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.
When creating your own book cover, it’s unlikely that you are going to find a single image that works. Instead, you’re going to have to source multiple images, cut out bits and pieces and stick them all together. While that may sound complicated, it’s really not.
1. Find Your Images
I like to use a combination of Pexels and Pixabay, but if you want alternative sources, you can search “Royalty Free Images” in your search engine. If you’ve got a few dollars to spend, Adobe actually has a good stock of images, and both Pezels and Pixabay allow you to donate to the photographer. However, it’s important to note that regardless of where you get your images, you are still going to manipulate the hell out of them because they will not be exactly what you need.
Are you finished with your current fiction or non-fiction book and ready to find an agent? If you answered yes, you may be wondering how to find an agent that would be most likely to join your author team and be the driving force behind your book’s publishing success and getting that all-important royalty check. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help find the right agents for your current book.
Did you know that the term writer’s block was first coined in 1947 by Austrian psychoanalyst, Edmund Bergler? The condition refers to a significant slowdown in writing productivity or the inability to produce new work. In severe cases, the writer or author may not write anything for weeks, months and even years. Famous authors who experienced writer’s block at some point during the course of their writing careers include Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Wolf and Joseph Mitchell. The good news about writer’s block is that it can be overcome, and you can regain your writing productivity, even if you haven’t written anything in quite a while.
When authors choose not to publish with a traditional publishing house, they typically call themselves Indie authors (Independent Authors). This means that they are independent of traditional publishing houses and may or may not control every aspect of their publishing process. However, there is a difference between an author that is self-published and one that has chosen an independent publishing house.
Unfortunately, we still have at least 18 days left before the stay-at-home orders are lifted and society starts to get back to normal, and the April 30 date assumes that there is minimal to no additional spread at that time. The good news is that if you work from home or are a writer or author, you can still work while adhering to the new (and hopefully temporary) regulations, mandates and laws.
Overcoming the Inability to Think and Write (Writer’s Block)
The biggest problem with maintaining any type of productivity is the fact that COVID-19 is a global crisis, so even if you’re at home with a fully functional computer, cell phone, tablet or other electronic devices where you can work on your novel or next piece of writing, there’s a good chance that you simply are unable. That’s a double-whammy. You now have all this freetime and can’t wrap your head around what you need to write, much less get any serious words on the page. If you’re like me, you’re going to feel like you haven’t accomplished shit once this is over.
While the vast majority of writers and aspiring writers struggle with self-deprecating thoughts, there’s another category of authors that believe they are God’s gift to writing and authorship. These guys believe that they’re so fantastic that you could spend 10 lifetimes working on your craft and still not measure up to their skill. While it’s great to believe that your work is amazing and to have pride in it, it’s harmful to believe that you are the absolute best of the best and that every other writer is shit.
1. The Writing Industry Isn’t as Big as You Think It Is
There aren’t that many people working in the writing industry. There are thousands upon thousands of writers. There are thousands of editors. There are a few hundred literary agencies and a couple thousand agents. There are a few thousand publishers, and they all talk to each other. If you are a complete and utter asshole, word gets around. At some point, it won’t matter what your income potential is because there is a point where you aren’t worth the hassle at any price.
In uncertain times, especially when our normal routines have been thrown into chaos, it’s important to find a new routine for your daily life. For most people, writers included, your routine probably involved getting up in the morning, drinking copious amounts of coffee, going to work or school, getting lunch out, working the rest of the day, going home, taking a shower, making dinner and enjoying a few hours of freetime before bed. If you can’t go out and all of your family members are at home 24 hours a day, you probably feel out of sorts and out of control of your life. Finding a new routine can help you.
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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