Go Down the Rabbit Hole: A Writer’s Manifesto

I think this is such a neat way of looking at writing I needed to have it reach more people. Enjoy!

Writing for Digital Media

1. You are the work. The work is you: both an articulation of the self and a possibility for self-reflection. Be honest in creation: allow yourself to bleed into the work, but also allow it to work on you. Your work can show you things: illuminate and clarify your own thoughts, motivations, actions. If you do it right, you will find the work changing you, too.

2. Thinking is process. Laying on the floor. Sitting on park benches. Getting lost on purpose. These are all working. Learn the difference between mindless distraction and mindful wandering.

3. Go down the rabbit hole. Sometimes the work isn’t about what you think it is. Allow yourself to get lost down alleyways, to follow a train of thought around a corner. Don’t feel you need to reign yourself in. Too much focus squeezes all the possibility for revelation out of the work.

4. Fear…

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Networking with other self published authors

It’s important to know how to network with other self published authors.  Some quick reasons can be blog interviews, reviews, cover artists, book beta readers and editors.   If you look at the competition as something you can learn from instead of just something to overcome,  you can gain far more from it than just sales.

Let’s say author A has an amazing cover.  Let’s say author A paid very little for the cover.  You would never know this because you didn’t network and ask.  Editors can be high-priced but with a network you stand to find editors who are not asking for huge sums of cash.  You might even find some people who can edit but don’t have a degree (they are out there) so they don’t push themselves as editors.  I have a few via Facebook through another author if you want to contact them for price, timeframe and what kind of edit they do.  Send me an email ( terranightangel@yahoo.com ) with the header ‘Editor Midnight Crimson’ and I’ll send you how to get a hold of them.

Places like LinkedIn (this is a link to my Linkedin) would be a great way to get started but most self published authors haven’t bothered to think about Linkedin this way yet.  We can get together and discuss strategy in the market place, what works, what doesn’t, which editors were worth the time and/or our next big ideas for self publishing.

We could use Skype.  Skype would be great place to do mini meetings and mini idea swaps.  Someone just needs to decide when we might do these and we have to keep them free.

I think places like Nanowrimo are a great way to get started in meeting authors but not the best to meet only self published.  If you know of any other places, leave a comment or email me.

Looking for ways to connect

Terra Ann Spencer

Not so free for commerical use

iStock is all the ‘new talk’ this second on the internet.  Why?  Free photos to use.  I saw this and thought what a great thing to do.  It’s for the movie Unfinished Business but it’s not free photos.  Well, if you only plan to use them to highlight the movie or the photos or business in general without a commercial reason, yes they are free.  For book covers, they would cost money and that is a bum deal.

So if you see this story and get the thrill in your gut that you might have just found the perfect picture for your cover, think again.

Terra Ann Spencer

Library Thing Giveaway for Reviews

Library Thing is just like Goodreads and does have a giveaway.  You can find how to set one up here.

If you are having problems getting reviews, this could help you get them.  Also I would only use giveaways like this if you can’t get reviews, your reviews overall are good and you want to boost yourself on yet another site.

You don’t want to boost reviews, if you are getting bad reviews on your current book.  It doesn’t mean you have to take your book off the market but I would wait until you either fix the current one or release your next one.  This way you are boosting reviews to a book which the readers are going to like and think it was worth their time.

Always looking for new ways to promote

Terra Ann Spencer

Working on the Search Numbers

Why is working on getting your name or book title in the  top 10 of any Google or Bing search important?

Remember that one time a friend at work told you a story, which got you wanting to know more but it was two days later before you finally had that moment to look it up.  You get to the keyboard, you type in the story and can’t find it.  You type in another guess, nope.  Another.  Nothing.  You can’t remember the story well enough to look it up and you end up just brushing it off.  You never go back and ask your friend either.

You never want a reader, who was trying to find you by word of mouth, not to find you.  They will just give up.

Your name, part of it, the book title or anything related to your book needs to start being your number one mission.  If you’re not sure go check.  Search your name and see which spot you landed.  Can you find you?  If you can’t, they won’t.   This means lost sales and it’s not only the one sale you would have lost.  You lost any sale their own stories about your novel might have gotten you.

Back to working on her online life so the world can find her one day

Terra Ann Spencer