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“Edit edit edit. This is a simple tip that all authors and writers should know but one that authors simply look over because they plan to send their book off to an editor. Edit your book yourself a few times before you send it off.”
“Let’s remember what our third grade teacher taught us years ago, use coordinating conjunctions such as and, are, yet, or, for, nor and so. Make your story interesting not just by the story but by the words. Put your story together using colorful words. Not too colorful that your reader us having a hard time understanding the story, but enough ands or buts or yets that keep the story flowing nicely.”
“Always write your book as if you are the character(s) living their everyday life. Make your readers feel them. Whether good or bad, you want your readers to connect with the characters in some way.”
Releasing a new book is always fun. I love getting the cover made, getting it edited, promoting it. I love when my readers see the information about an upcoming book. It excites me when they get excited. But authors, all authors should know that excitement is not what gets us through publishing a book. It’s money.
Whether you self publish or publish through a publishing company publishing a book costs money especially if you self publish. You are doing all the work. When publishing through a company promoting your book still costs money because most publishing companies don’t pay for everything and if you are a big time author, you have to pay your team (publicist, road manager etc) Releasing a book costs money.
In order to get through these tough times, right before you are ready to publish the book, start saving. Put aside a certain amount of money that is for your book release and promotion only and don’t exceed that amount. Discipline yourself. One thing I always tell authors is that when you write and publish a book you want to make money. Don’t invest more than what you will get back. You always want to make a profit. If it’s not going to make you a profit then it’s not worth it. Your book could land in the right hands for free. Things happen! Have a plan and stick to it!
This article is Article of the Week on Literary Career Moves
“Every author needs a place for their work. Make sure you create a blog or website as the home of your literary career. Facebook, twitter or any social network is an extension of that. It should not be used as your personal website.”
A native of the eastern shore of Maryland, Derrick Burke spent many years in his career as a youth case manager. Although he continues to be a part of the everyday work force, he has the desire to pursue his career in writing full time as he currently resides in Washington, DC. His single mother raised Derrick and his sisters, with no male figure in the household. He learned to become a man through strong influence, support and guidance from his grandfathers and many uncles as well as other positive male role models that God placed in his life. He also gives credit for his growth and pursuit of writing to an array of female cousins who motivated and encouraged him to utilize his gift and share his ability of putting words on paper and creating characters that people can identify. Growing up, Derrick was a three-sport athlete but put most of his focus and energy into basketball. His hard work ethic and skill in basketball allowed him to travel to many different places in and out of the country allowing him to gain not only athlete experiences but also life long lessons to help enhance his creating writing talents that had been in the making since he was 11. At this age, he put his vulnerability on the line by writing his first poem to get the attention of an older girl whom he liked. With a million dollar smile and old school wisdom, he’s known by many as, “Country Boy with City Swag” know Derrick. Using people he has met and experience in his life, Derrick presents “Blind Evidence” the first release of many easy to read suspense, who done it thrillers with twist and turns that will keep the reader engaged from start to finish.If you are a fan of suspense, thrillers, love, sex, and deceit; Blind Evidence by Derrick Burke is right up your alley. Follow Rasan, as he goes through a battle of loving the wrong woman. A known ladies man, his charm and grace entitles him to being the target of affection with a multitude of women, but he commits to the one that doesn’t love him at all.Caught in a turmoil of love, lies, and deception, Rasan tries to escape his one-sided relationship. In the mist of his exit plan, Rasan is framed and becomes the suspect in a chilling murder. With all evidence pointing towards Rasan, his best friend Devin is the only one that can clear his name, but disappears along the way.With limited resources Devin’s fiancé comes to Rasan rescue, only to expose him to some disturbing news that would rehash childhood memories and change the true meaning of his life forever. This action packed thriller will leave the reader understanding how one’s perception can be changed by the simple words “I love you.”Links: