Evening to you all.
Concordia has been available for a couple of months now and so far so good. Which has pleased me greatly especially after the disappointment I felt after discovering so many mistakes got published in The Break.
As previously mention since changing my job role last year I have started to construct my writing projects in much the same way as I would do my job which has proved useful.
So, as anybody who works in projects knows there’s a little exercise towards the end called Lessons Learnt and after putting out two “Indie” novels I thought I would sit down with a nice spiced rum and construct something similar; expressing my own lessons learnt from experiencing Indie Publishing for all you other budding “Indies” out there.
1 – DON’T try and save money when it comes to the important stuff.
(YES I do know my first book was full of grammatical and spelling errors and NO I wasn’t happy about it). When it comes to editing don’t take the chance.
2 – DON’T take bad reviews personally. Most reviews are actually quite useful as they show you where you need to improve for next time. Occasionally they are just a bad review just because it’s that persons opinion. To me writing/reading is just like every other creative medium, it all comes down to personal taste.
3 – DON’T worry if you have a bad first outing as a writer, you would have still made an impression on somebody and as long as they believe in your work they will be your free advertising to convince sceptics your second outing is much improved.
4 – Do ask people to be honest with you. You need constructive criticism.
5 – ALWAYS go with your gut. I know people say you have to keep writing to improve but I wrote three different beginnings and six different endings to Concordia because I kept over thinking it. In the end what you’ve read is beginning number two and ending number one.
6 – ALWAYS be true to your characters. You should know these people like they were your own friends and enemies. In The Break I did something that I know in reality the character of that person would never have done. So I knew I either had to correct it or explain it in book two.
7 – ALWAYS have a plan but don’t let that plan hinder your creativity, the plan can be subject to change but know your end goal
8 – Know your audience, I don’t mean invite them around for tea or anything but understand who you want to read your work. I didn’t get this right with book one but I would like to think I was closer with book two.
9 – If you don’t know ask. You would be amazed at the resource available out in the Internet abyss, use it, it’s there for a reason.
10 – ENJOY. Don’t force yourself to write if you’ve got “The Block” if something is not working ditch it and save it for a rainy day or another project. If you get hung up on something you can’t work out, you will drive yourself crazy thinking you need to sort out that one thing, you’ll start to hate it which will seriously hinder your creativity. Take a break if you need to.
Well, that’s my top ten to contribute to the world of Indie Authors. I hope somebody somewhere finds it helpful.
I have started on a new writing project, something different to the others I have previously mentioned starting, watch this space for updates.
Once again thanks for reading and for your support.