Extras for Writers
THE WRITER BRAIN
- Accentuate the Positive…
- … Handle the Negative
- Scary Glimpse Inside the Writer Brain
- The Writing Cave
- Why I Write
CAREER ADVICE FROM PATRICIA
I recently joined Jami Albright and Sara Rosett on their Wish I’d Known Then . . .For Writers podcast to discuss the pros and cons of traditional and indie publishing, how I write my books without outlining, and my tips for BookBub ads. (Look for Jami on my Authors Love Readers podcast next month!)
In the podcast episode, you’ll discover:
* How I learned to trust myself and my writing process instead of trying to write like you’re “supposed to”
* Why learning that we are not our audience is essential to marketing
* Advice on how to get rights back from traditional publishers
* Myths around traditional publishing
* Why it’s key to find readers who are looking for new authors
I was a guest on Draft2Digital’s Spotlight live YouTube chat series in April to offer advice for authors looking to make a career out of their writing. Key takeaway: writers starting out should take the long view. Do the things that are sustainable for you as a person so you can continue to have a long career. Thank you to host Dan Wood, D2D’s director of operations and author relations.
Fellow author and buddy Laura Resnick’s resource page for writers is fantastic. Instead of duplicating what she’s put together, I’m sharing it with you.
But if it’s a little too complete for you to start, here’s my streamlined approach – aimed at indie publishing, because that’s what I know now — with my recommended go-to resources:
AT THE BEGINNING…
Start on his website
- Let’s Get Digital – book that will get you through the process of getting a book up
- Let’s Get Visible – book that gives you a good grounding in marketing
TAMING THE BASICS
The Elements of Style (Fourth Edition)
by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
Websters New World College Dictionary (Fourth Edition)
(includes rules of punctuation)
Emeritus Professor of English, Washington State University
Associated Press Stylebook
Can buy print book or Online subscription (but can see Ask the Editor for free)
Chicago Manual of Style
(Not my personal favorite, but widely used)
How to Dig Like a Journalist (article)
My very favorite writing book is actually a script-fixing book – Making a Good Script Great, by Linda Seger.
Authors who are also good teachers:
AS YOU CONSIDER THE BIZ….
- Writer Beware – there are lots of people trying to take advantage of authors, so be careful out there
WHEN YOU’RE BETTER ESTABLISHED…
- Novelists, Inc. – for multipublished authors of popular fiction; membership requirements
- BookBub – the marketers share insights and tips on their blog
NOTE: The links to books are Amazon affiliate links (if you click my link and buy, I’ll get a tiny payment.) These books are also available on Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and most other ebook retailers.