Thank You NaNoWriMo for Chapter 14

The April version of NaNoWriMo struck a few days ago. I admit that I didn’t get anything done on the first of the month. However, over the past few days I finally put the finishing touches on Unlucky Chapter 13  and have since broken into a streak. I’ve completed a major chunk of Chapter 14, called Fork in the Road.

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‘NaNoWriMo Day 3’ by MP Clemens used under Creative Commons License

Within this chapter, I’ve created (what my editor and I believe to be) some of the best comic relief in The First Light. Yes, there are reasons to giggle and snort in previous chapters, but this scene is much more extended than the other punch lines dabbled here and there.

Some say that author-gods shouldn’t be too cruel to their creations. Yet in chapter 14, my main character is having one of those days, from stinging embarrassment to comical frustration. Anyway, if it wasn’t for NaNoWriMo, and having to Tweet #amwriting, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this done during the week.

You see, I’m moving soon and this week was filled with emptying closets and creating garage sale, eBay, and keeper piles of stuff. And let’s not forget the roofers that came by to patch some shingles. A busy week did unfold, but thanks to NaNoWriMo, I managed to squeeze in precious writing time and get something done.

What are you working on this April? Has NaNoWriMo helped to motivate you too?

Indie Author Stigma (Part II)

Indie Authors have to be better

I’ve seen typos in some editions of traditional books. It is a rare phenomenon, but it does happen. How does a reader react to such an occurrence? They will probably react the same way that I usually do. I’ll blame the proof-reader, the editor, or the printer. The author is never blamed.

However, if it’s an ebook from a  self-published indie-author, guess who the reader will blame? That’s right, the responsibility for everything squarely rests on the shoulders of the author.

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Photo by Nic McPhee and used under the Creative Commons license

Just because a document can be easily uploaded, that does not mean it should or must be done. I can throw my cat out of the second floor window pretty easily. Does that mean that I should? Certainly not. There are no circumstances that would allow or justify such an action. Yet this seems to be the mentality among many indie authors. Judging from the quality  of the indie books that I’ve seen, I believe that I have made a correct assessment.

Many ebooks have been uploaded simply because it can be done. Therefore it serves as a sort of vain purpose. I wonder if they realize the damage they’re doing to the rest of us.

It has been my privilege and honor to blog, chat, learn, and teach with some other indies who work and strive in order to produce a quality product. Some I’ve met on-line like Diane Tibert, Therin Knight, Robert Hill, Wayne DePriest, Ben Garrido, Nonnie Jules, and Bruce Borders.

I also work closely in critique circles with other authors through the San Antonio Writer’s Guild, like Marilyn Hudson Tucker, April Grunspan, Charles Tate, Suzanne Daniels, Florence Wall, and Stewart Smith.  I can’t wait to read their material. They are all great authors and deserve respect.

Is it fair that after all of the intense work, that we should all be lumped into the same category with a bunch of amateurs who are merely masquerading as authors? What should be the strategy for High Quality Indie Authors to separate themselves from the rest?