How many of you go to writing conferences, if you can that is? Getting to hang out with other like-minded people is huge for one’s spirit and motivation.
Where I live there are not that many so I am always on the lookout for any that are not too far and not too expensive. Happily I will be attending the NCWN conference soon and with me being a member the price was reduced.
I know I have a little way to go before the day is here but I am SOOOO excited. The moods during a conference seem to vibrate apart from the murmur of people talking. Even if you can’t physically attend more and more conferences are being televised online. The chat room always brim over as the participants talk about the topic at hand. Some are also free.
To be honest who gets what it is like to be a writer than another writer? Who truly understands the time and effort it takes to go from an idea, to writing the end, to getting it critiqued to either self publish the book or start query publishers? It is very time-consuming and while one can feel fantastic when they write, “The End”, that is just the beginning.
Conferences will have publishers, agents, illustrators, editors and so much more to investigate before, between and after the classes. It is our time to really just fully enjoy our craft.
One of the classes I signed up for involves me bringing a draft of any current project. I tend to shy away from these but took a deep breath and signed up. Am I regretting it? I lost count how many time I told myself yes. LOL But the end results will be worth it. Having a group of accomplish people reading my work and helping me move it alone to the next stage as I will do for the others should be well worth it.
Is it the end of April yet?
A lot of people uses ghostwriters to write down their words. So is this a job one would be interested in or not? Well, the definition of a ghostwriter according to Freelancewriting.com is: ghost writers are writers for hire who take money but none of the credit for the work produced. The original writer, or author, is hiring the ghost as a freelance writer to produce copy writer work for a fee. The author takes all the credit for all the original work produced, including all the original writing produced by the ghost writer. The ghost, who is usually paid in advance of completing the job, gets the money as a “work for hire” job and assumes none of the credit for the ghost writing work.
The plus side is you get paid and if you do a good job you might get hired again. The bad side is you get no credit at all for your work. And to anyone who is a writer that is a lot of work to put into someone’s else name to be on the book.
So why do I bring this up? I was listing to a podcast and the person listed a host of big names from athletes, artists and others who have used a ghostwriter.
So, do you consider the people who hire a ghostwriter to be an author? From the accolades I have seen given to those who have used a ghostwriters it sounds like they are getting the credit. They did pay for the service that can never be forgotten. But can they be considered by all account an author?
I guess it all depends on who you ask. From those I have asked the answer has been no. But still asking others to get a fuller sample for the question.
How does one go about finding the right cover for their books? If you have a publisher that helps. I was fortunate to have one that worked with me in getting a cover.
When it came to my self published stuff I had to come up with it on my own. For my Squirrel Mafia book the pictures on the cover and inside the book were photos I took. The book was non fiction so it worked. Other covers I have tried to come up with pictures I could take that would work there as well.
There are sites that sell book covers for a variety of prices. There are sites where you can create your own. There are sits that sell stock photos that you can use.
What cover you use can determine how well the book is looked at. The old phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, is not one you want to adhere to. The cover is what gets your book picked up and looked at. Not taking the time to do so may not work out for you.
A few sites that people have used are
– Shutterstock https://www.shutterstock.com/
These are just a few that other writers have used.
Apart from that here is a blog post that goes into what you think about as you make your own c over.
Take the time to work on your cover. It can make the difference in your book being looked at or overlooked.