Dear Writer-Friends,

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S.K. Quinn, Independent Author of Science Fiction

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 5 Posts of 2012 and Top 5 Tips for 2013

FIVE POSTS that readers seemed to like...
A tiny bit of the writing I did in 2012

1) Making the Donuts - As a writer, the most important thing you can do with your time is create the intellectual property that your readers want to read. This is even more true now than when I wrote it in January.

2) Seven Questions to Ask Before Self-Publishing - Even as self-publishing goes mainstream, it's still important to ask the right questions before you take the leap.

3) Ebooks: The Innovation Cauldron - Epublishing is changing not just how writers publish but how they write as well.

4) Author Beware - As self-publishing goes viral, more and more scammers are out there, taking advantage of writer's dreams. Sometimes where you would least suspect. Be careful, my friends.

5) Self-Publishing Basics - A series on formatting to help get you started.

FIVE TIPS to start your 2013
Me, getting my steampunk on

1) Story is king - find one that you love, that resonates with everyone you pitch it to, then write it so that it fulfills the promise of its premise. Do this, and readers will find you. I've seen it happen again and again in the course of 2012. It's as close to a magic formula for success that I can ascertain.

2) Write more, promote less - the best promotion is a story that people want to read. Write it, get it in the hands of your readers. If that doesn't resonate, write a different story. Try a different genre. Improve your craft.

3) Feed your creativity - you have to be disciplined to produce work, but don't forget to recharge your creative batteries with reading, movies, and the occasional dalliance with Vampire Diaries (or the guilty pleasure of your choice).

4) Innovate - staying ahead of the curve when publishing is changing all the time is tough, and it's tempting to spend all your time trolling publishing-news. Limit how much time you read about what everyone else is doing, and do your own thing. Strike out. Be different. Blaze your own trail. The industry is still ripe for people who are willing to think outside the box.

5) Enjoy the ride - worry less about marketing and more about creating the writerly life you want to have. Remember why you started writing in the first place. Focus on understanding your own writer vision and making that come to life on the page. And, most of all, have fun. You will need that energy to sustain you through the hard creative work that writing is for everyone.

I wish you all a fabulous 2013 from my writing cave! Blogging may be sporadic as I try to get this steampunk fantasy novel whipped into shape and submitted to ABNA (sponsored by Amazon for the first time, which makes it intriguing).


  1. Those are some great posts! And I love your tips. Especially #4. That's what I think is most exciting about self-publishing. There's so much room for innovation.

    1. I love the innovation part of self-pub too! It allows us to write what moves us... and I think that's a key part of success as well. Happy New Year!

  2. Great posts, and great tips. Thanks for all your encouragement and help for the rest of us. Have fun with your steampunk fantasy!

  3. Yay, a fun look back at 2012. Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks for sharing the tips!

    Hope you have a wonderful 2013. :)

  5. Great advice, and thanks for the tips! I especially agree that it's important to write about the things that are important to you, rather than the things that "everyone" is writing about. I am interested in some of the popular novels, but if I tried to write like those authors did, I'd probably end up getting bored because it wouldn't be my writing; it'd be their writing.

  6. Now these are tips I can use!! Especially the Vampire Diaries break part... :D I'm going to be needing all these now you know.


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