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Key Tips On What Not To Do When Self-Publishing Your Book by Sarah Robinson

The irony of becoming a successful writer isn’t much in the writing process itself. More often than not, talented storytellers struggle to have their books sold in brick and mortar shops because of the horrors of publishing.

Over time, the process of making written works available to the public has transformed.

Knocking relentlessly on the doors of large publishing houses is no longer the smartest way to have your manuscript distributed to your target audience.

Internet advancements now give you the chance to self-publish your book. Platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle, now allow online readers to browse, buy, download and read your books electronically.

Traditional Publishing VS Self-Publishing

Taking the traditional or the transformed publishing route has its own perks and disadvantages. Here are key things to remember before choosing what course to take:

  • Traditional publishing takes time—it takes roughly 18 months before you get your book printed while self-publishing allows you to release your book in days or a few weeks.
  • Publishers handle all activities from editing down to book distribution; self-publishing requires you to manage everything from editing and marketing your work.
  • Publishers have control over all critical decisions. On the other hand, when you choose to self-publish, you get 100 percent of the profits and retain all rights to your books.
Tips On What Not To Do When Self-Publishing Your Book

Let’s assume you’ve decided to take the transformed route of publishing your book. To ease your journey towards becoming the next self-published superstar, take a quick look at these tips on what you should not do before rolling out that book with your own hands:

Failing to catch typos

Publishing an error-free book is definitely a no-brainer tip for you as a writer. Your friends and family probably don’t mind spotting an error or two, but your readers do. Don’t fret—failing to catch typos yourself doesn’t make you less competent. In fact, it’s the result of how you, as a writer, possess a precise grip on the meaning you want to convey. A competition exists between what you see and what exists in your head.

  • To proofread your works, hire a skilled editor. Aside from grammatical errors, having fresh eyes allow issues such as plot holes, weak character developments, and other inconsistencies you don’t want your buying readers to point out, be addressed constructively.
Talking where you readers aren’t

Publishing is a business. Whether you choose to take the traditional or self-publishing route, you have to be fully-geared when it comes turning those paperbacks into actual cash. To do this, marketing plays a significant role. You can’t expect a huge fan base to grow on its own instantly, even after you’ve published your book successfully. You need to spark conversations with your readers to establish strong engagement.

  • Bank on social networking sites—Facebook, Twitter and even blogs with a huge following. Remember, your message must be tailored-fit to your target audience. A boring template won’t make you a star.
  • You can’t sell books on Amazon and expect it to reap bucks against a pool of previously published content—which, for the record could run around 600,000 to 1,000,000 books every single year.
  • If you have enough digits, hire a team of marketing specialists who can create a buzz for you while still getting a hundred percent of the profits.
Choosing Photos Fit Only for Digital Viewing

The resolution in which images are displayed on your screen dramatically differs from what your readers see on actual paper. As a rule of thumb, graphics, as seen on your computer screen, are shown at 72 dots per inch. However, the dot density of an image when reproduced in the physical paper can be higher. Thus, not all images in physical print appear precisely as unsullied as it is in digital format.

Ignoring Copyrights

If you’re not in for a legal escapade—it’s best not to take copyrights for granted. As a potential self-publishing author, you need to understand how the gift of control over your works entails weightier responsibilities. Unlike traditional publishing, you need to be wary of more legalities when self-publishing your book.

  • Avoid grabbing images and other graphic content through a basic browser search. Not all Google images you find are royalty-free.
  • Use lyrics or texts in quantities that do not interfere with the creator’s rights.
  • Evaluate the risks that come with using brand names to avoid trademark infringement.
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The heart of every writer bleeds unique content on every page they work on—be it digital or physical paper. Share content that will add value to your reader’s life. Whatever publishing route you choose to take, always take pride in your craft, innovate!


Sarah is a passionate writer and advocate for donating stories to the less fortunate. She currently works for BookRazor.com and enjoys reading her favourite novels in her pass time. She has a loving and very supportive family and enjoys visiting book signing events whenever she can.

 

 

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Guest Post: 7 Things That Will Make You a Superb Fiction Writer by Jade Parker

 

A lot of people read books, although it sounds a little strange in the year of 2017. And you would be surprised to know how many writers are there globally. It looks like more than 75 thousand books are uploaded to the Kindle store on a monthly basis.

It’s obviously a harsh competition for young writers out there. But there is still enough room for fresh talents to grab their share in case they prepare for the challenge. All you need to do is to come up with a good idea, create a writing strategy, and work hard to develop it. If you are still wondering how to do all that, just move on with our article.

