The little English-language bookstore was a treasure-trove of ideas and excitement. We were an American family living in Mexico City for a few years, learning a new culture and exploring our neighborhood. My young kids were just beginning to love books and the Kindle had yet to be invented.
The store was called Libros, Libros, Libros and conveniently located next to a Santa Clara ice cream shop with the best coffee ice cream I’d ever had. We idled away a lot of Sunday afternoon there, buying Junie B. Jones for my daughter and Star Wars books for my son. W.E.B. Griffin’s nearly endless military and police fiction series for my husband. Design books so I could figure out how to decorate Mexican style.
The kids are grown and in college now, yet they still talk about our Sunday trips for books and ice cream. But the magic of bookstores is waning, it would seem. Dramatic changes in the publishing industry have impacted the way authors get their books to readers. Traditional book publishing and retail models have been battered by the rise of online retailers. The ebook revolution has given us more books to choose from, but all too often good books are lost in the virtual churn. Continue reading Are Bricks and Mortar Bookstores Going To Survive?→
I thought it would be easy to write a children’s book. I was using my adult mind. After scanning the internet for tips on how to write children’s books, I realized that just sitting down at my computer wasn’t enough.
First I had to determine what age group I was trying to reach. Children’s vocabulary and interest span varies from five to eight years old, nine to twelve years old and thirteen to fifteen years old. I spent an afternoon in the bookstore’s children’s section analyzing what language each stage of children could understand, the type and amount of illustrations included, the length of the books, the topics of interest from one age group to another and how the children in the bookstore section interacted with their choices.
Next I had to determine what genre I wanted to write about – adventure, fantasy, science fiction, personal experience, etc. and what were the requirements for the length of my book. There are parameters for each of these described on-line. I visited fantasy and science fiction book websites to see what topics other authors were writing about. Which books were winning the awards and why?
I also studied the trends in graphics and illustration styles being used for each age group at the various children’s books websites.
Since I was studying to be a teacher I used teachers resources as well to find out the books that were being used in school for different school age students.
Then there is Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders websites that were excellent tools for presenting what books were most popular and why in the different age groups. At this point I decided to self publish on-line rather than go the printed route which was too time consuming, expensive and daunting. There is plenty of support for aspiring Kindle authors in the Kindle Book Publishing section of Amazon’s website.
For marketing my eBook I made an investment in on-line services which teach you how to do this using Ezines, blogs, advertising and publishing strategies to bring people to your book to purchase. They also tell you how to price your Ebook, check how many people access your book description and monitor the promotional rankings. You can also design a website to bring traffic to purchase your book.
Depending on where you want to sell your book, you will have to format the book to outlined specifications. Follow these carefully if you want your book to be easily read. I have seen books with weird symbols mixed into the text. There are services that do everything for a price or you can do it yourself. I was able to design a cover to be used with my description on Amazon using a website.
This is just a primer on how to proceed to write, publish and sell a children’s Ebook. I am sure there are many more resources on-line that you can find to give you the information you need. Allow the creativity to flow but always have the end reader you want in mind as you write.
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If you are keeping a journal on a regular or even semi-regular basis, you have made a great step toward developing your skills as a writer. But, you are probably only using a small part of what a journal can be. You need to take the next step in journal writing and make your journal work for you. Here are some practical tips on how to do that.
Your journal is a place where you put down your thoughts and ideas and this is a great way to keep the creativity flowing and to keep you writing on a regular basis. But thoughts and ideas are not the only things that go into writing fiction. Your fiction takes place in a world and it has people in it. In order for you to successfully communicate your story to your reader you have to create a world that is tangible and people that are believable. These aspects of writing are just like any other aspect in that they takes practice and your journal is the perfect place for you to practice. Here are some basic and easy exercises that will develop your skill as a writer through your journal writing.
Add Descriptive Writing to your Journal
Make a concerted attempt to describe things in your environment. This is a good practical exercise that will help you find your voice in your writing. Writing for an audience means being able to describe your created world to them accurately. You should practice this in your journal and it can be as simple as choosing any object and writing about it.
Here are several different techniques for descriptive writing.
1. Describe things – This is an important skill because the description of things can enhance your story. And it makes use of one of the most important rules in writing: “Show don’t tell” Here is an example of two sentences about a pencil:
The writer held a yellow pencil in his hand.
The faded yellow pencil the writer held in his hand was pockmarked with dozens of bite marks, and its eraser was worn right down to the metal band.
In the first sentence the reader understand the situation. But in the second sentence the reader gets an insight into the writer. This is much better than telling your reader that the writer in the story is a nervous type that frequently erases his work and is prone to biting his pencil.
