Are You A WriterThe book publishing industry has been turned on its head in recent years with the advent of easily accessible and economical choices enabling authors to self-publish their works. Added to this has been the rapid increase in the popularity of e-books.

The opportunities have never been better for writers to engage with readers, showcase their talent and hopefully, sell books. Self-publishing, like any other endeavour rewards those who work hard. ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’ as the saying goes. While most of us think about novels when we think of publishing, it is important to add that e-book publishing is highly suited to poetry, essays and short stories. So what are you waiting for?

While very few will become as famous or as well known as Stephen King, Dan Brown or JK Rowlings, that should not stop you from writing. I would imagine there are millions of us who write. Well at least more than just a few emails or a dear diary entry every day. So why not turn your passion into your business? Hopefully over a series of articles, I can help you get on the right track to make your self-publishing a success.

So what can I tell you in my first article to help you get started? Easy, find a friend who knows how to check your writing for grammar, spelling and punctuation. It may sound trite, but no writer on this planet can proof-read or copy edit their own writing. So before we get started on the technicalities, go and start a search your friends and contacts for your own editor. There is nothing more off-putting for a reader of even a six line poem, to find spelling or punctuation errors. It is the easiest way to lose readers.

This doesn’t mean going out and hiring a $100.00 per hour editor. Check your Facebook or Twitter friends for fellow writers. Do an exchange of services to help. Maybe write reviews in exchange for editing. There are many possibilities.

But in the meantime. Start writing and I’ll be back with more tips soon on how to get your writing read.

Are You A Writer?
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7 thoughts on “Are You A Writer?

  • 08/03/2011 at 1:28 am

    Luckily I have found patient and wonderful friends willing to proof read and listen to me shout from the roof tops that I am a writer. I have a few of my words published the old fashioned way but have been considering this new technical way of getting my words out there!! I thank you for your tip and look forward to more!

  • 07/06/2011 at 6:36 pm

    British or US spelling? I'm blogging in British. Does this alienate American readers?
    PS Would be great if you could have a gander at my blog!

  • 03/09/2011 at 11:41 pm

    Your statements are direct and encouraging. Thank you.

  • 19/09/2011 at 9:02 pm

    I have two friends who can spot a comma out of place in the Telegraph and they are worth their weight in gold. You’re right Derek that, however thoroughly you think you have proof read, it’s still so easy to miss mistakes in your own writing.

  • 19/09/2011 at 9:12 pm

    Yep I agree. Thanks for sharing.

  • 01/11/2011 at 9:05 pm

    Spot on Derek, great post. With reference to the self-publishing aspect of this article, this is a great indepth interview with a New York writer who has published three novels using Lulu and Amazon. He gives some good advice throughout about self-publishing as way to reach an audience and about the perceptions of others towards a publishing route that has its fair share of advocates and critics.

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