So a few weeks ago, I shared a post called "Does An Author Really Need a Social Media Platform?" With everyone being online and plugged in, it's not surprising that mostly we lean towards social media and understand why it's useful for authors. But I wanted to discuss the idea of not directly using social media.
Happy Wednesday! In today's episode of The Merry Writer Podcast, Rachel and I are talking characters as we ask and answer the question: "How Important Is Character Motivation?"
Over the last few days, I was knocked me clean off my feet by illness (no, it wasn't Covid) I was left with excessive amounts of time to think (my partner was not big on me “just doing a few things”...especially since I couldn’t even get the strength to get out of bed).
With the help of my phone and my ever-growing Trello To Do List, I got myself into a real gump. Every time I felt like I am making progress, something hits me and I fall back to the start like I'm playing an endlessly infuriating game of Snakes and Ladders...
another guest on The Merry Writer Podcast. Today Rachel and I were joined by author RJ Sorrento who was happy to talk to us about writing science fiction by answering the question: "How Do You Approach Writing Science Fiction?"
September was a really tough month, busy but also with some family stress, a continuing bout of SAD Syndrome and one of my beloved cats got very sick. He was at the vets a lot, had a number of examinations, tests and procedures, lost a lot of weight and had to stay over. We did get to bring him home and have been trying to get him eating, he’s still not out of the woods yet but we are hopeful at this time. But it’s been emotionally draining.
Welcome back to The Merry Writer Podcast. In today's episode, Rachel and I are talking business plans as we ask and answer the question: "How Do You Create a Business Plan For Your Writing?"
Check out this great article by editor Lynda Dietz on whether authors need social media platforms.
Ask the Editor Series, Q16
Q: I’ve heard authors should always have a platform. Is that really necessary for success?
A1: It can certainly make you look taller, and many tall people appear more commanding and therefore successful. Go, shawty!
A2: Ohh . . . a social media platform. Well, that’s different.
Think of your favorite author of fiction or nonfiction. Whoever it is, they’re probably readily found on the internet. All it takes is a handful of keystrokes and you can read about them or read their work.
Whether you’re a self-published (indie) author, published with a small press, or signed up with one of the bigger publishing houses, you’ve probably heard about the importance of having an author platform. Do you have one? Do you know what an author platform is? Let’s talk about it.
What’s a platform, anyway?
Having a platform is a general way of…
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We are back with another Marketing topic over on The Merry Writer Podcast. In today's episode, Rachel and I give you a breakdown of ideas as we ask and answer the question: "What Can You Include In Your Author Newsletter?"
If you haven’t seen this already, check out this great article by author K.M Allan on what to do once you have Beta Reader feedback!
Any writer who has gotten to the beta reader feedback stage of their writing journey knows handing your MS to others to read is a helpful part of the process.
It’s also nerve-wracking.
Unless you’ve done the impossible and written the perfect draft, your beta feedback will include things you might not be ready to hear and could involve putting more work into the next draft than you initially thought you’d have to.
These aren’t bad things, even if it feels like it. Instead, embrace the help you’ve been given and do the following…
5 Things To Do After Getting Beta Feedback
1. Really Look At The Comments
While the first thing you’ll do is look at the comments, the second thing to do is really
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Welcome back to The Merry Writer Podcast. Today Rachel and I are talking about characters again, as we ask (and answer) the question: "How Do You Write A Story With Multiple Main Characters?"