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First, a question. Are dialogues essential? No, dialogues are not essential. A life story without the slightest dialogue can be very well written and fascinating.
It is even better to dispense with dialogues rather than write them that sound false. There is nothing worse for the reader. In short, if you do not feel comfortable with this mode of expression, abstain!
If you are comfortable writing dialogues, this is also no reason to stuff your autobiography with it. It can get very indigestible unless you tell your story in the form of a play. Why not after all. It might be a good idea.
These details made, the use of dialogues has virtues and it would be wrong to deny them.
4 reasons to write dialogues
- Dialog makes it possible to convey messages in a different way and often much stronger than in the indirect style.
I have something important to tell you!
I’m listening to you Aurélien.
I love you!
In indirect style, this would have done something like this: Aurélien declared to Aurélie that he loved her. Admit that in this case, the dialogue is much more impactful.
- By writing dialogue, we abandon the narration to the past to write in the present. This alternation of time gives rhythm to the story. It makes it more alive.
I have something important to tell you (instead of: he had something important to tell him).
- The characters whose story you tell will begin to speak and therefore live as if by a miracle. The narrator (you) steps aside to let them express themselves. Your story will only be more dynamic.
“I love you !”
- The dialogue makes it possible to translate the emotion of a character often more effectively than by writing long sentences or long comments.
7 tips to make your dialog sound right
- The style of those who express themselves must be related to their status, social status, character, etc.
A child does not speak like a grandfather or a businessman like a poet, or an honorable mother does not speak like a thug.
- You must, of course, avoid being too literary unless you write plays like Racine or Corneille.
- Go, I do not hate you.
- You have to.
- I can not.
Do not fall into the opposite excess either by making a caricature of spoken language:
Oh well yes then, I’m not telling you the thing Loading the guy if you knew
- The dialogue must provide useful information that advances the narrative.
- Do you want coffee?
- Yes, I want!
- See you tonight then!
- Yes, see you tonight!
- Enrich your dialogues by putting the characters on stage:
- So, is that your business? Replied Rosalie, sprawled on the sofa.
- Perfectly, that concerns me! Said Julien, strumming on his cell phone.
- Pass on their emotions without a big speech
- Do you really want me? Asked Isabelle, her voice trembling.
- There is no question! Hammered his father.
Do not be too talkative at the risk of killing the dynamism of dialogue. Avoid long paragraphs, aftershocks should follow one after the other.
- Use stratagems to bring more life to your dialogues:
- A character can interrupt his interlocutor or refuse to answer him or voluntarily change the subject, or even oppose an icy silence!
Sending a manuscript is the first step in your editorial adventures. Avoid spoiling everything with one of these 11 presentation errors.
Sending a manuscript: we no longer laugh
Want to send your manuscript, but are you afraid of doing the wrong thing? Submission after submission, you can’t find a publisher, and you don’t know why?
After 10 years in the business, I can detail the usual errors: have you checked your text, its presentation, the object -manuscript, then the sending itself?
An incomplete manuscript is like a soup without a mustache. We search, we search, we rummage, but nothing to do, half of it is missing. You will frustrate your publisher, believe me. And frustrated publishers are publishers who say “no”.
Spelling is a courtesy to the reader. Remember that for a book publisher, reading between mistakes is an unpleasant exercise; do your manuscript a favor, give it a touch of a toilet!
Do you know what the margins are for? To give all the necessary comfort to the reader to comment and correct wildly. A generous margin is an invitation. A narrow margin indicates contempt for the reader, closure. The presentation of the manuscript is crucial: Think of the margins!
Who knows, if your project is to be published, if it is urgently slipped into the publication program, your editor will be delighted to be able to doodle immediately in the margins of the manuscript.
Do you want to send a rough, hand-written formwork manuscript? Do nothing with it. If you have beautiful handwriting, reserve it for your cover letter. Your work must be typed. Who will pay for the entry, the longer proofreading, if the publisher accepts your text? Then you understand why the handwritten texts make the editor’s teeth cringe. [ 1 ]
Some copy-shops or printers on-demand offer this solution. Sending a book, instead of a wad of spiral-bound sheets can be tempting. But at the whim of publishing houses, a “book-like” manuscript will be well-received (high-quality presentation) or worse (“interventionism” by the author, who gets involved in the appearance of the book, even before the decision to do or not be made).
