Are You A New Author? Please Don’t Make These Silly Mistakes!

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:

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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!

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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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Self-Publishing: What Makes A Book Successful?

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.

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Captivating Cover

 

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.

 

Original Concept

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/.

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Strong Writing

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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Freelance Writing: Tips For Beginners

Whether you’re starting a home business or traveling the world, freelance writing can be a fantastic career to start. As well as helping you financially, it can provide you with a creative outlet where you can share your ideas and help others. Almost anyone with writing talent can do it; all you need is a laptop and a wifi connection. From magazine articles to blog posts, there are countless writing opportunities just waiting to be ceased. But with ever increasing competition from other writers and so many options to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So to help you relax and start your writing career in the best way possible, follow these tips for beginners.

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Find your passions

It’s always far easier to write about subjects that you are passionate about, rather than ones you have little interest in. Choosing to write a piece about something you dislike, just because it pays well is not a good tact. You’ll find that you procrastinate throughout, and every word will be a struggle. Knowing what you like writing about and what you don’t will help you narrow down your potential job opportunities. This will help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed. It will also help you find your niche within the market. Write a list of subjects that you are interested in. It could be anything from eco-living to graphic design. This should give you a clear indication of what you should be writing about.

Get some experience

Unless you’ve had a career in writing or journalism before, it’s unlikely you have a wealth of writing experience to draw from. But that shouldn’t discourage you. Many blogs, small magazines, and journals will accept work from writers with little experience and training. Bloggers in particular always need fresh content ideas. This work will not always be paid, but it could give you the experience you need. While also helping you to improve your writing and editing skills. It will also provide some insight into what freelance writing entails and whether it’s the right career choice for you. To get you started, do a google search or use this website to find guest blogging opportunities.

Take a writing class

It’s no secret that you will face immense competition from other freelance writers from around the world. So it’s important that you make yourself stand out with impressive work that is compelling to read. One of the best ways to do this is by attending a writing class. This is again, particularly important if you’ve got no experience. These classes can help you improve your skills, connect with other writers and find your preferred style of writing. You can also gain feedback on your work which will help you develop into a more competent writer all round. Look online to find a suitable writing course or visit your local library.

These tips should help you start to build your confidence, both in yourself and your writing abilities. If you’re willing to put the time and the hard work into it, there is no reason why you can’t make a lucrative career out of your writing.

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Author Spotlight: C. F. Waller

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

913913_516700111723967_1091736967_oWaller 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.

 

 

YA Week Spotlight: Author Cris Pasqueralle

Happy Thursday, dear readers!

Today, for YA Week, I’m spotlighting Cris Pasqueralle, author of Destiny Revealed & Paths of Destiny

Amazon link for Destiny Revealed: Click HERE to get it FREE

Amazon link for Paths of Destiny: Click HERE to get it for just $0.99

—>Don’t forget that if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read these titles for free!

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Cris Pasqueralle is a retired New York City police officer who has always had a passion and love for books. Writing one has been a life-long dream. It was his daughter’s love of fantasy fiction that finally led Cris to pen DESTINY REVEALED (Book 1 of The Destiny Trilogy). He enjoys writing Middle Grade and Young Adult because he believes that reading opens up a world of possibilities for young minds. He lives on Long Island New York with his wife and two daughters.

To learn more about Cris, visit him at these sites:

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