Friday, December 07, 2018

Writing: The "Extras"

As I travel this "road to writing" (an appellation I've chosen to indicate that the writer must continue to learn...and, boy, have I learned), I'm discovering that there's much more to the craft than just putting the right words in the right order to make a book.

I've discovered that it's necessary to keep one's name in front of the general public. One way to do this is via guest blogs and interviews on various sites, always with a giveaway of the latest book the author is touting. Even if you're published by a traditional house, it's often up to the author to arrange these guest appearances. I've added the little "lagniappe" (something extra, if you don't speak Creole) of giving an Amazon gift card to anyone chosen to receive one of these books who has already purchased one. I've already listed the sites where people can go to read these interviews and guest posts and get their name in the drawing for my latest novella, by the way.

Another thing I'm learning is that it's worthwhile to put out an audio version of the novels that come from the author's pen. For me, this involved choosing a narrator, then listening to their work and correcting things like their pronunciation. It's time-consuming, but worthwhile--especially if you have medical terms in the book, as I do. (By the way, if your work comes out via a publisher, they make the decision about putting out an audio version--this entire process may be out of the author's hands).

Last week, I offered a "key" to download my most recent full-length novel, Guarded Prognosis, to five randomly chosen people. The keys have gone out to the winners, and I hope you enjoy listening to the book.

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4 comments:

Priscilla said...

I don't think much about audio books because I prefer looking at the words, but I totally get it. Folks who have a long work commute, those whose aging eyes are going wonky, others who are in a rush and can listen double time (and understand not me!) . . . the audio version suits "readers" like that.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, I tend to agree--but audio books are here to stay, so I guess I'll continue to exert that additional effort. Thanks for your comment.

Patricia Bradley said...

Wonderful tips, Richard. Blessings from Israel on my last day here.

Richard Mabry said...

Have a great trip--I enjoy the pictures.