1. It is can be quite time consuming.
**Time to put down in outline form the initial plot,
characters, places, and timeline.
**Research is critical
**Sitting alone at the computer uninterrupted.
**Doing rewrites with the editor.
**Finding a publisher or self-publish
**Marketing is probably the most time consuming.
2. It can be lonely.
**I work best undisturbed.
**My door is often closed.
3. It is a time of creativity and inspiration...or writer's block.
**Such joy when the words and thoughts are flowing.
**I step away from the computer for varying amounts
of time when writer's block sets in to either meditate,
exercise or do other activities and then return to the
computer later on.
**I accept writer's block has a fact of life and do not
get upset or frustrated.
**Sometimes talking to my husband or editor is all I
need to do to stimulate the creativity.
4. Marketing is the least favorite part of my job description.
**It means spending inordinate amounts of time on
various social media sites.
**I enjoy book presentations and launches.
**I love to write my two weekly blogs.
**It is challenging to "think outside the box" and be
creative in marketing ideas.
5. Editing is a critically important part of being an author
**Do not be your own editor.
**Hire a reputable & experienced editor
**Find an editor with whom you can easily communicate
**My editor, Angela Wiechmann met
6. Belong to book clubs, author organizations
**Join and participate in as many as possible.
**I belong to Rave Reviews Book Club
**I joined several Internet author groups
**You must participate and give your time to these
7. A book cover and interior
**Must reflect the theme of the book
**The cover must also grab the potential buyer's
attention so that he/she will pick up the book.
**The interior must be clean, orderly, and readable.
8. Seeing the final published book or article is exciting.
**Does the cover reflect the story or message?
**It is a time of pride and celebration.
From Dec. 1-3 Rave Reviews Book Club had its first Writer's Conference & Book Expo. There were author booths, vendor booths, sessions on a variety of subjects, prizes, and much more. Such an exciting event and was a great way to meet other authors, even through the virtual medium.