It may seem a strange thing to do – create a website as an unpublished author who is still working on his first novel. But there is a very good reason why I have decided to take the plunge and open my window on the world.
The world of writing is a big place. It is a hard truth but there are already so many successful published authors out there competing for the attention of readers and hordes of as yet unpublished writers trying to do the same. It would be a mistake for anyone to ignore this fact.
I guess that what most budding authors do is focus on their book first. Then when they are ready to publish it – either through a traditional publishing contract, or as is increasingly likely, through a self publishing route – on Amazon Kindle, or IBooks, they start to think about marketing their work. Self publishing of course requires a lot more effort on the part of the author when it comes to marketing. Although even with traditional publishing there is a lot the author needs to do themselves in terms of marketing.
Established authors and writers benefit from having websites and social media accounts. It is even more important for the unpublished ones to let readers know who they are and what they have written, or in my case what I am still writing.
So that is why I am starting my own online presence. I want to write for a living. In order to do so there is one thing I need – readers who want to read my work. Creating a website which is both interesting to potential readers and hopefully other would be writers gives me a voice which otherwise would remain unheard. At least until I published my first book.
So what are my intentions for this website? What content do I intend to publish? What can you hope to get out of it?
I am currently writing the first draft of a novel. You can read more about Stone Cold here. I intend to publish articles here about my journey along the road to completion of this book so others can share some of the trials and tribulations I encounter along the way.
I am the kind of person who throws himself into a project 100%. I have done a lot of research. Not just into the world of my book – Las Vegas and Nevada – or the characters and themes within the book. I have also done a lot of reading into writing and I will publish reviews of some of the reference books I have read. Some of these are general books on writing and others more specifically reference books useful for someone who wants to write crime fiction or thrillers. You will be able to find details of these books under the Resources and Books for Writers sections of the website as I add posts.
I have to admit to being a bit of a tech geek so the pen and paper approach isn’t how I write. Nor does a traditional word processor offer me what I need when t comes to an effective workflow. Instead I use a range of software on a desktop Mac and a Macbook Pro laptop. So I will be talking about these pieces of software, their benefits and how I use them to write and how I review my work using digital tools. I don’t want to have to print any pages of my manuscript to mark up any necessary changes. It is wasteful and difficult to carry around. You will find all of these posts under the Resources and Web/ Tech sections of the site.
Although I am unpublished I have some choices to make once I have completed the final draft of Stone Cold. Whether to self-publish or approach an agent and publisher to secure a publishing contract. This is a choice that a lot of upcoming writers will need to make. In fact some authors with traditional publishing contracts are moving into self-publishing because of the control it offers them. Authors like Rachael Abbot self-publish via the ebook formats and have huge amounts of success. I will post about the decision I make and what it means for a new writer when I’m ready to publish. I think I know what my decision will be but things could change.
I’m also an avid reader and I am going to post reviews of books which I have read and enjoyed under Recommended Reads. The books I post about will offer a writer’s view on their merits, as well as a reader’s perspective. I am currently devouring some Thomas Harris books to see how, in my opinion at least, a master of his art creates such vivid characters with psychological depth.
I am sure that this website will grow and change with more content as it progresses. I hope it proves to be as useful to you as a reader and/ or wannabe writer as it will be for me.
Welcome aboard. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as me.
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