Friday, April 3, 2009
To Whom Is Given Much, Much Is Required
(Outside my window: Rain. Soaking, torrents of rain!...and a downy woodpecker who doesn't seem to mind.)
There is more to the production of a novel than just editing, book cover design, and printing. Be prepared. You will have more required of you, and it is a good thing. For the more promotion you and your editor work on, the more exposure there will be.
Christian Book Distributors has a wonderful feature on their website where they showcase authors of various genres. You will find authors' favorite verses, and a brief bio about them. There is the 'Writers Corner', which is abundant with advice for aspiring writers.
Each of the Abingdon authors has been asked to contribute to these categories. This morning I finished a 1,500 word essay for The Writers Corner entitled, Perseverance, Patience, and Humility. I hope you get the chance to read it, as well as read the other great articles there.
As an aspiring writer, realize that much will be required of you once you sign on the dotted line. Go into it with joy and cooperation. Here is a list of some of the things you may need to write or work on. If you make a special file now, with some of these things ready to go, you will be way ahead and have more time for writing your next novel.
1. A polished, well-written manuscript
3. Book proposal
5. Writer's biography
6. A few essays on writing
7. Book discussion group questions
8. A devotional centered on the spiritual theme of your book
9. A website with great content
11. A book trailer
12. Marketing materials, such as bookmarks or release announcements
( 3 more months until the offical release date. Written in the spirit of Bronte and Sabatini, Surrender the Wind is a novel of love and betrayal set in post-revolutionary war England and Virginia.)
Posted by Rita Gerlach at 11:13 AM