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Finding Your Voice in Narrative


I have been following my own best advice. As more people read the two memoirs, the better feedback I receive. The good news is that the feedback is good news. I have not lost sight of that and continue work diligently on the next book. Speaking for myself, I'm liking what I'm reading, thus far, although this book will be my first attempt at writing a fictional novel. With fictional characters that need to be developed, along with their reason for being there in the first place. The direction of this development has changed course more than once. I'm not talking about good or bad or right or wrong. I'm talking about what every serious writer knows to be the Holy Grail of their writing, finding one's voice. Asking what one's voice might be is inquiring the meaning of the punch line, the double reflective.. Only the writer knows what she/he wants it to be, and knows when they're in it. The voice that is. What has this to do with POD Publishing you ask? Everything, if your book isn't a hobby. Part of the process of success in POD Publishing is successively good books. All the advertising and marketing wizardry available won't sell weak or stinky books, and any preview of a writer's book tells the reader what is inside. Crappy books do not spell success. But you knew that. I keep scanning social communities with writers groups, looking at the personal web-sites available as well as writer's blogs, searching for a sense of how many writers are participating in the larger discussion of today's publishing world. That is the crux of change; participation. Traditional publishers had procedures for setting standards for writers, with the intent of course being to retain quality literature as the standard, in whatever genre. POD Publishing allows anyone access to the market, no questions asked. This is good of course, as my books now have opportunity to be seen by a very large, worldwide readership. It is not up to me as an independent writer to make judgment of another writer's work. Critiquing is another thing. For now, POD Publishing is a frontier, and as all frontiers there is precious little rules one must abide, until the law gets into town, usually requested and paid for by the citizens wanting peace. What has yet to be seen is how writers of today will organize in such a way as to develop a quality brand, that tells readers these writers are quality. Think Windham Hill, in music. As I said, I've been perusing the online writing communities for any sign of discussion of this topic. Possibly the idea will evolve when enough writers decide they want to stand out, be peer reviewed and marketed accordingly. One of the drawbacks of a frontier is that no one really trusts a stranger until they get to know you. And only if they get to know you. So, I'll wait for thoughts from other writers to continue this conversation in a more balanced way. . .


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