By Norman Turrell
Writers may be a solitary bunch in the main, and it takes a lot of time and concentration to produce those brilliant novels, but you won’t be playing your top game if you ignore the advantages of working with others.
Not sure that you’d benefit from interacting? I’ve put together a list of some ways people can help you at each stage of your work (which assumes a self-publishing route).
Inception, planning and first draft
This is your main WIP phase. You’ll want to keep ownership of most things here; it’s your book. But it always helps to:
Second draft and beginning promotion
It’s going to take a bit of effort, but feedback is showing that you have something that’s worth taking to the next level. As the second draft develops, you’ll want to start thinking about promotion as well.
Final draft and Launch
It’s the big moment. You need everything to be just right to make that number one slot. Although you are using other people for your professional edit and cover design, I’ll assume you’re paying for those so they don’t count in my list (but you might have made some contacts and found a discount?).
I’m sure there are lots of other things people can help you with too, and there is no doubt you will find it much more difficult if you try climbing this mountain alone.
Let’s get out there and make those essential friends!
You can find more from Norman at www.normanturrell.com
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