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Where Do You Plan To Publish Your Book?

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Well, it’s a New Year! You’re getting a clean slate, and a chance to take control of your writing life. Have you finished your book? Had an editor look at it? Let me know if you haven’t, but most importantly, if you’re going indie – where are you going to publish your book?

Well how about wherever you want to publish it? The world is open to you.

We all know about Amazon and yes, you definitely want to make your book available through Amazon, but what about all of the other readers who don’t use Kindle. Yes, you heard me. There are many readers who do not own a Kindle or read on a Kindle app. I have a Kindle App available to me, but I prefer to read on my Kobo reader. And folks, there are books unavailable to me – why are they unavailable? Well, it’s because the authors have only published on Amazon.

When I hear of an author publishing independent, I immediate head over to Smashwords to see if it might be available there because at Smashwords, I can get an .epub edition but sadly, it doesn’t happen often.

You’re probably asking where else can I publish free other than Amazon? My darlings, anywhere you want.

You can publish at Amazon at Kindle Direct Publishing.

You can publish at Barnes and Noble – check out their Publisher and Author Guidelines.

You can publish at Kobobooks at Kobo Writing Life.

You can publish at Smashwords.com where you can publish your ebook in every digital format to Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, Flipkart, Oyster, Scribd,  Baker & Taylor’s Blio and Axis360 (libraries!) and more.

So where are you going to publish? It’s a great big publishing world out there and you definitely want to reach all of the readers, not just some.

Happy Writing and Publishing!
Don’t forget I’m here to assist you in making your manuscript all it can be before you hit that Publish Button. 🙂

Blurb Writing – It really isn’t as easy as you think & you want to do it right!

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I’ve written about blurb writing before but it’s a subject worth revisiting. I’ve been reading a lot of very weak blurbs lately. Why do some authors feel it’s okay to present poor grammar in blurbs? Your blurb is the first thing you present in written form to your reader – make sure it is properly written. First impressions are lasting impressions – make it a good one!

It’s true that book covers help sell books because it’s the first thing a reader sees and if the cover is attractive and eye-catching, it will draw the attention the book needs, but it’s the back cover blurb that truly sells a book. With such a large variety of books in various formats from which to choose, authors need to set their book apart from the others on the shelves and amid the long lists of e-books available online. Yes, the cover catches the reader’s eye, the title might intrigue, but ultimately it is the blurb that sells a book.

A blurb is a brief description of the book that intrigues the reader to want to read more. A book blurb is not to be confused with a synopsis, which actually tells the entire story in short form and used primarily when submitting. You certainly don’t want to give away the entire story to a reader before actually selling him/her the book.

Think of a blurb like a movie trailer. It teases, it intrigues, and it hooks the reader into the story without giving away too many details. It makes the reader say, “Oooh, I want to read that one.”

Some tips on writing great book blurbs include doing your research, using the correct voice, tense, focusing on the underlying trope or theme of the story, and keeping it brief. Now this might sound easy enough to do, and for some it does come with ease but for others not so much. That’s where an editor can help but every author should try his or her hand at blurb writing before turning to a professional for assistance. You never know if you can until you try.

Do your research – read as many blurbs as possible. If you have shelves full of your writing genre, you’ve got all you need. Look at your favorite books. What was it about the blurbs that made you purchase those particular books? Get a feel for the format and style of the best blurbs. Take notes on what stands out most and intrigues the reader in you. What makes you want to read more about the characters and the story? What is the hook? Use those blurbs and your notes in preparing to write your own book blurb.

Write your blurb in the same voice as your book. If your book is dark and tragic, be sure the blurb carries the same emotion. If your book is light at heart, and filled with humor share that feeling in your blurb, but don’t give it all away – no spoilers allowed. 

Write your blurb in present tense. Whether you have written your book in third-person past, first-person present, or any other combination, make sure you write your blurb in third-person present. Think about those movie trailers. “Life is changing for Maggie, how will she accept it? Dave was a star once, but now he’s working toward a comeback? Will he make it or fail?” 

