Writing a novel is not for the feint of heart. It is a huge undertaking that can take months or even years to complete, depending on the amount of research and detail you need to you put into your work of fiction or non-fiction. Even knowing this, it can feel like it's taking too long to complete your novel, or that you'll never finish. If you feel that way, it may benefit you to read a few tips and tricks on writing and promoting your fiction in order to speed up the process without diminishing your book's quality or value to your readers.
One of the ways you can speed up the process is by creating an outline or a breif synopsis of the plot as well as short character descriptions. This can help you get your ideas down so that you do not have to continuously stop and think, What happens next?
Of course, utilizing a good novel planning and writing book, like Ultimate Novel Planning Workbook: Worksheets for the Writer, Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook, Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book (Helping Writers Become Authors 2) and Ready, Set, Write: Level 1, may help keep you focused and on the productive writing path.
For more writer tips and tricks, keep reading. You're sure to find some ideas to help keep you on the path to publication.
Because they want you to spend just as much money in prepublication as they did. Okay, probably not, but I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t one of the thoughts that crossed my mind when I hear someone say that you absolutely have to hire an editor or your work is shit. The truth is that your work isn’t shit if you don’t hire an editor. However, there are three things to keep in mind when considering hiring an editor.
Not everyone has thousands of dollars to hire an editor.
You can self-edit your book and get it ready for publication.
There are some really good reasons to hire an experienced, professional editor.
As an author, you may be looking for software that can help you edit and proofread your novel. For most of us, that means trying to find low-cost or free solutions to help us self-edit. The good news is that you can use Grammarly to help you proofread your novel for common mistakes, including wrong word choice, spelling and grammar issues, like subject/verb agreement.
Costs to Use Grammarly
Basic is typically fine for most uses. I have have yet to see any reason to pay for Grammarly.
Basic – Free
Premium – 11.66 per month ($139.92 per year)
Business – 12.50 per month ($150.00 per year)
It always baffles and angers me when people say – You’re not a real author because you self published, meaning you’re only a real author if you traditionally published. This is a load of horseshit. All authors work hard at writing and editing their books. I read a statistic one time, and I forget where, that said 97 to 99 percent of people that want to write a book don’t even write down the first word. Of the 1 to 3 percent that actually do start writing their books, 99 percent of those guys don’t finish it. Of the 1 percent that finish their books, 99 percent of those guys do not publish their books. So, if you start your book, finish it and publish it in any form, you are doing better than 99.999999999 percent of all the people that want to write a book. I wouldn’t call that being a raging joke or a loser.
Are you thinking of self-publishing your book but aren’t sure if it’s the right choice for you? Authors self-publish for a variety of reasons, including not wanting to hassle with agents and traditional publishers, not wanting to wait and not wanting their books spoiled by aggressive editing to make it fit into a specific category. Many also prefer the flexibility that self-publishing offers and maintaining 100 percent control over their work.
1. There Are No Gatekeepers.
The traditional publishing process starts when an author finished their books and starts submitting it to agents and publishers. Once the next party receives the materials, they go into a queue and are read whenever they are read. If the individual reading the manuscript likes it, the author receives communication. If the individual did not like the book or concept, the author may or may not hear back. These individuals might as well be known as gatekeepers because the publication process will not continue until someone agrees to take the book on and either sell it to a publisher or publish it. The process to get past these gatekeepers can take months, years and even decades.
Self-publishing doesn't have any gatekeepers. Although, all platforms will check to make sure the words on the cover don’t run off the edge, it has the proper dpi for image quality and that all the text on the inside is within the margins. Some platforms even provide a little bit of a spellcheck and will alert the author to any potential problems.
Have you ever heard anyone ask or yourself ask – How do I publish my book when I don’t have any money? The truth is that you do not need any money to publish a book. You do, however, need to be ready to work hard beyond simply writing the book. This is because when you decide to undertake everything from cover to cover, including the cover as well as advertising, you’ll have to learn new skills.
Steps to Publishing Your Book
1. Write the book
2. Edit the book
3. Format the book for publication
4. Design your cover
5. Upload the book to your desired platform. This is usually Amazon KDP.
6. Promote your book on your social media feeds. This includes Facebook groups that allow for book promotion.
Have you found yourself browsing your Twitter or Facebook feed when some random person pops up with a comment – I’m a professional cover art designer. I do your cover for $25, and they usually put a Fvvr link in there? My first thought is usually – Ooohhhhh Reaalllly. $25? Professional only means that at some point, the individual was paid to do a cover or some graphic for someone. It doesn’t mean that they have a degree in graphic design, nor does it mean that they have any advanced imaging software better than GIMP. They may have splurged and purchased a couple of advanced font packages, but at no point does that make them a good cover designer, and you could probably do what they’re going to do for free, which is slap an image in a 6 by 9 digital canvas and add some text. That takes five minutes to create. In fact, you’ll spend more time looking for the perfect background image than actually putting it together, so just go ahead and take your $25 and order a pizza or put a frozen pizza in the oven. By the time your pizza arrives or your timer dings, you’ll be done with your cover.
Once an author finishes a manuscript, they have many publishing options available to them, and one of those options is a vanity press, which is a publishing house that charges for their services. In fact, you’ve probably seen some of their commercials. They usually say something like: “Are you an author? We can get your book published today!” Exciting! Right? Well, maybe not. It depends on your goals and your wallet.
Writing a book and publishing a book are only the first steps to author success. This is because you could have written a great book, but this does not matter if no one knows about it. Thankfully, there are promotional tools and things you can do to help spread the word.
Social media is a great place to promote your book. You can potentially reach thousnads and even millions of people with properly timed and hashtagged tweets and posts. You can also start a blog, create promotional and informative articles and share those across your social media accounts. There are even sites where you can promote your book for free.
Additionally, there are also several Amazon books available to get you gather book promotion ideas so that you can create your own custom book promotion strategy. Great Noevel marketing books include:
- Novel Marketing: Making Your Author Brand Work for You & Your Books
- How to Market a Book Third Edition (Books for Writers)
- The Kindle Publishing Bible: How To Sell More Kindle Ebooks on Amazon (Step-by-Step Instructions On Self-Publishing And Marketing Your Books) (Kindle Bible Book 1)
- How Your Book Sells Itself: 10 Ways Your Book is Your Ultimate Marketing Tool (Marketing for Authors)
- Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions
- Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing) (Volume 2)
- 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, Real World Edition: Authors: How to sell more books, ebooks, multi-media books, audios, videos, white papers, and other information products in the real world
In addition to the above helpful books, here are a few articles to help you self-promote your books.
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- Understanding Amazon KDP as an Author
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- Help! I Can’t Find any Samples for the Freelancer I Want to Hire!
- Writer Tools – A Novel Writing Software Review
- Pros and Cons of 10 Popular Social Media Schedulers
- 5 Great Tablets for Writers
- 6 Tips for Performing Your Final Book Edit Before Formatting and Publication
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