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Edit Before Editing: Why the End Is Only the Beginning

After pouring out pages of your creative sweat and tears, you finally type every writer’s favorite closing words:   THE END   Your book manuscript is now ready to submit to your editor, right? Not quite … It’s time to switch out your writer’s hat and think like an editor. Don’t fear the editor’s hat! We aren’t the evil destroyers of your creative dreams with our red pen markups and detailed comments. Editors want to help your book dream become a reality and we are … [Read more...]

Book Contest Ideas for Social Media

People love free stuff—just absolutely love it! So much so, that many will do almost anything for even the slightest chance of winning. Entice your readers and potentially gain new ones with social media contests! Here’s how they work: to become eligible for the chance of winning, hopeful participants must engage in some way. You can require them to like or follow your page, comment on a photo, tag a friend, or post a photo using a hashtag you’ve created; you’ll then be able to search the … [Read more...]

Marketing for the Novice Author: Strategy 101

Marketing your book can often times feel overwhelming. There’s so much to do and it’s difficult to know where to start. In part two, of the three-part series: Marketing for the Novice Author, we’re forming a step-by-step plan to guide you towards successful book marketing. The First Step - Identify your Target Audience Before anything else, identify your target audience. This will give you direction for your book marketing strategy. Determine who is likely to buy your book and learn as … [Read more...]

You’ve Written The Great American Novel: What is the Next Step? Traditional or E-publishing?

It’s complete! Your blood, sweat and tears have gone into every word, your characters are like children to you, and your manuscript has been double- and triple-checked – hundreds of drafts reworked and rewritten several times. Now you are ready. So, what is the next step? The manuscript you’ve dream about, had nightmares about, and has (at times) been closer to your heart than family, is ready to be seen by the world. Many authors have the perception that e-publishing isn’t “real”; that somehow, … [Read more...]

Why the Length of Your eBook Matters

Length matters! How many pages should your eBook be? There is no simple answer. There are various perspectives in which to view the question. How long does it take to capture and keep your reader’s attention? One could argue that it depends upon the genre. Readers of fiction wish to identify with the characters, so if that doesn’t occur within the first few chapters, it won’t matter how powerful and compelling your book may be. Studies conducted by Jellybooks conclude that the percentage of … [Read more...]

Writing an Outline: Is it important?

Outlines have been ingrained in the writing process ever since the first great story was written. As years passed, many authors consider a question as they develop as a writer; is writing an outline important? Some authors would argue that outlining a story goes against the organic nature of narrative writing, but others will argue that writing an outline allows for a fully fleshed out story with a coherent plot. There is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on your writing style. If you … [Read more...]

5 Things You May Not Know About eBook Publishing

I. eBook Publishing is one of the easiest way to be a published author If you are considering on publishing a book, you need to look into eBook options.  There are many different places that have eBook conversion services.  Some of these services are free, and some companies get paid for helping authors proofread, format, and design eBooks.  The cost of publishing printed books are much more expensive than eBooks because of printing and shipping.  Here is the breakdown of what printing may … [Read more...]

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