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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dealing With Unexpected Change

As I've blogged about before, the life of an Indie Author is never straightforward. The best laid plans of mice and men, as the saying goes.

I had originally planned to release the second book in my Melrose series (16+ Urban Paranormal Thriller) this month and follow that up with the third book in my Xannu (YA Fantasy) series in July. Unfortunately, the illustrator for the cover of my Melrose book was taken very seriously ill and that has completely thrown out my schedule (she is currently in recovery). Add to that a couple of late responses from my beta readers and it looks like I'm not going to make the June deadline I was hoping for. So, what do I do? Some authors would just go ahead, make alternate arrangements, and get the book out there. Me? Not so much. Quality is very important to me and so I'm going to have to push out my planned release for another month and trust I can get everything co-ordinated within that new timeframe.

Instead, I think I should be able to move up my Xannu release by a few weeks and prepare it ready for an end of June / beginning of July timeframe. That's the new plan anyway. I'll have to see how that works out. In the meantime I'm going to fill my blog with some new articles and ideas I am working on, so do not despair there is still plenty to do (Actually there is always TOO MUCH to do and I am slightly overwhelmed by it all).

So, tune in over the next couple of days and take a look at what I've got to offer. In the meantime, did you check out my popular Writing For Success book? Currently only $3.99, it's proved invaluable to a lot of people.

Review: "[Paul Dorset] does a better job at teaching about writing then Stephen King" (Karen Einsel)

How To Write & Self-Publish Your First Novel

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Writing and publishing your first novel is tough. It usually takes a long time. Years for most people. It can be soul destroying too. You finally complete your manuscript; you send off samples to agents and publishers, and anxiously watch the mail for the responses. Then they come in, one at a time, rejection after rejection.

How do I know this? I’ve been there. Does this mean I was a bad writer? No, but I could have used some help in those early days. Sure, I had purchased a few books on writing and I had tried to pay attention to the advice they gave, but there were so many of them and sometimes advice seemed to conflict other advice. It was way too much to take in.

But I persevered with my writing and now I have been writing for several years and I have completed several novels and other books, and my writing is a lot better. My early novels could still do with some major re-editing (which they will be finally getting this summer), but my later works, oh wow I can spot the differences!

So, a few months ago I decided I would go the self-publishing route to getting my books out there in the big world. Things are changing in the book markets and so many people now have Kindles and Nooks and iPads and other electronic book readers. I thought to myself, why not do it myself? I know I can write; I have that confidence. Enough complete strangers have told me they like what I write, so why shouldn’t I join that list of published authors? And why should I have to wait for some agent or publisher to take a chance on an unknown author before I get published? So I did it, and now I have the story to tell and the method you can use to generate your own success.

This ebook is a series of essays solely concerned with improving your writing skills and getting your first novel successfully self-published. It is written in a way that you can keep dipping into it, and keep coming back to parts of it, time and time again. It is concise and to the point and it is written from experience; thousands of hours of experience. Every essay in this book is relevant and has a purpose. Every essay will give you pause for thought.

Can I turn you into a bestselling author? No – only you can do that. But I can set you on a path to success. I can give you clear guidelines about what not to do, and how to do things better. And I can tell you exactly how to self-publish that novel. This ebook takes your novel from the beginning and leads you along a path of self-discovery. When you have finished reading you will be Writing for Success and be someone who has a better chance than most every other wannabe author out there of becoming the next Tom Clancy, JK Rowling, Stephen King, or whoever else is your writing hero.

Good luck!

1. Don't Start the Story at the Beginning
2. Become a Successful Writer in 2,000 Hours
3. Poems and Short Stories
4. Creating a Good Plot
5. How Long Should a First Novel Be?
6. Writing in the First Person
7. Writing in the Third Person
8. Dialog Versus Narrative – Show Versus Tell
9. Writing Your First Novel: Words & Routine
10. Conflict and Its Importance
11. Plot Pace
12. Creating Believable and Well Rounded Characters
13. Writing Dialog – Or ‘He Said, She Said’
14. Creating a Page Turner
15. Letting the Book 'Cook'
16. Self-Editing Your Novel
17. The Process of Pre-Reads
18. Creating a World of Fantasy
19. How to Write & Self-Publish a Novel: The End-To-End Process Checklist
20. Creating a Writing Environment without Interruptions
21. Reading to Write
22. Encouraging All Would Be Authors
23. The Self-Publishing Process - The COMPLETE A-Z Instructions
24. Marketing Your Novel - The Relevance of Social Media, ARCs and Book Bloggers

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