Reflections on 2015

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Reflections on 2015

The year 2015 was fast and furious. It’s amazing to reflect on the number of goals accomplished during the year. As a life-long learner, I have endeavored to learn more about writing and publishing while keeping up with marketing trends. Some lessons were difficult while others easier. Below are my top five writing tips from 2015.

Top 5 Writing Tips

1) Write often – set a schedule and keep it.

2) Continue learning your craft through study and observation. Don’t be too quick in ruling out self-publishing. Many authors have followed this path and enjoy having control over their work and finances. Note, it doesn’t rule out traditional publishing at a later date. There’s more than an handful of authors today who began their career this way. While other independent authors prefer self-publishing and are quite successful.

3) Choose your editor wisely: They’re many excellent editors available for hire. Find one who meets your publication schedule. Do your research and don’t mistake a shiny web-site for competence. For example, one of my best editors was not in the spotlight with a huge number of followers. I was worried at first because as a social media person my expectations were to see him flying across the universe. He wasn’t. What I found was someone living in the backwoods of the South, with Internet connection and the knowledge and skills to take my work to the next level. After reading his thirty page review and a line by line critique, I knew I’d found the right editor for my new book.

4) Brand yourself on social media: Whether you have an agent or not, you still need to know how to publicize your work.

5) Learn the business: Ask questions, establish and grow relationships

Christmas PlainI hope that my adventure in publishing will help you. I’m look forward to 2016 and the endless possibilities for cultivating new fans. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  Carolyn Bowen 

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