A writer's life is not easy. It's all about writing, erasing, rewriting, spending hours waiting for something to emerge from your imagination, sometimes it stays blank and sometimes it just flows like river water. And the difficult thing continues, it is time to publish and make people read your work. Publishing houses become an option, but you do not always have the money and the necessary resources. The positive thing is that unlike several years ago, we can now use the internet to promote our books.
However, the Internet it's so big that you also have to know how to use it. Here we leave you some points to keep in mind.
According to an article by Excentrya, the first thing you should do as a writer is to create your personal blog. Many authors prefer to have a blog after publishing their book, but creating it from the beginning and telling the whole process of creating your books, can be very interesting for readers. In this way, people will know your name. The closer you get to the readers, the more they will want to have you nearby.
The second, use your social networks to promote yourself. These days, Social Networks are everything. This is why most businesses use them and they even have one or two people in charge of it. They have a great influence in sales and people's mind. But first, you should know how to use them. Promote your stories, but don't create spam. Do continuous post to keep people updated, but do not overwhelm them with so much information. Invite them to your blog and above all (and very IMPORTANT) interact with them. It seems not, but users and people in general appreciate the proximity.
Third, worry about the quality of your book. If you want to be known as a good writer you must do what great writers do: write impeccably. It is not necessary that you know 100% your style (because that is found along the way); but you should have as a priority the spelling, grammar and general structure of your work. Many independent books fail for this reason. It is thought that by publishing for free, anyone can publish anything and if you want to be a writer it is essential to have a work with zero grammatical or orthographic errors. If this is still your weakness, do not worry, you can hire a correction service or pay someone to make a report. There are always ways to improve.
Fourth, tell the story of how you created your book in an emotional way. Connect with your readers telling them why did you write that book and what is your mission with it. In what way can you help others.
Fifth, create a media strategy for your book, including a kit with: your biography as a writer, press releases, personal information, information on upcoming events, important events, a synopsis of a book and a personal photo. In addition, you can create a short slogan that summarizes the most important of your book, which arouses the curiosity of readers.
Sixth, look for reviews. It is said that between 5 to 7 months before publishing your book or finishing it, look for people interested in reviewing it. The reviews support you to give you details that you could improve for your publication.
And as a seventh point, be creative with the other resources. Expand your promotion channels. For example: Create videos, both on YouTube and Facebook, attend conferences and / or writing events and make contacts, talk with new people, present your books, account what you are creating, etc.
Sometimes the word promote us we do not like, but in any career or specialty is necessary to transcend. Value your work, expose it and others will value it. Try different ways to make yourself known, you do not have to stay with one forever. And if at first you do not see results, it persists. This is not a race of speed, but rather of resistance. He who stays focused, triumphs.July 3, 2019, 12:59 p.m. 0 Report Embed 4
Your Romantic Story is in its climax, your characters are waiting for the real action to begin, but none of that will happen until you write what will happen to them.
The current romantic novels do not have a unique meaning. Each love story can have totally different plots that emerge from the author's own imagination. The "how" and the "why" only make you wonder what will happen to them. But, what are the things you should keep in mind when writing Romance?
1- Inspire yourself: Reading other stories is always helpful, but be careful: they will only give you an idea of how to write it and it's you who should create it.
2- They are mine! : The protagonists are important and more than anything in a love story. Their strengths and weaknesses will enrich your story, stick to them and let yourself go. And never forget how they feel!
3- They say it but ...: Pay attention to the dialogues, they have a very important role around the whole story, they are what define -sometimes- their voices. Accept that every now and then they have a bad day and they can escape something!
4- Your ideas, your world: Imagine an interesting conflict and from there create the love story. Some of your characters may have had a story with an ex, allow yourself to develop it, and be free to break hearts!
5- Do not forget the focus: If the main plot is about a couple do not delve into stories of other couples that appear with the plot, since some readers will not be interested. Dedicate exclusively to one, capable in the future the others may have their own history.
6- Stop the fire! : If your desire is to write erotic scenes, do it. It transmits physical attraction, its own desires and its deepest thoughts. Free yourself from sexual tension and ... Ca-Boom? Just be sure to specify that your story is of erotic romance and that it is not suitable for minors.
7- Accept the end: Romance stories do not always have happy endings. If you decide to create a shocking ending, be careful not to overtake it in the plot.
8- Imagine t-o-d-o: If you are one of those who dream with romance or believe in love at first sight, write it and enjoy it.
Text by: Milagros Borro
June 17, 2019, 2:24 p.m.