Choose any environment and describe it. Start with the room you are writing in then move outward. As you move about your daily life take note of the different environments that you pass through. Describe these in your journal. Remember that this is not an exercise in storytelling. It is an exercise in building a believable world with your writing. And you should do this exercise in two different ways. First do it as you look at the environment you are in. Second you should do it from the memory of an environment that you are not currently in. It is amazing how radically different your perspective of an environment can be between your eyes and your memory.
3. Describe people
This is the most important aspect of description. A good description of a person can tell your reader much about the character. Choose a person you know and write a description of him. Don’t just describe his face, describe his body and his gait. Describe the mannerisms he has. Does he use his hands when he talks? Do his arms swing when he walks? What other things should you describe? Remember that your description of him will paint a picture in your reader’s mind.
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Add Dialogue to Your Journal
Another skill that you should develop in your writing is the art of dialogue. What your characters say and how they say it can either enhance a story or confuse it. You should practice writing lots of dialogue. Here are some good techniques for incorporating this painlessly into your journal.
1. You should first practice writing dialogues that you have overheard. Do this from memory. What did each person say? And what were the responses and counter responses.
2. You should also practice making your own conversations. This is what you will do in your writing so you should practice it a lot.
Blend Dialogue and Description Together
Now try to put the techniques together. Imagine two people engaged in a conversation. Tell your reader the conversation and show your reader the mannerisms of each speaker. Use your descriptions of the speakers and their surroundings to enhance the meaning of the conversation.
Remember that the greatest thing a writer has to offer is his ability to observe and then to think about his observations and communicate those thoughts. But the first thing you have to do is observe. Don’t just use your journal as a way to put down your thoughts and ideas.
How should you integrate these new techniques into your journal writing?
Don’t change your current habit of journal writing. When you take out your journal write in it the same way you always have. Let your thoughts and ideas flow. But, when you feel that you are done with your journal writing for the day go a little bit further and append one of these techniques to it. Add a paragraph describing something or someone or add a paragraph of created conversation. This will add a little bit of time to your journal writing but it will help you quickly develop some new skills as a writer.
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Self-publishing process of a successful non-fiction book can be subdivided in 7 logical steps. I use this process in writing my books and it proved to be very useful. Also, I know many other prominent authors who follow these steps religiously while creating their books.
These 7 steps suit non-fiction books best. While fiction writing and marketing process is similar – there are some differences and you can read about them in our next article which talks about fiction writing.
But now, let’s start with the steps…
1. To write a non-fiction best-seller you must know the reasons “why” you want to write a book.
Many authors don’t even think why they want the book they just start writing anyway. But your outcome for the book depends heavily on your reasons “why”. From personal experience, I noticed that most people write books for reasons like:
-leaving a legacy
-increasing credibility and authority in a certain area
-stand out from the competition.
-promote a cause or something they believe in
-make money by creating an income stream.
-create a business around it.
So, before you set out on your exciting adventure of book writing, think seriously why you need a book.
2. You must choose a great topic with a huge crowd of followers.
This one is simple to understand. Even if you write the best book in the world but there are only a few people who are interested in the topic – then you will never have a best-seller. You may sell one or two books to your friends and that will be it.
Therefore, before you start, check out who you are going to sell the book to and how many people in the world will be interested in buying it.
3. Write the book yourself or get it written for you.
If you want the book for credibility or for other business purposes you can outsource the writing bit of the process. There are many ghost-writers out there who are happy to write a book for a fee. In fact, many books you see in shops nowadays are written by ghost writers. But if you decide to do it yourself then, you should consider these elements:
– write a grabbing and concise title and subtitle
-research on the topic and find out what people want to know about, so you can make the book interesting for the reader.
– outline the chapter’ name in logical sequence
– write the content chapter by chapter
– write a table of content, glossary, index, forward etc.
– proofread and edit (it is better be done by someone professional rather than yourself).
4. Make the covers of your book and decide on other graphics, photos or pictures.
The front cover is one of the most important selling points for your book. Spend as much time as you need to create a unique front cover. It should include the title and subtitle, author’s name and relevant graphics.
The back cover is the second most important part of your book. It should include: a blurb, testimonials, barcode and ISBN.
Remember!!! The front cover should give the buyer the first impression of your book. You only have 4 seconds to do this. If in that time if your reader is not attracted to your book he will put it back on the shelf and continue browsing other books.
Look for a publishing company you can trust and where you are able to keep all the rights to your book yourself.
Warning!!! Many companies you find on-line charge you for publishing your book and also take some or all of your rights from you. Many authors have been caught like this.
Always remember that self-publishing is about keeping all the rights to your book. So, when you start dealing with companies who claim to help you with publishing – check them out and ask about your rights and read all the contracts properly. Never sign anything that you find that is not understandable to you.
