Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!
Here’s a treat for all of you superfab RG2E Peeps who are both Readers and Writers…from RG2E Featured Author Daphne Dangerlove…
The euphoria associated with hitting 50,000 words is undeniable, but when December 1 rolls around, many of us are left wondering what to do with that NaNoWriMo masterpiece. Don’t let it languish in obscurity! With the following five steps, you’ll be able to whip that novel into shape before you know it.
Step One: Finish It
Most novels are longer than 50,000 words, so if you haven’t hit The End yet, keep going until you do. Even though we’re knee-deep in the holiday season, don’t lose your momentum. Successful writers make time the time to write. You’ve already got a head-start on forming a writing habit from your NaNoWriMo experience, so keep up the good work until you’ve finished your novel.
Step Two: Take Stock of Things
Now that you’ve got a completed manuscript in your hand, you’re ready to get down to the real work: revision and editing. Depending on your style, you may want to take a week off and work on something else. Personally, I find that once I’m in the groove, it’s best to just keep working.
Whether you started out with an outline or not, things probably took a few unexpected turns along the way. Your first task is to look through your manuscript and figure out the big problems. Start by making a list. I like to call this my punch list, but you can give it any name that you like. You are looking for plot holes, characters that popped up or disappeared half way through the story, settings that morphed or changed. You also want to make sure your timeline is solid and your characters didn’t jump forward or backward in time.
It is very helpful to create a new outline based on your story as you wrote it. Map out each of your story threads and character arcs to be sure that you haven’t dropped anything along the way. Note any inconsistencies you find on your punch list.
Step Three: Prioritize Your List
Now take a look at your list. Label the big problems with an A, the medium problems with a B and the smaller ones with a C. Then you can go back and prioritize all the As, Bs and Cs within each group using numbers. Once you’ve done this, you’ll know exactly what you have to do to get your novel ready for publication. It’s amazing what a clear to-do list will do for your productivity!
Step Four: Start Fixing the Problems
Work from the top of your list to them bottom, solving the real stinkers first. Revising in this manner (instead of working beginning to end) will help you avoid spending large amounts of time fixing small things that will eventually end up on the cutting room floor.
Step Five: The Clean-Up
Now’s the time to go through your manuscript from beginning to end. With your big problems already fixed, you are basically on a cleanup mission. Hone your dialogue, refine your prose, and work on your transitions. Since all the big stuff has already been taken care of, you don’t have to worry about editing something you might end up changing later. This is not to say you can’t or won’t find some additional underlying issues, but for the most part those should be behind you.
Once you’ve completed these five critical steps, your manuscript should be in tip-top shape and it’s time to get it ready for publication. Depending on your personal preference, you may want to use a combination of critique partners and beta readers to get that critical reader feedback on your work. And while you can do many tasks associated with self publishing yourself, you should seek the services of a professional editor and proof-reader before sending your work out into the wide world. Your readers will thank you for it and so will your bank account when the sales start piling up from adoring fans.
If you’d like to find out more about the self publishing process, please check out…
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Everything you need to publish a book is finally in one place. The Self Publishing Toolkit is the ultimate publishing guide. No stone has been left unturned. This book was specifically designed with Fiction writers in mind—so if you’d rather write than promote, this is the book for you.
You get step by step instructions for:
- Creating a Personal Promo Kit (major time saver!)
- Formatting Your Book for Publication
- The Entire Publication Process (with tips to make it easier)
- Building your website (even if you are non-technical to the extreme)
- Setting up your Blog
- Running a successful KDP Select Promotion (Checklists included!)
Take the Stress Out of Self Publishing
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- Keyword research for fiction writers
- Understand what SEO is and how to make it work for you.
- Finding the right Amazon categories
- Writing a great book blurb
- What to do with your email list
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There’s also a bonus Resource Guide containing every single link, recommended resource and tool from the entire book. No more hunting through pages of text to find the tool that you need. Everything is right at your fingertips, organized by topic.
Daphne Dangerlove is a writer at heart and a trainer by profession. After spending years writing manuals for the human resources department at work, she finally decided to write a guide for something she loved to do in her spare time: writing. Her first book was a dinky little pdf for her writing group, outlining the finer points of writing romance. It’s popularity led her to the world of Self-Publishing.
As a member of Generation X, she immediately sought a book to tell her exactly what to do to get her first eBook on Amazon. Instead of one book, she found dozens. None of them provided a comprehensive guide to the entire Publication process though. Tired of scrambling around for the answers she needed, she put them all in one book and the Self-Publishing Toolkit was born.
Now that her Human Resources job is a thing of the past, Daphne spends her non-writing time reading great books, knitting beautiful things and swimming with her kids in Southern California. Her Dad is glad that B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara he paid for is finally getting some use. The Self-Publishing Toolkit is her fourth non-fiction book.
Connect with Daphne here:
The Self Publishing Toolkit Website: http://theselfpublishingtoolkit.com
This sounds terrific, Daphne, for both brand new writers and for us “old-timers” too!
Okay, RG2E Peeps…Daphne is Ebook Gifting 3 Copies of this one, so let us know below if you’d like to win one!!!
Thanks bunches, Daphne! U rock!!! 🙂
The Best of RG2E Ereading and Epublishing Wishes —
D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder