When your novel is complete, and ready to be printed, you may reflect on the journey you’ve taken to get to this point and find that one or two people in particular helped in an extraordinary way. Or, you may find that you owe all of your work to one specific person. Perhaps this is someone who has inspired you or has been there for you throughout your entire life, and you decide that you owe it to this person. This is why authors have a dedication page.
Some of the best and most captivating writing is that which keeps us on the edge of our seat, turning page after page, eager to find out what happens next. This is why mystery novels attract so many readers. These novels should excite, scare, thrill, and entice readers. They can be the best source of escape, allowing the reader to feel a part of the mystery, to be actively trying to decipher it as they read. According to Self-Publishing Relief, mystery novels (along with thrillers and crime novels) make up the second largest percentage of self-published books, after romance novels. What makes mystery novels so popular? Why do readers read them? In this blog, we’ll answer these questions and discuss how to write a mystery novel.
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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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