|Negasonic Teenage Warhead, from Deadpool|
- Write. Do it all the time. Do it when you don’t feel like it. Do it when you think it sucks. Make it a routine. Make it a habit. The quality will go up the more you flex those mental muscles. Someone (maybe Ray Bradbury, maybe not) once said that “Everybody has a million bad words in them, and the sooner we get through that first million, the better.” Maybe not 100 percent accurate, but there is some truth there.
- Get an editor. A professional. You will have to pay them. It is more than worth it. Do your homework. Find a quality editor and expect to pay them. Unedited work reads poorly and makes sure that the first impression you make on a reader is as a piss poor armature… even if you have the best plots and characters ever conceived of… or at least since Bill Shakespeare.
- Covers matter. Make sure you have a good one. One designed by someone who knows what they are doing. One that people who aren’t you (and your faithful group of supporters, fans, family, and friends) also think looks great.
- Give away your work to be read and reviewed. Review s are more precious than gold. Yes, that means even the horrible bad ones. The worst build character and grow a thicker skin. The bad ones can serve to keep you humble and/or show you what you’re doing wrong and what you can learn.
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I didn't realize when I started writing this, just how much I had to say... so I'm just going to call this "Part One". If you are interested, I'll be posting a "Part Two" withScreen Shots of my Blog Stats, Facebook Stats, Goodreads Stats, and Sales Stats, as well as comments on my Goodreads list adds in relation to Blog reviews. I'll discuss Amazon Author central as well as other review blogs (like: wickedlilpixie.com , darkfaerietales.com , bookish-brunette.com) and awesome resources to connect with readers outside of your books like Storycasting and iflist.com