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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The setting of a story, whether a book or short story, if written well, can, in a way, become another character in the novel. Despite it being the background of a novel, sometimes it can transcend space to become something more. The plot of the story revolves around it, the characters live in it, and the reader becomes engrossed by it. When deciding on the setting of a story, the writer must be sure it’s one that adds to the plot of the story rather than hides in the background.
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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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Last week our blog post was all about how to write a novel, part one and part two. This week, however, we’re telling you all about the different parts that make up a novel. You’ve surely heard the terms or seen them in books: foreword, preface, introduction, prologue, and epilogue. But what are they, exactly? Are they interchangeable? Do you need them? We’ll answer these questions below.
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Writing a novel is a big task, a rewarding task. That’s why it’s such a common trope in TV shows and movies—a character proudly declares, “I’m going to write a novel!” and is received with praise and applause. That’s because novel-writing isn’t easily done, and it’s not done by everyone, but when it is, it is a huge accomplishment. It’s really something to be quite proud of. Art provides people with an outlet, an escape, and the novel is a high form of art.
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So you’ve finally finished your self-published book: it’s printed and in your hands, and now it’s time to sell it. When choosing how to sell your book, make sure you choose wisely. Your self-publishing journey hasn’t led you this far just for you to lose your rightfully earned money. There are many, many ways for self-published authors to sell their books, both online and off. We at DiggyPOD believe you, as the author and publisher, should retain all rights and therefore should receive all the profits.
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As we leave 2016 behind, you may be reminiscing on the year, getting nostalgic for all you’ve done both during 2016 and your life as a whole. Perhaps that nostalgia has driven you to write a memoir. Memoir-writing is a unique experience: it’s all about you and the nitty, gritty truth. When writing fiction, you decide where the story is going. When writing memoir, the story is already there, you just have to write it. This doesn’t make it easy, though. Writing a memoir is tricky: it can be difficult to appease everyone in your life, and writing the truth and making that truth interesting can be the hardest part.
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There are two common routes of book publishing one could take: self-publishing or traditional publishing. Obviously there are differences between the two, but each has its benefits and its pitfalls. Typically, traditional book publishing is thought of as the norm, as better than self-publishing, but if you read last week’s blog post, you know that isn’t true.
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Despite being an established, diverse, and thriving industry, self-publishing is still shrouded in misconceptions. Perhaps it’s because traditional publishing has been the norm for so long. Or, maybe it’s because not enough people know where to find self-published work. Whatever the reason, people still believe so many falsities about the industry. From why authors choose to self-publish to how well self-published books sell, DiggyPOD is here to dispel those misconceptions.
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When you think of self-published authors, you tend to think of small-time writers with minimal sales and impact. However, in the digital age, with a plethora of self-publishing companies available and the option to market your book on social media, self-publishing can lead to big-time, traditional success. Gone are the days of needing a marketing team and publishing house behind you to sell your book. Just take a look at these self-publishing success stories.
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