Five Things I Learned while Writing THE COURIER

My first novel will be published in early September. We’ll be sharing it as a Kindle e-book, paperback, and eventually an audible presentation. This first-time author has high expectations for the project, and I look forward to feedback from people who enjoy the Thriller genre.
Anyone attempting to write and offer a book to the world might want to glance over the following five points discovered while hammering out The Courier:

-1-Writing is hard, and there are thousands of great authors working to sell their art. Literary agents rejected my novel because it wasn't ready to be shared. I consider the dismissals by the agents a positive. They assessed the manuscript as needing further rewrites and pointed me in the direction of the self-publishing industry.  TAKE AWAY: Prepare the best possible draft before sharing it with the agents and publishing companies.
-2-There are incredible resources available to assist writers with their craft. I found the grammar checking software Grammarly useful. It’s also worth listening to your draft while you review it and Natural Reader’s realistic sounding software is affordable and proved to be a powerful instrument to assist rewrites. The online talent agency called Reedsy will assist in finding editors, cover designers, website technicians, and other useful services. TAKE AWAY: Tools, instruments, and professional support are available to anyone capable of searching the Web.

-3- People judge a book by the cover. You can create your Novel Cover if you're a talented graphic artist or enjoy working with available templates. You can also shop around and might be surprised at the availability of Excellent cover designers offering professional work at reasonable prices. TAKE AWAY: Invest time or money in creating an excellent cover for your novel.

-4-Marketing is the second half of the battle. The Indie Novelist’s work only begins after the last draft is complete. Exposing your book to the correct audience is essential to successful marketing. I found books by Mark Dawson, David Gaughran, and the free booklets found on the Bookbub website extremely helpful.

When you sign up for Gordon J. Campbell's list, you receive a Top Secret Document based on the protagonist Gregg Westwood. (www.gordonjcampbell.com) 

TAKE AWAY: Build a mailing list by offering something interesting to people. Do your homework and run a systematic marketing campaign based on the tracks laid down by proven experts.

-5-Writing contests offer Excellent opportunities for feedback and possible exposure. There are several legitimate writing contests, and some provide a professional critique for an additional fee. Winners gain exposure and prize money. TAKE AWAY: You can test your product by entering first novel competitions.

Here’s a little bit about THE COURIER

An expatriate businessman, Gregg Westwood, leaves the Officers’ Club at an American Air Base in Japan unaware about the impression he’s made on two intelligence agents. They sized him up as someone with potential for strategic deployment, and more importantly, he's under the radar. 
Gregg's exploits start with what he thinks is a one-off assignment as a courier, and the straightforward task spirals out of control. He's forced to rise to the occasion and use every resource available to survive. Even his family is jeopardized, which forces him to return to Japan to settle scores.
The Courier is one man’s struggle to fight for survival in a world that he's not been trained for and where violence and retribution are the names of the game.

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