Writer’s assistants are amazing people. Amazing. Whether paid, on commission or completely volunteer, whether they take on one or two tasks or a hell of a lot, it’s phenomenal to see what a team can do that a single person cannot.
But it’s not easy finding a writer’s assistant/AKA Partner/AKA TaskMaster.
Right now I’m editing, collaborating with other authors and narrators, producing a trade paperback (oh, the pain!), promoting my work to date, and putting out a podcast…and when I can squeeze it in, I also write. It’s a lot for one guy!
Following the dumb internet trend of top 5 lists, here are 5 absolutely vital ingredients to a successful partnership. It’s not an exhaustive list, but if you’re missing any of these, you’re looking for something you won’t find.
Podcasting is powerful way to experiment with new content. It has a low cost/tech barrier to entry. Audible can’t make audiobooks fast enough, demonstrating audio remains a unique way for authors to attract attention, where video is an over-saturated medium that often drowns new voices out.
To learn what makes podcast fiction tick, check out my 2011 Parsec Award-nominated Podcast Teardown miniseries, featuring interviews with Mur Lafferty, Nathan Lowell, Jake Bible, Philippa Ballantine, Patrick McLean, Brand Gamblin, Basil Sands, Christof Laputka & Abigail Hilton. Download
On Cal Newport’s ‘Study Hacks Blog’, the assistant professor of Comp Sci at Georgetown, suggests that ‘Write Every Day’ is bad advice.The article’s not strictly for full time writers but I think it’s a good discussion for writer folks to have.
Deadlines aside, I’d counter the goal behind the goal for daily writing is as important as the wordcount; it’s building habits. For me, it is important. So is not stressing about results. Give it a read & decide how to balance the underlying psychology of the act with clear goals, & the need to approach scheduling with flexibility.
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Arnel escorts Taggart and Burkov to the doctor for a once-over, and considers the changing world around him.
I have my own mentors & when I can I pay it forward: offering writing/biz advice, editing, social media help, being a brainstormer/sounding board to other writers in getting off the ground.
I sold my first story 10 years ago. I’ve published a dozen-plus books/audiobooks, ran successful crowd-funding campaigns & put years of experience into putting words together. I’m also the narrator of 25+ Audible titles, and 1+ million downloads of my own fiction.
If you want my help, you’re probably already a reader: so I’ve decided to take on up to 5 patrons to mentor. If you’re ready, let’s get to work.
Dina attempts to dock with the Betty’s crew on the tram.
I love reading, but books…I love ‘em & I hate ‘em. The smell of an old book is awesome. The sheer weight of bound paper on my shelf, and in my head? Not so much.
Still,how awesome is it that people want my books! I want to make good on those requests. Working on my Patreon campaign I figured out how I want to put my stories into books, and people’s hands.
I’m not selling books. I’m going to give them away. Every year, to patrons only.
Captain Travis and Commander Montagne discuss their new reality.
I’m launching a new crowdfunding goal on Patreon.com, that will help me serve twice as much free fiction for you to read and listen to: Help me reach $500 a month & I’ll put out TWO instalments every week!
Patronage earns you free ebooks & audiobooks, early access, concept art, trade paperbacks & more.
If we don’t reach $500/month, FARLOST goes haitus & WALK THE FIRE 2 takes its place.