Guest Post by Santino Reynolds, author of suspense novel Deliver Us

I’m proud to announce my tour stop for the Deliver Us book tour today. Deliver Us is a suspense novel/thriller by debut author Santino Reynolds. I’m hosting the author on my blog today with a guest post about The 5 Do’s and Don’ts for writers.

On top of that, I’m also hosting a giveaway for an eBook copy of Deliver Us. This book sounds awesome, so make sure you participate to get your copy!

I’ll now leave the stage to Mr. Reynolds.

The 5 Do’s & Don’ts To Making Nerds Readers Happy

I’ve got some tips for those of you who want to start writing. It’s not an easy journey to embark on, but it’s certainly rewarding to have your ideas come to life on the pages. I’ve written five novels, poetry, stand-up comedy, invocation speeches and commercial prints for a construction company I knew nothing about. I’m not the baddest man that ever walked the planet, but I know about writing. These do’s and don’ts will help keep your dream from crashing and burning, your printer from burning out and you from burning too much of the midnight oil.

DON’T…

5. …Write about something you dislike or know very little about. Either you’ll be doing a lot of research or your lack of knowledge will transfer into your work.

4. …Shut yourself off socially from the world. Know your audience. If you’re writing something for the entertainment of readers, it’s probably a good idea to know what your audience is thinking about. Watch the news and keep your eye on happenings in pop culture.

3. …Write if you don’t feel inspired to. Many beginners will sit down and try to force themselves to produce content. Wait for inspiration to come to you. Some of my best work came when I suddenly decided to write, in opposed to planning or forcing it.

2. …Even think for a second that once you’ve finished the book it’s over. It takes so many rewrites/edits/remixes before you will come up with a product you (or your publisher) can be happy with. Think of the number of times you’d have to read your own book to make you hate it. Then subtract one. This is how many times you’ll reread your material. If you can, find/force a family member or friend to help. Forcing your kids to read is not a crime.

1. …Go more than three minutes without saving and backing up a copy of your book. I have at least one scare per book that I may have lost work, but I have only once had that happen. Yes, it sucks.

DO…

5. …Your research. Know your characters, outline the story or content you will cover and decide why your book is better than other similar novels. The last part is so crucial to the success of the book. For me, it’s been the depth and honesty of my characters. Find out what yours is, because this will be your selling point.

4. …Surround yourself with people who like to read. Readers will have a good grasp of the structure of a good book and understand how to give good constructive criticism.

3. …Check your pride at the door. Some of the best books out there have people who hate them, just like with any other form of creative expression. You can’t please all of the people all the time. Try to grow from the criticism you receive and thank the critic for taking the time to read your book. Even if they don’t have a shred of helpful advice, thank them. They took the time to read your work, despite the fact you held them at gunpoint.

2. …Have fun with writing, and remember that you should enjoy it as well as the reader. It helps to be a part of the demographic that you’re trying to appeal to.

1. …Believe in yourself. You don’t have to be arrogant, or bash other literature. Believe that you are a superb writer. Your book deserves to be printed and read by every pair of eyes, patched eye, crossed eyes, four eyes and pink eye in the nation. If you don’t believe that, you’ll never get anyone else to believe it, let alone find a publisher to publish it or a reader to read it.

Giveaway

Participating in the giveaway is easy. Simply comment on this post with some comments on Mr. Reynolds’ tips – did you like them? Do you think the author is right, or do you have some other tips that you think should be included in the list as well?

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Please mention your email in the comments, and add any additional entries you completed.

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