Welcome Indie Writers

Fine books by, for and about African Americans

Hello Indie Writers,

First, congratulations on writing your book. No matter what anyone else may say like, "Anybody can write a book," that's just not true. Because if anybody could...why haven't they? Why is it that in the grand scheme of things, only a very few people actually sit down and write a book?

I'll leave that answer to the experts. Right now I just want to mention a few things that all writers and aspiring writers are all too familiar with: When you set your cap to become a writer, you already know you’ll have to put in some work to get to your destination. You know there will be a lot of writing involved and that you’ll need to choose your audience, develop your characters, set your scenes, establish your pace, and perfect your plot. And while you’re doing all that, you’ll also need to join critique groups, attend seminars, study the craft and hone your skills.

That’s a lot of work, but then it takes a lot of work to be the best. It’s what’s required to reach your destination, and none of it should be taken lightly.

You've Gotta Network

To use one of the young people's favorite phrases, today’s technology is "off the chain." This means that there’s a lot more to being a writer than simply sitting down and daintily writing a novel or novelette. You also need to network, and do it well. You need a website so your readers can find you. You’ll need to develop your platform, upload images of your books, and provide live links to your order page(s).

You need a Twitter and Facebook page to engage with your readers, and a Pinterest account so you can post your favorite pictures (especially pics from your books) and allow others to pin your images to their pages. You may also need other sites like Instagram to give your readers up-to-the-minute access to your writer’s life. Depending on whether you’re trade- or self-published, you may need to upload Press Releases, post daily or weekly articles, and even provide excerpts from your latest books or snippets of recent book reviews.

In fact, as your career moves forward in full swing, the question won’t be whether you need all these features, but when you'll find the time to set them up and get them done.

There's plenty more to being a writer, but I won't try to cover it in this one post. Instead, check back often for my personal tips and suggestions for a successful path from where you are now to that wonderful day you see your book on the shelf.

For now, best wishes and happy writing,

Rita Lorraine


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