There is no denying that writing provides a creative outlet for many a person. Authoring books is a fantastic way to tell a story and share it with limitless amounts of individuals. As you know, one can read books on almost any subject. From crime thrillers to romance novels, and from autobiographies to travel guides, there is a book out there that will interest everyone.
The process of writing a book is often a long and arduous journey. Apart from dedicating time to the cause, what you write has to offer compelling reading. Many authors promote their books and get dismayed when there’s little interest in them. If you’re a new author, make sure you don’t make any of the following silly mistakes:
Poor spelling and grammar
Let’s face it. Every author has their own style of writing. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what can irk many people is coming across spelling and grammar mistakes. It might not sound like a big deal to you. However, I’m here to tell you that it should!
If your first book is full of typos, your audience will find it hard to follow your story. These days, spelling and grammar checks are built into word processing software. And, there are online services like Grammarly that can help you. Make sure you use them.
Unappealing book cover
When a person walks into a bookstore, the design of a book cover will capture their attention. We process visual imagery first before written words. As a new author, your readers won’t be people who already know about you.
Your new entry into a particular niche topic can captivate them with stunning visuals. If you’re not a good graphic designer, pay a professional to do your artwork. After all, you wouldn’t build a house if you weren’t an expert bricklayer!
Forgetting to create a website
Thanks to the digital world we live in, many of us buy the books that interest us online. We might head over to sites like Amazon to browse and buy what we want. Still, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a website dedicated to you and your books!
You can use your site as a springboard to launch new books in the future. And let’s not forget what a brilliant marketing tool your website can be. Again, it pays to use an expert web design agency for your new site. Don’t go down the DIY route if your best work looks like a website built in 1995.
Not having another person edit your work
You might be a brilliant proofreader. Your spelling and grammar skills may be exceptional. But, you should still get someone else to edit your work. Why?
First of all, your editing will be biased. Of course it will—you wrote the book! A fresh pair of eyes will help you to refine and improve your work until it’s ready for publication.
Second, you might not be thorough with your proofreading. That’s probably because you think your writing is okay. And, third, it will take up a lot of time. Just get someone else to do it for you.
Follow the above suggestions and you’ll have a higher chance of success. Thanks for reading my blog post today.
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When it comes to getting your writing out there in the public, there are many ways to go about it. One method which is gaining particular popularity in the past few years is self-publishing. In self-publishing, you have a genuine and viable way of publishing your work. What’s more, the lines are being increasingly blurred between traditional publishing and self-publishing. It is now not necessarily a more lucrative venture to go the traditional route. If you are keen to self-publish your book, then you probably want to know how exactly you can ensure that it sells. This is the main fear that many self-published authors face. After all, you of course want it to be as successful as possible. In this post, we will go through some of the main components of what makes a self-published book more likely to sell.
Let’s be honest: most of the marketing here is done at the actual point of sale. The old adage of not judging a book by its cover doesn’t actually apply when it comes to books themselves. After all, we all do it – you pick it up, check the cover and decide based on that. To that end, you need to ensure that your book has a cover which captivates and fascinates immediately. To achieve that, you might want to consider brushing up on your graphic design skills. Then, using software like Photoshop Illustrator, you can really work on designing a cover which sells. For training in Illustrator, see https://www.trainingconnection.com/illustrator-training.php.
Of course, it would be cynical to say that the actual work had nothing to do with the book’s success. It does, of course. For your self-published book to be successful, you need to ensure that the actual concept is original and fascinating. After all, originality is usually what sells the best. The trick here is to learn how to draw the line. You don’t want to do what everyone else is doing, because you will get lost in it all. However, if you go out on a limb too much, then you might suffer from being misunderstood. If you can find the balance between the two, your book will probably do pretty well. For more on developing a good concept, see http://jillcorcoranliteraryagency.com/what-makes-a-book-sell/.
This one should go without saying, but it needs repeating as it is so vital. To sell your self-published book, you need to make sure that the actual writing is as polished and strong as possible. Too many authors rush into publishing before they have even properly proofread their writing. It is far preferable to spend a good amount of time on ensuring your writing is as good as can be. Only then should you even consider publishing it, in any form. Remember that when you go down this route, you don’t have an editor. You need to be your own editor, so make sure that you are strict with yourself. Otherwise, your work might just not cut it. Get these three elements right, however, and all should go to plan.
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Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
***ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
I REALLY, really enjoyed this book. There was a lot going on, but it all worked so well. The pacing was excellent and the characters drew me in from page one. They were well-developed and had strong voices.
Taylor Reed, our female MC, has a witty and funny voice, which often made me laugh out loud and empathize with her. She has strong opinions but is understanding and really wants to change the business world for the better.
Bennet Wade, our male MC, is very intriguing and complex, and it’s interesting to keep finding out why he is the way he is as the story unravels. Everything he does has a good reason behind it, even if Taylor doesn’t think so. I thought he was delicious as a book boyfriend and thoroughly enjoyed him.
These two had me rooting so hard for them, and I think the ending tension worked really well. Also, I want to eat those delicious love cookies from the story! 😉
It takes a lot of effort to get 5 stars from me, so I can confidently say that I was impressed with this book. I would definitely read more by this author and look forward to her other stories.
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In honor of YA week, author C. F. Waller has his books on special. Though his books are for an older crowd, I think that some older teens would definitely enjoy them.
If you’re into thrillers, sci-fi, adventure, and paranormal, then Waller has something for you!
Check out the books at their links below. Note: all books are priced at $0.99 through today.
Palindrome 656: Click HERE
Free Dive: Click HERE
South Face: Click HERE
The Calling Tree (NEW cover!): Click HERE
NEW RELEASE: Tourists of the Apocalypse: Click HERE
About C. F. Waller
Waller published his first science fiction novel at age forty-seven, after a flight on an ill-fated commercial airliner over the Atlantic Ocean, that nearly became an episode of Why Planes Crash. This experience illustrated for him firsthand that writing about exotic or dangerous locales was safer than traveling to them. Since then, he likes to think his meticulous research and storytelling gives readers a clear sense of their grandeur, without the inherent risk of flying.
After narrowly escaping the academic death-grip of several universities, Charles worked in nightclubs, took a turn as a new car salesman, and also as a hurricane shutter engineer. His favorite authors include Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and Michael Crichton. The latter being especially close to his heart, as Crichton epitomizes the techno-thriller genre and and the failure of humans to interact with technology.
Though he will forever be a Midwestern boy at heart, he now lives on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife, Tina, and one fuzzy feline companion. If he’s not working on a new novel, you can find him volunteering at church, playing overly competitive Yahtzee with his spouse, or indulging in an unhealthy addiction to competitive cooking shows on television. Find him at: www.cfwaller.com.