I was so proud of my first book – 127,000 words, exciting story... I couldn't wait to let Createspace get its hands on my masterpiece. My amazing opus, which was going to revolutionize the reading world, hit the bookshelves around September last year – and stayed there, gathering electronic dust!
I am not sure how long it took me to realize that what I had, at that time, was a badly written, repetitive, spelling gremlin infested, rambling, over descriptive narrative – which was too long! I think it was about three months before the penny dropped. I checked Amazon hourly (or more) but the stats never changed. As an IT friend once said to me “The problem is between the keyboard and the chair.”
I can accept criticism, of course I can (he says, smiling and gritting his teeth). If someone pulls my masterpiece to pieces, derides my characters, criticizes my every sentence – of course I can accept it, just as soon as I have inflicted severe injuries on him and buried him, alive, in a shallow grave, while waiting for his apology. That all took place, of course, in my mind – many times. But, it actually did not take me long to realize that he was absolutely right, and that the $250 was well worth it.
One year down the line, I thank him, and all the other professional, friends and fellow writers who have helped me to hone my work. I was a lawyer before writing, and I wrote like a lawyer. Short sharp sentences, always in the third person – I am still trying to get that out of my system, but at least I recognize it now.
I have come to realize that writing the book is the easy part. Reviewing, editing, rewriting is much harder, and is far more painful. But, I believe, it is here that the true writer and author come through. It is easy to scribble something together and throw it out on Amazon – too easy.
If you are prepared to go through the effort and pain of learning how to write properly, getting a LOT of input, paid or otherwise from people who will be honest and forthright about your work (without being deprecating and unkind) then, and only then, do you deserve the respect and support of the writing community.
So, come on then – I’ve done all that (well, I am still doing it actually) so support me! Follow me on twitter (@arthurcrandon) and like my Facebook Fanpage – (arthurcrandonauthor). I do help and support other writers whenever I can, and if you need help or promotion please contact me and I will try to help.
Furry animals abound this week – I hope you enjoy them. Bye, for now – Arthur.