Saturday, March 9, 2013
When is Enough Enough by Ginger Simpson
One of the reasons I've been turned off by some mainstream books is that they go on and on and on, giving you useless information and being repetitive. This my dear friends is because most major publishers have "word requirements" and you must meet that magic number to be considered for publication. I've always sucked at writing to word reqs because when my character says I'm done, I'm done. Luckily, I've found small press, most who encourage you to write from the heart, and give you leeway to create stories of various lengths. You know you've done something right when the worst review you get is, "It was too short."
My blog partner here has done some awesome work in my absence, most of them dealing with common problems we all encounter as readers and authors. If you haven't read them all, I encourage you to take a trip backwards and enjoy her shared knowledge.
Anyhow, the real reason for this post is to encourage other authors to be smart. There is a niche for each of us in this ever-growing ocean, but just like I've always told my kids...take a few minutes and think about what might go wrong. If something comes to mind, then plan a different approach. Usually what you think will go wrong, will.
I believe e-publishing has flourished because of the popularity of the Kindle, Nook, and other readers which make downloading possible at a lower cost. I also think the reputation of e-published authors has suffered because of so many first time authors self-publish without learning the most common pitfalls most of us know. I've been writing for almost a dozen years now, at least seriously, and I still learn things from every editing session or every chapter critique I submit to my group. To jump into publication without a clue, hurts all of us. I encourage new authors who are writing their debut novels to take an extra month and find a good critique group of people who've learned the ropes. Don't rely on your relatives for feedback, because most of the time, they don't know anything more about writing rules than you do.