The challenge this week is going to be contacting your readers.
Everyone wants to know where the next big marketing “trick” is going to come from. What should we focus on next?
The authors who have used it successfully state that if they shifted the focus of their Pinterest investment away from selling books to just getting people excited about their world or their characters or fun projects they can do that are character/world centric, that they grew an organic reach. When they focused their boards in this way, they did see a small uptick in sales.
Seems pretty obvious there. But what about if we want to make the scene more active? Well, you don’t use said. And what about PoV? That doesn’t change things much either. Why don’t we take a look at a couple of examples using the same sentence from above?
Editors cost a lot of money, so when authors pay for editing services, they expect amazing results.
Deep POV is very useful for writing, especially for first or third person stories. It allows you to still use the correct POV (Point of View) for your genre without confusing the reader or compromising your work (Prunkl 2013).
We touch on this outline beat sheet off and on throughout the outline course, but I usually don’t use it in its entirety. There are a lot of “long slogs” that I don’t enjoy pushing through. Most of my outlines will take a few beats from this one, but it won’t take the entire beat sheet.
Authors experience a lot of pain. We lack time. We lack attention. We lack confidence. We lack a lot of things, and sometimes, we’ll have a great day, sit down to write, and feel so miserable we can’t focus on creating words.
Habits play a large part in our success or failure as authors.
As an author, you certainly can write anything you want. You can tell whatever story suits your fancy. But when you enter into a genre and you don’t study the genre norms, you’re going to be pulling in your readers, but you are going to struggle to capture the casual genre reader because you’re not meeting their expectations.
Habits are best formed when you do them daily. The reason for this is because we’re trying to develop muscle/brainwave memory. If we can work on it every day—or nearly every day—then when we have a bad day, our muscle memory will have us going through the motions because it’s a habit.