6. Create a marketing plan.
Marketing is the king of publishing. Even the best book in the best topic area will not do you any good if it is not marketed properly. You can hire a marketing expert to promote the book for you which can be expensive. Either way you choose (with a marketing expert or without one) you need to prepare a press kit to make yourself ready for any media opportunities.
A Press kit should include:
-short biography related to the book
-PR (press release, one page long)
-professional photos of yourself
– a few credible testimonials about your book
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Now look for any opportunities that arise in the press on your books topic then send press releases out, call the local or national radio, check out journalists to contact etc. Make sure that everything you do is relevant to the topic of your book. Relevancy is the one of most important things in the media.
7. And of course you should shamelessly promote yourself on-line and off-line.
Create a web-site, blog, write and distribute articles, make a Facebook page, Twitter page, LinkedIn account related to your book.
Become a public speaker and speak about your topic. Remember, that your speeches should include selling. Offer your book every time you speak.
To conclude, if you follow and implement all the 7 steps I described above, I guarantee your book will be well on the way to becoming a best-seller. Just try and see for yourself!
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Being anxious to see your work bound and printed is a feeling that all authors have experienced at some point or another, but being too anxious may result in poor decisions that you’ll regret later. So before you join the bandwagon in self publishing your book, let us consider the truths and lies about self publishing.
Lie: Self publishing is expensive. Some writers and authors say that starting with your own cost too much financially.
Truth: Self publishing is easy and affordable. Contrary to the popular belief among new authors, self publishing isn’t hard to break in to and cost little too. Since self-publishing is an evolving industry with lots of competitors, publishers are continually upgrading their facilities, offering higher quality services, and affordable pricing at your convenience.
Here’s how it works. You select a size for your book, format your Word manuscript to fit that size, turn your Word doc into a PDF, create some cover art in Photoshop, turn that into a PDF, and upload it all to the self-publisher of your choosing. Depending on the level of service you choose, it can be as easy as uploaded an unformatted word document to the self-publishing service provider, and voila! They produce a completed book for you!
Truth: Self publishing firms are here to stay. They have been in business for quite sometimes now and are continually changing for the better offering high-quality services for new authors like you. The standard of many self publishing companies are quite solid. The sole giveaway that you are offering a self-published book would be if the cover were poorly designed so you have to make sure the company you work with has a great track record to back them up such as testimonials/ feedback from their clients.
Lie: All self-publishing companies don’t care whether you believe they’re your ticket to instant fame and fortune. They will make you believe how easy it is to make it to Oprah’s book club.
Truth: A reputable, honest self publishing company will tactfully attempt to manage your expectations. They will inform you that it’s nearly impossible to make Oprah’s book club even if you’re traditionally published. They’ll explain how much sweat and toil it would take to sell any copies of your book at all once it’s published but will assure you of their support and assistance in marketing your book.
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Lie: Your book will sell right away as soon as it’s off from the printing press.
Truth: Even if your book is great, there’s a great chance it will not sell.Book sales will be slow at first which is very common among new authors. This is where your marketing plan comes into effect. Don’t give up, persistence is the key to sales when you self publish a book.
Lie: Only use services of big publishing companies.
Truth: Should you elect to self-publish, you’re encouraged to shop around. The big guys aren’t always your best bet. Many smaller publishers offer excellent service at affordable prices. It all depends on your needs and how much assistance you are looking for.
Self publishing is easier to learn than you may think if you take the time and do your research and take things one step at a time.
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There is a huge demand for work from home writing jobs in the internet, ever since most people discovered that it was possible to generate an income online. It has become a bee hive of activity, even the smallest projects up for grabs being snapped up as soon as they are presented to the masses, but this should not lead you to despair there is still a huge demand for writers if you know where to search. There are a few places that are quite popular and are definitely worth a shot as far as finding a work from home writing jobs are concerned.
Check freelance websites, these websites have a huge array of writing projects that are not only easy to acomplish but also pay very well and may well be what you been looking for to supplement that income by just working from home. Some of these freelance websites include Freelancer.com, Elance.com, Guru.com and Rent a Coder.com.
Most of these freelance websites present a challenge in the begining since you need to build up a repuation for you to have the capacity to place winning bids, but like everything worth while in life, it takes time and in no time you will be able to gather enough repuation and well on your way to have a complete work from home writing job.
There is a huge explosion in the need for online writers regardless of the skillset. Most companies want to be heard and want to reach the masses and want their products out there and for most of these companies, they main interest is your honest opinion when writing blog entries and articles about their organisation or products. It’s extreemely possible for you to find work from home writing jobs.
For most of these companies are fighting for exposure on the internet and the more people are talking about them the better as this ultimately means that they are expanding their market reach and exposure which directly translates into sales and the more money the make, for them it\’s a win win situation.
I have been working from home for quite sometime now and i can absoltely put my stamp of approval and say that it has been the most fullfilling experiences as i have ben able to take care of my family and also make time for my social life as well.
