I’ve had yet another learning curve recently, when I had to find a new graphic design program. I know that if we’re not growing, we’re stagnating, but c’mon! I’m sick of learning curves. Can’t a girl stagnate for a while?
In keeping with the theme this month, I do spew some sparkly language whenever I’m hacking through the brambles as I find myself, once again, careening over the edge of the learning curve du jour, having missed yet another ‘dangerous road ahead’ sign.
Readers often don’t realize how much authors need to know in order to write a book. Grammar, spelling, writing, storytelling, editing, revising. How to research, what to research, when to research. How to work their computer, modem, printer, and smartphone. Setting up and maintaining email(s), website(s), blog(s), mailing list(s). Mastering all social media platforms, new, old and yet-to-be-created. At the very least, keeping up with them. Keeping up with industry trends. Exchanging ideas and critiques with online and in-person writing and publishing networks. Becoming a marketing and advertising expert; continually seeking out the perfect venues, collaborators, and messages to spread your book(s) far and wide; remembering to tweak said messages for each different venue, collaborator, and title.
All while keeping up with your day job, kids, laundry, garden, and reading.
If you decide to self-publish, the list dramatically increases. Often with things you didn’t know that you must mysteriously learn, perhaps osmosis-style, certainly before you’re ready.
Oh, and teach yourself a new graphic design program. Even when you’d rather sit on your summertime patio, watching the robins fight over the perfect spot in the sparkling cool water of the birdbath.
Here’s an early stab at designing in Canva. What design program do you use?
Also … I’m starting a monthly writing contest — with prizes! — that anyone can enter, whether you’re a professional writer or simply dabbling for a bit of fun. All the details are at BeckyClarkBooks.com and my Facebook Author Page. Please spend a few minutes entering and spread the word to your friends and family. The more, the merrier! Help me make this a ‘thing.’