Today, I want to talk about your first chapter. It has to grab the reader, make them have to continue on. The first chapter will either doom you, or pull you up.
That’s why I’m doing my new blog. First of all, there are so many talented authors out there, stuck in the middle and end pages of Amazon. There are millions of books in competition for the top spots on their site and others ebook dealers.
Why do some authors go Indie? I have one friend, who had a contract with a publishing house that shut down. It took her a while to get back her rights for her own book! She, however, was one of the lucky ones. Others weren’t and are still waiting out the end of their contract so they can publish on their own.
The best thing about publishing traditionally is the perks. Editors, proofreaders, copy editors and cover artist. These are very expensive endeavors for the little guy without a lot of funds.
These are some of the reasons I joined Scribophile.com. I belong to an “uber group”. A fast-paced group of ladies who read my work, comment, tweak it, beta read it and make it all sparkly. We’ve been lucky. We click in all of the right places. I do the same things for them, too. Often it is harder to crit your own writing. Why? Because of the way our brains are wired. We know the story, it came from us… so all of the missing pieces are there. When someone else reads your work, they don’t have those little tidbits of information that our brains ‘type’ in.
I advise everyone to join a writing circle, if not on Scribophile then on one of the other writing sites, but I love Scrib and wouldn’t think of leaving.
Back to the first chapter, I’ll be posting works from some truly great artist. You may not agree with me on all of them. All we are asking is for you to read the first chapter and make up your own mind. I’ll be posting Monday’s and some Fridays. Come by and take a peek, then head over to Sherry Terry’s blog on Wedneday and read reviews. Post your comments here and on her website.
Seasoned and new authors need input. Did you like it? Does it make you want to read more? Make up your own mind.
If this is a hit, then in the following months, I’ll be posting more and adding new days. Sherry can’t keep up with all of the reviews, even though she has a team behind her- but you can make up your own mind. I’d like to post erotic/romance Mondays, Fantasy Tuesday, Mystery Wednesday, Mash-up Thursdays, and Extras on Fridays. Reviews on Saturdays (for ‘other’ books, this will be an audience invite so we can hear about your favorite authors.)
Hit me up with you ideas on how to make this a reader’s favorite blog. What do you need besides the First Chapter to decide? Then run over to Sherry Terry’s blog and give her some love. She’s swamped with words. And, the wonderful Sherry has already started with reviews and conversations.