When it comes to work from home writing jobs, I HIGHLY recommend a wonderful resource called real writing jobs.com.
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Believe it or not you can get your book published for no cost to you at all. All you have to do is submit your manuscript and if your manuscript is accepted you will not only get published but get paid royalties for your hard work. I know you’re saying where are these companies that are willing to risk this no money out of your pocket to get you an unknown author not only published but paid. Believe it or not you are doing them a favor. First of all you are bringing your completed or semi-completed work to them to examine and determine its worthiness to be published. Secondly they will be paid a percentage of the royalty that you will receive from the sell of your book.
One such company is Publish America, Inc. they allow new and unpublished authors to submit their books for publishing they can be found at publishamerica.com. Publish America publishes more new titles than any other publishing company, books are available in both hard and soft covers and if your manuscript is accepted it doesn’t cost you a penny. The Publish America website tells you how to submit your manuscript and how you will be paid. There website welcomes new authors, gives submission information , facts and figures, marketing information, copyright information, discusses royalties, book ownership and other important topics. They tell you how long you should wait for a reply from them which usually is 1-2 days initially.
Published.com is a company where new authors can learn how to get published and promote there books. They encourage new authors to make the Published.com Book Directory their first marketing move. This service is totally free with no strings attached. The high page rank of this directory in search engines will help interested readers find your book. Also if you have a website or a blog for your book a link from Published.com can help improve your sites search engine ranking. Published.com can teach you how to get your published book into independent book stores, generate a buzz about your book on Myspace, how to market your book, and how to market your book to online book clubs. Just go to publised.com and get started.
1.) Visit independent book stores in your area and give out free copies of your book, follow up and get stocking orders.
2.) Offer to hold a author event in their store. Partner with them on pre-event marketing and make it fun.
3.) Consider the Book Sense Access Program
4.) Sell your book on Amazon or eBay or Craigslist
5.) Promote your book to Book Clubs
6.) Use Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and any other social media sites to promote your book
7.) Comment on blogs with helpful comments which contain a link back to your blog/website where you promote your book.
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You can post an ad in every city on Craiglist, but ads have to be different ( and not just a few words moved around ) in order to be accepted. Before you put your ad for your book on every Craiglist city try one or two first.
What about a blog?
A blog is a collection of thoughts personal, private or business , etc. that you would like the world to know. Once you have an audience on your blog, your writing style is being scrutinized and (hopefully) appreciated “Liked” and “Tweeted”.
Create a free blog at blogger.com, or wordpress.org. Just google “free blog” to find who offers free blogs.
1) Author bio: a) who you are, interesting life story, experience as a writer or expert on your topic
2) Synopsis – one page summary of book , example mood, plot , theme
3) Press release 1 page article that tells who you are, what book is about, info about books publication and any ties to current events
4) Sell sheet – flyer that includes important information about book
5) Title, cover image, publication date, page count, selling price ISBN, one paragraph summary, one paragraph author bio, 1 or 2 reviews
Amazon Book Reviews
A good book review is worth more publicity than any newspaper or magazine article about your book. Spend 2 or 3 days contacting about 300 potential Amazon reviewers, expect to receive 40 to 50 responses and wind up with about 35 reviews. Its best to see what type of genre each reviewer specializes in.
Newspapers and Magazines:
Start with your local newspaper and find out who are the editors and writers that do book reviews call and/or write them tell them about your book and ask them if they will review it. Expand your search find the newspapers and magazines with the largest circulation and repeat the process example: New York Times and Boston Globe are a couple. Use the internet to find newspapers and magazines with large circulations and the writers that do book reviews.
What is an agent?
An agent is a middleman to publisher, interacts on your behalf should know the publishing industy, your buffer in legal matters, promotes your products. Always research your potential agent. Your agent should not cost you anything – they should get a percentage of your roi.
June 2009 – St. Louis, MO – Just when you thought what’s next, where do we go from here comes a new book that puts the ups and downs of life’s relationships at home, work, romance, with family and friends into perspective — The Soul Of Poetry
This book is an experience in enjoying the good times, enduring the bad times and learning from them both. This book tells people to move on don’t live in the past plan a better future and laugh a little. The truth has a way of proving itself to us. We can learn the hard way or by listening to those who have experience either way we learn. The Soul Of Poetry transcends ethnic, social, and economic issues and brings us together in what we all have in common the human experience ” life”. You can get a copy of The Soul Of Poetry at http://fourstarpubishing.com
Through a blend of poetry, prose, verse, and rhyme William Dupree offers a ” you can make it ” help comes from having faith that you can overcome anything that puts itself in your path. Rediscover what we sometimes forget family, friends and moral values. Have a I can make it, I’ve got to make it attitude, then laugh a little life is not all that serious.
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