Category Archives: A blog about the topics of writing

New writers: Get your 1st draft in the best shape possible

When your done your first draft of your first book what happens next?

One should have a group of beta readers and critiquers to help you flush out what needs to be fixed in your manuscript. If you think your first draft is gold, that it’s 100% correct and it needs no revisions you are living in a fantasy world.

Time and time again I’ve reviewed for authors and companies and I run across a book that is riddled with grammatical errors, loopholes, weak characters, weak plots and that is just the beginning.

You work so hard on getting this done but writing is the easy part. I remember when someone told me that and in my naiveness I thought, “Yeah, right.”

Yeah, right. They were so right.

You are not going to get it correct all the way through on the first try. Revisions after revisions are in your future, if you want your book to do well, that are needed to get it in the best possible shape you can.

If you are new, and even not a new author, and can not find beta readers or a critique group in your area go online. There are host and host of groups that are willing to help you. If that is not your cup of tea than start your own group.

For if you plan on submitting your manuscript to publishers you are giving them an easy way to say no and toss it in the slush pile. They get thousands and thousands of submissions. Don’t make it easy for them to reject you.

Get it done the proper way. Your book will thank you for it.

How to make your site pop: Videos and pictures

I have read that to make a post pop, on your social platform, that a good way is to include videos or images. I do find that when I go to a site if either or both are present I will be more engaged compared to if it is just text.

So, I been trying to find relevant things to include. With me having a children series based on my parrot, that we rescued and adopted, there is no shortage of pictures or videos. When I have shown these to children their amazement is very apparent as you hear, “Wow,” “Look how pretty that bird is,” “He has so many colors,” and so on. It is a nice learning experience for them as well.

While I can’t bring him to shows, safety reasons and all, I do bring things in place of that. This can include pictures, videos and some of his feathers, that has fallen off naturally, which is always a big hit.

But how often can be too much? That is something I am trying to figure out.

My latest video is of him during one of his shower times. It helps living with one’s main character to the children’s series I write. It gives you a deep insight into their personality when you have an one on one relationship with them.