Now more than ever, authors have a variety of options when converting bare stories into more lush descriptions fit for a finished book and one alternative is to self-publish. Aspiring authors should consider the option because self-publishing has increasingly become more and more common among authors within the industry. It’s not just a trend. In fact, the choice to self-publish ultimately transforms mere dreams of becoming a published author into reality, and on your terms. As an author who self-published Fantastical: Tales of Bears, Beer, and Hemophilia, I've compiled a five reasons why self-publishing is beneficial to aspiring authors with tips along the way to help guide all stories to fruition.
As a physician turned writer, I’m often asked how I move between two seemingly divergent fields. Medicine is an on-your-feet, fast-paced job. A doctor’s survival depends on her ability to concisely document a patient’s story by checking off boxes and typing in phrases. Electronic health records leave little room for eloquence and medicine is often a conversation of numbers, not words: medication dosages, white blood cell counts, and glomerular filtration rates.
Author Lucy Sanna confesses to what many writers kept secret in her latest column for San Francisco Book Review's The Back Page.
What every writer wishes for is an audience. We dream about it as we slink to our writing spaces in the dark of night with our coffee or wine or whatever kind of smoke suits our fancy, our backs to dirty dishes and bills and clogged drains. We night owls go to bed just before dawn, and bleary eyed at the café in the morning.
The local writer’s club short story contest sounded like fun. Anonymous. Unintimidating. The story went to a post office box, no one would know, even the non-member entry fee was reasonable. If only I had known ...
So you’re writing a novel, congratulations. You’ve embarked on an exciting journey that promises rich rewards. A writing career is one of the best ways to achieve success and ensure your financial future. And it's easy, provided you know the shortcuts.
There is a language that passes between a writer and a reader when they are speaking of shared words. It can be silent, it can be rowdy, it can be effusive, it can, occasionally, be wondrous.
But every time it happens, I am reminded of the famous epigraph to E.M Forster’s novel, Howard’s End: “Only connect!’’
I agonize over revisions—and not because I dread them. Instead, I crave the opportunity to wallow in the words, tossing any that don’t add to the story line and replacing them with new connections and symbols. Months after publication, I dread studying the set of 85,000 words too closely, ever expecting to discover more ways to update, polish, and repair.
Remember the old saying "Life Begins At Forty?" Well, to promote my baseball novel, The Closer, I am using a variation on that theme --"Life Begins At Seventy." After celebrating the start of my eighth decade on earth, the novel was published (Sunbury Press), and I won four gold medals as a sprinter in the 2012 San Diego Senior Olympics.
What does that really mean when you’re a fiction writer who writes romantic suspense? I mean, I don’t know any psychopaths, stalkers, or serial killers. Research helps. Discovering the characteristics of those personality types. What makes them tick? What motivates them to do the things they do?