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Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – How to Start a Story

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

pin fight way outThey say that beginning is the hardest part, and they aren’t kidding.

Have you ever gotten excited about a story idea only to have your enthusiasm squelched by the blank page? I have. Whether I’m gently cupping the first smoldering cinder of a new tale in my eager hands, or carefully holding the almost-fully realized story in my mind; when I sit down at the keyboard to type those critical first words, I freeze.

The pressure of finding the “just right” way to begin is too much.

We all know how important beginnings are. Those first lines are what will (or won’t) grab your reader. They set the scene and the tone for everything that follows. In short, they can make or break your story.

It’s a lot to ask of a few hundred words.

But here’s the thing – you don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact…

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Formatting—The Difference Between Mediocre & Magnificent

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Today, I have a lovely guest post from a friend of mine, Travis Simmons. He’s here to enlighten us about one of the “unseen heroes” of book success. I hear a lot of bantering about what is most important for a book to take off and sell LOTS of copies. A great story? A fantastic cover? Editing? Formatting? Thing is, they are ALL important but for very different reasons.

Who cares if we’ve written the next “Great American Novel” if the cover looks like our cousin in junior college slapped it together with a pirated copy of Photoshop? The cover can be great, but if the story (sample pages) reflect amateurish writing? Likely people won’t click to buy. Sure we all make punctuation and grammar errors. A few? Most readers (who aren’t also writers) won’t see them. But, if the prose seems as if we slept…

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One memoir I’m looking forward to reading

Originally posted on We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down:

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I recently saw this announcement on Publisher’s Marketplace:

Memoir
Mother of Dylan Klebold, one of Columbine High School shooters, Sue Klebold’s story, inviting readers into the very private struggle of the last fifteen years as she and her family have tried to understand the events of that terrible day and the role they ultimately played in it, with the hope that the insights she has gleaned can help other families see the signs when their children need help, to Roger Scholl at Crown, by Laurie Bernstein at Side by Side Literary Productions (world), with W.H. Allen publishing in the UK.

It’s rare that you hear the perpetrator’s side of the story when it comes to crime and violence. How many memoirs are written from the victim’s point of view? Since Klebold can’t speak for himself, his mother has to serve as proxy. The Publisher’s Marketplace entry suggests that Sue Klebold…

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Road to Publication: Asking for Help

Originally posted on The Artist's Road:

In my day job I sell people on the merits of my employer; that is what we do in public relations. One of the things I like about PR is that I’m promoting work that is not mine and people who are not me. That is much harder to do when the product is my book and the author is me.

Speaking of marketing, this likely will be the author photo on the book's dust jacket. It was taken by my daughter Marisa, who is present in the book on the part of the road trip through the Southeast; her passion for photography is part of one of the book's narrative lines.

Speaking of marketing, this likely will be the author photo on the book’s dust jacket. It was taken by my daughter Marisa, who is present in the book on the part of the road trip through the Southeast; her passion for photography is part of one of the book’s narrative lines.

Quick story: Despite being pretty shy in person I decided to run for Senior Class President of my undergraduate college. There were three candidates. On election day, about two hours before the polls closed, I ran into two…

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How to Self-Publish

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Originally posted on Tiffany Dawn:

Recently several people have asked me about self-publishing, so I decided to write a blog post about it! For any of you writers who are thinking about traversing this route…here’s what has worked for me. Granted, it’s the only form of publishing I’ve ever known, but hopefully through sharing what’s worked for me, it can help you along your own journey. Here’s what I’ll be talking about:

  • Why I chose to self-publish
  • How I self-published
  • How I designed my books
  • How I advertised after self-publishing

First, why do I self-publish?

self_publish1_zps972d7c38While preparing to release my first book (in 2012), I talked with several people about publishing options. One contact in particular had published multiple books through major Christian publishers. He told me that he was getting out of all his contracts with those publishers and moving to self-publishing, because financially it made more sense for him to self-publish. This was mind-blowing to me, because…

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