Do It Right or I’ll Eat Your Lunch!

Okay, so maybe I won’t really eat your lunch if you do it wrong. That was just a really popular saying in middle school with the band director. I was just thinking about it earlier today, so yeah. That’s where that came from.

Plus, I wanted to see if it would get your attention, seeing as I’ll be complaining today… I love Monday’s. 🙂

As you may know, several months ago the first man to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US passed away. Well, his financee wrote a book on how she and her son have been dealing with his passing. It was release the other day.

Well, that’s nice and all, but see, she was interviewed on the local news station since she’s a local resident. She said at one point, “Well, you know, I only did one draft. It only takes one draft anyway, and it was just too hard to even try and go through it again.”

Um…what? I’m sorry, did I hear you right?

No. Just…no.

Writing a book takes a lot of work! Writing, rewriting, editing, spending a ton of money on an editor…everything. Ugh. It’s so frustrating how people think writing a book is easy.

The sad thing is…she’ll probably get sales anyway.

Guys, if you’re really going to write a book like you say, then okay, go for it. I’m all for people putting their foot in the door and writing. That’s what I’m doing. Why do you think I started multiple websites?

But honestly…do it right. Don’t humiliate yourself by only doing one draft. Come on now. That’s just setting yourself up for failure. I don’t want you to do that. I want you to do well. I’m not just concerned about myself, you know. I’m concerned about all writers.

I guess that’ll do it for now. Until Wednesday…stay tuned!

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Money Struggles

Being a writer can be absolutely crippling to your bank account. As someone who is currently struggling to get enough money to get an editor, I would know. It’s more than horrific to think about.

I guess all authors struggle before they get their first book out. Heck, most authors probably struggle even after they get their first book out. Unless, you know, you’re JK Rowling or someone with her kind of money.

I recently got in contact with an editor that I think could do a really good job with my manuscript and undo all the damage that the first editor seems to have done. I know, I said the first editor did a really good job. Well, after looking at the sample edit that the second editor did, I’m afraid I have to take that back, as much as I didn’t want to.

I look at the money that I spent on the first editor. It’s not a bad deal. I spent just over $500 on her services. Not bad when you think about what most editors cost, right? Well, I guess you get what you pay for, which in this case, I’m afraid wasn’t much.

I think what pains me most is the fact that I had no reason to not trust this editor. My publicist actually got me in touch with her, and said that she could do a really good job. As much as I love what my publicist is doing, I had a really good feeling about her.

While talking about this, I guess what could have happened was, she really did do an amazing job with it, but the second editor has a completely different view. I happen to trust the second editor… She’s getting to be fairly well-known.

I’ve gotten off-track. Anyway. The point is, being an unpublished writer can be hard, and extremely frustrating when you need services, but you don’t have the funds for it. I think paying the editor will be the hardest part. When that’s over with, I can move on to the cover art while I’m working on the edits.

I guess that’s about it for this week. I may or may not be able to post next Monday. I’ll be getting back in town on Sunday, so I should be able to, but we will see. So until then…stay tuned!

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Beta Readers Everywhere

Technology can be a wonderful thing. It can also be the most troublesome thing on this earth. For me, currently, it’s a wonderful thing.

I’m in the process of looking for beta readers and making sure I get people that are going to be honest with you. I know, it sucks sometimes to have to be so honest, but hey, it happens. It has to happen. How do you think there are such great books in existence? Nobody writes a masterpiece in the first few drafts. Nobody.

One person that I know will be perfectly honest is in Australia. Another lives not too far away from me. Others…well, in other states. Let’s face it. Without technology, I would probably have one beta reader. If that.

I guess the point I’m trying to get across is, beta readers can be from anywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live. You have email. Use it. You have social media. Use it. Use anything that is readily accessible to you. If you want people that are going to be honest with you, you may have to not stick close to where you live. Here’s the best thing: You don’t even have to leave your house!

Make friends online. They can help. I don’t know how you’ve been raised. Heck, I’ve been raised to not talk to people online I’ve never met, but where would I be without the friends I’ve made? Absolutely nowhere. Friends you make online is one of the best things a writer can have. These people can be your beta readers. Make sure they’re honest with you. Now, if you’re ready, go and find them. Ready, set, go.

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