Great pointers for writing Great Posts.
Please be careful out there. I have assisted three or four clients who have been bitten by greedy or publishers not doing thier job correctly.
After approaching three different bookstores in NZ where i used to live…I had no real joy. They seem to turn into Grammar geeks….as if non of the trad books in their store have errors. Another one hated anything not printed in the town..aka Createspace….Even though all their Trad books were printed overseas…Maybe i’ll have btter luck in the UK…Who knows.
Yesterday was somewhat traumatic. Having confronted a face from the past that I’d really rather not ever see again, I was left with time on my hands and too much on my mind. So I defaulted to my usual sanctuary – books. I didn’t have my device with me, so I headed to my favourite book store to find something to read. My need for ink on paper and a pretty, nicely textured cover in my hands was just too strong.
It’s a luxury, you know, having a local bookshop. The town in which I live doesn’t have one, but the larger town in which I work has two, as well as a fantastic place that sells second hand and antique books.
For me, the choice is simple. I will always support locally owned, independent businesses rather than larger chains or big department stores.
As an Indie author, I know…
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Self Editing Tips
by Ryan Lanz
For some writers, editing strikes fear into their hearts. Okay, perhaps not fear, but some discomfort. At least a stomach ache, right?
Before you reach for the antacids, let’s discuss the different methods of editing and introduce some ways that might make it less intimidating.
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FAIL – First Attempt In Learning…
Failure. Hmmmm. Well, I recently entered two contests and wasn’t selected. I’ve had agents who didn’t want me, editors who didn’t want my book(s), and enough negative reviews to be christened an author. I’ve also had the illustrious pleasure of receiving a small handful of emails from Wikipedia Historians telling me why I’m wrong about some research. Failure indeed. I’ve had lots of it, and suspect plenty more lies on the horizon.
For writers, failure is a four-letter word. We fear it, we dread it, and we try to avoid it at all costs. But perhaps we give it too much power. Maybe it’s best to run straight at it, helmet on. Learning how to cope with “failure” comes through loads of practice (sadly), but it also comes through two important skills a writer needs to survive:
ACCEPTING WHEN YOUR CRAFT NEEDS WORK This…
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Debunking Common Myths About Writing
Myths abound in the world of the arts, and writers are not immune to them. Many of us succumb to the fallacies that are floating around about what it means to be a writer or what it takes to become a writer.
So what’s the matter with falling for myths about writing?
Myths about writing lead to unrealistic expectations. Some of us end up believing that becoming a writer is easy. Others believe it’s impossible. We think writers are poor, drunk, or living in a state of perpetual despair. After all, one must struggle to become an artist, right?
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I need to start Guest Blogging and having people on my blog as well. First though I need to do a Newsletter Sign up
Fearing Critisim and dealing with it.
Are you afraid of people you do and don’t know picking apart every detail of your writing? Does the fear of anyone even commenting on your hard work stop you from even getting any of your work done at all? Here are a few tips to help you get over that.
Don’t worry about what someone else might think until you’ve actually written something
Most writing roadblocks only become problems when they prevent you from writing. Everyone worries about what other people might think about the things they’ve created. But if you’re so worried about someone else’s future opinion that you can’t sit down and write your novel, you’re not in a good place.
Before you can worry about the possibility of receiving feedback you don’t want, you first have to finish writing the thing that other people might criticize — constructively or otherwise. No one can judge a book…
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Question: I am pondering publishing a book through Ingram Spark and would like the book in bookstores. When should you use ISBN numbers to self-publish?
Answer: Every book you publish, whether self-published or done with a major publisher, should have a separate ISBN number. In fact, each version of the book you publisher should have a separate ISBN number: hardcover, paperback, audio, ebook.
Tips for making your character ROUND
Now that you’ve decided on a terrific name for your characters, what next?
Real or imagined. Memoir or fiction. Doesn’t matter. Same rules apply.
Turn flat into fabulous!
The characters must come alive in a manuscript and jump from the page into a reader’s heart. If not, they stop reading.
So how do we go about breathing life into these flawed creatures?
- Each character must have a defining description. Something unique to them.
- Make comparisons and/or contrasts with another character. Plain Jane is best friends with Fanny Fashionista.
- Give them something to collect, obsess over, or talent.
- Everyone has a pet peeve, even a small one. Don’t leave it out of the story.
- What’s in her purse, pocket, car, closet? What will she not leave home without?
- Don’t forget her diary, journal or the divorce decree. Search out and include legal and private documents.
- How does your character talk? Texas twang, Southern…
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