Making WordPress Word-Depressed

Sometimes I wonder if the “www” in my web address stands for “World’s Worst Website”.

Okay, that’s a little harsh. It’s not that bad. I was just so wrapped up in submitting short stories and finishing my newest novel, The Orphans of the Creek that I neglected it.

I’m sure my readers would rather I write than fiddle around with HTML coding and layouts. But WordPress makes things so easy that I can’t make any valid excuses about not being technically proficient. A more valid excuse would be spending valuable development time on Facebook (BTW – can you “like” my page while you’re there? I’m transitioning the Facebook group over to this page. Thanks!).

An author’s website can be a powerful tool in self-promotion that, once completed, takes little effort to update. It has to be respected just like anything other online media tool. Just like Facebook or Twitter or anything else.

So – time to blow up my website and clean it up. I’m down to a one-page website now but looking to create one I can keep forever. Visit me anytime while this bachelor pad turns into a multi-bedroom house.

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

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Draft Eight Completed! Or was that Draft Nine?

I’ve lost count.

Between all the surgical drafts and sub-drafts I’ve subject The Orphans of the Creek I may as well call it a Franken-novel.

But seriously folks, it’s great to back here with another completed draft, hopefully ready for the eager hands of my patient readers.

Before I started writing I never really appreciated the work that went into a novel. Now I realize it’s the same for any end result. For instance, take that shiny new car. You get to enjoy that sleek exterior, that lush interior, that new car smell. But you don’t see all the bare bones testing and retesting of parts, making them work in harmony while keeping the outside hot and sexy. You just get to enjoy the end result.

Writing is the same way. Any author will tell you how much thought goes into every little bit of dialogue, every little nuance and aspect of a character and how they interrelate to the plot, setting, and each other.

Not that I’m complaining. Not anymore, anyway!  

So as I prepare to submit to a publisher I’m going to update my long-suffering website and then start a music project. Art never dies, but I would without it.

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Writing to Make Tons of Money!

Yeah, right.

Sure, I came into the business starry-eyed. I was going to write the classic novel: compelling characters, crisp dialogue, intricate plot…the works! And it was going to sell by the box lo and I had already imagined who was going to star in the lead role of the movie version (it was John Cusack).

And then I came crashing down to Earth.

Not to put down the merits of my first novel, Raincloud. It was pretty good, if I may say so myself. But I’m not exactly flying first-class to my next book signing.

I read somewhere that novelists have to write four modestly selling books per year to live at the poverty line. Can you imagine writing under such duress? Wouldn’t the stress of knowing your rent has to be paid solely by novel royalties ruin the passion for you?

Sure, journalists write for money all the time. But they’re usually writing non-fiction (such as in news reporting) or submitting opinion columns. With novels, it’s all on the author. There isn’t even a cigar-chomping editor over your shoulder to motivate you.

So my point is that if you want to write fiction for money, start by doing it on the side until you write that blockbuster. Keep your day job.

I’ve learned to write simply because I love to tell stories. And that, dear reader, is the best reason of all.

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Sometimes it’s Life Unexpected

Hello, gracious readers!

First of all, let me apologize for getting behind (WAY behind) on my blogging. Sometimes life does get in the way.

In my case, I’ve been attending to a very ill and elderly relative and, as I’m sure you’ll agree, family comes first. As I once said on Facebook, if you are caring for an elderly relative full-time I take my hat off to you. Doing it part-time is hard enough while keeping the rest of your life balanced.

But I’ve been inspired to start blogging again. I’ll have lots of exciting news to share as well as my “Publishing in the Age of Independence” series to continue.

So, ride with me. I have at least one hand on the wheel.

RST

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!”

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.