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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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