Writerly Reflection

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Thanks to scribblers the world over these days having to learn how to self-publish their books, and thereby having to learn how to negotiate the old internet, there must be thousands of oldie but goodie techie wizards around and about. It’s a rite write of passage I reckon.

1. Book written. Log on to the internet with your shiny new computer. Join as many Facebook groups as will have you.

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2. Lurk around spying on “real” authors, then suck up to them in the hope that some of that awesomeness rubs off on you.

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3. Get hugely impressed when the first fifty pounce on your bones yelling, “OI! Buy my book!”

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4. Run away.

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5. While hiding in terror in case any more pounce on you, learn about Show – DON’T Tell. Edit the crap out of your book and completely destroy it.

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6. Find out that you have to have a Platform first anyway, so ditch the manuscript and join every single site on the interweb, and start building your Brand.

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7. Use your most professional and author-like photo for your gravatar.

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8. Be overcome with gratitude when a seemingly famous poet starts sending poems to your Facebook message box.

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9. Realise you’ve just met your first Troll and he’s definitely reading the wrong kind of literature.

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10. Get back to fixing your manuscript.

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11. Spend all your money on self-help books on how to make covers, and……. stuff……

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12. Make your first cover.

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13. Publish your book.

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14. Wait for the celebrations, and the sale of your millionth book.

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15. Wait some more.

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16. Give some away.

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17. Find out it might take a while before the celebrations begin.

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18. Write your next book.

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19. Realise you’re an online GENIUS now anyway.

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20. And you’re having way too much fun to ever stop.

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Happy Holidays fellow travellers, I love you every one. xxx

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33 thoughts on “Writerly Reflection

    philipparees said:
    December 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    How DID you DO that? It would have taken me a full month! Congratulations in making it worth reading, talk about ‘Show don’t tell!’ And a happy Christmas to you too.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 24, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Philippa! LOL! I never saw it that way but now you mention it, it looks like I’ve got the show don’t tell down – ha haaa! I tend to bookmark things when I’m procrastinating researching 😀 and I’m hooked on those automatic generators around the web – huge fun and easy to use. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and very happy 2014! 😀 xxx

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    kizzylee said:
    December 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    i still haven’t got the hang of show don’t tell i may have to just be the one exception ^_^ excellent post have a super holidays love and hugs xx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Don’t ever find out what the dreaded show and tell is Kizzy – you’re perfect as you are. Lots of hugs and kisses your way, and hope you’re having a lovely, warm and Happy holiday too. 😀 xxxx

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    JK Mikals said:
    December 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Delightful post! Thanks and Merry Christmas.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Thank you, and here’s wishing for a lovely, Merry and Joy filled Christmas to you and yours too! 😀 xxx

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    Lawrence Grodecki said:
    December 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Merry Christmas Jo – wow, now that’s one hot gravatar – love that pinkie on your right foot! 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

      LOLOLOLOL!! Thank you for spotting my terrible toe – ha ha ha haaaa! That pinkie has connected with about 100 table legs in its time, so I’m a bit fond of it. I thought with the huge alien pink forehead nobody would spot it 😀 It’s good fun sharing terrible photies of yourself – keeps everyone awake. Hoping you and your lovely family have a fantastic holiday Lawrence. 😀 xxx

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    John W. Howell said:
    December 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Loved the background on the gravator. This was so entertaining I hope you do more.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I think I might just have developed an addiction to gifs now so I will – LOL! The background on the other side of the dam is all tea over the hills – we lived there up in Zimbabwe. Thanks for not mentioning the toe. LOLOL! Merry Christmas to you and yours John, and may all your dreams come true. 😀 xxx

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        John W. Howell said:
        December 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. Thanks for the wish on dreams. 🙂

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    Sherri said:
    December 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Wow Jo, this is amazing, brilliant! Came here to quickly check in before signing off (and I mean it this time!) until the new year and just had to read your post! Wonderful stuff 🙂

    It’s been great meeting you Jo and I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a New Year filled with every good thing. Looking forward to catching up in 2014 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Sherri – a bit of fun is good I reckon. 😀 I’m very happy to be friends with you now too – I hope you also have all your hopes and dreams come true – you really deserve that. Happy Christmas and brilliant 2014 to you! xxx

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    Vashti Quiroz-Vega said:
    December 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Ha,ha,ha! Hilarious! I love this post. You have a happy, safe and fun holiday season! 😀 xx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

      LOL – have to let loose some of my craziness now and then or I’ll pop. 😀 Love and wishing you all you wish for Vashti. xxx

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    1WriteWay said:
    December 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    What entertainment! Your post did well to show that 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 1, 2014 at 6:02 am

      LOL – the wonderful world that we know and love. 🙂 Wishing you much joy, prosperity and a very Happy 2014! 🙂 xxx

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    M T McGuire said:
    December 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Loved it! Thanks and Happy Christmas.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

      Thanks! Wishing you and your wonderful McClan a wonderful, successful and Happy 2014! 🙂 xxx

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    Kev said:
    December 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Let the madness begin!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 1, 2014 at 5:57 am

      LOL Kev – best trip in the world! Hugs, blessings and wishes for much deserved success in 2014! 🙂 xxx

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    Margaret L. Sharp (@MargaretLynett1) said:
    December 30, 2013 at 2:22 am

    You made me smile!
    Happy New Year!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 1, 2014 at 5:56 am

      🙂 Wishing you a wonderful, successful and Happy 2014 Margaret! xxxx

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    Jane Fritz said:
    December 30, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Not only fun to read but also not far from the truth! #20 is what feeds the process. Happy New Year, Jo.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 1, 2014 at 5:53 am

      A lovely and very Happy 2014 to you Jane! #20 Does feed the process – it’s the best job in the world! xxxx

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    January 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    How very clever, Jo! And true. It’s tough being an Indie author. But this production shows that you’re also a graphic memoirist in the making!
    Thanks for being part of my community. It’s true what you wrote in another post – we become part of each other’s community, and we look forward to hearing from each other. Good news, sad news, bewildering news, things that make us go ‘hmmmm’… and all. Have a good week.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks Cynthia! And you’re right – we are communities, and I wouldn’t want to miss out anything from anyone. Sharing the way we do with our blogs, I think we learn so much more about each other and our lives, I’m sure that that’s why friendships are much stronger here than anywhere else. You have a wonderful week too! 🙂 x

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    sheketechad said:
    July 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Even though the photo links are broken on here, I still had a good laugh 🙂 Love your humor!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      I accidentally deleted my entire media library a while ago, so now I’m having to pop back to all my previous posts and redo them whenever I have a minute. This one’s a mess – I’ll do it next. Thank you though! 🙂 X

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