How To Format a Novel in Microsoft Word – Self-Publishing

Isn’t this ironic? In my last video I talked about how much I hated formatting and in today’s video I’m showing you how to format your novel.

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How to Implement Beta Reader Feedback – Novel Editing

We’re talking about beta readers again! Last week’s video was all about how to find and choose beta readers, so this week is part 2 and I’m talking about how to work with your beta readers to improve your novel. This means taking their criticism, deciding what’s right and what’s not and ultimately getting your novel to the next level. Watch the video!

Learn how to find and choose beta readers: http://bit.ly/2LJBxv7

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Social Media Marketing for Authors || Self-Publishing

As promised, today we’re going to be talking about all things social media marketing. I’m going to be going through all the major social media networks and how you can use them as an author to help market your book and hopefully get a few sales out of it as well. Keep in mind, with all social media networks, you don’t want to push your books onto people. You want to interact and grow followers who look up to you as someone they can trust. As you establish yourself as someone who creates valuable content, even if it’s just tweets or Instagram posts, then your followers will see you as someone who would create a book good enough to buy and hopefully fall in love with.

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Novel Editing: QUESTION EVERYTHING

I’ve found that I’m pretty good at editing someone else’s stories, but not my own. Of course the solution is to pretend I wasn’t the one who write the story, but that’s easier said than done. The first trick to achieving this is to just let my manuscript sit for a little bit so I actually do forget what I wrote, this way when I do go to edit, it’s with open eyes. When I go to edit I want to look for inconsistencies in the story and simple mistakes.

Now this is where things get a little hard. You have to go through your manuscript line by line editing, and almost make it a game to find as many mistakes as possible. If you don’t find many, go through it again. This is going to be a lot of work, but I promise you it will make you a better writer. The more scribbles you have on your page, the better. This way when you hand your manuscript to your editor or beta reader they won’t have as much to edit And can give you better quality feedback. After all, if you give them a sloppy manuscript, they want to edit for you again.

Grammar at its Finest- Tense & POV

Time for a grammar lesson! Today we get to talk about all the different types of tenses you can write in!

Past tense– most traditional type of tense in writing

Present tense– seen a lot in the YA genre

Points of View!

1st person– I, me, my; talking about yourself.

2nd person– you; written like a letter, talking to the reader.

3rd person– she, he, they; an outsider’s perspective, the narrator.

Things get really complicated after this but this is how in-depth we’re going today to keep things simple.

I used to write in 1st person present, which is really odd for people to read sometimes because it’s not super common. But a lot of YA novels write like that, so that’s how I started writing in 1st person present. These days I write in 3rd person past. My writing has matured and shifted, and so has the genre I write in. Because I’m beginning to write more complex novels, I can’t tell a story through 1st person point of view.

There’s lot of different ways to tell a story. You just have play around and see which tense and POV fits your style and your story. What tense and POV do you write in?

 

Marketing Your Novel || Self-Publishing

Oh marketing. It is a headache and a half. There’s so much to do, so much to learn! And the market is constantly changing so once you feel like you understand how it works, you have to change your game plan again. So read some good books on marketing to keep your head in the game.

And then there’s the must have’s:

-social media accounts (don’t do all of them, only choose a few!)

-posting on a regular basis

-a website that links back to everything

-cohesive design

I wrote a guest post on marketing on Teen Authors Journal, check it out! http://www.teenauthorsjournal.com/so-you-want-to-sell-your-book/

Books Mentioned:

How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn

Platform (Get Noticed in a Noisy World) by Michael Hyatt

 

Check out another video on marketing!

Ebooks are EVIL!

Ebooks. The essence of all that is evil.

Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration. In truth, ebooks are really great, but they’ll never be as good as a real paperback or hardback book. I love the feel of books in my hands and how they smell. And let’s not forget how you can have your very own library if you collect enough books. My goal in life is to have my own library. But of course ebooks are compact, light, and do give great convenience, but you won’t check me with them too often. $9.99 for a digital copy of a book? No thank you.

 

Awesome Book Alert!

Need something great to read? I hear I am Mercy by Mandi Lynn is pretty good, but I’ve also been told I’m biased so you should go check it out yourself and write a review on it so I know if you like it!

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCrVcGt5BI

I am Mercy:

Imagine living every day, knowing your family doesn’t love you. Imagine living a life in a world that looks at you as a curse. In 14th century France Aida is accused of being a witch when the Black Death wipes through her village. Abandoned by her family she is surrounded by death and disease, but when a woman who may actually be a witch tells her how to cure the plague it may mean uncovering a dark magic. But if that means being able to save those you love, wouldn’t you do it? Even if they didn’t love you back?

 

I Don’t Like to Read?

Time and time again I hear people say they don’t like to read but they like to write. This blows my mind for a few reasons. The first being that how can you not enjoy reading? Reading is so much easier than writing! Writing requires thought. Reading is mindless; you can transport yourself into another world without having to make it up yourself. Then there’s the fact that your writing can’t get better unless you read a lot. Sure, the more you write the better you are, but if you don’t also read, you can’t learn what makes novels tick. By reading you make it so you’re able to tell the different between good and bad writing.

More Books in the Mail! || BookCase Club Feb. 2017

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Books Mentioned in this video:
Revolution 19 by Greg Rosenblum
Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman

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