Those of you who’ve been following my blog posts will know I’ve been struggling with book 2 of my series — The Modest Proposal Institute. Well, the good news is I think it’s almost ready to go to a professional editor for Content Editing. For those of you who aren’t writing your own book (hard to believe I know) content editing is where someone who makes there living from editing other people’s writing, checks out the overall story to see it works and nothing is missed or whatever. This is the big picture part of the process.
If the author hasn’t left any loose ends and hasn’t included too much clutter, then the book can go on to the next stage — proofreading. If, however, there are, inconsistencies in the manuscript, then the editor can help by pointing the author in the right direction, which for many of us slow writers is a wine bar. The best part of handing the manuscript to a content editor is it takes them a week or two to read and comment so the author gets a well-earned break. I can hardly wait.
Last week I described how I was working to increase the drama in my follow-up book’s story and the amount of re-writing that entailed. I guess I didn’t understand the half of it because I’m still working and not finished. There are times when my trusty laptop is lucky to be here and not out on the snow or in the bin.
I am, however, learning more about marketing my earlier book, The Modest Proposal Institute — Amazon ads and boosting Facebook posts. As a recipient of advertising, I’ve never liked marketing much. I go and make tea when ads come on TV and trying to actually do ‘marketing’ is equally unappealing. These past weeks, I’ve been keeping keywords constant and changing the book blurb or vice versa. Next week, when I’ve finished preparing, I’ll be doing new keywords with the same blurbs. Amazon gives statistics on how your ad is doing but it takes at least a week before you see some numbers to look at — and then they’re not pretty. Ugh! When I’m a multi-million dollar author, I’ll have a marketing company do this (and maybe a team of writers to do the books too:-)
As I mentioned in a previous post, I had my word count for book 2 but not actually a story — or at least not a strong enough story. There are ways to increase the drama, such as adding a more severe story line, a murder, for example, or shorten the timescale to make everything and every character alarmingly hyperactive. The difficulty with any changes late in the day is, of course, everything has to be re-written with the new element added. All of that is just my way of saying my original schedule — publishing Book 2 in February — is definitely not going to happen:-(
I’ve never liked the editing part of writing. It turns out I like re-writing part even less. Now I have both to do instead of just one. Note to future self: Think the story through better before starting!
Being an ‘Indie Author’ (I’ve never had a title before so I think it makes me sound quite aristocratic) is an interesting mix of day dreaming, writing, editing, publishing and marketing — in that order. Book 1, The Modest Proposal Institute, is now out as an ebook and a paperback and I have an Amazon Marketing ad campaign running to push the paperback version for those who love the feel of an actual book. Of the various parts of being a writer listed above, I find the day-dreaming piece is my favourite. The other parts are very similar to work:-(
However, now Book 1 is out, my thoughts have returned to getting Book 2 finished and published. At this moment, that looks easier said than done. I have my planned word count for the book but it is short of an important piece — a dramatic storyline. This is a rather important piece because without it there isn’t a book. It’s like a song composer who has a rhythm, bass beat, accompaniment, chorus and verse — but no tune. I know what you’re thinking, that fits millions of pop songs that have been released every year for the past century but in a book it’s fatal, in pop music not so much so — only a top 20 hit instead of a top 10 one. My solution? Back to day-dreaming, which just happens to be my favourite part — I think I’ve mentioned that already.