Day 16. #30daybloggingchallenge

Something that you miss.


I miss reading a book.

It might sound odd, but I miss that simple act of waking up, picking up a book, and eating fruits while reading. It’s not that I didn’t have time to read, but I think that you have to be in a particular mood to enjoy a book. I don’t read just to do it or raise the number of the books I’ve read. I do it because it relaxes me, it allows me to take a break from reality.

I can’t say why but I found myself unable to get into the right mood lately, but I can’t focus enough to read. I would pick a book up, and after a few pages I would be tired and put it down.

I miss the sense of ease, the peace.

What do you miss?

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Writer?

Most likely.

Wait, that was out of blue. Ha-ha. Let me explain. (And start, as I should have, at the beginning.)

Believe it or not, I have few people around me who wish to take the same path I had and be a writer. When we talked, my question was always the same “What stops you?” In this era of technology, there are no boundaries – from sites where you can post your work to free blogs. And you can erase your work from any of them at any time. What these persons throw at me is

“I couldn’t be a writer. I don’t have what it takes.”

This made me question what it takes to be a writer. I took some time to think about this problem, and I finally have an answer. So, if you are one of these persons, please listen carefully!

Being a writer is not about degrees or courses! It’s not about being a certain age!

Being a writer is about having a way with words!

If you read enough, at some point you could create something yourself. All persons are creative whether they realise it or not. So to answer this question efficiently, I have to know a few things about you:

  1. Do you like to read?
  2. Do you like to create?
  3. Do you have a story to share?

And the most important one:

Do you want to be a writer?

If your answer was “yes” then congratulations! The next thing you need is to get started and stop procrastinating. No one is perfect. You will make mistakes – so what? I wrote my first novel at fourteen years old; I admit it could’ve beenw itten better. But if that story hadn’t been written, I would have never been where I am today.

We all start somewhere.

If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.

Drew Houston

4 Ways to Advertise Your Book

Nowadays, it’s all about advertising. The field in which one works doesn’t matter very much. A good advertising campaign can make any product or service look then ten better than it really is.

Writers who go publishing the traditional way don’t have to worry about such trivial things. However, writers who choose the self-publishing path should consider putting a lot of effort into promoting themselves. Being unknown and without having their back protected by a publishing house are major decisive factors.

The advertising world is huge and a writer, when he begins his journey, can feel overwhelmed. I know it from experience. Unfortunately, I realised the importance of self-promoting after a year or so – and then I developed a strategy.

I want to share with you some of my tips on promoting yourselves. I hope you find them useful, and let me know if they work well for you. Also, in case you have other tricks, let the followers of this blog know by telling us in a comment.

  1. Be active on social media

That one was expected, I guess. However, notice that I said to be active. Having an account and posting a something when you remember won’t be enough. Also, don’t post only things related to your books. It will be boring, and you won’t be able to create your audience. The posts must vary according to the platform you use, and never ever post the exact same thing on all your social media accounts – only if it is a big announcement.

I suggest that you use many platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, LinkedIn (these would be the most important ones).

  1. Take advantage of special occasions (aka holidays, celebrations, birthdays)

You can shamelessly promote your book on special occasions such as Christmas or Easter. These events are the ones which urge people to buy gifts. What better way to say “I love you!” or “I care about you!” or “I wish you a relaxing time!” than offering a book? And I am sure your book is the perfect gift. You only have to find a way to not sound as if you force people or insist too much. Give them this option and tell them why it’s good.

  1. Post an excerpt

This one is tricky but is worth giving a shot. You can join a writing platform (Wattpad, for example) and post the first two chapters of your book. It will give your readers a taste of how the book would be and what’s your style. If they like it, they might not hesitate in buying it. But if they find the blurb interesting, but not the chapters, they won’t buy it, probably.

However, it’s nice to let them know what they’re getting themselves into. It shows your authenticity and you don’t wish to rob them of their money.

  1. Giveaways

Name one person that doesn’t love free stuff. Even more, name someone who doesn’t adore winning free things. There can’t possibly be a person like that. That’s the motive why you should, once in a while organise a giveaway. There are many platforms that can be used (I prefer Goodreads) and it will increase your audience. It will also show you’re generous and want to make your readers happy.

How to Correct Your Book Properly

As you know, I’ve always said that correcting your novel is not an easy job – it’s exhausting, boring, and it feels like wasting time, although it’s not. I shared different tips on how to edit your work. However, I felt like I needed to deepen into the subject; that’s why today I am going to speak only about the manner in which you can correct (from a grammatical point of view) your novel.

  1. Use a specialised programme

Nowadays, technology eases our tasks and brings lots of benefits in our lives. Many programmes that aim to help the writers and bloggers around the world had been developed. Happily, there are also free versions of these. Although regarded with scepticism, they are very good. I’ve personally use Grammarly – the free version – which is easy to use and competent all the same. It might not find all the grammatical errors, but you’ll be surprised by it nevertheless. You can also choose whether you want to have the text corrected in the U.K. or U.S.A English. In addition to this, the program offers explanations for each correction. And you can also download the Microsoft Plug-in.

If you go for the paid version, there are even more features. Luckily, if you invite friends and they make an account, you both receive a free week of Premium Grammarly. Yey!

If you want to join, click HERE.

  1. Get a beta reader

Beta readers don’t only tell you how can you improve your book overall. If you ask them, these persons can especially look after grammatical errors. This method is very nice because it helps you make friends and get to know people in this field. If you search thoroughly, you’ll find people willing to give a helping hand without expecting material benefits. These types of person can be usually found on different Facebook special dedicated pages or websites.

Besides, a beta reader can also give you his opinion regarding the book. If he or she can be integrated into the segment of the market you’re addressing to, his thoughts are very important when it comes to improving the quality of your work.

  1. Contract an editor

If you want to take the self-publishing road and you have an amount of money at your disposition, you should consider contracting an editor. He’s a professional and capable person with a vast experience in the domain. You can “steal” a few tricks and improve your writing in the future. Besides, the editor can be your connection to get to know other persons in the field.

  1. Don’t rush!

I cannot stress it enough. If you want to properly correct your book, you should be patient and not rush the process or the people you’re working with. Also, be open-minded and decide with your head whether you should or not make a change, not with your heart – sometimes, pressing delete is very hard.