Published Author Roundup Two
This week I am posting number two of the Published Author Roundup. The original idea and first post was made last week and featured Joy Healey: Published Author Roundup One
I had asked the most recent authors that I had worked with; “What did it feel like the first time you saw your name on your first published book?”
This post is from B.G. (Brenda) Jenkins – B.G. Jenkins Amazon Author Page (Aff.)
Thank you Brenda for your article to post on my blog this week.
I’ve heard it said that, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and that is true, but there can also be things left unsaid in a picture that cannot be captured without words to define it more clearly. Sometimes a picture needs words to add to the vibrancy, or the essence of it.
It’s for this reason I write. I write to leave behind a better picture of my life, to entertain, to leave lessons, to leave understanding, to inspire and encourage others, and to leave love.
It’s also been stated that, “Silence is golden,” and many times that can be true, but who wants to go a day without words like, “I love you,” or “Great job?” Words need to be spoken, and they also need to be recorded. That’s where this post comes in.
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I would not have been able to leave these recordings in print without the help of my friend, and writing mentor, Monna Ellithorpe.
She helped me to format my books, to edit and to publish in a couple of different places. She willingly gave of her time and instructed me so that I could learn the process also. Not only did she hold my hand and help me through the publishing process, Monna also taught me some valuable lessons about writing.
These are some of the lessons I’ve learned:
1. Write free style (brain dumping or free writing). This lightens the load on the brain to help free up more creativity.
2. Organize and analyze your thoughts and then look at your work from the readers’ point of view.
3. You don’t have to know everything. You can outsource and learn as you go.
4. Work with people you trust, and who will be honest with you.
5. Write daily to improve your skill.
6. Read daily to improve your skill.
7. Develop your own style.
8. Listen to constructive criticism, but ultimately it’s your call.
9. Get a great editor.
10. Be kind to yourself in your writing, and learn as you go.
So, if you long to take this journey as I have, turn to Monna. Her prices are very reasonable. She will help you, instruct you and do an outstanding job for you no matter what you hire her for. If you’re looking to write and publish a book, Monna has my stamp of approval!
BRENDA’S BOOKS (Aff.)
Thank you so much, Brenda for this wonderful recommendation. I love working with authors and helping them to publish their books. It’s especially thrilling when I know you have written another book and I get to help you with publishing.
Reading over the ten point lessons that you mentioned above is, I guess what I would call every “Writer’s Guidelines” and I believe every writer should print this and keep it where they can read it everyday.
To all new and wanna be writers, believe in yourself and have faith that with hard work, consistency and persistence you too can one day call yourself a “Published Author.”