Before you can write the perfect book that everyone will love (which, by the way, is not possible) you must revise the perfect novel. Let’s come to terms with the word perfect. If you can understand what that means for your book you will have a sane mind and won’t go crazy. There are many things you have to keep in mind while you edit. Things like inner monologue, deleting a lot of things that will make you cringe, and making sure you SHOW and don’t TELL.
Ignore the fact that I’m not only sweaty but also very hyper in this video. Holding the first copy of your book is a very exciting thing! After I turned off the camera I spent a few minutes just dazing at the book and trying to convince myself that I did in fact write a book. I hope all the other aspiring authors out there will someday get to experience this feeling because it is amazing and makes agonizing over your manuscript worth it!
It’s the moment you have all been waiting for! The reveal of the synopsis and book cover for my young adult novel Essence!
It starts with a shift in the atmosphere. The forest greets Emma with startling force. At first she can’t move her limbs. Then her vision is rendered useless. The sensation comes more often, and the symptoms become frightening as Emma is left paralyzed to the force that emerges from the forest. Voices come in dream at first, commanding against her will. Something is out there that calls Emma to the forest. It isn’t going to fade until she surrenders.
And like I said there will be a video that showcases the design phase and the photo shoot that this cover went through. You’ll also be able to see the photos that were possible contenders for the book cover!
Self-publishing your novel means you have to be the one to make a lot decisions that normally a professional would do in the publishing industry. You’re the one who has to decide how big the book will be, what the font will, and what the cover is going to look like. Luckily, programs like Createspace make our lives a little easier for us because of Word templates they give you, but you’re will the one to make the decisions. How big will your font be? What will your font be? And most of all, what will the book cover look like?
You’ve heard me ranting about editing and editors before but believe it or not there is still more to be discussed, so that’s what this video covers. It gives you a quick basic lesson on tracking changes using Word (which can also be an awesome tool to use with your critique partners) and the proof edits that need to happen before you can publish your novel.
Firelight by Sophie Jordan book synopsis:
A hidden truth.
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
Because sometimes we all have to learn how to receive criticism gracefully. There are many ways you can react when you get feedback on your novel. You can have poise and grace and act profession or you can fight whoever is giving the feedback nail and tooth.
You NEED a critique partner in order to write a book, whether it be a beta reader or your editor. Even if you don’t agree with what they may say you need to take their opinion into account and adjust the book accordingly.