It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Every month, the organisers announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. Remember, the question is optional!!!

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OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

Interesting question. The first thing that comes to mind is not to fall into the trap of spending all your time marketing your first book. Yes, marketing for an Indie is an absolute essential. Yes, there’s a lot that needs to be done, but it also can get mesmerising in itself, becoming about chasing the dollar and readers and the dream of being a household name.

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Writer and blogger, Anne R. Allen said, ‘We writers tend to be a delusional lot. Most of us know the average writer doesn’t make a bunch of money, but we secretly believe our own efforts will bring us fabulous fame and fortune. Or at least pay the rent. When we start out, we’re certain our books will leapfrog over all the usual obstacles, and in record time, we will land on the NYT  bestseller list and the cover of Time. Don’t be embarrassed. The delusions are necessary.’

It’s so easy when we start out to imagine if we just try a bit harder we’ll crack that ceiling. It’s perfectly fine to dream. We just need to know when to put the marketer’s hat aside and go back to the page.

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Jane Yolen once said, “When I finish something, I always promise myself to play for a while–see a movie, go to dinner with friends, go for a walk outside with my field glasses. But since something is always percolating, the only person I’m fooling is myself. My friends and family get it. My mind is often off going walkabout in the next book.”

And so it should be, this is who we are – writers – we should be jumping into the next story, the next book, the next world.

They say that it’s usually by the third or fourth book that an author starts to get into their stride. We need to keep producing new material to hit that mark.

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To me, there is nothing more important than the work itself. It’s the reason for my being here, apart from my children, of course. Writing is what I’ve done since the age of five, and it’s what I love the most. Upon releasing each of my books, I’ve covered every marketing base I needed to as an Indie, I watched all the YouTube videos and read the blog posts and articles and did what I needed to do. Then, I cut it back to the basic ongoing marketing for each book, and returned to my writing desk.

And, take care of your own voice. I’d say that it gets easy for the new writer to feel overwhelmed these days, because there’s simply so much advice. Every blogger’s an expert, and a glaze comes over the eyes as we hit overload trying to take it all in.

When I was starting out with critique groups years ago, I was trying to please everyone. I took on board everyone’s criticism, and I amended my work whether I agreed with the changes or not. I ended up with work that was inauthentic to me. I had butchered my sentences up to such a degree that a later critique partner commented my story sounded like a horse clip clopping over cobblestones. It had lost its mojo.

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I had to learn to only use critique I agree will improve the story and not change what is actually integral to the piece. There is a real discernment required of a new writer. It’s about staying true to your inner core and guidance system because then our prose comes from that which is intrinsically real and ‘us.’

As Cecelia Ahern said, the most important thing for new writers to do is ‘find your voice. Don’t emulate other writers because it’s your own unique and distinctive voice that your reader will like.’ Exactly.

What would you say were the main pitfalls for writers to watch out for? It gets you thinking doesn’t it?

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Keep Writing!

Yvette K. Carol

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Whether the readers remember me is not important, but if they remember the story, I am graven in stone. ~ Jane Yolen

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Comments
  1. Erika Beebe says:

    First of all, I love all your pictures. Thank you for adding those. I really liked your advice on how we must keep writing and we get our stride around the fourth book. Lovely post 🙂

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Thanks, Erika. I was told that tidbit about hitting our stride back when I was on my first book and it seemed too far in the distance to think about, yet, now I’m on my third book, I remember the advice and can feel the truth in it!

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  2. emaginette says:

    Keep writing. With all the distractions of the writing life doing their best to pull me away? I try but there are some days I play. hehehe

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  3. That marketing thing is a big deal. It does take so much time from writing and I’m never sure what worked and what didn’t. I like your approach.

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    • yvettecarol says:

      The thing is, with marketing there’s always more that needs to be done. In the end, I have to draw a line in the sand. There are only so many hours in the day. But, at the same time, I’m not striving for the bestseller’s list. I think it depends on the aim. If the writer’s aim is to hit the bestseller’s list, then they would need to focus heavily on the marketing.

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  4. Thanks for all the great advice! Marketing is the worst for me. I don’t think I’ll ever be good at it. As Jacqui said, it takes up so much time. Maybe one of these days I’ll get the hang of it.

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    • yvettecarol says:

      To be really good at marketing sounds like one of those dreams you have where you’re chasing something but you can never quite get your hands on it. I guess it’s because book marketing for the Indie is an area that is constantly evolving, with the methods and avenues ever expanding. I feel like I’m chasing after it constantly, trying to catch up!

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  5. Ah! I’m editing the book I just finished, and my mind is totally on a walkabout for a couple more books at the moment, trying to figure out which is the best story to pursue.

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Congratulations, my friend, you are a writer! I can’t wait to ‘go on walkabout’ again, I’ve been in the same series for years, and once this book is out (next year), I can finally move on, too! 🙂

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  6. NRRN says:

    Thanks for the excellent advice and all the photos.

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  7. Crystal Collier says:

    I love that minimum marketing and moving on, because the more you have out there, the more online presence you have. Just have to top that 11 books shelf, then the 100 book shelf… One day at a time, eh?

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