Top 7 tips for successful fiction writing

The best fiction novelists always create a specific way of writing or come up with a unique style and text structure. However, there are some writing rules common to all novelists. Here are the 7 most important ones.

  • Be creative with the plot

Successful fiction novels are based on great plots. This is the part where your imagination should play the lead role. Give your best to offer readers the most interesting storyline, well-developed characters, and short and simple paragraphs. Of course, it’s usually easier to say than to do this, so you can put some extra efforts into this stage of the writing process. We recommend you two things:

– Engage in online communities. Online platforms and groups dedicated to fiction writing are full of experienced professionals and passionate readers. They can offer you many valuable ideas or put remarks to stories that you thought were perfect.

– Consult with the colleagues or writing services Like https://www.assignmentmasters.co.uk/ The fact that you compete in the same market doesn’t mean that you are not allowed to talk to your colleagues. Most of the writers go through same problems throughout careers and you can often find help during discussions with rivals.

  • Start strong

The best way to keep the readers interested in your book is to start as close to the end as possible. It may sound strange but just think about it for a minute. How many times have you seen a movie starting from what seems to be the final scene and then you can’t wait to see what really happened in the end?

The principle is the same when it comes to fiction writing. Once you get the readers hooked to the story, they won’t be able to let go of the book until they find out about the unfolding. This is the perfect way to make a bunch of passionate readers.

  • End chapters stylishly

It’s true that the previous tip will attract many readers but it is still very important to keep them engaged all the way throughout the book. It means that you should make each chapter a special story with the cliff-hanging end which will resolve in the next section. This model is great to preserve impatient readers who don’t have enough diligence to read the entire book.

In order to achieve this point, you also need a few side stories to support the main line of events. Using subplots, you will add some spice to the novel and attract the wavering booklovers.

  • Happy is not good

Yes, almost all readers love to see the happy ending. But it doesn’t suggest that you should make a whole novel based on joyful and upbeat characters. Do you remember the famous opening line to Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina? He wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

This essentially means that happy is boring. You should design characters that will suffer and face enormous challenges in life. That way, you make a perfect background for the plot and leave the readers wondering about the resolution.

  • Give them someone to root for

If you want to be a great writer, you must know that readers need to relate to your characters. Therefore, you should always create one character that the reader would like to root for. Readers see such character as their alter ego and deep inside they are anxious to see if he/she will succeed.

It even doesn’t have to be the main character. It is much easier to find yourself in some average Joe from the neighborhood than in the superhero. This once again puts an emphasis on side stories and the characters that cover subplots.

  • Avoid clichés

No matter how successful it might have proved in the past, don’t ever use the plot that everybody knows for ages. Sometimes it’s rather difficult to come up with a brand new idea but that’s what fiction writing is all about. If you really can’t create anything better than the common story pattern, try to take another point of view or put some other character on the center stage.

Sometimes even the smallest changes to the cliché make an entirely different outcome. Additionally, you must also do your best to avoid the washed out phrases and expressions. Prove your writing skills through relatively new discourse, even if it means using slang where necessary. Anything is better than cliché.

  • Surprise the readers

The surprise is a crucial element of fiction writing. If your readers know exactly what is about to happen in the next scene, be sure that you are not a good novelist. Put your characters in unexpected situations and find alternative solutions to the crisis.

You can imagine each scene and list the possible outcomes. When you do that, always skip the ideas that instantly come to your mind. The reason is simple – your readers will probably think about the same option, too. Let the readers worry about your characters, it’s the basic principle of great writing.

Conclusion

In the world full of fiction novels, it is not easy to make a good reputation and distinguish yourself from your peers. However, huge competition doesn’t make it mission impossible. You need a decent writing plan, a nice plot, and some tricks to attract the readers. Following our advice here, you’ll be on the right path to achieve all this. So go on and write, we expect to hear about your new novel soon.


AUTHOR BIO
Jade Parker is a branding expert who enjoys reading tons of fiction novels. Needless to say, she became a very strict critic in the process. Despite her extra-curricular work as a personal consultant Jade still has enough time to help writers, companies and entrepreneurs create their online brand presence.

 

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Enchanted Bookstore Legends (5-book complete epic #fantasy #romance box set)

 

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! This week, Marsha A. Moore is sharing the Enchanted Bookstore Legends Box Set with us. You’ll get more than 1000 pages of reading for one low price. She has also shared a guest post about the dragons in these stories, so if you like dragons, keep reading. First, lets learn a little more about Marsha.

