Second Person Point of View

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First Person: “I”

Second person: “You”

Third Person: “He” or “She”

I read an article recently on how the second person point of view was an ‘Off with her Head’ thing for a writer. I’d never really thought about it, to be honest. When I write my novels, I generally stick to the third person point of view. And, let’s face it, you don’t want to randomly switch views in the middle of the book, as it may/will destroy the flow of the work, and bump the reader out of the story. The point is to forget you’re reading – to get lost in the words. Switching from person to person doesn’t make that possible.

Although it can be done. It’s not recommended, as it can’t always be pulled off, but it is possible. Just as it is possible to write an entire manuscript in second person. It’s not a horrible thing. It’s just difficult.

You may have even switched from point of view to point of view accidentally. I know I have. When I first started writing, in one chapter I continually switched from first and third person without realizing it. It was a mess to fix, but it helped me figure out which view I was most comfortable writing in. I certainly found where I’m comfortable, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be practicing other forms of writing and technique. Trying new and dangerous things is what art is all about, after all.

Writing Exercise:

Try writing an entire paragraph in second person. Can you do it? Try writing an entire page in the second person point of view.

Youtube and Publishers

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It is unfortunate. Writers are being rejected, not for poor work, but because they don’t have a big enough ‘following.’ How can an author create a following without first being published?

But like everything else, the book publishing industry must evolve. However, it seems to be (kind of/ sort of/ anyone else getting a hinky feeling here?) chopping away at marketing. Instead of figuring out new ways to gain ‘personal’ relationships with fans, they are targeting people who already have that relationship with their fans. Approaching them with book deals, while the approached is none the wiser that the publisher may just be drooling behind closed doors at their following. Is it a matter of ‘I love your blog, let’s work together,’ or ‘I love your channel, let’s work together.’ Or is it more or less, ‘I like your millions of followers. And I’ll do what I have to do to put your name on the cover so I can sell to them.’

It is the newest trend to offer youtubers book deals. Youtubers like Zoe Sugg and Tanya Burr who have admitted that ghostwriters were employed. Zoe Sugg’s Youtube fan base is close to seven million followers.

“YouTube star Zoella, whose real name is Zoe Sugg, famously quit the internet in late 2014 after it emerged that the editorial team at Penguin helped with the writing of her book.” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2901810/Tanya-Burr-latest-YouTube-star-land-book-deal-unlike-Zoella-admitted-ghost-writer.html)

“Vlogger-turned-author Zoella insists she’s not leaving YouTube despite backlash over ghostwritten book.” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2866840/Vlogger-turned-author-Zoella-insists-s-not-leaving-YouTube-despite-backlash-ghostwritten-book.html)

Should youtube stars, bloggers, and anyone else who wants to, write their own book or have one published? Of course they should!

Why is it kick-ass awesome?

Youtube stars landing book deals is a good thing for the industry because these stars are generally young people with a young fan base. They get young people reading, and may even inspire some to start their own youtube channel or begin writing their own novels.

Why else?

Because they could be great reads!

But should they rush into temptation when publishers come knocking? Really, maybe it’s the publishers who should know better. Do they understand fans? In this case, readers? Unquestionably: you don’t do things at their expense. You don’t do things where they are going to feel cheated or exploited. You don’t do things where they are going to feel conned. And you certainly don’t put your authors in situations where they are going to be slandered by their own fans (not fans that the publishers gained for them, but their own fans).

Instead of stating things like, “The factual accuracy of the matter is simply that Zoe Sugg did not write Girl Online on her own.” They should be stating things like, “Every novel takes team effort in editing, designing, and overall creating. The factual accuracy of the matter is that this is Zoe Sugg’s awesome novel and we’re all excited to be a part of it.”

Or, hell, if it really was Ghost Written, the publishers should have put the other writer’s name on the cover as well as Zoe Sugg’s name.

“I absolutely love vlogging, but the comments recently mostly made me sick to my stomach. To the point I couldn’t bare to scroll down and read them in the fear that the top comments would be so mean, whether that was a personal attack on me, or someone else I loved. I’ve never felt this way before, and it’s so disheartening. That once fun, happy place that I uploaded content had all of a sudden turned so evil.” (http://www.zoella.co.uk/2014/11/why-i-stopped-daily-vlogging-hate-on.html)

But I would like to add (I don’t know how many of you have experienced slander, negative comments and such, and how consuming it can be) that Zoe Sugg hasn’t left youtube and you can find her channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gejL03izgc

I think authors everywhere (published or aspiring) can learn from this. Taking away from this, not only to take precautions and protect yourself and your fans, how to rise above negativity and slander, but how to also reach out and get personal with your fans. Writers are being rejected not for poor work, but for poor fan base (although, why settle for 10% of royalties when you can create a book and receive 100% of royalties if you have the fan base is beyond me).

For writers needing to connect and build a fan base, Zoe Sugg’s channel and blog are wonderful places to get inspired. http://www.zoella.co.uk/p/pradvertising.html

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(http://www.buzzfeed.com/danieldalton/story-juice#.ayOwDjKNW)

Looking for a Writing Community?

With writing being the solitary path that it is, and bringing about the isolation that it does, being a part of a writing community can be a sanity keeper. It always is, when you find people who understand you. It always is, when you can share your ideas and have honest editorial advice and critiques.

I will warn you this. When joining a writing community it is not enough to post your work and wait for the comments to come rolling in. Like writing a novel, you can’t just put it out there and wait for the money to come rolling in. In a community, you have to get involved. You have to edit, comment, and critique works before people will take notice of yours. Being a part of a community takes time. It takes commitment. Well, of course. All friendships do, and being a part of any community involves nurturing lasting friendships.

Deciding which community (or communities) to join will depend entirely on you. Do you want a fan fiction scene? Do you want to post chapters weekly? Are you looking for a publisher’s notice? Or are you thinking of making your finished work into an eBook?

Writing Communities:

1. http://figment.com/

Read, Write, and Talk

2. www.pottermore.com

Harry Potter fan?

3. www.bookcountry.com

Read, Review, and Publishing Option

4. www.wattpad.com

Read, Write, Share

5. http://www.writerscafe.org/

Online Writing Community

6. http://community.harlequin.com/

Group for Harlequin lovers

7. https://www.authonomy.com/

Join an online community where writers become authors and great books get published.

8. https://fictionpad.com/

Read, Write, and Discuss fanfiction

Some More Awesome:

1. http://nanowrimo.org/

November 1-30 National Novel Writing Month

2. http://labs.triggerstreet.com/

Feedback Exposure and Opportunity

3. http://www.abctales.com/

Read, Write and Discuss

4. http://www.deviantart.com/

A place for artists of every kind

5. www.goodreads.com

Everything books

6. http://bksp.org/

Online writer’s organization

7. https://www.netgalley.com/

“If you’re a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, get a FREE NetGalley account to request and read digital galleys”

8. https://www1.lightningsource.com/default.aspx

Print Publishing Services and then some

Side Note: Writing a book is a mountain of hard work – let’s face it. If you’ve decided you want to publish your novel into an eBook (and your book has been professionally edited and you have a professional designer in mind), check out some of these eBook publishers.

1. http://www.bookbaby.com

2. https://www.createspace.com/

3. http://www.kobo.com/writinglife

4. http://www.lulu.com/create/ebooks

5. https://www.nookpress.com/

6. http://www.booktango.com/