Charge your blurb with focusing on the underlying trope or theme of the story such as it being a suspense, second chance romance, or tragic love affair. Your full-length saga may seem too intricate in plotting to pull together into roughly 150 to 200 words, but writing the blurb can actually benefit you by making you focus in on what is truly the most important aspect of your story without minimizing the rest. Hone in on the main points of your story, and what pushes the story along more than anything else. It might help to write a 3 to 4 page synopsis before attempting to write your blurb. The synopsis will give you the full story. If you’re going by way of traditional publishing, you will need to write a synopsis anyway, so you may as well get it out of the way. Once you have the full story pared down, drop the ending and pull the whole thing down tighter into one page focusing on the most important points in your story and the effects those points have on the main characters.

Keeping it brief – as I already mentioned, a typical blurb is only going to max out at roughly 200 words and consists of 2 or 3 paragraphs at most. This is what makes writing a blurb so difficult, and even frustrating. You only have a short amount of space consisting of only a small number of perfectly chosen words to entice, tease, and hook the reader before that reader moves on. Remember that movie trailer, well, in a crowded theater, with people seeking seats and getting settled, the trailer only has a few minutes to convince the viewers into coming back to see the movie. In that same manner, your book blurb only has a moment in a crowded bookstore or while browsing a long list of titles online to capture the reader’s attention, and sell your book.

Now, I’ve given you the tools to write your book blurb but if after several tries, you still feel you’re at a loss and need assistance, I am here to help. Whether you need assistance writing it from the start, or simply need a good polishing to make sure that it is all that it can be to make your book present itself with the best-selling face, I can help you achieve the polish you want at reasonable rates. Feel free to check out my services by clicking HERE.

Thank you and Happy Blurb Writing!

You Truly Cannot Judge A Book By Its Cover or Its Blurb – Every Book Needs Editing

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We all love to look at book covers. We enjoy the different images, the sexy ones, the elaborate ones, and the ones that intrigue us, but are the covers the most important things about good books? Then again, just because a cover draws my eye and the blurb is intriguing, will I enjoy the read? Not necessarily. I’ve read my share of books with fabulous covers where the story was so amazing, it could be wrapped in brown paper and I would still love it. But we truly cannot judge a book by its cover – or blurb.

With the onset of digital books, covers still attract but it is ultimately the blurb, which sells the book. I’ve discussed the importance of a great blurb, which captures the reader’s attention and sells the book. What happens after the blurb and the cover already hook the reader but when he/she begins reading the actual story, it just isn’t as good as was expected?

Well, in some cases the reader has actually asked for a refund. Oh yes, my friends, readers have asked for refunds on digital books which only cost them a mere 99¢. I’ve purchased my share of books, which turned out to be okay reads or even something I couldn’t finish because they were poorly written but honestly, I never asked for a refund. Print copies, I donate to a local library or book bank, and digitals, I just forget about them or delete them from reader, but I’ve never asked for a refund. I always thought it was too much like going to the movies, sitting through the entire thing and then asking for a refund because it was horrible. I say chalk it up to taking a chance on the unknown. So, when I hear a reader has asked for a refund on a digital book that cost only 99¢, I can only assume the reader is actually doing so to make a statement.

What statement, you ask? A statement I totally agree with and support. Indie publishing is competitive enough without readers being pushed away from taking chances on unknown authors who might be extraordinary storytellers by those who refuse to acknowledge that even the best authors don’t publish without an editor looking at it first. Yes, that’s where the problem is with books that aren’t even worth 99¢ – poor or worse, no editing at all.

Authors who publish through traditional publishing have editors who work for the publishing house who scrutinize the entire manuscript, make suggestions on how to improve it, point out awkward writing, grammar and spelling errors, as well as catch continuity problems. Admittedly, I still find all of the above in traditionally published works but hey, no one’s perfect. Although, I do have to wonder why everyone, including the author, editor, copyreader, proofreader, and beta readers all miss them but what can I say, I guess everyone’s not perfect.

These are all things that an author cannot see without stepping away from a work for months or even years in order to come back and look at a manuscript with a fresh eye. Who has that kind of time, right? No one, not if they want to publish it in a timely manner. It’s for this reason, every author – EVERY AUTHOR – needs an editor who will scrutinize every word, every line, make corrections, pay attention to continuity, and make sure the story makes sense, flows well, and the characters grow as well as making sure the plot coming to a sensible conclusion. It’s a lot more than just putting words on a page and telling a story – it’s creating a world the reader wants to climb into every time he/she picks up the book. It’s a creative work, which will leave the reader happy they read it and eager to read more by the same author, not return it for a refund of 99¢.

