I never set out to be a writer, but a number of years ago the company I was working for needed to have a regular blog and I was the person that was asked to step up. Coming up with ideas, researching and writing 3 business blogs a week became a regular thing for me, until this past may when changes at the company reduced my responsibilities, this changed my daily daily routine. While I still do some freelance guest writing, I got to thinking about other types of writing that I wanted to do.
A few years ago I got the idea for a fictional book “Hockey Dads” and started writing it, but I got busy and it went deep on the back burner. I am thinking of starting to write the same story, but not picking up where I left off. Instead, this time I will keep to the same synopsis, but start writing from scratch. The book is not about hockey, but about the people and situations that come about when people interact over common interests. I should also mention that I am not a dad and have never played competitive hockey.
While I was thinking about starting to take up fiction writing again, I thought I could give some advice to other would be writers. So what kind of advice can I offer and what qualifies me to offer it? Before I begin, I should mention the places I have worked and the jobs that I have held. For almost 20 years I worked for a Canadian book publisher in a variety of capacities, most of my time I did sales, promotions and publicity. About the only roles that I did not work in were in editorial, acquisitions or finance, but I knew the challenges the people in those roles faced.
Some of the topics that I will be or consider writing about over the coming weeks are:
- Writer’s Block – I wrote an article on this a few years ago and will be re-writing it with much of the same advice, but with a new take on it.
- Getting Published – While I have never been published in the traditional sense, I will be writing based on advice that I get from people who have been published and from friends who work in the publishing industry.
- Self Publishing and Distribution – Choosing to self publish your book can seem easy, but what are the the things that a writer should be prepared for and just how much work it really is. Producing a book can be made to seem easy, but where are you going to sell your book? Getting distribution into major bookstore chains can be difficult without going through a distribution company and that is not always cheap.
- Self Promotion and Publicity – You might have the best book ever written, but if nobody knows who you are or that the book exists, you will not be selling very many copies. Even if your book is taken on by a book publisher, you still need to be prepared to put yourself out there for media interviews, book signings and other promotions that will get you known.
There may be other topics added as I go through this journey and I will try to create a blog about them. I will also be writing other blogs on topics unrelated to writing and publishing as inspiration comes to me or as things happen in my world and the world around me.
Please let me know what you think of this blog, the series of blogs I want to do and of course what you think about my idea of writing a book. The best place to comment is on my Facebook page or the post where I promote this blog.