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Publishing News Roundup Series: How to Get Past Negative Author Thoughts

by Maureen Crisp •  June 27, 2017  •   Follow

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What do you do to keep the negative author thoughts at bay?

All authors experience a time where they doubt themselves and their work. The point is to get past that and get back to loving your work for what it is. But what do we do to get past this self doubt?


Writing Heroes

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Pic: How many of you can name the show, episode,
character…. (shiny)

It has been a turgid time in the house recently. (Now you have to check I used turgid correctly… clue British dictionary.) ¾’s of the household have been hit with an awful viral cold. The only trips out for about a week have been to restock on tissues, cough syrup, tissues, honey, tissues and chicken (for soup.)

When you are sick, your thoughts can go spiraling down into the pit of despair. You can suffer from comparison-itis,  FOMO disorder and subjectio. Amanda Palmer shared her thoughts on this insidious type of thinking for creative people. It is well worth a read and reality check.

This week my Twitter feed started to fill up with comments about a Byte-The-Book debate in London between Joanna Penn and Euan Thorneycroft on The Author as Publisher -Opportunity or Vanity. By all accounts it was a wonderful debate. Some very interesting points were raised over the future of reading.

This week, writing hero, Jami Gold had an interesting post on the Heroes journey… how are we applying the lessons we make our characters go through to our own lives. Are we real life heroes?  Jami raises interesting points about personal growth.

Recently Debbie Ridpath Ohi was interviewed on how she manages her online life and her work as an illustrator of children’s books. One of her secrets… it helps to be an introvert. (whaaa???)

Katie Weiland shared her 5 stages of writing process from conception of idea to revision. It is a standout post from a writing craft legend and a MUST READ.

In The Craft Section,

The 3 tiers point of view technique-Writer Unboxed- Bookmark

Emotion amplifiers– Angela Ackerman- Bookmark

Character driven plot– Rachel Geisel- Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

3 steps to know your audience-Digital Book World- Bookmark

A plan for finding new readers– Book Marketing Tools

To Finish,

Jane Friedman published an article today on a writer’s guide to fair use and permissions and got 123 comments in very short order. This is a hot topic with accepted practice, internet freedoms and legal requirements all rolled up into one confusing mess which Jane does her best to straighten out. This is definitely a bookmark post from one of the online heroes in the publishing world.

About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.