What to blog about?

 

I’m not a good blogger. I’m not. There, I said it. Ah, in the same line: I’m not a great tweeter too!

 

I read many, many blogs and think about parallel topics to write about, but they all voiced out my thoughts, why will I be redundant here?

More important, I’m a shy person. A few years back, I was very sociable and talkative. I’m not like that anymore. And I feel stupid talking and talking and talking about speculative topics—though I like to read them in other blogs.

 

What else could I say here then?

About my personal life? I’m not really a fan of talking about me … what do you want me to tell you? That I took my daughter and my niece to see Disney on Ice last weekend? That I took my daughter to the doctor yesterday because she has been coughing for the last two weeks? That my daughter didn’t want to go to her ballet class this morning? See, it’s boring. When I’m not writing or reading, my life revolves around my daughter—and my husband, but in a smaller scale.

 

So, since I’m not very experience in the writing department yet, I decided to go with the “reading” route.
Each month’s end, I’ll talk about the books I read that month …

A warning: May will be filled with books about writing … but the others won’t be so much.

 

Occasionally, depending on what happens, I’ll blog about writing and my writing …

Talking about my writing: I received the report back from the critic on my latest manuscript and I’m very excited about it! There are a few points to work, of course, but she told me it was very good and that she loved it! Yay!

 

Well, soon I’ll post about the books I’ve read recently, but previous to May … Then I’ll start a monthly report about it.

 

Cheers,

 

Manuscript (almost) done … now what?

 

So, I’ve finished one more manuscript.

This is my fourth (or fifth?) manuscript since I decided to try this seriously (before I only wrote as a hobby), but by far I think it’s the best. Not because of the plot or characters, but because of my writing and its improvement.

It’s exactly like they say: the more you write, the better you get at it. It’s also true that the more you read, the better you write.

I’m hoping my next manuscript gets even better!

However, what now?

I’m musing over so many options. To revise it myself (which I’ll do regardless). To send it out for a professional critique. To send it out for a professional line-editing. To send it out for both.

More important, what to do with it after it is revised and edited? I sure want to publish it, but which route to take? I have 3 options that I can clearly see: to send out to agents, to send to small e-pubs that accept unsolicited manuscripts or to self-publish.

Now, to the advantages and disadvantages of each of them:

Get an agent: it still sounds respectful, especially if he/she can sell the manuscript to one of the big six. This path comes with professional marketing, professional covers, professional editing, professional publicists … for the most part, what I have to do here is to write. And just write. However, the royalty is low and I have no control over when it’s going to be released or about the cover.

Small e-pubs: well, they do offer higher royalties than traditional publishing. Though, your books will be only available online, so, it’ll never be available to those readers who are resisting the e-readers and want to buy the print copy. Here, there is still a team of editors, cover artists and publicists. Normally, the release date is 2 to 5 months after the signed contract.

Self-publishing:  I’m in control here, which means I’m also in control of marketing, cover and what else. I’ll have to send out for private editors, do my own cover or pay a professional to do it, I’ll earn the highest royalty around, but I’ll be able to choose when it’s released and, if I choose to release it tomorrow, so be it! The down side of this: to me, is marketing. I’m not a very talkative or extrovert person (not anymore) so, to go after people I don’t know and try to convince them of buying my book isn’t going to be fun.

Honestly, right now, I’m looking for the middle ground. I’m thinking about trying the higher-but-not-highest royalty in exchange for a little marketing and guidance.

I just hope it works and that my manuscript is accepted!

I’ll keep you all posted!

 

Cheers,

 

Courses

 

So, I’ve finished two online writing courses and I’m about to finish a third one.

The classes I took from Writer’s Digest University are: Accelerated Fundamentals to Fiction Writing, Essential Elements of Writing I: Grammar and Mechanics, and Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion and ViewPoint.

Now, the question is: keep studying or pause it to have more time to write?

I was thinking about keep on the EEW and WGF track and take others like those (for example, EEW II: Form and Composition, WGF: Dialogue and/or WGF: Description and Setting).

Though, I must confess that I didn’t like one thing about the Writer’s Digest University classes: I wanted more feedback. I wanted to be able to discuss more about my weak and strong points with my instructor, but it was not allowed.

So, because of feedback, I might go further and look for a more complete course like the one from Stanford University Continuing Studies … they have an online Writing Certificate that consists of seven courses extending for 18 months. It sounds interesting, especially the unlimited feedback part.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any 100% online Master or even Bachelor degree in Creative Writing … I would like to give those a shot. All I found have low residency, which means I would have to go to campus sometime and I don’t think that would be viable, depending on which University I got in.

What do you think? What should I do?

 

Websites and blogs

 

Here are some blogs and websites I visit often (about writing and publishing, of course) …

Authors:
Richelle Mead (and blog)
Cassandra Clare (and blog)
Amanda Hocking

About traditional and/or indie publishing or writing helper:
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Literary Rambles
Indie Paranormal Books Reviews
The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing
Savvy Authors

Cover art:
Phatpuppy Creations
Pickyme Digital Artist

Editing and reviews:
Misa Ramirez
Caro Carson
Deborah Brodie
Gloria Kempton
Becky Levine
Heather Howland
Edits [that] Rock
Elizabeth Delisi

Not to mention all book bloggers out there who help to publicize and sell books (I’ll post some soon) …

 

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