Sunday, April 22, 2012

April is the cruellest month: low sales and long term goals

My sales suck this month.

I've heard it all before from the "seasoned vet" self pub authors, that it takes time for your book to catch on. I believe that on some level, but a part of me worries that maybe my book will never catch on--and that's a scary thought.

One of my biggest gripes is self pub authors who pretend that they're successful. Honestly, who are you clowns kidding? For example:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

How to use Word to find mistakes in your book (Part 1)


You will never find all of the errors in your book. This is a fact. No matter how many times you read your book, something will slip through the cracks.

I am constantly editing The Complex, to the point where I now detest it and can probably recite a fair amount of it from memory. I find a new mistake every time and I fix it. I know it’s never going to be 100% perfect, but I like the idea that in some tiny way it gets better every time I update it.

I write on Microsoft Word. That’s just the way things are; I cannot afford a Mac and I like Windows. I know how to use Windows computers very well, and I don’t have any needs that aren’t being met by my fabulous little Asus laptop. I wish I could tell you how to do these things on a Mac, but I can’t. I use Word 2010. These things may not work for other Word versions, but it’s worth a shot.

Microsoft Word spell check only helps in some cases. Usually it doesn't. But before you get down on Word, take a minute to learn it's capabilities--it's actually a wonderful program.

When I was editing my book, I came up with a lot of Microsoft word tips to get me through the editing process. Here they are, use them as you like:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Misreads

The one thing you should avoid as an author is responding to reviews, good or bad. There's no point in being defensive about a book that you have made available to the general public. At some point in your life, you have gone onto Amazon or IMDB or any website with a reviews section, and you have expressed dislike for something. If you go onto Amazon and give Harry Potter a crappy review, J.K. Rowling isn't going to say anything. I mean, yeah, she's probably in her castle papier mache-ing Euros into busts of the Weasley family, but either way, busy or not, she's not going to respond.

There's an old adage I like to stick to: