Monday, November 19, 2018

Try Something New - #Writers do more than write

I write adventure stories. I like action, suspense, and surprises. I encourage people to go out and do, to make life an adventure!

I also say: "the way to get noticed is to put yourself out there," which I know most of us hate doing.

So here's my advice, Take Baby Steps.
Trying new things might seem intimidating. So dip your toes in and test the water to see if you like it. Then, gradually go deeper... Or dive right in and make a splash. It's up to you!

Here's a list of things I encourage writers to try with small starts:
  • Make a Video - Don't worry. You don't have to be a star or an actress.
    • Starting Small - a slide show is easy to convert to a video. Experiment with easy, free movie making apps with captions and transitions, free/royalty free images and music. Before you know it, you have a book trailer! You might enjoy it and move on to bigger things...
    • Film yourself reading an excerpt (TIP: be aware of your background!)
    • Do a book review for a friend
    • Make a scripted advice video
    • More things to try: a Podcast or Vlog
  • Self Publishing - This takes a lot of work and money, but if done right can be very profitable.
    • Starting Small - there are many free publishing venues to try. Short stories and novellas are a great place to start with trying out the process. Two things you should splurge on: Cover and Editing (unless you are friends with an editor and you can trade services) Once you've experimented with a small publication, you can...
    • Try a novel!
    • Collaborate on an Anthology
    • Compile some short stories
  • Book Events - I always encourage authors to get out and represent your books.
    • Starting Small - First, attend an event as a reader and see what it's all about, get ideas, meet authors, and get advice--build up confidence. Then try local libraries, bookstores, and free book fairs. Work your way up to...
    • Bigger Book Festivals
    • Book Conferences
    • Vendor Events
    • Conventions
    • You'll be talking on an author panel before you know it!
So get out there and try stuff! Been there, done that? Share some of your advice!

And here's one of my adventurous friends for my Shout Out of the Week!



Patricia is a Michigander and transplant Yooper––that means she can hold her hands up and point to where she lives in the upper peninsula of Michigan. She's always been creative--starting with wanting to be a dancer, then an artist, and also a musician, in band all through school.

While at Grand Valley State College, she found out being an Art major wasn't for her, but she did learn a ton in her classes and met her hubby in an anime chat room, DragonBall Z. PS, she's a big anime geek.

She loves to cook, makes jewelry and knits--she even sold her wares at local craft shows. And add decorating to her list of talents. But once she tried writing a story she'd been daydreaming about, she never looked back. She even ventured into self-publishing. This woman isn't afraid to try new things!

You can find links to Patricia's books here.

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AND HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

8 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We'd made book trailers, but this year was the first time I stepped in front of the camera and made a video promoting our booth at Supercon. It was fun - we'll do a video for every event now.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Great ideas. Writers do need to get out there to get noticed.

Juneta Key said...

Great ideas. Makes my knees knock. However, I am collaborating on anthology right now, which I just posted about on my blog. So one new thing, one step at a time. Great post.

Patricia Lynne said...

Thanks for the shout out, Tara. ^_^

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm one of the lucky writers who enjoys public speaking and have no nervousness about it. Great ideas for the small steps.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - well done ... it is small steps - but it's getting out there and starting - we've all written ... we can do more ... cheers and a very happy Thanksgiving to you and the family - cheers Hilary

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wonderful ideas! And, I think I just have to keep taking small steps, even though I've been at this for a while. Small steps keep moving me forward.

cleemckenzie said...

Making videos is a challenge, but when they're done well, I enjoy seeing them.