Mandi Lynn

Teen Author, Host of YA Ink: videos on writing and publishing

Self-Publishing: Book Signings

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When it comes to arranging a book signing the process is surprisingly simple, you just have to find a book store that will help you out. Just find the correct person to contact for a signing and make sure you get all the details arranged. From there you just have to get word out for when the signing is so all your fans can come!

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Goodread’s synopsis:
“Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.”

Return to editing YA Ink- Pacing a Novel

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Pacing can be an extremely important part of writing your novel when it comes to keeping readers. If you look at book reviews one of the most common complaints is that a book is slow. You have to keep in mind that you are always trying to create a crescendo when building up to your climax. There are many things you can keep in mind when building your climax: short chapters, fast paced dialogue, short sentence structure, ect.. However you also have to give your reader a breather and give slower paced scenes so they have time to digest information. But as I say in the video, don’t pull a Tolkien. Just because The Lord of the Rings can have more than one climax doesn’t mean you can too.

Time Management

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Time management is a huge factor that you have to keep in mind when you enter college. One thing I’ve learned is that keeping a schedule is a HUGE thing. You have to write done what you need to do and when it has to get done, otherwise you will never get anything done.

Where did I get my planner?

YA Ink- Writing Rituals

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I’m probably not the best person to come to about writing rituals but I figured I’d give my two-cents. I basically make sure that, when I’m writing, I do it every day. You have to have a set time every day where you can sit down and write without being distracted. The only way to get better at writing is to do it every day. If you need a ritual like starting off with a prompt, then go right ahead and do it!

If you have your own writing ritual please let me know in the comments below and share your experiences!

Self-Publishing: Marketing

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Marketing! It just sounds so…boring. But using social media it can be really fun! Using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube you can market for your novel without having to spend any money. And, let’s face it, free marketing is the best kind of marketing. So enter the social world and build a following!

Self-Publishing: The Reactions

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Now that my book has been out for a year now I’ve been able to see how different people react to the fact that I’ve published a book. For the most part it has been positive, but it’s also fun to look back and see how people react differently over the years.


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