What to Expect in Self-Publishing?

Getting published not only depends on intent prayers and ardent wishes. Not only has the traditional way held the key anymore. As self–publishing industry grow in its popularity, authors found avenues that can take them into the spotlight.

Self-published authors aim of giving themselves the chance of getting successful by looking for a ground in where they can market their books. Self–published authors opt for self–publishing companies that are cost effective but offers marketing help so authors can focus on their true craft – writing.

With the advancement in self-publishing tools and technology for the last year, it brought authors closer to their dreams. New ideas and opportunities explode, it’s imperative for authors and self-publishing companies to take a look at what the future may hold and what challenges they may encounter.

Back to Basic – Writing

With a huge number of authors and books worldwide, readers face a problem in choosing a book that is both high quality and cost-wise. Writers, who will surely succeed in publishing, are those who take readers as their precious gems giving them the super fabulous book ever. This covers the finery of the book – professional quality editing, well-written stories with catchy and appropriate covers in order to avoid mistakes that can lead to unnecessary rejection.

Authors Platform

Sometimes, no matter how nice your book is, if it won’t reach into the hands of your readers, it will useless. Creating a platform can help sustain and increase your leverage as a self–published author compared to those who aren’t doing it. Through this, potential readers will be aware of your existence where you can earn positive feedback and desire for your book. The larger the platform is, the greater chances of meeting new buyers that can lead to high demands of your book.

Self–Published Authors Develop Maturity

Self–published authors recognize writing not just a hobby but a step forward into entrepreneurship. They are now more aware on why certain things don’t happen and builds acceptance that writing a book is just a part of the whole process. They’ll learn from their experiences and other author’s success stories as they go along the way with a sense of seriousness taking a long-term perspective on their craft.

Build up Collaboration

In order for self–published to succeed in this tricky yet fulfilling industry, one should utilize the help from professional experts. Seeking publishing partners aside from the all-in-one self-publishing package can give assistance to authors in improving their books.

Self–publishing has shown its best days ever. A writer who doesn’t stop aiming high and foresees a brighter tomorrow has all the means available to succeed his/her self-publishing career.

If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing Workshop

Janes Austen Writing

Dear Jane,

I don’t usually read chick lit, but I didn’t hate reading this draft of your novel, which you’re calling Pride and Prejudice. I really liked the part where Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle went on a road trip, which reminded me of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales(also about a road trip — check it out!). Anyway, good job. I do have a couple of notes to share, in the spirit of constructive criticism.

So, a big question I have is “Why?” Why does Elizabeth do the things she does? Why does Mr. Darcy do the things he does? Why does Mrs. Bennet do the things she does? Have you read Hamlet? I feel like you could really learn something from how Shakespeare (the author) has Hamlet tell readers why he’s doing the things he does.

Another problem I noticed: Mr. Wickham (great name, by the way, evoking both a strong but flexible plant, and an earthly, bestial pig) is in the army, but you don’t make use of that. What if Mr. Wickham, instead of just being sort of a scoundrel (Again: why?), is a scoundrel because he’s suffering from his experiences in the war? (Which war, btw?) That way he could tell Elizabeth about it, and we would be able to see that she’s not just an independent young woman, but also a really good listener. He could tell some jokes, too, to liven up the mood, and show that Elizabeth has a good sense of humor. This could be the middle section of the book, like five or six chapters in there.

Also, why five sisters? How about just two? Combine Jane and Kitty. Or, better, make one of the sisters a brother (named “Jim,” maybe?), and then he could be the narrator who mentions his sisters from time to time! Like Hamlet!

While I’m on the sisters, is it just me, or does everyone treat Kitty really badly? Personally, I want to say “Huzzah!” to Kitty, and it’s annoying that everyone else — literally everyone else — wants to hold her back. Even you, I think— and, sorry, don’t mean to hit too close to home here, but… I’m just saying that I would totally court Kitty. She’s got a great sense of humor. But anyway, if you change her to Jim, problem solved!

