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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Smut - Have you got what it takes?


Hello my fellow bloggers, authors and friends! A few weeks back I received an email from a newbie author and their questions prompted me to write this post. In this highly competitive world where we’re each trying to make a name for ourselves, I have to ask the dreaded question...

Have you got what it takes?

For actors it’s a look (not necessarily talent) that seems to propel them into stardom and for artists, photographers and painters it’s their unique creations. But when it comes to authors, what is it? Believe it or not every author has his or her own writing style–voice if you will, a certain way in which they describe their imaginary world to you (the reader). And, over time, the better acquainted you become with the author the easier it is to differentiate between their work to that of another.

Aside from honing your raw talent, marketing is the second biggest factor–not only do you have to possess the ability to put words to paper but you’ve got to be prepared to promote your little ass off. Nothing happens over night. Rome wasn’t built in a day. And whether you’re new to the publishing industry or a veteran, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and advertising–yes sweeties I said advertising! I can’t give away all the state secrets but you’ve got to get your name out there. It’s what I like to call Internet mingling.

Order in the grand scheme of things…

1.    Now that you’ve decided to join the ranks you’d better have a name. Choose carefully because your name becomes your label. And do a check on the Internet first to make sure you’re not accidentally stealing another author’s name–seriously the shit will hit the legal fan! LOL
2.   Every label needs a logo/trademark so-to-speak. Once you’ve chosen your name start cracking. You’ll need to get a website up and you’ll need a banner. Most publishers suggest it and well, anyone with half a brain will advise it especially if you’re going to publish eBooks! ‘But Blak money’s tight. What can I do?’ Don’t worry, there are lots of free website templates out there and some of those same companies offer free domain names and hosting!
3.   Another great thing is a logline/tagline/slogan. Every novel, franchise, product and movie out there has one. For example: Tim Hortons ‘Always fresh. Always Tim Hortons’. Okay it isn’t sexy but it works!
4.   Have several manuscripts ready to send off to potential publishers then make your choice Obi-Wan Kenobi but choose wisely. Not every publisher will sell the genre you’re into and not all are worthy to work with (I've heard the horror stories).
5.    Research sweeties! Don’t take anyone’s word for it!

Here’s the thing…writing isn’t easy and for most it is a craft that improves with practice. And choosing the genre you write is equally as important a decision as your nom de plume. It’s difficult to cross over, so if you do elect to write smut (as one lady told me) be prepared to accept some verbal backlash and a little public flogging. And last but certainly not least, remember not everyone is there to help, some do abuse, so tread carefully and do what you feel to be right. Have faith in yourself!!
 
Happy Yaoi Hunting!!^_^!!
Blak Rayne

3 comments:

  1. I have faith in you! Best wishes.

    Margie

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  2. Great words, hon. I have to admit when I sat down to write that first manuscript I had no clue what I had in store for me. I though all I had to do was write. More fool me.

    I lucked out with people, many in the same boat as me, who were willing to help. The writing community is a great one.

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  3. Thanks Margie! Best wishes are always accepted. ^_^!!
    Open arms are good and when you're starting out it really helps. I'm glad things are going so well for you, Avril!
    Thanks for dropping by ladies!
    xoxox

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