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What's NextWhat’s Next: Part 3

It’s been a while since I’ve written a ‘What’s Next’ blog … so I’m about due to write one again!

Lets see …

First – I learned that you can have the best book ever, but if you can’t hook your reader in the first few pages, most people will never know it’s the best book ever. Thus – I spent a month editing chapter one into a lean mean … um … chapter. Those first pages can be tricky! You have to set the stage, so to speak. And my first chapter has five characters in it. It was quite the challenge, making sure each character had their own voice right from the start. Also, getting just the right amount of back-story without dumping everything out was a precarious balance to find. But I think I did it.

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here. I couldn’t have attempted another rewrite on my manuscript without my new editor! I was confident that my work was good, but I wanted it to be great! (I dream big!) I needed someone who was as big a fan of my characters as me, but possessed editing talents that I do not. She found me – or vice versa. It doesn’t matter … It was a fantastic experience, from which I learned a ton. For example – The subtle nuances between American, Canadian, and UK grammar and spelling. No matter how long I write, I think I’ll always need help this sort of thing.

So – after the editing, and the editor, I now have a solid handle on where I want my book to go. And I have a plan on how to get it there. As many authors know, publishing is a confusing, and can be, cruel world. It involves a lot of ‘hurry up’ and ‘wait’. But patience and perseverance will see you through a lot of that.

Another thing that got finished this month was my book trailer! It’s been a while in the making, but well worth the effort. I’d recommend my graphic artist to anyone. She’s a visual arts genius! I’ve learned so much about stock footage, voice overs, and music. And I’m so dying to show it to everyone! But alas … this gem isn’t going online until just before the book is released. Unfortunately, I don’t have a release date yet.

What else can I tell you about my woes to becoming a published author…

I’m back on the bandwagon, creating more high quality content like this for my website! I’m writing blogs, contacting authors for interviews, and sourcing out interesting guest bloggers! Keeping up my website is an important part of an authors platform. These days, an online presents is so crucial! Who knew there would be so much other stuff to writing a book … other than writing a book?

A new thing I’ve started doing in preparation to having published book, is getting more involved in my local writing community, as a presenter. I’m just working out details to lead a four-day writers course put on by a local woman’s foundation. And I’m looking into getting on a panel or two at the next When Words Collide in August.

Interesting fact: When I was a kid, I used to compete at public speaking. I made it up to provincial levels once! Public speaking isn’t always considered the ‘coolest’ of hobbies, but I’m sure glad I learned those skills early on.

Last but not least …

dreamstime_m_22497074The most awesome thing I’ve done, (in terms of my writing) in the past few weeks is – I submitted a query to the agent. For some that might not seem overly epic, but to me it is. After all the beta-readers, editors, failures and successes – I finally have a manuscript that I’m proud of.

It gives me terrible butterflies to finally be at this point, which is probably normal. Who wouldn’t be nervous, sharing with the world something that took years to create? But – my work is ready to get out there, on stage, and do it’s thing! I just hope, that with all my efforts that the critics will be kind and throw roses, not rotten vegetables.

To all the other writers out there that keep on pursuing their dreams … I hope you get roses too!

Good reading and good writing to you all!

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What's NextI’m beginning to think that blogging about ‘what’s next’ for me has become a form of therapy . An authors world can be a very solitary one. This way I get to tell the world what’s going on with my writing, without annoying my friends by talking about it too much. Wait… I talk about it too much with my friends anyway.

So here’s where I’m at…

I’ve written a great book – at least a few people think so. I’ve had beta readers pour over it, and an editor too. And I’m putting the final touches on my manuscript before I send it for another round of substantive edits and formatting. Which will probably end up taking another six months  to complete. After it goes in to editing again I can kick back and relax… OR NOT! Writing and publishing a book doesn’t actually stop at writing and publishing a book. At least not for me. My wheels are always turning. So, What’s Next?Harmless_JustFrontCover_Final

I’ve started working on a book trailer! Well, to be more specific, I’ve hired two exquisitely talented professionals to collaborate with on the making of a book trailer. So far, I’m blown away! It looks like it could be a movie trailer and we’re only doing rough cuts so far. Once again, I marvel at the talented friends that surround me.

Here are some great book trailers I found online of books I’ve read.

Paper towns Johns Green

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm6fB_nS_3k&index=15&list=PLF5316EC25DD56E15

The Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UbsNfwkZwk&list=PLF5316EC25DD56E15&index=30

Mosquitoland By David Arnold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s8CjoO-8pU&list=PLF5316EC25DD56E15&index=31

The Fifth Wave By Rick Yancey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpmIjDo3B1s&list=PLF5316EC25DD56E15&index=69

Eve By Anna Carey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hthpbmUcn7A&list=PLF5316EC25DD56E15&index=218

Audio books?

I haven’t started on any audio book version of my book yet but I’ve been pondering it. Would an audience that reads my book, buy audio books? My book is YA, perhaps leaning a little most towards the older people in that spectrum. Are those people audio book buyers? Lots to think about.

Another thing I need to wrap my head around is a concrete marketing strategy. I’m finding this hard, but not impossible. The most difficult part of this is committing to trade shows, signing, events, etc., without knowing the exact release date of my book. Patience Katherine…

logoMy website content and upkeep keeps me busy as well. I have three main categories I concentrate on; guest blogging, author interviews, and my blogs. Content is key for a good website. I like the guest blogging and author interviews the most. I get to meet writers like myself, promote them while getting great content, and build a network of like-minded people. I’m always looking for new bloggers and writers. Drop me a line if an interview or guest blogging interests you.

Good content on my site, leads to good content in my Twitter feed. There are a few other places like Goodreads and Facebook where I have profiles, but Twitter is my main social media. In an effort to increase my Twitter following read a ‘how to’ book the other day. It’s strategies on how to unravel the mysteries of Twitter are coming in handy with build my author platform.

Another project I’ve started, related to my novel Harmless is a graphic novel prequel. I write and my artist Bri draws. She is the same artist I use for all my promotional materials, book cover, and book trailer. I have high hopes to turn this prequel in to a series as well. Here are a few rough sketches Bri has come up with so far.

So yeah… That’s what’s next for me. I’ll keep you all updated on the progress!

Good reading and good writing to all of you!

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