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.
Have you ever read on an agent or publisher’s website that ‘your novel must be polished’, and thought, how the heck do I polish my novel, it’s not a car!? You’re not alone. That term is ambiguous, and in my opinion, annoying because it doesn’t it’s not informative. In fact, if you want to get assholic, the sentence - Polish your novel – is TELLING and not SHOWING. In other words, it tells you to do something but does not show you how.
What Is Polishing Your Novel?
While we’re not polishing a car, we can use a car to illustrate polishing your novel. It is the act of buffing out all the scratches and dings, and where the damage is worse, getting out that dent plunger and straightening the metal. Of course, if that metal is also scratched, we may need some touch-up paint.
Choosing the best writing software for your needs doesn’t mean that software is always going to work for you or the particular novel you’re writing. For that reason, don’t be afraid to change software mid-novel or even mid-draft. The minute you realize your novel writing software is the reason you’re not making progress, switch to a different one. I have four pieces of software that I switch between, including Novelize, LibreOffice, Google Docs and Bibisco.
As a writer there are many challenges that can result in you losing focus and your ability to write along with it. Writers who are perfectly healthy may struggle with issues of mental clarity and writer's block caused by stress from worry over family issues, the Covid-19 pandemic, shortages at the groceries stores and even the political elections. However, there is a surefire and proven way for writers to deal with all the stresses of modern day life. Exercise.
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.
Just like software companies use beta tests for users to try out their new program, authors are now using 'beta readers' to try out their books. Beta readers 'test out' an author's recently finished manuscript to provide feedback to the author in the same vein as beta test users. They answer questions that authors may have, like, did the story make sense? Are the characters likable? Does the story have a good flow to it? In this way, beta readers make sure an author's book has good readability. Like with any other service for authors, there are pros and cons to using a beta reader, as specified below:
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.
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.
Page 2 of 19
- Social Media Schedulers for Joomla
- Where Are the Free Book Promotion Websites?
- What should a Content Article Contain?
- Help! I Can’t Find any Samples for the Freelancer I Want to Hire!
- Understanding Amazon KDP as an Author
- Pros and Cons of 10 Popular Social Media Schedulers
- Writer Tools – A Novel Writing Software Review
- 5 Great Tablets for Writers
- Least Popular Adult Fiction Genres
- 6 Tips for Performing Your Final Book Edit Before Formatting and Publication