Advice for those who want to write or new authors by D. F. Jones

Today’s guest post is by D. F. Jones, author of the Ditch Lane Diaries!
Anna’s Way (Ditch Lane Diaries Book 2)
By
D. F. Jones
Released May 3, 2016
About the Book:Anna's Way Cover
It’s a pinch of City of Angels with a smidgen of Constantine and a dash of Michael. The Ditch Lane Diaries begins in 1977 and follows three childhood friends (Anna, Ruby and Sandy) from college to adulthood. Love and joy, heartache and tears, held in the hands of destiny by divine supernatural forces and powers. A healer, a dreamer and a soul reader on life’s journey of discovery to true love and how to use their divine gifts.

A spelunking adventure changes Anna’s life forever. She receives the ability to heal through a divine power and meets her guardian angel, Ralph, who teaches her how to use her gift. Anna’s power grows stronger with every passing year as does her drive to become a doctor. When Anna receives an out of state scholarship for medical school, her love for Jerry has her torn. She has been in love with Jerry for most of her life. Does she pursue her dream, her divine calling at the risk of losing true love?

The Ditch Lane Diaries is a paranormal romance that includes angels and demons with metaphysical and visionary elements fighting an angelic war over Earth’s humans. The many twists and turns give the reader plenty to contemplate over life choices. The Ditch Lane Diaries is for readers Adults 18+ and trending Women 35+ with a medium heat level.

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Advice for those who want to write or new authors

 It is important to cultivate friendships with other authors. They have been where you are now. Write daily and never give up. See your story through until the end. Anytime I get an idea I write it down. Whether it’s a napkin or my IPhone. I have thousands of pages of notes. I came by this quote, the writer is unknown, but it has stuck with me “Get it written, then get it right!”

If you are going to self-publish find a good editor, proofreader and formatter. Hire a professional to design your cover. 

Editor: A good editor will make or break your book. You don’t have to stay with an editor or a publisher if you are uncomfortable with their feedback or lack of feedback. Read the fine print of any contract. If your gut is telling you something isn’t right, trust it and move on. Writer’s Beware is a site which offers insights on individuals and companies that do not have good reputations. Review this site!

You need to find an editor that works in your genre. It’s important to relate well with your editor. If it doesn’t work or your stressing about it, look for someone else.

Beta Readers: During your second pass find Beta Readers They’re a godsend. Listen to their comments. If you have two or three beta’s saying the same thing, then it is a good rule of thumb to revisit your manuscript for a tweak.

Proofreader and formatter: You may want to find a good proofreader after your manuscript has finished its last pass. By the time you make it through your third pass, your brain has a tendency to auto correct mistakes. My brain auto corrects in any pass….And then lastly, find a good formatter. You want your manuscript to be polished. An editor, proofreader and formatter will help you accomplish your goals.

Bookcover and marketing. Hire a professional. If you are not a designer, then don’t design your book. If you want to be taken serious, then have a seriously professional book cover, website and even social media ads.

Once you’re book is published, don’t rest on your laurels. Start writing again even if you only write scenes. Remember, not everyone will like what you write, at the end of the day, it is your book. As long as you love it and you’re happy, then someone out there will love it too.

Meet the Author:

D. F. Jones

After years of developing creative advertising for my clients through my media company, I had the compelling desire to write something for myself. If you love to read and get immersed into the characters of a book, then you will catch a small drift of how incredible it is to write your characters and breathe them into life. I fell in love with writing and trust you will enjoy my books.
A little about me: After graduating MTSU, I landed a job as a broadcast consultant at the ABC Affiliate in Nashville, which led to me opening my ad agency. I’m happily married to the love of my life and my best friend, KJ. We have two gorgeous sons whom I love and adore more than life itself. I love to laugh, and my husband keeps me in stitches!


Connect with D. F. Jones:
Twitter: @Author_DFJones

Other Books by D.F. Jones
Ruby’s Choice, Ditch Lane Diaries, vol. 1

Anna’s Way, Ditch Lane Diaries, vol. 2

Sandy’s Story, Ditch Lane Diaries, vol. 3 coming soon

Antique Mirror, a short story