So, You've Submitted! Now what?
Submitted a book recently. Whew, that book. In the beginning I loved it, loved the characters. After editing, searching for repeat words and tweaking, I could happily push them both off of a cliff. But, that's writing.
Like giving birth, I'll forget about the pain and move on to the next one, but what do I do in between?
If you're trying to figure that one out, let me give you a few suggestions:
It's probably one of the things that got you into the idea of writing to begin with. You read and read, and then one day, you said, "Why not write?" And, you did. The good thing about reading is that it not only gives you a break, but you are actually learning from other writers. I find that as a writer, I look at the way others tell their stories differently. I still read to enjoy, but it's more about how they transition and word their thoughts, how they avoid the repetition of words I seem unable to do without. How do they show rather than tell? The phrasing? Too bad I can't claim my library list on my taxes as research. Man, the money I could save.
But, read. It's a must if you're going to take the craft seriously. You'll not only learn more about what you do, or see what you've grown past, but you'll enjoy yourself, too.
Get out of the house! Live! Go on a date. Are you single? Take yourself out. Go to a movie! Go shopping or window shop! Exercise. If these things are not already a part of life for you, make them regular. You need to schedule some time for you.
You love to write? Yes, I do, too, but most of us are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency for a reason.
See the sun. Get your blood pumping. Interact with others. I guarantee when you come back from actually doing something outside of the desk chair or wherever it is you type, you will have stories to add to your WIP list.
You finished your book! Now you're done. WRONG! Do you have a notebook, a journal? If not, try to get one. Carry this little guy everywhere. There are ideas waiting to be had. It could start with someone's eye color, a word or two you hear in conversation, pictures, shopping in the grocery store, etc. You never know, but you'll be surprised how quickly that thread of an idea becomes an actual story. If you don't get it down, it will join the pile of the forgotten, and you'll be left with nothing.
You could even map out works you're already considering while waiting in line or sitting beneath the hair dryer. Take advantage or those moments. Get those ideas written, so you'll have them later. The only way to become a better writer is to keep writing.
4. Build Your Platform
Social media can be more than a place for you to vent your frustrations, laugh at delightful cat videos, or find the latest and greatest recipes. For me, it's more than when the next pop up Lularoe party will happen. (Yes, me too.)
Anyway, social media can be a tool for getting your name out there. Let's face it, you wouldn't work so hard to get your books published if you honestly didn't want people reading them. So, build those relationships and build your platform. Not sure how? Check out this article below:
There are some great ideas here and more to be found. Just remember to be yourself, get to know people and connect. Establish yourself.
5. Study Your Craft
If you're going to write and write well, there are just a few things to remember. LIE! There's a ton to remember which means you need to get started fast. Where do you start? First, try reading. Read books of authors you enjoy in the style you want to write. Look for tools to help. Need a few?
First, here's the best 100 websites for writers in 2016
Then, let's take a look at creating characters
And Justin McLachlan? Let me just say AMAZING! Read anything by this man. So helpful. Promise
All of this to say, don't just sit and wait to hear back about your book. You did it. You finished it. I applaud you. I love you for what you've accomplished. Now, move. Get shaking. Do more!
Lots of love,