If white people want to include POC’s in their stories I expect them to do some research, talk to some people, and find out what they do not know.
Are you an indie author with a book coming out later this year? If you are a WIW Member you can get it included in our next eZine! The 4th edition brochure will go live at the end of September 2020. The new BOOK LAUNCH page will be reserved for books launching in the next […]
I want the stories we tell to have diversity. So, it bothers me when writers are told they cannot write characters that do not look like them. I believe a writer should be able to write any character as long as the portrayal is genuine. If a writer’s characters are created from oversimplifications and delusions, people will criticize and denounce that work. I think we correct this arrogant way of writing by speaking to the falsehoods we read and allowing writers to learn and make changes. I want to read a love story about a couple falling in love and the man is deaf. This does not mean I expect the author to be deaf. I expect the story to depict a deaf man’s life.
It doesn’t matter what color we are, our sexual orientation, our gender (or non-gender), we writers are similar in our experiences. I am sure most writers go through the same thing I do. I create characters and worlds from the ideas in my head. Then I create outlines and write my story down (some writers tell their story with no outline). I read my story and think, this is shit. Then, I start to doubt myself and I get this overwhelming urge to stop writing.
Every indie author faces the challenge of balancing the grind daily life — whether that is working a day job to pay the bills, wrangling with the demands of young children, or just maintaining an actual social life — with the incessant drive to write, edit, and publish our work. Every book we publish requires sacrifice — of the blood, sweat, and tears it took to write it; of the time away from our friends and families; and of critical resources that could often be used elsewhere. These are all sacrifices that are part of almost every indie author’s writing journey and ones that we recognize as part of the Faustian bargain of balancing on knife’s edge in order to put our dreams and hopes out in to the world in a tangible manner for all to read.
I always thought I was going to publish traditionally because that is what I thought everyone did. You sent out your manuscript, you got hundreds of rejection letters and then someone realized what a masterpiece you have written and said “We will publish your book; here is a check.” Self-publishing was not even a choice I thought about. When I had the idea for my novel, self-publishing was just getting started, I barely understood self-publishing and what I did understand made me think people put out books that looked like pamphlets and not actual books. Then I started doing research.
April 2020 marked the launched of the international Indie Book Cover Competition hosted by crime mystery author, Samantha Goodwin. Over 198 indie authors from across the world entered the contest and a voting team of over 50 people, including authors, designers and book bloggers, selected the longlist. Over 1,800 votes were then cast during public voting on social media to eventually crown a winner.
Self publishing has been around since 1998 but didn’t really take off until 2012. Source In 2009 I wrote my novel and started querying literary agents and publishers in 2010. I spent , a decade tweaking my manuscript, pitch, letter, and synopsis trying to get picked. Traditional publishing felt safe. The experts knew what they […]
One of the last tips in my previous post, 10 Tips for Launching Your Book, was to come with a book production budget. How do you do that? Easy. A book production budget is an estimate of what it will cost to get your book published. It includes everything from the cover design, to editing, formatting, […]