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113 Days to Book Launch – March 19, 2016
As I write this it is Saturday morning – which means I am behind in reporting on my daily marketing efforts. And truthfully not only am I behind in writing about things I am behind in actually doing much. Other than looking at Twitter and retweeting a couple of things I mostly took a Thanksgiving Holiday.
But you know what? I’m really doing this blog for me (selfish as that might seem) and I don’t have a problem with not being a slave to my own resolutions. I am staying with this for the year but I hope you won’t be upset (I’m sure you won’t even notice actually) if I slip up a time or two.
I remember when I was taking piano lessons that I read about a famous musician who explained why he never missed a day of practicing even after he became famous. It went something like this. “If I miss one day, I notice, if I miss two days the critics notice and if I miss three days the audience notices.”
Lucky for me I don’t have much of an audience at this point so . . .
But excuses aside I am picking up again and continuing on.
Specialization for a middle school author means writing books as part of a series. New readers will more likely remember characters in a book than they will the actual author who wrote them. The character of Nancy Drew mysteries is far more recognizable name than the author, Carolyn Keene. Though as the books became more and more famous, the author name (pen name) became famous as well.
In working on my first book, “My Dog Can Fly,” one of the first hurdles I am trying to overcome is creating characters that have depth to them. The first few drafts I revealed my characters mostly just through dialogue. Now I am getting inside their heads more and giving them doubts, feelings and hardest of all, character flaws.
The romantic me thinks, “Oh why can’t they just be perfect and get on with it?” But after a bit more of reading about developing “real” characters I realize that is pretty lame. And not only do the characters need a few flaws they need to actually grow and learn a bit from the beginning to the end. The whole book writing thing just gets more and more complicated.
Just like marketing.
But the journey is as fun as getting there I think. At least most days . . .