Things to do after your finish writing your first book

Congratulations on finishing your first book; now what? Before you lose your momentum, here are five things to do after writing your book.

1. Hire key staff members. Trying to juggle everything on your own can be very overwhelming and can actually backfire on you especially if you don’t have the right experience in that area. Consider hiring an editor, book designer, web developer, and even a publicist to help you with the development and marketing stages of your book. Having the right people on your team can yield the advice and skill set that you need in order to take your book to the next level.

2. Determine your printing/publishing needs. There are many ways to publish your book so therefore you need to determine what printing and publishing options are right for you. Do your research and make decisions that will benefit you in the long run. You don’t want to sign your rights away if you don’t have to.

3. Network. Look for opportunities to reach out to people in your community or in the writing field. Join writing groups, connect with librarians, visit local bookstores, and join publishing associations, all of which are great ways to promote your book and develop your audience.

4. Advertise. Set aside crucial time to design your marketing plan, create a press release, and utilize free resources such as word of mouth and social media. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr are very helpful to new and veteran authors who want to advertise their books. Advertisement is a powerful way to connect your book with readers nationwide.

5. Schedule author appearances. Author appearances (speaking events, book signings) are where you get the chance to build your platform, sell books, and connect with your readers. You’d be surprised at how many readers love the face to face interaction with their authors.

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Improve your writing with this new year's resolution

Every writer should have a New Year’s Resolution. Whether you want to sell more books or strengthen your writing abilities, here are five suggestions to improve your writing for this year!

1. Make time to write – Just like you would schedule a doctor’s appointment or pencil in a dinner date with a friend, it is extremely important that you set aside a specific time throughout the day to write. It’s best that you locate a quiet space in your house or office, and donate that portion of the day to write your next novel.

2. Research your craft – Every writer should spend a portion of their time researching their genre and craft. Whether you check out books at the library or read current blog articles, it is important that you stay abreast of your field. Doctors put in grueling hours a day to research the medical field, so why shouldn’t a writer put in the necessary time to research their field of study?

3. Utilize writing tools – Items such as the dictionary, a thesaurus, or word processor are rarely used because word searches can quickly be done on the internet. Our world is constantly changing and although we want to change with it, there are some old school tools that writers should still use. In my opinion, nothing can substitute the pages of a book.

4. Expand your writing abilities – One of the major things that stifles our writing career is our inability to get out of our comfort zone. We are seldom interested in learning about another genre or type of writing style usually because of fear or a lack of confidence. We must learn how to push ourselves into greatness even when it gets a little uncomfortable. For example, if you are a children’s writer, try writing a non-fiction piece or even a memoir. You’d be surprised at how the challenge could strengthen your confidence as well as your writing skills.

5. Join a writing group – Even published or established authors can benefit from joining a writing group. It might sound juvenile to an advanced writer who has already hit the bestsellers list, but actually a writing group is simply for people who are seeking feedback and constructive criticism. No one gives better feedback than a complete stranger.

These New Year’s Resolutions serve as a guide for you in your writing career. They are merely suggestions and can be tweaked based upon your needs. This is a new year and you want to start it off on the right note by setting yourself some goals and guidelines.

Have fun writing and learning!

This article can also be viewed on The Children’s Writer’s Guild website!

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Author interviews done by Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1. Tell us about yourself, your background, and/or your credentials and degrees.

I was fortunate to grow up in a house where reading, playing outside, and traveling ranked far higher than watching TV. As such I have always harbored a love for reading, with fantasy and science fiction holding the top places in my list of favorite genres. Reading and reenacting such tales as The Hobbit and The Odyssey when I was perhaps four or five inspired me from a young age, and the landscapes of North and South America influenced the fictitious worlds of my imagination. The summer before my senior year of college I finally finished my debut novel, the first in a trilogy and one I had originally conceived and begun when I was fourteen. I first viewed writing as a hobby that might eventually eclipse my day job—a day job related to my sustainability bachelor’s degree—but an unexpected cancer diagnosis in the fall of 2014 changed all that. A year of grueling treatment gave me time to finish my trilogy and to realize that writing was my true passion. I have been pursuing a career as a writer and author full-time since then.

2. Tell us about the process of writing and publishing a novel. What inspired you?

I never sit down to brainstorm. Instead, I keep a little notebook and pencil nearby whenever possible. I never know when some conversation or daydream will turn into an idea for a writing project. When I write, I find it impossible not to edit as I go. I know many, many people say to just write and not worry about editing until later, and I see the merits of this, but I continually find myself revisiting sentences from a previous paragraph before going back to where I was. I have, so far, been completely unable to find a way to stop, and as far as I can tell it only helps the editing process go a little quicker; it’s one less change I need to make later. Unless of course, as is too often the case, I change the wording on a subsequent read through. Any way you cut it, editing takes far longer than writing. I chose to self-publish for several reasons. It has become a viable alternative to traditional publishing and continues to lose the stigma it once held. For me, the process of getting an agent and going the traditional route seemed too daunting. I wanted to get my work out there sooner than later. Writing was, at the time I was ready to publish my debut novel, just a hobby for me. I will certainly consider traditional publishing in the future, but for now self-publishing has suited me well and I am very happy to have gone that route with my first trilogy.

3.Tell us a little about your first and latest book.

Since my first and latest books are the first and last in the same trilogy, I will just cover the whole trilogy in this response without giving away too much. I wanted to start with the classic hero narrative and then depart from the conventions of a fantasy in unexpected and thought-provoking ways. So, I have an orphaned boy in a small agrarian town—who lives with his aunt and uncle—on the cusp of adulthood. He wants more than anything to avenge the deaths of his family, and leaves town following an old mentor, gets a new weapon, new name, and proves himself in combat. But before long things start to stray from this familiar path—indeed the very path we and our hero expected to follow. Friends and foes realign, and it becomes increasingly difficult to know who can be trusted.

Author interviews done by Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

4. What insight would you give to aspiring writers who are interested in publishing?

Consider your options. Whether self-publishing or traditional publishing, you cannot afford to rush the process. DO NOT self-publish because it is fast and easy. It is neither. It takes a long, long time to edit and prepare a manuscript for publishing, if you do it properly. Whether you self-publish or publish traditionally, you will have to do a lot of marketing yourself. You can never start marketing too soon, or do too much to make people aware of your work.

5. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’d rather say something profound in an average way than something average in a profound way.

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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