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Writer Wednesday: AuthorLevelUp

michael La ronnI discovered this YouTuber, Michael La Ronn, who provides videos on the topic of writing. He authored a number of published books. Click here for his Author page on Amazon. His web site: Author Level Up lists his videos, but you can just as easily view his YouTube page, or subscribe there.

I like how the videos aren’t saturated with ads, but he provides clear tutorials on subjects such as writing, marketing, and publishing your book. He adds some humor, and you can find some videos, he provides reviews on programs he used.

Here are a few of his videos worth watching;

 

 

Have a writer, blogger, or youtuber that talks about the craft of writing? Post in comments. I’ll share to let other writers know about them.

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Published our fourth anthology

Anthology cover 2016

 

My writer’s group publishes an anthology of our writing each year. Members submit, then I take their stories and assemble the book, design the cover, and upload to Createspace and Amazon Kindle Publishing.

The steps to publish an anthology is as follows;

  1. Edit and revise your stories so that it is the best it can be. As editor, this often means I go through to remove indents, line spacing, spellcheck, and run through punctuation. I then make sure the Title is formatted to HEADER 1, and the author’s name is HEADER 2.
  2. I add pages: Page Numbers. Title page that includes all authors. Copyright page for the book and include book cover design copyright as well. Book dedication page, which often is to the authors who submit, my writer’s group in general, and all would-be authors out there. TABLE OF CONTENTS- This gets added when I add all stories into a single document. This is where the HEADER settings are added into the TABLE OF CONTENTS field. I double check its layout and if its correct.
  3. I revise again for formatting issues.
  4. I download a pre-formatted file from Createspace that includes the gutter (that’s the book seam of a printed book) and margins. I cut/paste the book, then go through the document to check for formatting again.
  5. I send this out to all writers to check their bio page and story, and if they want, they can also check the rest of the book. It is always a good idea to get fresh eyes on the manuscript.
  6. I make revisions again.
  7. I work on book design while authors check the manuscript. Once I get their feedback, I put everything together and upload to Createspace.
  8. I often have to make more revisions if it doesn’t look correct under the online revision screen. This generally includes how the pages look in the book format.
  9. If it looks good, then I click ok, choose ‘channels, which includes book stores or online stores that might want to order the book, libraries, and of course Amazon and Createspace stores online.
  10. I adjust price. I generally keep this as low as possible since the anthology is meant to get the writers some exposure.
  11. Add the eBook version. I have to go through a similar process to get the eBook version up, editing the book cover as well. What I find frustrating is that Amazon and Createspace doesn’t play so well together and you can end up with two listings of the printed version and the eBook version.
  12. I then announce to group and hooray– we have another book released.

Printed anthology 2016

EBook version of anthology 2016

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Writer YouTube Channels

As a writer, you might want to consider creating a YouTube channel to promote your writing. I’ve considered it myself, but hate the way I look on camera, and when I did a blog-a-day challenge, I learned I didn’t like the editing part. But it does gain viewers and potential fans to your writing.

Here are some writers who have some interesting channels:

Eva Deverell

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This channel shares mostly writer prompts, which include write-alongs where she writes and you watch her process. This is an example where you don’t have to show yourself, or even talk.

Jenna Moreci– author of Eve- the Awakening.

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This channel I find very entertaining with her videos on quarterly goals, her easygoing tone, her openness of her writing process. She shares upcoming novels she will be publishing, and provides many videos on the writing craft.

Vivien Reis– author of the Elysian Prophecy

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This channel includes topics on writing, publishing, goals, and tips. She speaks well, directly, and shares her experiences as an author.

Writer’s Digest- Writer’s Digest Magazine.

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Highly recommended to subscribe! This channel covers many aspects of writing from drafting to publishing and marketing. You can also find interviews with published authors, and lots of topics. Many videos are preview videos, but there is so much information here that is valuable.

