Give your novel WINGS TO FLY
There is no magical answer but take it from one that has been there, my suggestion would be to align yourself with readers first and this is why?
Let’s say you don’t get picked up by a Traditional Publisher. If your friends and family love your story, you might look at Self-publishing, or to Independently Publish. To do either you will need a ready-made fan base.
This is what I did: Wrote the book, self-published and then grew a platform to sell. I now believe that social media should have been my first step. Blogging about things that interested me would have attracted followers that liked my posts. This should have been focused on first. The story written after establishing as a blogger could have been tailored, for the aged group that enjoyed my style of writing.
Try these steps to give wings to that novel when its ready.
- Start building your fan base TODAY!
- Get a website up and running. There are FREE ones out there if you are struggling.
- Most of your Facebook posts are possibly between 40 – 60 words. It’s this easy. Add a picture, change the writing to large font for heading and HEY PRESTO you have a blog.
A reasonable blog is approx. 300 words. My most favoured blogs are only 100-200 words. By the time you add a picture that relates to the story, resize the heading and ending it will look great. Most readers find this enough to take in. Next, include a few words that give excitement, mystery or intrigue into those 60 words and all of a sudden it’s jumped to 100 words. Plenty!
Now the bit that comes natural, you don’t even realise it’s happening. You will learn what readers enjoy to hear from you, by comments or visits to your site. The blogs helps with spelling, punctuation and grammar. Before long your posts are getting longer, more interesting and you have an idea in your head about what your first novel will be about.
Congratulations, you are on your way to writing your first story (in whatever genre you have found suits you).
How lucky we are to have this technology, so if you can bounce a little back and make someone smile, laugh, cry or go EEK! Any emotion means you did GOOD.
Ops, sorry, now this blog is too long, it’s over 400 words. Hope I didn’t bore you all to death! NO! You’re still with me? Love your stamina, like you muchly. Catch you next time.
Cheers from Debbie’s Desk