It takes two to tango

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Tango-Show-Buenos-Aires-01In all aspects of work life, it is important to analyze what you are good at, and where you really really suck. This way you can get help where you need it and only focus on the stuff where you are least likely to mess it up. I have applied this analysis to my Six Book in Six Months project and realized I pretty much suck at everything but writing. I could probably even make a mess of this since I have decided to write in a foreign language. Do not even get me started on English rules for comma usage.

Therefore, I have pinpointed where I need help in realizing my dream of being an author and where I will get it. I hope this will turn my great stories into great novels on your electronic device of choice.

The plan:

Fortunately, I have many English and American friends who can tell me where in my writing I have made grave mistakes. Step 1 is to pass the first draft of my books to them for a quick kick in the groin and a blow to my self-confidence. Yes, I have honest friends.

Secondly, I will pay an editor to clean out the last grammatical mistakes, put in the missing commas and make it look like an actual English-speaking person wrote them.

I cannot even make a proper doodle on a piece of paper so an illustrator will help me with the front pages.

When people, who hopefully know what they are doing, have edited and illustrated my books, I will give them to my publicist, PR manager, social media specialist, key account manager, financial advisor and wife (it is the same person). She will take it from there and make sure my books are available at various eBook retailers around the world. Apparently, this is quite easy to do. She will also make sure that everyone who have ever seen Pirates of the Caribbean, heard of Captain Blackbeard, seen a flag with skull and crossbones or even played with a wooden sword will hear of them. Then they just have to be good enough for people to buy them. This is still up to me.

I can write the books alone, but I cannot make them perfect and sell them without help. Therefore, it takes two to tango, or in this case, where it actually takes a lot more people to do something that is closer to a Greek zorba.

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