110 Tips for Authors: 41-50

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41: Become a brand. This includes all your identifying marks which is your writing style, your philosophy, your approach, and your gift to others. It’s a way for people to take one glance in your direction and know exactly who you are.

42: Say “no” to others and focus on your author career. You will begin to lose friends as you plunge deeper into writing books, but you only have so much time to succeed.

43: Go through your manuscript and delete every time you said, “very.” While you’re at it, look for all the times you said, “and then.”

44: Reach beyond your comfort zone. Don’t ever think you’re limited to one genre, marketing plan, one publishing route, or one way to promote yourself. If you write fiction, write some poetry or non-fiction as well. Try different marketing approaches. Use every form of publishing that exists, or come up with your own way to publish books. The more you learn and the more you stretch your gift, the more rewards will come your way.

45: Always have a plan. Think about what you will do tomorrow. Then think about what you will do in the next month. The next four months. The next year. The next five years. Of course your plans will change, but you still need a road map to head in a certain direction.

46: Local bookstores in your targeted areas may place your books up front for a low fee. Also, consider making displays that you can send to bookstores.

47: Look for things in your book that have nothing to do with your book. If your characters Jane and Tom decide to go on a cruise, it better have something to do with the story. Do not put fluff in your book to increase the word count.

48: When someone reads your book, they should not be able to tell what is fiction and what is real. That includes vampires, space ships, serial killers, and yellow dragons. Everything you wrote should seem possible. This is called, “Blurring the lines between fiction and non-fiction.”

49: Look for places that you can use the five senses in your story: sight, hear, taste, touch, or smell. This will manifest a stronger image for the reader. Try to use at least one of the five senses in every scene.

50: “Luck” should not have anything to do with why your characters achieved something. The plot should not come together because of “chance.” Reach deep and develop reasons for everything, no matter how much “fiction” you feel is necessary.

“Shut off the television and turn on your book.” ~ Ron Knight

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Ron Knight

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