A MIXED BAG OF THOUGHTS FOR THE BEGINNING OF 2013 - Pam Howes
Sorry I missed my January 2nd slot. Christmas and The New Year swamped me and I can only blame it on a senior moment, of which I have many as the years go by. So a belated Happy New Year to one and all. Let's hope it's healthy and successful for everyone. The main thing on my mind at the time of writing is the ongoing discussion on many Facebook writer groups about the use of social networking, mainly Twitter, to promote our work.
You may already have had people cover this subject so I'm not going to bore you with too many details, however I'd like some thoughts, please. Personally I have no objections whatsoever to seeing authors promoting their work. And why shouldn't they? They spend years slaving over their story, getting it just right, editing, choosing a cover design and then publishing via KDP and Smashwords. They are proud and want to tell the world. It's their baby, their blood, sweat and tears. Why the heck shouldn't they announce the long awaited birth by whichever method they deem fit for the purpose?
In the absence of agents and publicists, for the majority of us, we have a hard enough battle to entice the reader. Personally I'm sick and tired of the pompous who bleat about seeing author tweets etc. My advice is quite simple, ignore. I myself have found many great Indie authors thanks to Twitter. I'm an avid reader and constantly on the look out for something different. A lot of the authors I'm now hooked on would never have come to my attention if I hadn't seen their tweets. Okay, I know it's also good to interact and not constantly bombard people with "Buy My Book" promos; it can be done with more subtlety than that. On the other hand, I don’t want to see tweets from total strangers telling me "it’s raining in Swansea" or "I just had a bacon butty for my lunch!" I'd rather see a well structured tweet with an interesting topic. And I'll leave that subject there I think. Mrs Angry rant over, but I feel better for it!
I'm currently making decisions about where to take my wring career next. I have a new novel in my Rock'n'Roll Romance series due for publication around Easter Time this year. That'll be the Day, the fifth in the series, is the prequel to Three Steps to Heaven which was originally published in paperback in 2009 and as an Ebook in 2010. That very first book has done so well for me and sold thousands of copies, creating a knock on effect on the rest of the series, which have all featured on Amazon Best Seller Drama and Sagas lists at one time and another. However, I'm getting to a point in my life where I fancy a change. I'm thinking of enrolling on a script writing course sometime in the not too distant future. My writing has been compared to Stan Barstow, one of my all time heroes of kitchen sink drama and I'd love to learn to produce work like he and Paul Abbott and Jimmy McGovern. My style of writing is dialogue driven and may convert quite well to scripts. So I'm hoping to give it a try. Has anyone here done any script writing and if so can you recommend any courses. Either distance learning or college if in the Manchester area.
It's great writing a prequel as you go back and visit your characters at the start of their careers, in my case, a trio of young rockers who are determined to be the next Buddy Holly and The Crickets. I'm really enjoying tripping down Memory Lane with them and bringing their narrated back stories to life.
And as a finishing touch, I've recently done something I would never have dreamed of doing. I've shoved a book, kicking and screaming, into this year's ABNA. I'm not a competition enterer but there's first time for everything! Have a great month, hope it's not too cold where you live, and I'll see you on the flip-side. Pam. ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