Tuesday, 18 February 2014
recent reads including 'think like a publisher' - a must have for budding writers
Randy Davila's Think like a publisher: 33 Tips to Write, Promote and Sell your Book has been the best thing for my writing since I entered the QWC Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Even though I didn't get to jet off to Brisbane last November, the efforts I made with my entry saw me produce a much sharper piece of work. Davila's how-to has done the same - if not, even more so. His 33 tips are easily read and understood, making the writer really assess their work and encouraging them to 'kill their darlings' - to get rid of parts they may think are great, but don't necessarily add to the content or quality.
Davila covers publishing, marketing, editorial and more. He's big into platform building - especially creating digital points of contact between the writer and their readers. So far, I only have this blog as a social network. I've been contemplating a Facebook page, Twitter and Good Reads account, but feel I want to be further along with my manuscript before I go down that road. I know this is contrary to Davila's instruction - as it does help when it comes to publication, for many different reasons - but I just need a bit more time to sort out what I want to do and how.
I've taken copious notes from the library copy of Davila's guide and will buy my own when funds permit. It's not that the book is wildly expensive, it's just that we've started the year on a very tight budget. Davila's tips are invaluable and I've taken apart the entire structure of my work and thought seriously about its direction. With Davila's advice, I've been able to see where my writing has become too broad and been able to rein it back in. This is a must have for budding writers - whether it's a library copy or one of your very own, you must get it now!