So who is your editor? Don’t think you can afford an editor who will do your work justice? Who will polish it until it shines so bright, anyone who reads it will exclaim over its ability to hook, capture, and keep the reader’s attention and never wish to ask for a refund? You can afford an editor. If you’re looking for someone to do all that for your manuscript, just give me holler. It’s what I do and I do it well, without breaking your bank.

Happy Writing Everyone!

Tips on Using Triberr.com to Expand Your Reach

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Recently one of my followers mentioned that although she was interested in Triberr.com, she didn’t feel she understood it enough to maneuver it and utilize it to her benefit. Well in response to that comment, I thought I’d give some pointers about using Triberr to benefit you and help you spread the word.

First – get connected. This means sign up and then start checking out different Tribes.
Once you’re signed up and have your profile established, click on BONFIRES at the top of the site. Under Bonfires, you’ll find everything you need from support threads to Tribes looking for Tribemates and Tribemates looking for Tribes. Along the right side, look for TRIBE UPS, if you’re looking for Tribes to join and LOOKING FOR TRIBES, if you’ve got a Tribe you’re trying to expand. Once you’re here, simply peruse the thread and seek out Tribes related to your blog or the site you’re promoting.

Two – don’t be afraid to reach out to others on Triberr. I’ve found that the folks who join Triberr are, for the most part, the most sharing, and friendly folks on the Internet. Ask to join a Tribe, the worst that can happen is that Tribe doesn’t accept you. How often will that happen? In my experience, not very often.

Three – if you’re enterprising enough and don’t mind getting involved with the occasional squabble among Tribemates, or the occasional whiner, feel free to set up your own Tribe and then put it out there in a thread under BONFIRES that you’re looking to expand your Tribe. Each one of us has the opportunity to be the chief of our Tribe.

Four – once you join a Tribe, share! Even if you don’t have time to read every post, it only takes a swipe of your cursor to share a post. The more you share, the more Tribemates will share your posts in return. It’s what Triberr is about. And try to do it at least once a day. I visit Triberr at least three times over the course of a day.

Five – if you want more exposure, feel free to purchase a plan that will push your posts to the top of the Stream, allow you to join more tribes, and be the chief of more Tribes of your own. There is power in being in charge.

Six – if ever you have a problem, the support team at Triberr.com is the most awesome on the web. If ever something isn’t working correctly, your posts aren’t being pulled into the Stream, or any other problem is plaguing your acct, feel free to check out the Support Bonfires. You can find them easily by clicking on HELP under Account, and then CONTACT US. There you’ll find the link to the BONFIRES FORUM where you can post your problem or perhaps find others who are having the same trouble. If no one else seems to being having the same trouble shooting problem, simply post your problem and then copy the URL for your post and Tweet it on Twitter tagging Dan Cristo at @dancristo. You’d be surprised how fast these guys act on things if they know there’s a problem or you can shoot an email to support@triberr.com
If for any reason, you can’t maneuver through to the Bonfires Forum, bookmark the following link:

http://triberr.com/pages/bonfires.php?cat=23

Seven – make sure you’re following Triberr @Triberr, @dancristo, @dinodogan, and @abx at Twitter so you’ll know what’s happening and what’s new.

Eight – have fun, get involved, explore the site, check out the Campaigns for opportunities to earn some cash, and feel free to chat with folks. It’s all about connecting.

If you’ve got more questions about using Triberr.com, please feel free to ask me. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll try to find it for you.

Happy Sharing, Writing, Reading, and Enjoying Life.

Wonderful Client News!

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Great news!

One of my clients, Susan Davis, has just signed a three-year contract with Secret Cravings. I’m proud to say that I edited her debut novel and polished it to shine so bright that it was picked up right away. Huzzah, Susan! I’m so proud to be traveling on this exciting journey with you.

So remember, if you, or anyone you know writing romance, is in need of an editor who can give their manuscript the polish it needs to perhaps get picked up just as Susan’s did, please send her/him on over. I’d love to discuss her/his needs with them.

Happy Writing Everyone!

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