I apologise for being AWOL for a while (four months! FOUR MONTHS! Where has that time gone?!). Without going into too much detail, basically I kinda lost focus and got obsessed with my writing for a while, which is great because I got loads of work done but equally, I kinda forgot how much work I put into redesigning my website and I ended up neglecting it. So sorry about that – I’m still trying to figure out how everything will work, and what kind of schedule I can realistically stick to, but you know what? That’s all part of the process. I refuse to beat myself up anymore just because I haven’t got every little thing figured out yet. It will all come together in time.
So for today’s blog post, I’m going to repost one from my old blog, just to get the ball rolling again. I’ll be adding more of my old blog posts that I think are relevant or that you might enjoy over the next few months, so make sure to keep checking back! Enjoy!
Back in December, I attended a webinar run by The Writers’ Academy. It was called ‘Behind the Bestseller’ and it featured Jocasta Hamilton, Publishing Director at Hutchinson. There were some really good questions begin asked – and two of mine got chosen! I’m going to share them both with you below, as I found her tips really helpful and they inspired me to start writing again.
The first question I asked was:
‘Is it essential for authors to have their own website/social media pages before they have been published?’
A: Not really. Think about how you’re trying to represent yourself and your book online, and the angle you are going for. If you enjoy it, or you have some kind of experience related to your book and it could be useful to market your work, such as you’ve been travelling and you’re a travel writer, then yes, it could give your publicist something to say/give them them an angle to work with. But it’s not essential. If it comes naturally to you and you can, do it, but if not, it doesn’t matter.
My second question (and the one they saved for last!) was:
‘What advice would you give to a writer who’s been writing for years but keeps getting rejected?’
A: It depends on the feedback you’re getting. Listen to the feedback you’re receiving and keep going. Do it because you get something out of it. Are you sending it to the right people? Check your first pages are really great, and make sure your book is telling a story. Can you sum it up in one line? Can you sum it up in four? Publishing is a matchmaking game, and eventually, you’ll find the perfect fit for your work. So if you love it, keep doing it, and remember to listen to the feedback you’re getting.
I really enjoyed attending the webinar, and it was so useful to hear an editor saying what they’re looking for in a book/author. Plus, I feel less guilty now about not updating my blog/Twitter as often as I should!
So what do you think of webinars? Are they are useful resource for authors, or a waste of time? Have you ever attended a webinar?
See you all next week!
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