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.
Let’s just be honest. Writers and authors are the masters of making excuses as to why they aren’t writing. After all, if you never finish your book and publish it, you can’t be a failure. You also can’t succeed, and you’ll never know your true potential. Not to mention, you won’t inspire your readers, and you won’t be able to share your worlds with your potential audience.
1. I Have Writers Block/ My Muse Has Left/ I’m Not Inspired
According to Wikipedia, Writer’s block is a condition that causes a writer or author to lose the ability to move forward in their work or produce new work. It’s other words, it’s a loss of productivity when it comes to writing. The term Writer’s Block first came into existence in 1947 thanks to Australian psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler.
Have you ever wondered why your books aren't selling organically on Amazon? The truth is that for the random browser of books, you're probably invisible, and it has a lot to do with the way Amazon sorts their products and how many products you are allowed to see. For the purposes of this article, I went to Hambuger menu-> KIndle E-Readers & Books -> KIndle Books. Then, I looked at what was displayed.
As a new or upcoming author, you may be wondering whether you should write a single title book or a series of books featuring the same characters. While this is a personal choice most of the time. Sometimes books automatically turn themselves into multiple books. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between a single book and a series.
Single Title Books
A single title book is one book with one set of characters. When the book ends, that’s the end of those characters, the plot and all the subplots. This means that the author must write the book in such a way as to leave no loose ends. The major plots and subplots must all reach a conclusion by the last page. Once the book is finished, the author is free to work on their next book idea.
You’re a writer, and you’re insane. I’m sure you’ve heard the clichés about writers and sanity. The truth is that writers just don’t think like everyone else, and that’s okay. Embrace your particular brand of insanity because how you think and how you perceive the world are what makes your writing great and unique to you.
1. Your Insanity Is Your Author Voice
I’m sure you’ve heard writers say that they’re going to be the next Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling or Danielle Steel. It’s great that these writers have confidence in their abilities, but the truth is that you shouldn’t strive to be anyone but yourself. Your author voice is what makes your stories come alive. When you think about your author voice, think about those things that make you YOU. What type of sense of humor do you have? Are you overly emotional or muted when it comes to your emotions? Are you missing emotions or have an emotion that you have trouble controlling? These same traits that make you who you are can make your characters unique in ways that other authors haven’t thought of.
Are you ready to get serious with your writing? Are you tired of being an aspiring or wannabe writer? If you answered yes, these nine writing tips for the serious fiction writer are for you. These tips will tell you how to get started on your fiction, increase your productivity, eliminate your distractions and start the process of learning how to edit your own work.
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Skip Around
How do you start your novels? How do you get your ideas? Do you see the opening scene first? Does the theme and major plot appear in your brain before everything else, or do you see scenes from the middle of your novel? Whatever you see first is what you should write down. This means that you may be writing down a scene slated to go into chapter nine or 10 before you write the beginning, and that’s okay. When you start a novel, the only goal is to start it.
When you are ready to publish your new book, you’ll notice that you have several different publishing options available to you. One of those publishing options is a vanity press. The main difference between a vanity press and every other type of publishing option is that you are paying the publishing house to publish your book, and in most contracts, you are obligated to purchase a certain number of your print books.
How to Identify a Vanity Press
The short answer is if the publishing house asks for money upfront, it’s probably a vanity press. Most publishing houses either pay you an advance or they pay you royalties for each book you sell. In most instances, they don’t ask you for money upfront. However, there’s an exception to this, it’s called hybrid publishing, which is not quite an independent publisher and not quite a vanity press. For the purposes of this article, we’ll stick with vanity presses. It’s important to note that vanity publishers are sometimes referred to as subsidy publishers or subsidy publishing.
Did you know there are apps in the Google Play Store that can make your writing and reading life easier. While I initially purchased my tablet to store recipes via My Cookbook, I quickly figured out that my new tablet was far more useful than just saving my holiday roll recipe. Here are my top 5 picks for writer and reader apps.
1. Amazon Kindle
Amazon Kindle is obviously the first choice for reading, especially if you spend a lot of time downloading free and paid kindle ebook. This app basically turns for tablet into a library and a book at the same time. If you’re an author or a reader, you probably already have this downloaded onto your phone and/or tablet.
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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