Vlogbrothers- John Green, author of Fault in Our Stars, and Hank Green, his brother who  helped created Nerdcon, and works with Crash Course and SciShow.

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This channel isn’t exclusively about the bestselling author, John Green of Fault in Our Stars, but his videos will include his writing process. The channel started between the two brothers vlogging to one another that build an amazingly huge fanbase.

ShaelinWrites- authored 7 novels and shares about her process.

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This channel includes tutorials and her writing process, but also collaboration videos with other vloggers. This is a good example of sharing topics and the process of writing and she shares her process in simple, frank language.

If you decide to start vlogging, remember to include these features:

  • An about page that links back to blog/web sites so visitors can order your book
  • Add videos mentioning your writing you will be publishing.
  • Add playlists to sort your videos into groups such as ‘writing’ and ‘character’ and ‘publishing’.
  • Add tags/keywords when publishing so people can find you through searches.
  • Add your videos to your blog/website.
  • Avoid ‘um’ when you speak. Talk in a firm, direct tone.

Do you have favorite youtubers you follow that are about writing? Share in comments.

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How to share your writing (online)

How to Share Your Writing- aWritersJourney.netAs an organizer of a writer’s group, over the years we’ve tried various methods with sharing our writing via the Internet. I decided to share the various hiccups and methods we’ve used.

For starters, you need to understand the basics of saving files and the methods of adding notes.

File formats:

The file format of a document is the type of file created in a program. DOC and DOCX are created by Microsoft Word, while OpenOffice creates ODT and MS Works creates WKS.

RTF DOC DOCX
WPS ODT TXT
PDF WPD EPUB
HTML MOBI

Word Processor formats explained.

To share files, RTF is the most basic of file formats that can be opened by every word processor. It strips formatting, however, so be warned about that. You can also add a tutorial of using a free service like Google Drive documents to view the document.

Asking for feedback can offer the writer a harrowing amount of worry, but ideally the feedback can provide valuable insight on improving the writing. I think it depends on the reader, since some folks don’t like genres, you should pick readers who enjoy the type of story.


How to share:

Email is one of the better methods of sending out your work. This is done by attaching the file. The recipient will open, read, and can add notes, then send it back to you.

Using a Cloud Drive is another method, but the biggest drawback is some Cloud Drives want the sender and the receiver to both have accounts. I’ve picked ones I’ve used and no not require the recipient to be a member:

googledriveI’ve used Google Drive in the past, where I upload the file to the drive, and can then share with a link. Readers view in their browser, can add notes, and you can see who read and did what on the document. Unlike some drives, the recipient doesn’t need a Google membership, but they will show up as ‘anonymous’.

dropboxDropbox and Onedrive both provide a means to save (and backup) files which syncs with a web site service. You can send a link to share a onedrivefile or an entire folder. Both of these drives provide non-members a means to view, add notes, and edit.


Some tips:

Make sure your writing includes your name and email. This enables the reader to email their feedback if you choose sharing via email. You can post in header/footer. If you print it out, make sure you have numbered pages.

Ask what you’d like in the feedback. This can include clarity with character development, plot, setting, and even grammar (although correcting grammar & punctuation is the last edit).

Get a number of opinions. And they will vary. If feedback ends up complaining about the same thing, definitely consider changing. If one person says to remove this, yet another says its fine, then you, as the author, can decide if it stays or if it goes. Even then, if you’re really attached to something in the writing, keep it. You’re the writer, after all.

Value the bad as well as the good. A good beta reader will share what they liked and what they didn’t like. Authors need to know as much as what they’re doing right as what they’re doing wrong.

Don’t let a bad review stop you from writing. Writing is a skill that develops and grows with practice. You can get better. Read more. Write more. Practice, practice, practice. You will get there.

Remember to thank the reader, even if they didn’t like it. Reading your stuff takes their time and it is generous if they’ve taken that time to give you feedback. Not all writing can be their cup of tea.

 

 

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