Do you ever read the ending of a book first? It’s a kind of quirky fun to see how it ends and try to surmise how the characters got there.
Then when you read through the story, you can rate yourself on how well you guessed.
Speaking of endings…I JUST WROTE ONE! Yes! I wrote THE END!
I finished my first book!
I’ve spent a year and a half learning, reading everything I could get my hands on, starting and stopping a few different projects. But now, I’ve actually done it! Okay, so I’m not the first person to ever finish writing a book. I’m just incredibly excited. I wasn’t sure throughout this entire process that I really would ever finish.
I told you a few weeks ago I would finish by the end of May…and I did!
I have an actual title, too…SINS OF EVE.
It’s 1918 and Eighteen year-old Eve Carrington has danced around her father’s sexual advances, his lies and betrayal for too long. It’s time to go.
Her savings are hidden deep in the lining of her carpetbag, her belongings are packed, her train ticket is tucked in her pocket.
The letter is her salvation. She’s on her way to carve out her real life. She’ll dance. She’ll live. She’ll give birth to the Eve she knows lies deep inside.
New York City — that’s where her dreams lie, her freedom lives and hopefully her heart will heal.
He may chase her. He may even find her, but she’d rather die than go back.
I welcome critiques on my synopsis. This was my first attempt in writing one, so feel free to tear it apart or make suggestions.
Now begins the techy part that makes me nervous. Self-Publishing. There are so many things to do. I needed a checklist. I decided to tap into my go-to coach, Shelley Hitz. Here’s the checklist she offers FREE.
First, I’ll self-edit for a 2nd draft…then send it to beta readers, then a proofreader, then pro editors…THEN I can begin the self-pub phase. Deep breath! Ready, set, GO!
A major factor in finishing this book has been my amazing network of writer friends. I would have been so alone and so much ‘in the dark’ about a million little things, if it were not for all of you amazingly supportive and generous people.
I want to thank you all today by giving you free rein to pimp your own blog and books or promote those of someone else, or both.
Please take as much space as you need in the comments section to do just that.
On to the Links!
I’m so focused on what happens AFTER you write THE END that the majority of this week’s links are related to self-publishing and marketing. I hope you find them useful.
If you’re planing to self-publish your book and you don’t follow Shelley Hitz, Self-Publishing Coach,think about it. Shelley offers tons of information to writers on social media, marketing, blogging, self-publishing, and a lot of free resources. This link will take you to her recent post about marketing in your own neighborhood.
The brilliant Jane Friedman offers 4 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts. A must-read!
I recently discovered Catherine, caffeinated. Catherine Ryan Howard is a riot. More than that, her blog is everything self-publishing/marketing. Read her post, Selling Self-Published Books: The Amazing Amazon.
Thinking about broadening your marketing by creating an audio version of your book? Check out what NYTBS author, Bob Mayer learned by doing in his post, SOP for Authors Using Audible ACX.
Joanna Penn plays host to Ben Galley with his post, How Self-Publishing Can Give You Options For Your Author Career.
Now, the last link is about writing your first chapter, not self-publishing or marketing. That’s because
I will be writing another 1st chapter in a couple of weeks I just LOVE Chuck Wendig and everything he writes! I hope you feel the same.
Have a fantabulous weekend! I expect to see all of you clicking your big hearts out as you go tripping through the pimped and promoted links in the comments! I’m right behind you!
Don’t forget today is Life List Club Friday! Please go visit Sonia Medeiros at the Life List Club Blog now!