Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Social Author

The Social Author



This weekend was the Local Authors Showcase at the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson Nv. First of all, I have to say a huge thank you to the library for including me in this event. I have always loved the Henderson libraries for being so welcoming and author friendly. They have taken in donated books, they have set up individual signings as well as local author events with an eye for true visibility, and they are working on getting some readings set up for the indies and locals to help spread the word further.

Anyway, back to the topic on hand. Being involved in the indie community is an excellent way to grow as an author. You really need to be social and friend as many other authors as you can! Through community you can not only learn new things but impart your own knowledge as well.  Everyone grows and learns together. That in turn makes the Self-published group as a whole look better, further removing that old stigma we've had in the past. 

Self-Publishing is not a once-and-you’re-done endeavor. It’s a living breathing thing that includes book production, marketing, and networking. You never stop learning and growing as long as you are producing more work. And the communityis there, with you, growing and evolving too.

This weekend I was fortunate enough to be one of the attending authors at the Local Authors Showcase. I was there among 70 other local vegas authors. It was a madhouse of talent to say the least. And that provided hours of entertainment. I showed up early, before my “time” and was able to sit and chat with authors of Paranormal, Mystery, and even comic books. It gave me great perspective on how each of them brings their books to market. Some were 100% self-published, and that is saying something for the comic book authors. The time invested in writing and drawing… I just don’t know what to say. Simply amazing. Even the hybrid authors had great information on how “they” get their books out there. I sat with newer authors who, though they were on their first book, were able to bring me out of my shell and convince me to do something I had never thought of, book readings. It was amazing the information sharing and stories we all could tell about how we got where we did. The entire event was really just a day of networking. I made new contacts, new friends, and set up some future events that I think will be pretty cool. And of course, I’ll keep you updated.


The whole experience just reaffirmed to me that authors (Indie and traditional too) are awesome people!! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Revisions

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I’ve talked about writing and sprints and pushing through the blocks that come up, but there is another level to the writing process I haven’t discussed. Revisions.
The steps in between first draft and …. The 20th. Ther’e is no limit to the amount of rewrites that can happen between the first draft and the last. The aim is perfection, or as close to it as you can come.
Where the first draft is a race to the finish, and you should finish it before you begin to work on revisions, the next step really should be taken with a bit of patience and a keen eye for detail. It’s the step that takes the longest if done right.
Revisions should add layers to the story. Deepen it, enrich it, add those wonderful little quirks that readers will pick up on. And I know it sounds counterproductive to what I just said, but revisions and rewriting can also be a place to cut and trim out the fat. You hone what is right and remove what is not with the goal in mind of having something truly complete in the end.
For me, this is the process that is the most frustrating as I hate to cut any words and I often find all those pesky plot holes that need filling. It’s a hard process, but a necessary step to take before you go to beta readers or editors for the finish.
And as I write this I am avoiding working on my own revisions, so I’d better get back to that.

Authors, how do you approach revisions? 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Las Vegas Events! Local Author Showcase at the Paseo Verde Library March 28th

Mark Your Calendar! This is going to be a day of literary fun! The library has workshops, talks, and tons of meet and greet opportunities for local Las Vegas Authors. 

I'll be there, and I hope to see you there as well!!


Brand New for this Event.... Print editions of the Chronicles of the Uprising book: Dissension. Only $8 per copy!!