Doing research for your book
How to start research for a book?
What we bring to our writing is a unique combination of knowledge and our own unique perspective on that combined knowledge.
Research is all about gathering knowledge. And what makes our writing special is what we do with it.
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This one thing is the hardest thing for writers to do
When I was writing my first novel I would have killed for a Fairy Godmother to pop into my life and reassure me that I was on the right track. Every week I took a quick inventory of how many pages I had written, but even though the page count was mounting, my confidence levels seemed to be dropping.
The plot was a mess, for one thing. It was all over the place. And were my characters developing at all? I couldn’t tell. I had a fuzzy idea of how it should end, but no one to act as a sounding board to tell me if it was a good idea…or a very bad one. I was lost. And I had no one to turn to, no one to give me the least little bit of guidance on how to get out of the creative jungle.
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Resurrecting a Failed Book Marketing Campaign
One of the most prevalent questions that I hear from new authors is “How do I market my book now that I’ve written it?” Marketing can be quite a quagmire for authors because it takes us from behind the safety of our laptops and puts us directly in front of our target audience. Sometimes new authors may take a “ready or not, here I come” attitude about marketing because they feel that their book appeals to everyone. Yet that is rarely the case, and when they step out to do a book marketing campaign, it just may be a complete flop.
As a child, it took me several months to learn how to ride a two-wheeler. I was petrified of being in control of all of that metal. It wasn’t until I found myself being dragged down the street behind someone else’s bike after catching a ride, that I determined I absolutely had to learn how to ride a bike. With each missed opportunity to be mobile, I was being pushed further and further away from my goal of independently riding my bike. It took courage to take my bruised and battered body and put it back on the metallic monster, but I just couldn’t take being a passenger anymore!
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8 Overlooked Lessons for Indie Authors
Indies, it's time we had a little talk.
(Note: I contradict myself a bit in this post. You have been warned.)
1. You have the power to absolutely make a fan’s day.
This may come as a surprise to you, but there are readers out there who are obsessed with your books. If they were to meet you in person, they would probably cry or jump up and down. For some readers, you have touched their very soul and they love you for that.
For me, this person is Mary Kubica. Once I read The Good Girl, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I did a couple shoutouts on Instagram, she responded, I asked her for an interview, got it, and eventually wound up with a signed copy of the book that started it all.
I. Went. Bananas.
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Top Five Ways to Have an Awful Book Cover
I’m constantly looking at book covers as part of my “job” here at Indies Unlimited. On top of that, I run into authors posting their covers in groups all the time, asking for input. So I see a LOT of covers. And most of them all have the same issues.
What I find most ironic is that the same people keep posting book covers with the same problems. I don’t get that. Please allow me to make something perfectly clear. And I’m not just making this up to be difficult or bossy or right. I’m speaking from experience. I used to provide my own cover art to my small Indie publisher – and because of that, I’ve taken some lumps. But I’ve also learned some important things about book covers. I share this knowledge freely, to help my fellow Indie authors. Book covers are important. We all want to make a good first impression. Book sales count on it.
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