Welcome to the Lake Arts Council blog, serving the cities of Camdenton, Linn Creek, Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Eldon and the surrounding areas. This website keeps an open dialog with lake area residents regarding performing and visual arts presentations and events around the Lake of the Ozarks. Our umbrella organizations feature chorale, orchestra, photography, writing, children's theater, woodworking, woodcarving, jazz, and blues performances, events, exhibits and classes.
A Presentation by Christina Williams Written by Elizabeth Simons of the Lake of the Ozarks Writers' Guild
“I got a marketing degree in
1992, but that was before the Internet. Now everything has changed,” said
Christina Williams, author of Destined
Love is Immortal, a novel for teens in the fantasy genre.
At the September 15 meeting of
the Lake Writers Guild, Christina talked about how she marketed her e-book, Destined Love Is Immortal, once it was
finished. She chose Amazon as her venue because it provided five days of free
downloads of her book every quarter. This would increase visibility and would get
her book into the hands of readers who would then hopefully write an
enthusiastic review and increase sales. She also talked about using Twitter to
spread the word about her book.
Regarding the writing process, Christina
said she wrote one hour a day. In a household with five children, that’s all
the time she has. That hour represents about 1,000 words, or roughly three
pages. “Dishes and laundry are always there, but if you write three pages
you’re three pages closer to getting your novel done,” she said. That’s how she
was able to write Destined Love Is
Immortal, a story in the fantasy genre about a young girl who travels to
Belgium to escape a troubled past, and falls in love with a most unusual hero.
Make your characters memorable.
People may love them or hate them, but they won’t forget them. To avoid
plagiarism, she said it’s better not to be reading a book while writing your
own.Keep writing, even if you feel
you’re stuck. You can always go back and change things once the book is
finished. She said that once she finished her novel she removed 20 pages from
the beginning and condensed them into one paragraph.
Christina stressed the importance
of formatting, especially for e-readers. And in order to get a five-star
rating, it’s imperative to have an error-free manuscript.If you have a lot of errors, people will let
you know with bad reviews.
She went on to say that the cover
of your book is critical. Remember that some people are color blind. A white
text against a dark background will grab the reader’s attention. Spending the
time to create a cover that will capture the eye is critical.
Christina is a native of Tulsa,
Oklahoma and has worked, lived, and traveled extensively in Europe. Previously
an owner of a martial arts school, Ms. Williams currently holds a second degree
black belt in the Korean Martial Art of Han Mu Do. You may follow Christina
Williams on Twitter @immortalswriter. Her e-book is currently available on
Amazon.com, where it has a five star review rating.
Christina distributed a list of
online and print books that provided information about the writing and
marketing process. For information about these publications, contact the Arts
Council at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 573-964-6366.