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Guest Blog: Lessons Learned By David Brown

Lessons Learned

 

 

 

 

 

I self-published my debut novel, Fezariu’s Epiphany, in May 2011 and it’s been a long but enjoyable journey both before and since. I have learned many valuable lessons along the way and here’s just a selection of general things which have helped me immensely:-

1) Blogs

I started my blog, The World According to Dave, in May 2010 and it’s been nothing but a pleasure to work on. Blogs are a great way to keep yourself writing regularly and they’re only short pieces so you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding time for them. Blogs can be about absolutely anything from book reviews to an encounter at a bus stop with a man called Gerald. You name it, you can write about it.

2) Social Networking

Twitter and Facebook are a writer’s perfect communities. There are many thousands of readers and writers out there sharing their thoughts and work on various networks. Not only is it beneficial and insightful to join the many communities but it’s also a great way to promote not just that upcoming novel but to post links to your blog or anything else of interest. Posting comments or links regularly will build up a loyal fan base over time and if you’ve done that then you’re already one step ahead of the game when your book is published. I’ve been blessed with knowing some fabulous people on Facebook and Twitter.

3) Blog Tours

These are a great way to promote your book once it’s been published. You may be asked to do an interview or write a guest post but whatever the request it’s always a delight. The interviews are always good to do but I’ve particularly enjoyed the blog posts as they’ve taken me back to the moment I first conceived the idea of both Elenchera and Fezariu’s Epiphany and taking myself back to that time has been insightful. I always thought Fezariu’s Epiphany was quite a simple story but thinking back to its construction there was a lot of layers to the narrative in the end.

4) Someone Who’s There

Prior to meeting my wife, Donna, in late 2008, writing had been a lonely experience. Friends and family had read some of my work and found no problems with it. I knew they were just being polite. With Donna I received honest feedback for the first time. Even though we’re married Donna isn’t afraid to tell me if something doesn’t work in my novels or short stories. She’s quick to praise the good but equally fast in lambasting the bad. Having a critic you can trust to be honest is a vital necessity for any writer. If your critic is telling you something is wrong with your work then listen to them, address the problem and then decide if you’re going to do anything about it. At the end of the day the novel is your baby but if you ignore any weaknesses your critic identifies then it’s likely to backfire when other readers begin to sample your work. Thank to Donna, I was able to iron out the weaker points of Fezariu’s Epiphany and I’m proud of how it turned out.

Those are just a selection of the lessons I’ve learned bringing Fezariu’s Epiphany to life. I expect to learn many more as I now turn my focus to my second novel, A World Apart. I want this book to be better than my debut and so far it’s shaping up well.

Author bio:

David M. Brown was born in Barnsley in 1982 and first conceived the idea of Elenchera in college. His love of history and English led him to read these subjects at Huddersfield University. David is inspired by medieval history, Norse mythology and Japanese role-playing video games and anime films. He lives in Huddersfield with his wife Donna and their six rescue cats.

The Elencheran Chronicles: http://elenchera.com

The World According to Dave: http://blog.elenchera.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/elenchera   http://www.facebook.com/fezariu

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/elenchera

Book Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPgcNNLMBvY

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