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Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and paranormal romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.

The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing, as well as other pursuits of watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. Her practice helps weave the mystical into her writing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors where she’s always on the lookout for portals to other worlds. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!

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The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1,200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.

Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.

When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.

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Dragons of the Enchanted Bookstore Legends
by Marsha A. Moore

Dragon lovers rejoice! I love dragons and in my Enchanted Bookstore Legends I have included many types, ages, and sizes. Variety was a feature I consciously incorporated while planning these fantastical creatures. I’d like to share a brief description of the most common ones found in the series.

Like all fantasies, the battle between good and evil is a key theme that must be addressed. The dragons in my fantasy world of Dragonspeir are either members of the good Alliance, governed by the golden Imperial Dragon and his High Council, or the Dark Realm, led by the Black Dragon.

Alliance Dragons:

Gold dragons are born leaders, being lawful, just and good. Their intelligence exceeds the other types, and their wisdom is sought after. Being good-natured, they help those who are kind and fair. The Imperial Leader helps train and guide my heroine, Lyra, along her quest. Golds are the most powerful and largest in size. The breath weapon of gold dragons is a cone of fire. Although they are cautious about entering a fight and dislike killing, once engaged, they will pour their entire being into the battle.

Physically, gold dragons are spectacular. Two prominent horns point backwards along their heads. The most obvious feature is probably the tentacle whiskers that sprout from the bottom of the gold dragon’s jaw, giving the appearance of a sort of beard in both males and females.

Like his father before him, the present Imperial Dragon will serve the Alliance until either he dies or steps down. Similar to most golds, he keeps his Alliance headquarters in a grand network of caves set in the rock plateau. His overlooks the Steppe of Ora, the wide plain which divides good and evil in Dragonspeir. His lair includes an elaborate gathering hall, a vast library, guest quarters, and his own personal chambers with cases of magical instruments and a glass-walled observatory to consult the stars. As one of the four Alliance Guardians, his area of expertise is magic powered by the air element, including mystical astronomy studies of the skies.

Blue dragons are the sentries to the Imperial Dragon. They love spending hours soaring and are excellent trackers. Squadrons of them patrol the Alliance. They are lawful and obedient, with strong moral character.

They are a brilliant cobalt blue, bearing a single horn. Their eyes are smooth and glossy, without pupils, which makes for an hypnotic appearance.

Although slightly smaller than golds, they are quicker to strike in battles with their lightning bolt breath.
Bronze dragons are duty-bound and honorable to a fault. Physically, the bronze dragon is quite fierce in appearance, despite its good nature. While most of its body is a reflective copper color, the wings are often tipped with green.

There are two breath weapons these dragons employ. They either use a bolt of lightning or a repulsion gas, which is so putrid that it forces everything away. Always in line with the Alliance, the bronze dragon is a deadly combatant, roasting enemies with bursts of lightning or ripping them open with its clawed forelegs.

Good thing for Lyra, the bronze dragon named Yasqu, who she raised from a hatchling, hasn’t learned about repulsion gas yet!

Dark Realm Dragons:

Black dragons, like the leader of the Dark Realm, always seek to lair in deep dark caves. Although small, they are vile, evil-tempered, and abusive. Their hearts are as dark as their slimy scales. They are obsessed with death and take comfort in the sickening-sweet aroma of drowned, rotting carcasses. The Black Dragon leader prefers his drake servants leave the prey they bring him in pools within his personal cave. The victims float for days or weeks before he eats them.

The dark leader, like all black dragons, is grim and skeletal. His eyes lie deep in their sockets between two great horns that curve forward and down. The flesh of his face is partially deteriorated or burnt from his acidic drool. His method of attack is spitting caustic acid. My heroine and hero, Lyra and Cullen, learn too well what that feels like!

As allies to the Black Dragon, green dragons live alone in dense forests. Although short dragons, they have nasty, belligerent tempers. They delight in torturing their captives. The head of a green is covered in hornlets. They reek of chlorine since their chosen breath weapon is hurling clouds of toxic chlorine gas.

Numerous types of drakes are the soldiers and scouts of the Dark Realm. Fire and magma drakes attack with burning flames, while the evil ice drakes freeze victims with contact.

This was only a quick summary of my many good and evil dragons. There are others I enjoy just as much, like the cute and impetuous three-foot long pseudodragon, Noba, who is the wizard’s familiar to Cullen Drake, the Imperial Sorcerer of the Alliance. Read more about Noba and all of my dragons in the Enchanted Bookstore Legends.

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