Hannah Gordon is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan, where she studied Communications and Creative Writing. Her creative work can be found in Burrow Press Review, WhiskeyPaper, Synaesthesia Magazine, and more.
Writing a book is a challenging feat, one that many people set out to do and find too difficult. Self-published authors, especially, have lots of challenges facing them, but the payoff is great. Self-publishing a book is a great way to get good stories into the hands of eager readers. Anyone can self-publish, and that’s part of the beauty of the industry: how open it is to everyone.
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Art is a refuge. It’s a cornerstone of society, a reminder of beauty and revolution and comfort. Art museums, music, libraries – they’re all necessary aspects in culture. Yet, despite this high regard, too often writers (as well as other artists) are not compensated as they properly should be. It can be difficult, figuring out how to make money as a writer and often that’s because institutions don’t pay what they should, but it’s not impossible. As a writer, you should always hold your art in the highest regard; know your worth and demand it.
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The road to self-publishing is a long one, full of hard work and obstacles that put your creativity and drive to the test. But once you’ve published that book, and you’re able to hold it in your hands and see your name on the cover, it is so worth it. The pride you’ll feel after self-publishing your own book may cause you to be stagnant, however. After all, you’ve already written a book, so why rush to write another? Don’t let your craft fall aside because this success – keep going, keep chasing further success. A writer should never be satisfied with one book when they have an infinite number of stories living inside their head.
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Choosing a narrator for your novel is usually intuitive. More likely than not, as your idea is forming, a protagonist will rise to the surface, and the narration will fall to them. The protagonist is in the center of the story, so it’s only natural that the storytelling will be their responsibility. But choosing a narration form can be difficult. First person? Third person? Second person? Are you confused yet? Don’t worry, we’ll break it down.
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We’ve all been there – our favorite book has been made into a movie, and those beloved characters that we’ve only encountered on the page are now realized in the flesh, but once we actually see the movie, and see the world come to life, we’re disappointed. Is it because nothing can live up to world of the book? Or is it because, sometimes, book to movie adaptations change too much of the original plot? And is it possible to get it right?
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Writing inspiration can come from anywhere. Some writing inspiration can come to you in a dream – like Twilight author Stephenie Meyer or Stephen King or Mary Shelley (yup, Frankenstein was inspired by a dream, or maybe a nightmare). Character inspiration can come from real life people (for example, characters in Moby Dick, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Les Miserables). In any shape or form, no matter how small, inspiration can lead to incredible plots, settings, characters, and entire books: books that change the author’s life, change the industry, and change the world.
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You’ve probably heard that old saying – publish or perish! But what does it mean? And how can self-publishing fit in?
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Pseudonyms – or as they’re otherwise known, “pen names” or a “nom de plume” – have been widely used by writers for quite some time now. Pseudonyms are fictitious names that authors will use in various situations. There are many different reasons why someone would choose to use a pseudonym, and each reason is personal and valid. Think of a pseudonym as a literary alter ego. Whether the author chooses to use pseudonym simply to keep their personal life out of the limelight, to distance themselves from previously published work, or if they’re left with no choice but to use a pseudonym, pseudonyms are a great way to still get pieces of work out into the world.
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Sometimes convoluted, yet always uniquely beautiful, poetry, as poet Rita Dove once put it, “is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” There are different types of poetry, each powerful in their own way.
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When e-books first came on the scene, traditional publishers, POD publishers, and writers alike were worried that print books would soon be obsolete. There was much excitement surrounding electronic books and the ease with which one could simply download and read a book without even leaving the couch. Speculations were made that print would be obsolete within years and that everyone would opt for tablets or e-readers instead.
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