Encouragement Day Q & A …by Susan Lute
A wonderful thing happened Saturday. I went to Rose City Romance Writers Encouragement Day. Nine of us gathered together at a local eatery. We ranged from brand new writers to old dragons like me – I won’t name names. And we talked about everything under the writing sun, starting with what each of us are currently working on, what we hope to accomplish this year.
Here’s how it went:
Q. Should we traditionally publish, or go self-pub? Answer: It depends on the book. Consider – is it strong enough to go all the way? Some novels lend themselves more to traditional publishing and others to indie. Advice from the dragon ladies: try traditional first. There’s so much to be learned from pitching to agents and editors, having your project requested, submitting, flirting with possible acceptance and contract, then learning from rejection. And if your novel is super polished, and ready for a different kind of big time it’s good to self-publish too. It gives you a whole different perspective on publishing in general when you’re in charge of production from beginning to end.
Q. What kind of writer am I? A pantser or a plotter. Answer: There’s no “right” way to write a story, and every writer is different. Personally I’m an organic, linear pantser who plots each scene, but not the whole book. Because it makes perfect sense to plot, I try, but every time I do, the more mired I become. Then I can’t write at all. Sooner or later I give up and go back to the way that is natural for me.
Q. How many hours a day do we write? And how do some authors write more than one book a year? Answer: Good question. It led to another question – how many held full time jobs and how many were full time writers? It was about half and half. Interestingly, those of us who hold full time jobs talked about writing hours per day or weekend. Those who write full time talked in terms of words per day. Time management tip: write in 90 minute increments. Also, check out this book by Rachel Aaron, 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, And Writing More Of What You Love.
Not a Q. Windtree Press has an exciting year coming up. Stayed tuned.
And the most debated Q. Does engaging in all the social media, blog hopping, and book tours really effect sales? Answer: Not so much. Advice: Step away from full frontal marketing and write the next book. The more novels an author has for readers to read, the greater their sales.
In the end, as we gathered out coats, it was observed – writers have a voice all their own, and no matter what genre they write in that voice stays the same. The chances of an author changing her voice to suit the market is probably zero.
Final conclusion: all we can do is write the next unforgettable novel. Impossible? That would be a big, fat NO!
PS. Once again I thank Jessa Davis for the use of her hands.
Posted on February 3, 2013, in Susan Lute and tagged 2K To 10 K, 90 minute increments, advice, dragon ladies, Encouragement Day, organic writing, pantser, plotter, plotting scenes, Rachel Aaron, rejection, Rose City Romance Writers, See Jane Publish, self-published, Susan Lute, Time management, traditionally published, Windtree Press, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.