Starting as a Book Reviewer Helped me Become a Better Writer
Before I became a published author, I was a blogger and a book reviewer. Both of these activities have helped me to see books in a new light. Instead of just saying that I liked a book, or that I enjoyed the read, I managed to delve further. I explained why and what made it an enjoyable or less than enjoyable read. I began paying attention to things like the author’s voice and writing style, characterization, and whether or not the storyline had an even flow to it.
My vocabulary expanded quite a lot and things that I didn’t have a complete understanding of suddenly made perfect sense. Writing book reviews also gave me insight as to what trends are popular in writing at the moment, which gave me many ideas for potential books. I have utilized various websites that are all about mythical beings as well as sites that are all about urban legends, all thanks to research I was doing while writing book reviews.
The thing that helped me the most as a book reviewer and an author would have to be … other authors! So many have offered up invaluable advice and tips for owning your brand and utilizing all of the social media sites in the correct way to promote your writing. Using everything I had gleaned from fellow writers and book reviewers, I jumped into the world of being a published author, and it’s still surreal to me. After four parts of my serial novel Wicked Little Lies were published and got some good reviews, I took a step back. After reading one review in particular, I was able to see everything that didn’t make sense or fit into the story, and with this reviewer’s help I am feverishly working on revisions and turning my serial novel into a full-length novel.
As for marketing myself and my work, this isn’t something that I have got the full hang of yet. I do promote my work, but at the same time I don’t want to overdo it. My publisher hasn’t provided much in the marketing department. So where do I go from here? There is always the option of hiring a publicist, but you’d have to have a ton of money or be signed with a publisher that comes with a publicist. Either way, it’s all a learning experience, and I’ve learned a lot!