but, effort to crate blogs had left me.

Anyhow, I hope this entry was useful, even to one person.

Till next time,

Bye, bye!

P.S.

If you have any ideas on how your going to promote your work, share them in the comments! I’d love to hear different ideas.

 

Joanna Pen’s entry on Author’s Press Kit: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/04/23/press-kit/

 

All Writers Must Market Their Work.

The balancing act between the fantastical and mundane

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There is a danger with writing too much fantasy. Fantasy is my most treasured genera. During a time when I had been writing, I discovered a flaw in my stories. It wasn’t the plots or characters that grabbed my attention, rather it was the lack of ‘realness’ to the work. A lack of human interest, or relatability, which turned my fantasy works into such an alienated state that very few readers would be interested.
It wasn’t that it was completely devoid of these characteristics, but there was such a lacking that I needed to do a major overhaul on my writing.
For instance, in most of my stories, there was an unnecessary amount of destruction. Along with that, there too was little to no repercussions for the characters’ actions. Let’s say an overlord destroys a planet. And we never hear of the planet again, nor are there any consequences for his actions. Characters should be shaped by what he did. Maybe the sight mentally scars one of them. Perhaps there is a survivor who seeks revenge. Perhaps an armada from a neighboring star system goes after the overlord? Sure, he’s the big bad guy, but, there has to be some retaliation, some repercussions.
What if your protagonist battles someone throughout a city. They destroy buildings, and causes an earthquake? Might have killed a person or two. So, instead of having everyone have a good laugh in the end amongst the wreckage and dead babies, make some consequences. Perhaps it depresses them? Maybe the military goes after them because they think the hero was too violent. Or maybe they think she was the villain? You can even go the route of the hero being unaffected and that bothers other people leading to an eventual betrayal.
Beyond consequence there are also subplots! They are key to strengthening your world’s history, and lore as well as making the story more realistic, upping the chance of the reader identifying with characters, and fleshing out an environment which affects all of the people within your story. Subplots can be connected to a larger plot as well, and can give snippets of vital information which might move the plot forward, while also fleshing out your characters more. On the note of characters affecting one another, there may be a character who might be disconnected from the rest of the world. Perhaps even though she is the main protagonist, and is incredibly useful to others, she feels socially alienated.
Moreover there is romance. While romance is not everything, and I have grown to detest it due to the saturation it has in most media I know. Beyond personal opinion, it is incredibly useful, so long as you don’t drench your work to the point of sopping mush. Unless that’s your style, or interest, then, by all means, please do that. Art isn’t able to be confined to ridged boundaries. Sometimes even, breaking the norms of storytelling is the proper thing to do. Love is an incredible tool to give characters social, emotional and psychological dynamics. It can even move the entire plot forward. Love is a powerful tool, and the lack of it can be just as influential. The character might want love and cannot find it, or she has people falling in love with her, but she doesn’t care for love whatsoever.
Real-world is also important for a fantasy writer. The mundane when put next to the supernatural gives the fantasy edge of your world some flare and weight. Real-world doesn’t always work well in fantasy. Sometimes, high fantasy with no mundane aspects is what the writer is going for. Sometimes, jobs, affairs, political, and social aspects are incredibly important to highlight the supernatural. Sometimes, using our commonsense as the groundwork for the predominant population’s mentality is key to introducing magic.
It can cause conflict. Make populations panic, start wars, murders, end relationships, end worlds. There can be mental adjustment conflicts. Perhaps a scientist discovers magic, and loses his friends and job because of it. Becomes recognized as an idiot and causes him to plunge into the magical aspect deeper and deeper. Sometimes though, the world is aware of the fantasy aspect, sometimes that aspect is just part of their world. In such a case, a weaving of the magical and the mundane can be done. Really though, there’s no set rules. These are just my observations; opinions.
I’m sure I’ve missed many areas. There is an incredible amount of stuff to talk about. So much could be expanded upon. Still I hope you find what I mentioned useful.

Anyhow, I hope you have a splendid day!
Bye, bye!

The balancing act between the fantastical and mundane

Self Introductions and Plans

So it begins…

This is my first blog for writing. So as such, it’s going to be a bit awkward, but I figure, it should become easier to write these over time. The content of my posts will be related to writing and writing advice. Although I am far from an expert, perhaps some of my advice might be pertinent to other writer’s interests.

So then a bit of narcissism ahead.

I have always loved stories. Regardless of their source. Be it in film, books, or games. The story is what is of significance to me. Although I adore painting and sketching, graphic novels seemed well beyond my skill level. Instead, I focused on something within the realm of my (possible) capabilities. So I began to write books. This started when I was about fourteen. I had been making stories, but nothing too lengthy. I just liked making up characters and putting them in situations. I liked writing environments. This also led to some attempts to create videogames in relation to my stories, but my devotion withered as I realized the complexity and effort was well beyond a one-man production team. During that time, I too was developing a novel, and so my interest was divided. Ultimately I gave into noveling my ideas rather than the above mentioned endeavors. While I dabble in the areas, my main project is in novels.

The genera I fell into was fantasy. Over the years of writing I came to some discourse with the genera. That being that on the whole it appears to be trivialized due to the unrealisticness which comes with the fantasy-package. It’s the mission (sometimes) of a writer to sell the fantastical environment/circumstances to the reader. For me, this has been a trying process, but over the years, I have gotten better at giving my works enough consequence, grounded-ness, and subplots to grant it the illusion that it is a real world/possible world.

Anyhow, I’m going to attempt to keep this entry short. I plan to make regular posts, though, what day in particular and or the frequency remains an uncertainty. But, if you enjoyed this snippet, then don’t worry, it won’t be a year or fifteen before I post another.

Anyhow, I hope you have a splendid day!

Bye!

Self Introductions and Plans