How to Host a Book Launch – Marketing for Authors

It’s time to talk about book launches. It’s super exciting to have a book coming out, but it can also be really stressful to arrange a book launch, especially as a debut author when you aren’t always sure what you’re doing. For today’s blog post I’m breaking it all down for you. Find out how to host a successful, and easy, book signing. You’ll learn where to host your signing, who to invite and how to promote it online!

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How to Know You’ve Finished Writing Your Novel

NaNoWriMo is a great time to get a start on writing your novel, but how do you take your rough draft you’ve written during NaNoWriMo and make into something that might be of publishable standards? In today’s blog post I’m going to talk about how you can go from first draft to a manuscript that is ready for publication!

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9 Tips to Write More During NaNoWriMo

How’s NaNoWriMo going for everyone? If you’re like most, you may be significantly behind because, let’s face it, it’s hard to write 50,000 words in one month. Today I’ve gathered some of my favorite tips to boost your writing, not only during NaNoWriMo, but any day when you need help getting some words down on paper.

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Character Profiling Prompts to Aid in Your Novel’s Plot || YA Ink

Character Profiling Prompts to Aid in Your Novel's Plot || YA Ink

What makes a story? The plot or the characters? It can go either way, but if you’re lucky than the two elements work together to create a gripping novel for your reads. In drafting my third novel I’ve fallen in love with character profiling. I’ve done it in the past, but I was never a fan. The prompts are great to help you figure out who your characters are, but they don’t always help you move forward in plot. Instead you end up with a lot of backstory you now feel obligated to fit into your story.

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Fan of Pinterest? I’ve got a board just for character development! Find me here!

I was able to come up with a few prompts that personally helped me develop my characters for novel #3, but it did more than just that. The questions below should help you brainstorm essential traits in your characters that will drive the story forward. Maybe you’ll answer the question and realize Sammy has a lot of attitude. What is she going to do to piss everyone else off in the story? Or what about Nancy? She had a divorce. What happened to her ex-husband? Is he going to show up again? Rocky and Willow hang out a lot. They’ve best friends obviously, but how did they meet? What the one thing that could tear them apart?

See what I’m going far? Go really behind the scenes. Shack things up a bit. Sit down with one of your characters now and ask them a few of these questions:

  • What’s their biggest fear? What’s the one thing that will tear them apart?
    • Got the answer? You should probably work it into the story somehow.
  • What are they trying to accomplish?
    • Let them get really close to accomplishing it. Then, you know, take it away.
  • How are the associated with other characters?
    • I know Rock and Willow met at a bar, but what is it about their two personalities that brought them together?
  • What past event has caused them to be the person they are today?
    • Is Sammy a bitch because of something that happened in high school? Maybe something that ruined her reputation? Now what if that little incident popped up again? Now that would be fun…
  • What’s their tipping point?
    • Make them reach their tipping point.

And of course you should probably figure out what your character looks like, but that’s not as exciting.

Like these prompts? Download the character development prompts or find it on Pinterest!

Character Profiling Prompts to Aid in Your Novel's Plot || YA Ink

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YA Ink- Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover?

We’ve all heard that wonderful saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But with marketing these days cover designers know it’s more important than ever to get a gorgeous book cover. In fact, Goodreads even has a Top Book Covers chart that people can use to vote for their favorites. For self-publishers like me this means we have to be on the top of our game to deign our own book cover. But what about the readers? Are they really that influenced by book covers? Comment below and tell me what you think!

Have you ever bought a book based on its cover?