This week, we will continue the “Authors to Love” series, but I decided to take a bit of a different spin and feature authors who write about the business of writing. If you are an author or aspiring writer seeking to learn more about the business, I advise you to pay attention this week. 😉
First up is Barbara Joe Williams, an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker from Tallahassee, Florida
Please note there is still time to join Barbara’s Blogging Class. “It’s Time to Get It Write” blog class. This is an eight-week program designed to help you along your writing quest. It’s set-up to be an interactive class where you can make comments as well as ask questions. Blogs will be posted every Wednesday from February 5th to March 26th. Here’s the link: http://barbarajoe.webs.com/apps/blog/
A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing (Volume 2)
This is an updated version of the original publishing guide. It’s an easy to follow layout that will lead you from the first page of your draft to the last page of your published manuscript. Included in this version is: 10 tips for formatting eBooks, 10 rules for social networking, 25 publishing mistakes to avoid, 26 writing tips, 56 guerilla marketing strategies, and over 100 resources for writers.
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Step Three: Preparing to Write
Now that you know what to write and you have a title for your manuscript, it’s time to start preparing yourself for the writing process. Yes, writing is a process, beginning with the title page, transitioning from one chapter to the next, and ending with the order form at the back of your book. Hopefully, it will be an enjoyable process, but if it’s not, then maybe you have chosen the wrong field. Writing should never be forced; it should flow from you as naturally as water from a hot spring.
It does take time, however, to settle into a comfortable writing routine that you enjoy. Once you get a good writing groove going on, it will be hard for you to put the pen down or turn the computer off. You may find yourself up writing at all hours of the night or until the early morning light. Either way, writing is an individual experience for each author. What works for me may not work for you or anyone else.
There is more than one formula or step-by-step process for preparing yourself to write. With time, you’ll be able to determine what works best for you. Whether you decide to write once a day or once a week, you should have definite goals in mind prior to beginning each writing session. It’s not the amount of time that you spend writing, but the quality of the finished product that matters. This chapter will help you remove many barriers, discipline yourself, and organize your thoughts and ideas before each writing session.
Barbara Joe Williams is an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008.
She has published books for over thirty authors and the following for herself: A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing (Volume 2, 2013); Double Proposal (2013); You Don’t Even Know My Name (short story, 2013); Losing My Soul (2013); The 21 Lives of Lisette Donavan (Anthology, 2012), A Man of My Own (2012), A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing (2010), Moving the Furniture: 52 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Fresh (2009), Courtney’s Collage (with Sherille Fisher, 2007), How I Met My Sweetheart (Anthology, 2007), Falling for Lies (2006), Dancing with Temptation (2005) and Forgive Us This Day (2004).
All her books are available now at Amazon.com, BN.com, Booksamillion.com, and all other retail bookstores upon request.