Many lists of indie publishing tips start off with the same first tip: First, write a good book. If you’re thinking about writing and publishing a book, that had probably already occurred to you somewhere along the line. The advice may be overly obvious, but it’s still true. You really should write the best book you possibly can.
THANKS FOR THE ADVICE, BUT HOW?
The advice seems so casual. “Just toddle off and write a good book. While you’re at it, see if you can’t rebuild my car’s engine when you’re finished with the book.” If you’ve already started writing, you’ve probably noticed there’s a bit more to it than just sitting down at the keyboard and cranking out pages. If you haven’t started writing your book, your intuition has probably told you there there’s more you need to think about, including (to name just a few):
- GENRE – Do you want to write Literary Fiction or Romance? Mystery/Thriller/Suspense or Werewolves? Will your choice of genre affect your book’s sales?
- STORY STRUCTURE – There are fundamentals of story structure that you’ll find in almost any good book or movie. Do you know what they are and how to build them into your story? Structure is the starting point for writing a book that will keep readers turning pages.
- WRITING TECHNIQUE – Should you use first or third person? Would writing in Deep POV be better for your story? Active vs. Passive voice: What’s the right blend? What’s the best way to introduce backstory, and how much can I include before I kill the momentum of the story?
- PACING – Will readers want to keep reading, or are their sections of your story where they’ll want to skim through pages to get back to “the good stuff?”
- DIALOGUE – How much dialogue is appropriate for your story? Is it stiff and plastic or is it genuine?
- CREATIVE PLOTTING – Is there a way to plan you story, but still write in such a way that the characters can lead you on a more authentic path? There is a way to get the advantages of planning your story without sacrificing creativity.
THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN
If you’re a multi-million-selling author with forty bestsellers under your belt, you’ll write your next novel in your favorite writing room and then send it off to the publisher’s editor for polishing. You’ve know how to write a book and number forty-one will undoubtedly be a bestseller too.
How does that work for an indie author, one who may aspire to publish her first book ever? If you wrote two thousand words a day for forty days, you’d have an eighty-thousand-word novel. But what happens if you send it off to an editor (you should use the best editor you can afford!) and find out your story lacks proper structure? Or it’s full of passive voice? Or it’s just too darn boring?
TWO BAD CHOICES
If you get the dreaded phone call from your editor telling you the manuscript has serious problems, there are only two things you can do:
- FIX THE PROBLEMS – That can mean a major rewrite to your manuscript. It may mean another six weeks of your life—working at high speed—that you could have spent working on your next story. It’s frustrating and it’s expensive.
- PUBLISH SUBSTANDARD WORK – There’s plenty of substandard fiction floating around the marketplace. To be successful as an indie writer, your work needs to stand out. You must publish the best book you can.
HELP WHILE YOU WRITE
The answer is to identify problems early. Don’t wait until you are six weeks (or much more) and eighty thousand words into your manuscript to find out there’s a problem. Work with us, one-on-one to make your writing the best it can be. Whether you’re contemplating your first book, or you’ve already published, your book will benefit from a second pair of eyes, brought in early in the process.
CREATE A CUSTOM COACHING PROGRAM THAT WORKS FOR YOU
One size does not fit all. I will personally tailor your coaching program to fit your wants and needs, and will never try to force you into a a high-priced package or lock you into a long term agreement. Here are just two of the ways we have worked with other authors:
- BOOKDIRECTOR ON CALL - We'll be standing by for when you need us. Phone, text, and email support--whatever works best for you. Not sure where your story should go next? Pick up the phone. Need a second pair of eyes to make sure your latest chapter "works"? We're here. Think of BookDirector On Call as your writer "Help Desk" for only $100 per month. Of course some restrictions apply (usually only during normal working hours, practical limitations on time used if necessary). The point of the program is to give you the help you need right when you need it most.
- SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS - Maybe you would prefer to pre-schedule weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly appointments. You can pre-schedule appointments for either a half-hour, an hour, or more, typically based on an hourly rate of $100 per hour.
THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED
We're here to help you tell your story. You want a story you'll be proud of. You want a story that readers will want to buy. Let us help you. We're always available for a complimentary first phone call to see how we can help you and to design a customized coaching plan that specifically matches your needs and your bank account.