We already are in the second month of the Authors' Cup and we have a lot of writers participating, competing, interacting and obtaining points. At the moment, the ranking is very even. In this article, we explain in detail how to participate in the different types of challenges in case there is still some confusion.
Once inside the Authors' Cup section -in the challenges area-, you will find them separated by Cup Challenges, Monthly Challenges and Flash Challenges. Once you choose the one you want, you must click on 'Participate Now'. At that moment a window will open in which you will see the other requirements to complete the challenge, such as: the number of chapters that are required, the minimum number of words per chapter, the categories, the hashtags to use, frequently asked questions, etc. Once you click in 'Participate' again, you will be participating immediately. However, this does not mean that the challenge is completed or finished.
For a challenge to be completed, you must mark it as such. This box will appear in the same challenge window once you are already participating. However, be careful to check this box if the challenge is still in process. It is very important that you signal it as completed ONLY when everything that was requested has been completed. Otherwise, the Authors' Cup team will reject that challenge and you will not earn the points.
To mark it as completed you must perform the following steps:
1) Click on the challenge
2) Check the Complete Challenge box
3) Depending on the type of challenge, above the completion button you will find: a field to fill in any information, a list of the stories you can choose or a list of micro-stories. You will also have the option to mark it as incomplete again, in case you have made a mistake and/or you still have something missing.
REMEMBER that each time a challenge is marked as completed, the story will be automatically BLOCKED and you can't edit it until the Inkspired jury verifies and grades the challenge. However, that doesn't mean that you can't participate with this story in other challenges, as long as it allows it.
When a challenge is related to Social Networks or asks for a URL, it is important that you add it in the field that will appear next to the completition button, if by any case it doesn't appear, the jury will not be able to give it a score either.
Finally we want to inform you that the ranking is updated every Friday, but this doesn't mean that all challenges that have been completed until that day have already passed the verification process, so if you don't see all your points updated, do not worry, they will appear in the following weeks.
If you want to see the challenges that are active right now press here.June 9, 2019, 8:23 p.m. 0 Report Embed 1
You decide that it's time to write. What you want to create is a novel, but you do not know well about what. Until you realize that your life itself is a story to tell, and that it may be simple and useful to write about it.
This is usually common in writers who are getting started. However, first you have to define how to do it the right way.
The main thing is to define if what you want to tell are memories of your life, or a autobiography as a novel. Memories are anecdotes that you have experienced in the past, and don't need to have a chronological order or connection with one another. While an autobiography is like any fiction novel, but based on the course of your life or in a specific moment in particular. However, this one needs to have an order, a sense and a clear objective about what you want to convey. The autobiography is one that has an approach, a knot and an outcome.
Before you start writing your autobiography you have to define what do you want to tell? We know that it is your story, and that you will have different experiences and learnings, but there must be a main idea, something that you can summarize in a sentence. Maybe some of these questions can help you identify it: What do I want my readers to learn with my story? What teachings do I want to spread?
Biographies often contain many feelings, which makes them emotional and inspiring at the same time. "The Diary of Anne Frank" is a clear example. Here we can read (and not just read, but live) the life of this little Jewish girl in the middle of the Second World War and learn about everything she went through while hiding from the Nazis.
Another important point to keep in mind, is that you should not tell everything. Just like when you write the story of someone or some important event (journalists know a lot about this) you can not write all the details because the story becomes boring. The same with your biography. You must add what really contributes to your main idea.
The structure is fundamental. You must present a conflict, which is presented in the statement, which then gets complicated in the knot and then resolved in the outcome. And even though you are writing about your experiences it is better to think the story as if it were someone else's. In this way you can be more objective about how to tell it, what facts to change, or what to subtract or omit. Do not forget that the novel must be understood and interesting for our readers.
Although the story is about your real life and is a recount of your experiences, this does not mean that you can not recreate certain scenes or exaggerate others or even invent new ones. Sometimes you choose to do it simply because you do not remember certain moments accurately or to generate more interest.
It is vital, too, that you have characters. Which in this case will be the people of your life. It would be
a good idea to talk to them and include their opinions, dialogues, memories. By doing that your novel will be more complete and, at the same time, interesting.
In conclusion, writing your life as a novel is a great job and always a good idea, but to create successful story you must follow certain guidelines that can catapult it. Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell it.
PS: At this moment, within the Authors Cup, we have a 'Cup Challenge' that is precisely about writing a story about your life. If you want to know more about it, enter here. The challenge is called The Personal Writer.May 20, 2019, 3:07 p.m. 0 Report Embed 4