A few other concerns: Mrs. Bennett is annoying, and you don’t have any people of color. Also, there aren’t a lot of men in this book. Only about the same number as there are women. I was thinking that what you could do is have Mrs. Bennett be dying, but give her a black best friend. Like Othello? (Have you read it? It’s also by Shakespeare, fwiw.) The Othello character could be her butler, maybe? There you go: three problems solved. You’re welcome!

I don’t know if you noticed this, but there’s a lot about hair ribbons here. Did you mean to do that? Maybe you could develop them into a kind of motif throughout, the way Shakespeare uses a skull in Hamlet? Maybe, when Mrs. Bennet is dying, she could ask to hold a hair ribbon? And Othello the butler could bring it to her, and tell her a story, or, better yet, get Wickham in there to tell her about the war. Oh! Perfect: just have Wickham, Jim and Othello talk about the war, while Mrs. Bennet lies unconscious in the background, holding a ribbon.

What do you think about Jim, Othello, and Wickham: Brothers in Arms as a title instead of Pride and Prejudice?

Anyway, while this isn’t something I would pick up on my own to read, I still enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Thanks for letting me take a look, and let me know if you need any more help with it.

Keep writing!

This article was originally published on the BuzzFeed Books.

Newly-Discovered Dr. Seuss Book Hits Bookshelves 24 Years After Author’s Death

Dr. Seuss’s recently discovered book, What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss) has arrived in store shelves. The book was published by Random house and has already debuted at No.1 on Amazon since it’s July 28, 2015 release, is striking a soft spot with fans, who are effusive over yet another remarkable piece of work from the beloved children’s author, Theodor “Seuss” Geisel.

Actor-Turned-Author Henry Winkler On His Latest Children’s Book

The legendary actor turned author joins TODAY to talk about “Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards,” the latest children’s book in his best-selling “Here’s Hank” series, and talks about his long career. Winkler is best known for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli in the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days.

From Struggling To Find A Publisher, How This Author Landed A Six-Figure Book Deal

In her career as an author, Lisa Genova has seen success in two sides of the publishing world: both as a self-published novelist and a traditionally-published author. From struggling to find a publisher and deciding to self publish to landing a six-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster and making The New York Times Best Seller list, Genova shares her publishing journey and professional insights with fellow writers.

About the Author

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O’Briens. Get more from Lisa on Facebook and Twitter.

A Very Special Horse Goes On A Journey Of Self-Discovery And Love

Author shares the heartwarming tale of Jasper: A Very Special Horse as he discovers the beauty of family and being with loved ones.

Dubbo, NSW – A beautiful fable awaits young readers in the pages of author Sharon MacInnes’s Jasper: A Very Special Horse. In this picture book, children will witness how Jasper embraces his new-found family and unique golden horn.

When Jasper was born, he gets hit by a falling star on that particular night. He was then given to a family with two small children who adore him; and they develop a very strong bond. Nothing extraordinary happens until his first birthday, when a golden horn starts growing on his forehead.

One night, the horse is stolen. Jasper is sold to a circus by the thieves. What the thieves didn’t know is that his golden horn is linked to his emotions. When Jasper feels sad, his horn becomes dull and brittle – and he can wear it down by rubbing it against his stall.

Without the golden horn, he is just an ordinary horse, and he can then be reunited with his family, who were devastated when they lost him. Readers will experience how powerful emotions can be as they see how Jasper chooses to be “ordinary” to be with the people he loves and who love him.

This book is available online and can be purchased at www.bookventure.com, www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.

About the Author

Sharon MacInnes has been happily married for 26 years with two children. She was born in Sydney and has lived in country NSW Australia for most of her life. She has many hobbies, which include quilting, reading, jigsaw puzzles, spending time with family and friends, and travelling. She started writing after completing a Creative Writing course at her Adult Education Centre. She was encouraged to publish this book after talking with her daughter and her friends; and with the thought that she could pass this down to any future grandchildren.

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