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.
Did you know that William Shakespeare wrote King Lear and Macbeth while he was under quarantine for the plague? Katherine Anne Porter, who wrote Pale Horse, Pale Rider caught the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish Flu), which inspired her to write the book. As an author, you don’t have to sit still and worry and wait. You can still write even while social distancing and self-isolating. You may even come up with better story ideas or more outlandish story ideas.
Are you ready to format your book for publication but aren’t sure how, and think you may need to hire a professional ebook and print book formatter in order to perform this final step? If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Many authors focus on the writing and drafting of their books and less on how to get it ready to publish, and while book formatting is one of the least expensive services you can purchase, you can save yourself between $100 and $200 and perform this step yourself.
Insert Your Front Content
Your front of the book content is everything that isn’t part of your novel. This includes:
- Your Title Page – Title, Author, website, city on its own page
- Contributors, Disclaimer and Copyright info – Separate page
- About you, Other books by you, how to contact you, another mention of your website – separate page
- Dedication – If you have one, separate page
- Table of Contents – Hyperlinked for your ebook. Amazon will automatically remove links for the print book (start this on a separate page. May encompass more than one page
Writer’s block is considered a psychological condition. It is defined by a period of time where a writer does not make any advancements in his or her writing. It can be a complete stop to all writing or a serious slowdown of writing productivity. The condition was first identified and described by Edmund Bergler in 1947. He was a well-known psychiatrist or psychoanalyst, who was living in New York City at the time he discovered and coined this condition.
Understanding Writer’s Block
According to Dictionary.com, Writer’s Block is defined as “a temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work.” However, writer’s block can be less severe than the cessation of all writing. Instead, it can be characterized as a slowdown in writing productivity. This can be caused by numerous internal and external factors, including:
Are you starting the process of finding a literary agent for your fiction or non-fiction manuscript? Submitting to agents requires finding them, locating their contact information and what they require in their submission packages and submitting your content in hopes of getting a full manuscript request and a contract. However, in order to reduce the likelihood of sending the same material to the same agent or material to multiple agents in the company, you should create your list first.
1. It Can Take a Long Time to Find the Right Agents for Your Fiction or Non-Fiction Manuscript.
There are thousands of literary agents across the globe. Query Tracker lists more than 1,600 in its inventory of literary agents, and you don’t want to send your manuscript to all 1,600 agents. That would be a waste of time, since all of those agents may not accept the type of book you wrote, or they may list exclusions that would include the theme of concept for your novel.
Are you continuously seeking out new information, updated techniques and writing styles so that you can remain up to date in the industry? Being unwilling to learn, adapt and change can be a setback for both beginning and existing novelists. Whether you've been writing for three minutes or 30 years, there's still more to learn. I've been writing for more than 30 years, and I still learn something new every day. Most recently, it finally dawned on me that there's a difference between 'sat' and 'set' when writing in third-person past tense.
Sat - Past tense and past participle of sit (Dictionary.com)
Set - To put something or someone in a particular place (Dictionary.com)
I've been using those words interchangeably forever. When did it finally dawn on me that they were different? After writing my ninth book. If there ever was a forehead-slapping moment, that qualifies.
You’ve read all these writing tips before. Maybe you’ve even dismissed them as complete and utter crap. Well, here’s 10 writing tips and explanations of those writing tips that are almost guaranteed to make you crap your pants.
1. In Order to Write Well, You Have to Read Everything
I hear this all the time, and many million-dollar earning mainstream fiction writers and even indie authors have said this. If you don’t read, you can’t write. There’s some truth to this, but the connotation is that you should have a fiction book in your hand and be reading it every moment you are awake. If you’re not reading then you are an epic loser and will never write a good book.
A writing coach is a person that helps you through the process of writing and revisng your novel, according to your goals. This person may or may not be a writer, editor or author, but they should have experience in the industry, preferably on how to write, edit and publish novels. It's important to note that most writing coaches are authors.
What Does a Writing Coach Do?
You can think of your writing coach as the life coach for your novel. This person will take you through every stage of the novel planning and writing process until you complete your novel and are either ready to find an agent or publisher or are ready to self-publish your book.
They Help You Set a Writing Schedule, Including a Completion Date
One of the biggest things a writing coach does is help you set a schedule for writing your novel. One of the biggest problems many new and established authors have is finding time to write. A writing coach can help evaluate your current schedule and lifestyle as well as your writing goals in order to help you find a novel completion timeline that works for 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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