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Now that I’ve got my blog up and running again, I’m starting to see that I post a lot about writing.
While that’s a good thing, since it keeps me disciplined, there’s also a downside. By focusing on writing so much, I feel like I’m neglecting to show you, dear readers, who I am as a human being. And, yes, as a human being, I love to talk about writing. But the last thing I want for you to think is that I’m some cold, unfeeling robot obsessed with writing all the time. I mean, the subtitle of this blog is “The Life and Words of a Novelist.” I feel like I’m fulfilling the “words” part, but not the “life” part.
So, in order to counteract that, I’m creating a new post type along with a revamped blogging schedule. I will bring you the same content I have these past few weeks (flash fiction, reviews, and craft tips, so far), but I want to share myself with you as well.
And in today’s post, I’m going to talk about what I’m doing in addition to writing these days: trying new things and applying for jobs.
Why Authors Fail: 17 Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make That Sabotage Their Success by Derek Doepker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why Authors Fail by Derek Doepker is the self-help book on writing that I didn’t know I needed. Yes, it is a little hypocritical in that it has typos, even though it suggests that self-publishers should get an editor. Yes, it places heavy emphasis on getting a mentor or a coach to solve most of your problems. Yes, some of these tips, like replicating the Hero’s Journey (which I’m not a huge fan of) were tips I’ve heard before in other places.
But you know what? That’s okay. Even the best editors in the business can’t catch every word. And even Doepker admits that he’s proud to have one of his best-selling books still have grammar mistakes, showing that he is confident in his communicative and instructional abilities no matter what. Yes, Doepker is a professional coach, but rather than the “curse of knowledge” that plagues so many explanatory-style books these days, his bias enhances the well-crafted arguments he gives. And even if I heard some of those tips before in other places, it doesn’t hurt to hear to hear them twice if I wasn’t listening the first time.
And I will need clear, well-presented tips that I can refer back to when I roll up my sleeves and get down into the deep, hard work of being a self-published author.