Make Like A Ship

One of the great things it has to be said about self-publishing is that you get to meet lots of new and inspiring authors. All those writers, myself included, who would sit in glorious isolation bashing away at our keyboards whenever we got the chance can now get our selves out there and meet up with other like-minded people and suddenly it’s not such a lonely profession after all. It’s very reassuring to hear of others’ highs and lows, of how they came to create the characters they did, how long it took them to reach that final edit, why they chose the cover they did – and one of the best ways to do all this is to mix and mingle at a book launch. But why launch a book, I hear you ask? Isn’t it enough just to get it all together and press print? Er, no. Your Book Launch is a good indication that you take your work seriously – and in public. You have to be prepared to answer questions, to know what you’re talking about and to engage your readers enough for them to want to buy your book by the barrowload.

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Author Elizabeth M Cox

Last week I was at  Warwick Books in central Warwick for the launch of Elizabeth M Cox’s book
Tragedy at Bawley Bay, a 19th century mystery with many twists and turns. Author Elizabeth M Cox gave a thorough and detailed explanation of her reasons for writing the book in the first place, and of her research into 19th century Gravesend. After she read an excerpt, a trickle of questions soon turned into a flood as the audience warmed to the idea that you could grill the author to within an inch of their grammatical structure, with diverse and enlightening questions. Once armed with this new insight into the creation of the characters, exposition and research, the book came alive – far more so than just reading the blurb on the back page. Book your venue, invite your audience, prepare your presentation and away you go.Information gleaned from such an enjoyable evening as that had last week and that I would like to pass on, is this:

My Five Point Plan For Writing and Selling A Book:
1 Write It 
2 Choose a good cover/cover designer
3 Get your book proof and copy read
4 Re-write your book (repeat 3 & 4 above several times)
5 Make like a ship and launch it

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6 thoughts on “Make Like A Ship

  1. Hi Jacci. I’d go so far as to say that every author needs a good editor – someone who understands what the author wants to say and can point out ways in which it can be said better. There’s always room for improvement. What’s your experience of finding and working with an editor?

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