“Clive” – Only Free until Midnight May 1st!

Just a quick note to let you know that my short story story “Clive“, originally published in the Brainstorms anthology, will no longer be free as of midnight May 1st. So click here to download, read and enjoy for free until then.

Downloads are in the hundreds so don’t miss out! And if you’re so moved, please feel free to write a review right on the Smashwords site.

See you out there!

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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The “All-in-One” Author Hybrid

There was a time when the only thing writers had to worry about was…well, writing. This left plenty of time for other erstwhile pursuits such as drinking coffee, shopping for turtlenecks, and stuffing pipes.

The Age of Independence has changed all that. Now, authors not only need to concentrate on crafting tales, they also have to be marketers, bloggers, webmasters, and Social Media gurus.

And here I always thought of authors as recluses. These days they have to actually form relationships. And not just with a few people but rather hundreds, if not thousands.

How did we come this far so quickly?

Well, we didn’t really have a choice. Fewer dollars in the publishing industry have forced authors to take matters into their own hands through Self-Publishing.

But it’s really not such a bad thing. Since releasing Raincloud I’ve built a website, become a blogger, arranged book and reading tours, developed Social Media skills and met (in person and online) lots and lots of great people.

I’m also my own boss with no publishing board of directors to answer to. What could be better than that?

I, for one, am glad to be an “All-in-One” author hybrid. The learning never stops and neither does the fun.

See you out there!

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.

The Say WEN Newsletter

I’m happy announce that I am now a contributing writer to the Say WEN Newsletter!

Their mission, from their website: “The Writers and Editors Network is an organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the art and skill of writing and editing. It aims to foster literacy, assist, empower and provide moral support to writers and editors from all disciplines. It will network, mentor and educate members independently an in cooperation with existing organizations.”

In the April’s edition, I write about direct mail vs. social media marketing for authors. And don’t miss my Tip of the Month!

So have a look at the website and sign up for the newsletter. I promise not to bore you.

See you out there!

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.

How a Laptop Can Save your Novel

One of the biggest concerns aspiring writers share during my Self-Publishing Speaking Series is their inability to find time to write. 

Life can get busy. Between work, commuting, family and friends, along with other responsibilities and distractions, one hardly has time to relax, let alone write a novel.

A laptop might provide the answer.

I purchased one and took it almost everywhere. I wrote on the bus on the way to work. Over lunch, I took it to the local library or coffee shop and worked there. Then again on the bus in the evening.

At night, I tried to commit at least one hour to write. This scheduling also allowed time to exercise or to have a meal with family and friends.

After a while I found I wasn’t missing some of those non-essential things. Television, email, and Facebook could all wait.

Laptops are getting lighter and cheaper as technology improves. It could be the best investment you ever made for your writing. Because regardless of how little spare time you have, your novel isn’t going to write itself.

See you out there! 

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.

The Rewards of Editorial Abuse

I like my editors ruthless. They get paid to pick my work apart without softening the blows.

I want salt, not sugar. Simon, not Paula.

I’ve written eight drafts of my upcoming novel, The Orphans of the Creek. It’s been through two editors and two writing mentors and at times their criticisms have been nothing short of scathing.

But that’s not necessarily a sign of bad writing. More so, it suggests a great editor.

So it was with a little trepidation that I sent my latest draft to an editor who is known for missing nothing and nit-picking everything. And after reading it for the first time, this is some of what she had to say:

…it’s a great book. I really enjoyed the story, and you honestly have probably the finest ear for dialogue out of anyone I’ve ever edited. The characters were all very believable and interacted very naturally. The story hung together well (that might not sound like a compliment, but believe me, from me it is), and you are fantastic at creating atmosphere without bogging the reader down in details. I really felt like I was standing next to the characters and seeing what they saw.”

Then she goes on to tell me that she made 650 notes for me to look at plus the general critique!

But these comments are the reward for all the editorial abuse my manuscript has endured. All writers go through it. You probably will too. How else will you ever develop your writing?

See you out there!

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.