Tips For Aspiring Authors [#14] On Your Darkest Days, Be Encouraged

Yes, those of us who seemingly have “made it”, still have days when the towel is on the verge of being thrown in—thrown hard—in a dusty corner. This morning I was at my desk working on blog posts for April when Donald Lawrence’s song Encourage Yourself came on Pandora Radio. I had an immediate meltdown. (I’m sharing this because I want to help someone as well as minister to myself.) There are times on this … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#13] Importance of Editing

Tip #13 Importance of editing I cannot emphasize this enough: HAVE YOUR WORK PROFESSIONALY EDITED! I was screaming. Did you notice? I am a self-published author, so I say this with love because I’ve been where you want to be. It’s exciting to have your manuscript finished after months of laboring over nouns, verbs, characters, plots and all of the other elements that go into birthing a new book. I say it is with love because … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#12] Journal

  Tip #12 Journal Journal- a daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary. Journaling has always been very cathartic for me. What better way, other than cussing someone out, can you say exactly what’s on your mind and walk away feeling completely purged? (I’m laughing out loud as I write this.) I believe it is important for aspiring authors to journal. Capture your thoughts, feelings and ups and downs. Record … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#11] Don’t Forget the Man in the Basement

Tip [#11] Don’t Forget the Man in the Basement This may be one of the most important tips in the series. I recently watched an episode of one of my favorite new TV shows, NBC’s Grimm. During the show, the antagonist/villain captured, tortured and held an innocent man captive in his basement. (He didn’t know the man was innocent. He just wanted to go vigilante on whoever murdered his brother.)  As the show progressed, the … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#10] Attend Workshops/Conferences

Tip #10 Attend Workshops and Conferences Where do children go to learn? To school. At work, when you need to learn a new skill, you go where? To a class or workshop. To become a subject matter expert, you do what? Have a lot of on-the-job training which qualifies you. Have higher education which qualifies you. Someone deems you an expert due to their perception of you and your skill set, which is also backed … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#9] Engage In Social Media

Tip #9 Engage in Social Media Befriend other authors, writers, poets, etc. on social media platforms. It’s a good thing. See what they’re talking about. Get to know them by commenting on their threads or liking a status occasionally. I started out by just reading some of my favorite authors’ daily posts. I didn’t necessarily post comments until I felt more comfortable. It gave me an idea of what social media etiquette was like, and … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#8] Know How to Hustle

The subtopic to this one should be …And How to Handle Road Blocks I’m a little peeved right now because I’ve spent the entire morning stuck in Charlotte traffic and driving around making sure local stores would order Too Many Lies.  A local book store has copies, can see the title information  in the distribution system and everything is copasetic. It’s a go. Green light. I went by the local Barnes & Noble, who should … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#7] Interview With Bestselling Author Angela Benson

I recently interviewed Angela Benson, after I saw her updated Facebook profile picture which displayed her new eBook, Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction for Print and eBook, 2nd edition. After downloading the book, I realized it would be the perfect addition to the Tips For Aspiring Authors series. In case you didn’t know, Angela Benson is a bestselling, award-winning author of 12 novels and two novellas. Her work has been published by six … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#6] Read Other Genres

Tip #6 Read outside of your genre Aspiring authors, take some time to read, then read something you wouldn’t ordinarily consider. There’s a whole world out there. Why are you inside your writer’s corner with tunnel vision? Open the door. Go outside. Expand your horizons and see what the rest of the world is writing about. While Too Many Lies was in editing, I took some time off to read a few books. I picked … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#5] Don’t Hound Other Authors

Tip #5 Don’t Hound Other Authors Let me preface this with the following caveat: I’m not posting this as a snub to aspiring authors, I’m posting this because this is what I’ve done to get where I am. Some of it is good, some of it is bad. I’m trying to keep you from doing the bad. Read on… Smart Move Good: When I penned my first novel, Brotherly Love & Betrayal, I was so excited … Continue reading