International bestselling author Carolyn Arnold shares her writing journey from inspiration to publication. This site offers encouragement to aspiring authors and practical advice for today's ever-changing publishing market.
It took about two and half months, but I just finished Eleven, my 7th novel! It ended up at approximately 107,000 words, and for a thriller the word count is perfect. Of course, it's just the first draft, and I know there's lot of work to come.
Thank you everyone for all the encouragement you've given me along the way!
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Writing a book takes a lot of time. Make sure to play along the way! As writers, we have so much on our to-do lists, and as professional authors, we have even more. The last post touched on just twelve tips that lead to self-publishing success, but there are so many other things involved. And implementing those twelve tips are time-consuming. (See post: 12 Things You Need to Know for Self-Publishing Success .) So how do you find time to take care of life’s other responsibilities as well as find time to play? You add it to your calendar! That sounds easy, but it can be a lot trickier adhering to it! But just like you schedule time for writing, you should allocate time for other aspects of your life as well. And play is very important. I think in today’s world where indie authors are encouraged to produce, produce, produce, it’s too easy to get caught up on the hamster wheel thinking that all sales will stop if we don’t have a new book out every two months. Isn’t it b
Navigate the world of self-publishing successfully by applying just 12 tips of the trade. Self-publishing is both rewarding and challenging—and has no guarantees of success. There are so many books flooding the market these days, and authors need to have a strong game plan more than ever before. The following tips, though not a comprehensive list, are some things to focus on to give yourself a better chance of self-publishing success. 1. Effective immediately: Eliminate the word hobby from your vocabulary. Successful authors view writing as a career. Before I made a single cent with my writing, I would take offense when anyone called my writing a hobby. It’s important you take your writing seriously and view publishing as a business because that’s what it truly is. Not only does this require the right mindset, it demands dedication and consistency. 2. Schedule your time. We all have twenty-four hours in a day, and we have many roles we play, along with nume