There are many questions you are probably asking yourself as a writer. Should I write an autobiography? What if I started a series? Should my books be Kindle books? How can I reach other audiences? These questions will drive you crazy if you let them. Let’s talk about some of these questions, starting with one that I had for the first year or so.
Do I need a pen name?
I have always thought that pen names were so cool… like having a secret identity! I have read a lot of books in my time, and I never could figure out why anyone would use a pen name. But one day I decided to write another autobiography. My first autobiography was about my Navy life, and told nothing about my family or my children through the years. But now I wanted to write a book about my personal life over the course of my career. This book would tell more about the spiritual parts of my life, and all the “between the lines” stories. When I started writing the book, I suddenly became aware that there were so many people in this book who would recognize themselves if they ever read the book. What would happen then? Could I be sued? Was what I was doing legal? Then it dawned on me… this is why there are pen names. So, I changed the names of everyone in my new book, and wrote it under my pen name, Lucas Fisher. Oh, just a word of warning… before picking out a pen name, it would be wise to do a Google search and make sure someone else isn’t using the name you choose.
Should my book be a Kindle book?
One of the most shocking things that happened to me when I first published online was when I saw my book being offed for free downloads! This is one of the dangers you may face when publishing your book electronically. At first, I was upset because I had worked so hard on my book, and now it was being given away for free. Since it was offered on a Google listing, I wrote to Google and reported it. Within a week Google took the posting down, which was pretty cool. But a few days later, it popped up again under a different URL. After a while I stopped worrying about it because there was nothing I could do about it anyway. Besides, the few people that do download it for free probably wouldn’t have paid for it anyway.
Kindle is a wonderful and convenient way for people to take books with them wherever they go. If you are flying across the Atlantic, no worries! You have a Kindle that can download books anywhere, so no more carrying five books in your backpack of purse. You may be thinking that you are losing money every time you sell a Kindle book, since they sell for so little. Think of it this way… your book can be offered to everyone who has a Kindle, anywhere in the world! That’s a lot of travelers, hikers and other people who you wouldn’t have been able to sell you book too.
Should I write a book series?
It seems like today everyone wants to write a book series. You can always find a nice heartland book series, or even a good vampire book series if your into that kind of thing. But what does it take to write a good series of books? Well, I tried to write a series of books, but I never got it off the ground. That doesn’t mean that you couldn’t do it, of course!
The first thing you would need to do is define the audience you are targeting. Will it be a gardening series? Maybe a kid’s mystery series? Once you define your audience, you will need to create a likable main character. So, now that you know who you will be targeting, and have a terrific main character, you are well on your way. Now you have to create a story… a good story that your target audience will enjoy. Then you have to do it again… and again… and again… I am not at all trying to discourage you, just prepare you for what’s ahead. Be careful… there is a lot of competition out there!
A couple of good writing tips…
So far I have given you my insight on writing, and I hope you have found them useful. No mater what I say or what anyone else says, just do it. Find a quiet spot with just you and your computer, and start writing. If your have kid’s at home, you can find some writing games kid’s can play on many writing websites. This way they are happy and you have a few moments to collect your thoughts. Hey, if I could do it with three boys at home, so can you! Oh, and some soft jazz music can do wonders for your stress level.
So, to sum it all up…
Writing, in my opinion, is a wonderful, relaxing pass time. Once you start, you will find it hard to stop. The beauty of writing for yourself is that there are no deadlines. Now and then you might hit a snag, or get what people call “writers block.” One of my favorite things to do when that happens is to start working on my cover. If you have been paying attention to the covers of my book in other articles, you can see that I have a different style that most people. But you know what? They are my books, and I like them. I like the covers, and everything between them! So when its time for you to create your cover, have fun doing it. The world is the limit! And if you find yourself getting all stressed out because you don’t have time to write, then put it down for a while… but not too long! Remember… writing should be enjoyable. I’ll see you in the pages…