Publishing 101: Writing an Author’s Note

Publishing 101This is one in a series of posts entitled Publishing 101: Draft to Book in 30 Days. To learn more about this challenge, visit the Publishing 101 page, where all links regarding this topic will be listed as they become available.

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I have never written an author’s note to add to my book for readers to find after the story, but as I have mentioned in a previous post, I’m trying on a few new ideas with Fowl Summer Nights, so a personal letter to readers sounds like a great idea.

I discovered the idea of author’s notes in the article Fine-tuning Your Author’s Note by Victoria Grossack on Writing World. I think it’s an interesting idea, so here’s the draft of my first letter to readers:

The idea for Fowl Summer Nights came from my own experience buying livestock from the online classified site Kijiji. It was surprising how easy it was to get addicted to checking the site daily to see what new animals were offered for sale. I bought several batches of chickens and ducks advertised on the website.

When we began our homestead in March of 2011, we had no animals. By the end of the summer we had one miniature donkey, two sheep, two goats, ten ducks, five turkeys and around forty chickens. It was too easy to get up in the morning, check Kijiji and scheme of how to get another animal.

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The Writing World

Several years ago–I’m talking about ten or more–I discovered Writing World. I was relatively new to writing fiction and publishing at that time, so the articles on the site really helped me.

When I switched computers (and email addresses) almost two years ago, I lost the subscription to their newsletter and forgot to renew it. As things happen, I forgot about the wonder writing world. Until a few days ago when I went in search for it for another writer.

There it was. Just as I remembered it and just as informative.

Now I want to share it with you. You can check out the Writing World for articles on all aspects of writing, publishing, editing, freelance writing, genre fiction, character building, etc., etc. and etc. There are more than 600 articles waiting for you.

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