As the third week of National Novel Writing Month (or, NaNoWriMo for short) draws to a close, the month is now officially halfway over, so that means your novel should be halfway finished by now. Are you there yet?
Writing a book is tiresome, grueling work, full of revising, rewriting, and, sometimes, redoing completely. To write a book is no small feat: it takes constant patience, dedication, and passion. It can take weeks, months, or even years to finish your book. And once you’ve written that last sentence—once you’ve placed that long-awaited “The End” at the bottom of the page—your work has really just begun. Now it’s time to edit!
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With thousands of printing companies in the United States alone, choosing a book printer for your book can be a bit of a daunting task. Where to start? What is the difference in companies? What are some key components to look for when picking the right printer? These are all questions a self-publisher asks when diving into the printing process.
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I have been told, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. What a challenging and almost an impossible request. We all do it on instinct, don’t we? A great book cover design gives a glimpse of what is to come. It is a representation of the content, the author, and foretells the experience that could be had by a reader. This is why authors try so very hard to find a design that will properly display their writings.
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So, you’ve come up with a great plot for a new short story or a terrific idea for a character or plot development in your novel. Your first instinct may be to sit down and start typing, but you might want to think twice.
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Few people know how to write bestsellers better than Dean Koontz. One piece of advice he gives to up-and-coming novelists: don’t let outlines stifle your creativity. Although “nearly every new writer I know uses detailed outlines,” he says, “when I stopped relying on them, my work became less stiff, more organic, less predictable.” For some writers, creating an outline can be helpful;
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The introduction of e-readers and self-publishing outlets has kicked many authors into high gear. The self-publishing niche is experiencing unprecedented growth, offering writers an affordable outlet for getting their stories heard (or read) without having to jump through the hoops associated with traditional publishing.
There’s no question that self-publishing can be the path toward a bright and promising future for today’s author, but there are also mistakes that can delay success unnecessarily. Here are 3 incredibly important mistakes to avoid
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With e-books becoming more popular by the day, authors are taking publishing rights into their own hands. If you’re thinking about self-publishing, consider why it’s important to know which genres are most popular. What do readers want to see? How can you write a novel that reaches more people? Is your chosen genre exciting to your audience?
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If you’re writing and self-publishing a book, you have to be self-motivated. What exactly does that mean? Sometimes, it means pulling yourself out of writer’s block and getting back into productive mode.
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According to a survey of ISBN data from October 2013, more than 391,000 self-published books were released in the previous year, continuing an upward trend that displays no signs of slowing down. With the advent of the digital e-reader, aspiring authors have found it easier than ever to put their fiction out to the masses. Are you meant to join them? Here are six ways to know if your destiny lies in becoming an author.