Questions From Writers – October 2017 [CC]

Joey Paul and I’m an indie author, and today we’re gonna be talking about questions from
writers. I’ve gotten a few questions from other writers, or aspiring authors and I thought
I would approach some of them in this video, and go from there really. So I’ve got ten
of the ones that I felt were best to answer and here we go. Number one. Do you use the
same editor and proofreader for each book and why? I do, I didn’t used to. I started
off with an editor who changed with each book, depending on what the book was about. And
then I found an editor that worked well with me, and worked well with the stories I was
writing and it worked better to stay with that editor. And then I changed to a different
editor and proof-reader at the same time, and now that they are my main team, and they
basically proofread and edit each manuscript, doesn’t matter what the subject is and I do
that because we work well together. We have a good idea of what we’re trying to achieve
and it works well for me, so I stay with them. Number two. How do you outline? And what type
do you recommend? I’ve talked about this in more than one video, but I thought I’d address
it again. I do minimalistic outlining so I wouldn’t recommend my style for a newbie writer.
I would recommend doing outlining through other methods. As far as what “type” I don’t
know the types of outlining because I haven’t really looked into it since it’s not something
that I do. I have a system that works for me and because of that I stick to it, but
if you’re looking for ways to outline, my advice would to either look for other writers
on youtube who do talk about outlining or to Google it basically which I know sounds
really passée and flippant, but sorry. Number three. What kind of promo do you do before
a release? And does it work for you? I usually start about three-four months before release
because I’ve already got eleven books out, I will start in about November time starting
to get things ready for the next release which will be in March, and then that continues
on and I start adding things in about February for the release in July. It’’s a bit
hit and miss at the moment, and it’s not all working for me brilliantly because I’ve only
just started releasing two books at once. So there’s a lot of cross-over, but I am pretty
confident in what I’m doing. I do things like ARC, I do things like release day blitzes,
I do things like cover reveals and stuff like that. And I position them all at certain points
through the month…through the months leading up to the release. And does it work for me?
Yeah it generally does. The ARC reviews mean that I get reviews on release day or shortly
after. And that helps with visibility. And the pre-orders mean that I get…pre-orders
which help with visibility on release day so it all works out for me and I find that
my plan is working for me. At the same time I’m still tweaking bits and pieces to get
more visibility because there’s no such thing as too much, and so far I haven’t really had
a chance to try that out, but I’m working on it. Number four. How long do you recommend
letting a book sit before you start the editing process? I think that really depends from
writer to writer. I personally will write a book and let it sit for a good couple of
years before I start the editing process. The books I’m about to start editing have
been, were written about two-three years ago. So for me that’s a good period but you don’t
have to wait that long. I do so because I have so many books in reserve and once I don’t
have book sin reserve then I’ll shorten that time period. But I like to have as long as
possible between finishing the book and editing the book. So yeah I would recommend at least
a month, two maybe, and go from there really. Number five. What’s your working week like?
Basically if we start, depending on where the month starts because that’s where my working
week starts, I’ll do four days on, one day off, and then another four days on. So I will
start, if the we- if the month starts on a Monday I will do four-two days of writing,
two days of writing the other book, a day off where I will record a vlog, and watch
some TV and do some chilling out stuff. And then I will have another four days of writing,
two of each book, and another day off. Sometimes I don’t get those days off because I’ve taken
them unexpectedly in the week, but generally speaking, I do. And number six. Would you
advise the traditional or indie-slash-self-publishing route? I would advise that you do what works
for you. The indie route works for me and has worked for me, and I’m very happy being
indie and self published. But I have done the traditional route, and I found that it
didn’t work for me. Which is why I don’t do traditional. A lot of writers these days are
now doing indie by default because they find that it works better. So I think it really
is a personal decision about what works for you, what are you hoping to achieve? Are you
wanting to stay in complete control? Do you have the skills to market yourself? The skills
to promote yourself? And the skills to get your book out there, and if not then, do you
have the funds to hire someone to help you? And if you do, do you then want to go through
indie publishing or go for traditional publishing? It really does depend on the writer and I’m
not gonna sit there and say you should do one or the other. Number seven. How much of
the publishing process do you do yourself? I don’t do any of the editing, I don’t do
proof-reading. I do the formatting myself and I do the writing obviously. But I don’t,
I don’t do covers, those are done by my cover designer. Editing done by my editor, proof-reading
done by my proof-reader. But the majority, the rest of it usually done with me. I will
do…organise cover reveals, I will organise the release day blitzes, I will organise my
blog and stuff like that stuff I do. But the rest of it is done by other people. Number
eight. What programs do you use to write and why? I basically, on my computer, I use Open
Office to write. I used to stick to just Word but I had a few problems with Word eating
my chapters, so I switched to Open Office. I still have Word because Open Office isn’t
as good at formatting as Word is, so I use that at the end of the manuscript so that
I can format it properly for paperback, for ebook etc, etc. On my tablet I use Office
Suite Pro, because it interacts perfectly with Open Office and Word, and that’s all
I want really. I know there are loads of different apps out there to do it, but I’ve been using
Word since I was a little kid so it makes sense to stick with what you know really.
Number nine. You mostly write in first person, which would you advise for a young adult contemporary?
Again this is gonna be one of those questions where I say things and people wonder [laughs]
whether I know what I’m talking about. But I think it depends on what kind of story you’re
gonna tell and I think there’s nothing wrong with having it in first person. I personally
write, yes, a lot in first person, but that’s because of the stories that I’m telling. There
are some, one book I think that was written in third person. But personally I prefer first
person. I prefer first person when I’m reading, so that’s one of the reasons why I write in
it. But I think it depends on what kind of story you’re talking about here. If you’re
just telling me that it’s a young adult contemporary, well that can be either first person, third
person, whatever. It doesn’t need to be…there’s no set rules on what should be done. I think
if you find that you’re more comfortable writing in first person then write in first person
but if you find you’re more comfortable writing in third person, then writing in third person.
It really is just that simple. And number ten. How long does it, on average, take you
to finish a book? And what do you consider normal? Back when I first started writing,
it took me about two years. Now it takes me anywhere from about three to about six months.
I write two at the same time so I get two books done in that time. However, if you’re
just starting out, I wouldn’t sit there and say that because you’re not at that level
of productivity that therefore it’s not “normal”. I think it takes as long as it takes. I think
you have a book you’re trying to write, and it takes longer to finish that doesn’t mean
you’re doing it wrong. I think it just takes as long as it takes. I would imagine that
year, two years, is about the norm of people writing. And that’s completely okay. First
draft, second draft, third draft, it depends what you’re talking about by “finish” a book.
If you mean finish from first word to proof-read and ready to publish then it’s a lot longer.
But if you mean first word to the first draft then it’s a lot shorter. So I think basically
that is takes as long as it takes and as long as you’re working towards that goal, then
you shouldn’t get too caught up in how long it takes. So that’s it basically, that’s all
I have time for today. And that’s all the questions I have so far. So if you wanna get
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