I’ve been on Twitter a lot lately, following indie authors. And I want to support all those authors, but that comes with a caveat. You have to write well in order for me to support you. What does writing well mean to me? A number of things, for sure. First and foremost, is your book professionally edited (no spelling errors, typos etc). Does your book come alive? Are your characters fleshed out, and do you show the drama and action, not tell it. Is your point of view consistent? And so on. A lot of newbie authors think that if their family and friends “like” what they wrote, then it must be good. Not so, unfortunately. Your family and friends won’t typically tell you the truth. And more importantly, unless that person is a trained editor or agent, that person likely won’t understand the nuances of writing well.
So my intent with this blog is to point out some of those things, as well as other issues with writing and publishing. We all want to succeed, let’s help each other get there!