10 tips for writing and publishing in the digital revolution – Rowena Wiseman

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By Rowena Wiseman

I’ve been writing my blog Out of Print Writing about writing and publishing in the digital revolution for over four years now. I say to everyone that it’s an exciting time to be a writer. Never before have writers had such an opportunity to get our work out there and to connect with an audience.♥

Here are my ten best tips for writing and publishing in the digital revolution:

1. Join an online writing community. I’ve personally used Authonomy, run by HarperCollins in the UK. It’s a great site to hone your writing skills, receive feedback from other writers and to have a chance at your work being read by a HarperCollins editor. The other online community that I absolutely adore is Wattpad – the world’s largest reading and writing site. 90% of users on the site are readers.

2. Join Instagram. It’s a like happy social media site. Look up #bookstagram and connect with other booklovers.

3. Get active on Goodreads. Rate and review books you’ve read, syndicate your blog posts and meet other readers who share a similar taste in books.

4. Create lists of agents/publishers/editors/book reviewers/journalists and other writers on Twitter. Get to know who is who in the industry.

5. eCOV_ReplacementWife_C3D6YouTube is a fabulous resource for writers – I’ve used YouTube to remind myself what Nevsky Prospekt looks like in Saint Petersburg, how a tattoo needle works or how a street artist uses a fire hydrant to spray paint on a wall.

6. Be open to making connections with other writers in the virtual world. Be generous with your time and promote other writers you believe in.

7. Get Project Gutenberg on your iPad or smartphone. Project Gutenberg is a digital library of free ebooks in the public domain – such as works by Hermann Hesse, Anton Chekhov and Franz Kafka.

8. Discover interesting writers experimenting with transmedia storytelling. This digital age means a story doesn’t have to be a straightforward narrative. The way we present our stories in the digital arena can be as varied as our imagination and the story of how we write a story can become a story too. One of the more interesting writers I’ve come across online is Jason Howell. Readers are invited to skip from his website, to Twitter, to Goodreads, to Genius, to Facebook to read his rhymed prose story This Tragic Infection howlarium.com/tti-toc

9. Self-publish a book so you can learn the process of publishing as well as the emotional journey of having a book out there in the world. Learn about the production of a book and the marketing. Make connections with bloggers and reviewers. Experience the panic and worry you feel when your book is out there and the joy or misery you feel when you receive your first review.

10. Know that no amount of browsing on the web or social media will do the thing that you really want to do … and that is to write a bloody good book. There’s no blog post you can read or amount of Facebook likes that will magically create the book you want to write. Only you can do that.

Rowena Wiseman writes contemporary fiction, young adult and children’s stories. She blogs about writing and publishing in the digital revolution on her blog Out of Print Writing. Her latest novel The Replacement Wife is about a woman who falls in love with another man, so she tries to find a wife for her husband.

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