|Gabor from Hungary|
Considering my shortcomings in the world of technology, I rely on others to format my completed manuscript for the various small screens (Kindles, iPads, tablets, phones, etc.). Because quality must prevail no matter the format, I’ve brought an experienced formatter onto my team, one whose presence, I believe, equals that of beta readers, cover/book designers, and editors in importance.
Secondly, I have come out of my short-lived retirement to resume editing on a part-time basis. Interacting with fellow writers always brought joy and satisfaction when the job was completed and they were ecstatic with the finished product. I’ve missed that connection so much since retiring. My years of editing produced friendships I never expected and writers who stay in touch long after their books have gone to market. I really like this wonderful side benefit.
Adding a marketer to my team is also on the agenda. I write out of a love for reading, an interest in people, and headful of stories. Books have carried me to faraway places, given me perspective where I had none, and helped me view numerous situations in a new light. They’ve created joy, insight, and wonder. However, the business side of writing — selling my stories to potential readers — has long been neglected. That’s over. The year of marketing, 2016, has begun.
A final goal involves finishing several books started over the years and relegated to the archives of projects past. They still beckon me to take their characters out of limbo so those souls can get on with their lives. Also, the story that has been rattling around in my head for years should finally find expression on paper (or hard drive). It promises to be a busy year, and I’ve already started.
What are your plans for the new year? Are you delving into unfinished projects? Do you have a hot, new novel sizzling on the burner? Are you researching information for a historical tale, a nonfiction piece, a medical or legal story? Have you ventured into the e-book world or do you plan to do so soon? Will the reported downward trend of the e-book market change your new year strategies? What will make 2016 a memorable writing year for you?
|Linda Lane and her editing team mentor and encourage writers at all phases of the writing process. To learn more about what they do, please visit them at www.denvereditor.com.|