Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It's the first Wednesday of the month so we can talk about our worries or offer hints to our author friends. Thank you, Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating this blog for us. Be sure to stop by to check out everyone's thoughts.
Silly me, I forgot about the question.Still haven't managed to remember it at the right time.
My answer is it's fairly easy for me because I don't have a job outside  of home. I guess I'd have to admit I spoil myself and write when I can It seems to get priority most of the time. I must be spoiled. :)

This month, I don't have any new concerns so I''ll try to offer some hints.

Let's imagine you've slaved over your manuscript for months. Now you finally feel you've done everything possible. Your new creation is ready for it's debut, hooray! Here's what you might want to do first:

  • Have your work critiqued by a group of fellow authors. I think it's very hard for authors to find errors in their own work. Maybe you're so familiar with it you can't see the errors or areas needing improvement.
  • After you finish your work, wait a week or two before you check it again. This way, it's almost like having a fresh look at it.
  • Once you're sure you've gotten everything done, ask some of your author friends if they would put an announcement on their blogs about your upcoming book.
  • Ask your online friends and/or family if they would mind leaving a review once your book is released. Whenever I review books, if there's something I think could be improved, I send the author a private email, rather than including it in the review. Also, I don't post reviews with less than a 4-star rating. Instead, I would message the author with my suggestions.
I hope these hints are helpful to you. Did you enjoy the summer? It always flies by for us.

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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  1. These are great pieces of advice, thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks, Laura, so glad they were helpful. :)

  3. Thanks, Laura, so glad they were helpful. :)

  4. Very useful tips! I'm glad you have lots of time to write and that you put it to good use!