Sometimes, when all is said and written, and a story has reached its resolution, there’s still something that is begging to be told: some sort of final thought, one that doesn’t quite fit into the narrative arc. This is where an epilogue comes in handy. But what is an epilogue? An epilogue is like a prologue, but it comes after the events of a novel. Why do authors write epilogues? And should self-publishers include on in their work?
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Last week we discussed the different elements of book cover design. The cover of a book is a very important aspect in book sales. A boring cover won’t sell much, but a dynamic and unique one will attract readers. The front cover should work to draw the reader in: it should wow them and invite them to look further. The back cover, then, is where the reader should get hooked. The back cover should be the thing that makes the reader decide, Yes, I will read this book! The reason for this? The synopsis, of course!
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Self-published authors will need to put time and effort into their book covers. The cover is the first thing potential readers will see, which means there’s a lot of pressure riding on this first impression. In traditional publishing, the publishing house would have a cover designer or team of designers dedicated to the cover of the book. Self-publishing, however, presents the author with the unique opportunity to decide for themselves how their book will look once it’s printed.
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Self-publishing is a great way for authors to get their book published. Self-publishing gives a voice to diverse authors, allowing their stories to be told freely and with abandon. Traditional publishing deters these authors: the process is too long, too selective, and turns away too many people with dreams and beautiful books begging to be published.
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September 24-September 30 is officially Banned Books Week 2017. This is a time to celebrate freedom of speech while investigating the causes behind censorship. Banned Books Week invites us to not only read banned books, but to delve deeply into them, to ask questions. Every year there seems to be more and more books on the list: some for obvious reasons, others not. What remains the constant over the years is the discussion behind what it means to ban a piece of literature, a piece of art.
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As a first time self-publisher, you’re bound to have questions. The self-publishing process can seem overwhelming to someone who’s unfamiliar with it. That’s why DiggyPOD has this blog – to close the gap between author (and therefore publisher) and printer. We aim to be a complete publishing guide. But too often on the blog we assume that our readers are experienced self-publishers. To welcome newcomers, we’ve pulled together some frequently asked questions and concerns that potential clients have and answered them for you, right here, in this blog.
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There’s a lot of information and options online for self-publishing a book. With countless options for self-publishing companies, how do you know you’re getting the very best deal? Publishing isn’t something to take lightly; whatever you’ve been working on, be it memoir, fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, it should be published with the utmost care and professionalism.
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Countless book characters, over time, have become almost like friends to those who read their pages. From the first books read to children by their mothers, to the first book someone dubs their favorite, book characters, if written well, have the potential to change lives.
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When writing a book, there may be certain aspects that are foreign to the author, especially if they’re a first-time self-publisher. One of these is the prologue. You’ve no doubt encountered prologues before, while reading other books. Prologues are always at the onset of the novel, and they read like any other chapter, but they’re specifically set aside. In order to write fiction, self-published authors should know what a prologue is and how to master writing one. They can add a great deal to the story and hook a reader faster than a first chapter full of exposition could.
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Within the last decade, young adult books (otherwise known as YA books) have exploded with popularity, inspiring successful series, movie franchises, merchandising, television shows, and spinoffs. According to The Balance, the number of young adult books published between 2002-2012 doubled from the previous decade, at a whopping 10,000 novels. These books aren’t just for teens, either. Though the market targets 12-18 year olds, a large number of adults 18 and older read young adult books as well.
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