Author Integrity. This week on Lit World Interviews seems to be all about that. Whether you are an Indie or Traditionalist Author there are things we all should be doing. These days there really is only one difference between the two types of Authors and that’s who puts out your books. Some say the Publisher will do a lot more for you so you don’t have to, but that’s not always the case and it costs you.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against signing with a Publisher. I want to sign with one someday. But I do know that to be successful you need to be all in your own business and not simply sit back and let everyone else be all up in it.
This week you’ve seen a relatively new way of editing from Author PS Bartlett with her article Text to Speech: Editing Through Listening, Proofreading problems from Author and Proofreader Wendy Janes with Most Mortals Need a Proofreader. And rounding out with Author Jo Robinson our resident Self-Publishing guru and her article Authenticity and Honesty as an Indie Author.
I feel each article is linked in that each points to creating something and representing something that is professionally done. Integrity is the word that finally came to mind after reading Jo’s article. Through every draft you write, every proofreading, and every promotional idea you happen to come up with or is created for you, keep integrity in mind.
There are Authors out there that are popular and have great sales numbers. I don’t read them because I don’t trust them and their integrity is non existent in my eyes. That’s right, I look at an author and their product just like I do a person such as an actress. I am asked “Don’t you think she is so hot?” 9 times out of 10 the person they are talking about has the personality of a cross between Bill O’Reilly and Rosie O’Donnell. It doesn’t matter if you have all the physical characteristics of ‘hot’, if your personality is repulsive then you are repulsive as well.
If I look at your books and your promotions and see a lack of professional polish then I begin to think you simply rushed through a writing of it and threw it out there, and you are promoting it with fake gloss to trick people into buying what could have been a great story if you had just had the patience to go through as many drafts, proofreadings, and edits as was necessary to get that best work possible.
Patience and Integrity in the world of the Author go hand in hand. Don’t rush the love of your life out into the world of Amazon or wherever you publish. Let that love mature and grow and go shopping to look its best. This is a coming out party and it only gets one shot at it.
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11 thoughts on “Patience and Integrity-The Secret to Success”
um, wow! I love how you speak of your book. … If you really love her, then I guess you won’t rush her.. 🙂 excellent advice Ron. 🙂
That’s definitely the secret to the success that really counts. Thanks Ronovan!
Thanks for these posts, Ronovan! I like that you mentioned the P word several times – patience – and we do need to have it. I also had to chuckle at the phrase “all up in it” – not sure where that comes from but I’ve heard it a lot here in the South.
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…nailed it, that man 🙂 well done:)
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Thank you. The others nailed it, I just put it in one article. 🙂
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As a Writer, I feel I have been blessed . . . Finding RONOVAN WRITES Blog and his creative team on LIT WORLD INTERVIEWS, I read the posts and print them out to use as Guides in future writing projects. The ADVICE set down in his posts is of tremendous help to all Writers smart enough to read and apply.
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