Amusing infographic about novel writing. Sounds about right.
Amusing infographic about novel writing. Sounds about right.
Eric M. Ralph
By Eric Ralph
When people hear that I wrote a novel and published it, they often say that they would like to write a novel someday too. This infographic is for those aspiring novelists out there.
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Hilarious. Do you know how many times people have said to me, you write? Wow, I’ve thought about writing a book. I’ve got lots of material, I’m sure it would be easy.
Or, they actually write (in a different genre generally) and then come to me for all the fast track info on who to send it to, etc., how to get there and make $. This was before the ebook phenom. I’m all for helping, but I started by reading everything I could to get here (starting in the 80’s with Dan Poynter’s first book), and I’ve been doing this a long time. I started writing on notebooks when I was about 12!
Lol fast track info. That’s the sort of thing you have to earn – you can’t just ask for it! Hahaha and I love the “I should write a book” thing. There’s a big difference between thinking about writing a book, and actually forcing yourself to sit down and write one.
Great advice, Michelle. Hope aspiring writers don’t take the easy way and just read an Infographic.
What is it they say? There’s a book inside all of us, and that’s where it should stay? If you’re a writer, though, it won’t be able to keep itself in. It will continue to push until you burst or go mad. For the other 90%, they can probably keep it to themselves be just fine.
And just so we’re clear, even when that book starts pushing itself out and onto the paper, I think we can all agree that you still go mad. Just a different kind of mad.
Very true. Alarmingly true, one might even go so far as to say.
True every word.
Yep. That’s about right. 🙂
Infographics are a cool new “How to” medium. Wish they were around when I was going to Concordia U. I could have saved a ton of money and time. Comics for adults, WOW.
They’re fun, right? I especially like the ones that teach you something, but in a really sarcastic way, so you’re laughing so hard you don’t even notice you picked up some new information 😀
Oh so brilliant, and true!
Right? I especially love the last bit — when all else fails, try actually selling your book.
Uhg! (Not at you Michelle) people I swear
Hahaha oh phew, I was about to become righteously outraged. What specifically are we ugh-ing at?
I’m so sorry really! No more kindle surfing I promise! I hope you know by now that I think the world of you!
Hahahaha no worries. I’m “about to become righteously outraged” several times a day, and always over things that don’t at all upset me in the least 🙂 I’m also given to hyperbole from time to time, lol.
Aren’t we all lol
oops accidentally hit post. I have heard that so many times! That people cosider writing a book when they know nothing about writing, sadly, I guess in this day and age anyone who wants to actually can—not that they should
consider lol–see not everyone should 🙂
Okay now I have the full comment-ing picture. YES, it’s frustrating when people are all “Writing a book is easy, I’ma go write one right now despite having no concept of basic grammar or plotting BLARGH” — the blargh is of course because I just stabbed them in the next with my Hello Kitty pen.
Lol sorry about my comment freak out I was using my kindle to comment…lesson learned
Where on there did it say take out a second job to support your book writing habit? These days, I sniff the red pen ink just to get me through another day. One more day . . . one more word. I can quit anytime I want (Sniffs red pen ink)
Thanks for pointing me to that. I like the line about “The marketing of your book is left completely up to you. An introvert who started writing in the first place to avoid having to talk to people.” So true 🙂
Lol right? I almost feel like there should be some sort of website where marketing majors can hook up with authors – the author writes, the marketer markets, and they split the profits 50/50 or something.
Not sure about the 50/50 split, but I’ve often thought that would be a good idea. 🙂
Hey Michelle, another one of your awesome ideas. I am a marketing guru and now dividing my time between my North and South American clients. No authors yet, but maybe you can start a trend? I am willing to go better and 90/10 in favor of all you hardworking and underappreciated writers. I may be wrong, but I consider it much harder to write a book than a marketing campaign.
90/10??? That would be awesome for the writer, but I’m not sure it’s such a great deal for the marketer. I mean, the writer works for a few years to get the book out, but once it’s done, it’s done. But the marketer has to sell that puppy for the rest of his/her life. Hence my 50/50 suggestion. But then, I clearly know nothing about finances, so maybe your way makes sense after all, lol.
Thanks for your feedback on my proposal. In real life us marketer’s are really over paid “Divas”. FYI I do not: “sell that puppy for the rest of his/her life”. I give my “creative all” for a few hours to one client and then give my all to another, etc. My work is usually routine and based on simple principals applied consistently and with a little creativity. Your work is mostly unique and greatly creative. go t
Hit post too soon, again. Meant to end: Got to go back to work now.
LOL –Love this. 🙂
So true, right? 😀
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