Guess why the editor grumbles every time he takes such a manuscript:
- office filing cabinet
- thin paper shirt
- a small packet of loose leaves
- woolen strand binding
- box of sheets organized by sticky note
- shirt filled with block…
Presenting a manuscript is not a reason to do anything. Think about the user of your object.
An accompanying letter, as its name suggests, does not help you to pour out. Sending a manuscript is not an opportunity to talk about your muse. Your letter should shine with its discretion and efficiency.
Without contact details
Yes, there are always some who forget to put an address on their text! The forgetfulness nerd! Please note, include it in the body of the manuscript.
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Sending a manuscript by registered mail means to your recipient that you are wary of them. It will place you in the “chronic impatient” category, another term for “painful”. It is better to send your manuscript in normal shipment, and ensure that it is received a few days later, by email or telephone.
Some send the only copy of their text. Other times, they send photo negatives, paintings… Avoid! The publisher will keep returning this hot potato to you, and will hardly spend any time on your proposal.
Of course, for you, sending a book with your brothers and sisters is more economical. But think of your recipient, who says to himself “come on, I’m reading one more this evening”, and who finds in your envelope not only a collection of short stories but also a short novel and a play…
Do the opposite of everything I say!
Have you read everything so far? Do you now know how to present a book? Did you follow my little tips?
Too bad, you shouldn’t!
No, these tips are worthless, if you have not thought, first of all, to find out about the publisher’s requests. They are listed in what is called a submission guide. You will find it on the publisher’s website; if not, contact him, by phone or email (preferably), to find out more. What he asks of you must come before everything I just told you!
One last thing: when you send your book, think of a very simple gesture: attach a return envelope.
Publishing to Amazon KDP is one of the first steps when you start self-publishing: it’s simple, free, and accessible to everyone. In a few clicks, it is thus possible to offer readers a digital and paperback version of the largest online bookstore today.
In this article, I will teach you to step by step how to publish your digital book on the Amazon platform reserved for authors: KDP for Kindle Direct Publishing. Another article is dedicated to the publication of the paperback. After 6 books published and more than 12,000 readers on the counter, I hope you will trust the information offered below.
OK, you’ve signed a contract with a publisher and now you can relax. No way. Unless you get out there and help your publisher promote your book, you might just as well have left the disk in the computer.
Publishers, no matter how enthusiastic or well-meaning, simply do not have enough people to get to the right markets, media, groups and gathering places for any given book.
You’ve got to toot your own horn. Many writers have a hard time talking about their work. They feel that having written the book is enough and someone else should do the commercial stuff. It would be nice if it worked that way, but it doesn’t, as even bestselling authors and agents know. In fact, the Sensible Solutions clients who’ve learned this hard lesson best are the ones who’ve had lots of books published.
Beef up the lineup
Whatever you publish, you’d be wise to search for out-of-print books on your topic that you can simply reissue and for related books other publishers may be glad to grant you licenses for, either because they can’t penetrate the markets you get to or because their sales are minimal. Add these to your list and you’re likely to find that it reaches critical mass much faster than it would with new releases only.
Back cover, this expression may seem barbaric to you. This is the term commonly used by printers and publishers to refer to the back of the cover of a book.
A nice back cover sells
If you decide to publish your book, that’s what will entice (with the cover) potential readers to buy your book. When we enter a bookstore, our first glance turns to the cover. If the title and the illustration speak to us, we turn the book over to see what is on the back of the cover. And if the back cover (back cover) appeals to us, then we go a little further by leafing through the book. Otherwise, we abandon it immediately.
The back cover of a book is so important in the buying decision of a potential reader that it is often the publisher, not the author, who decides this aspect of the book, as he decides. elsewhere in the design of the cover and the choice of title.
Seduce the reader, but not only!
When you promote your book, you will be talking to different media. You will, therefore, have to convince not only the readers but also the journalists. This back cover should be attractive and engaging enough to encourage them to go further in reading your book and then talk about it in their newspapers, magazines, or on the air.
If you decide to self-publish, it is, therefore, essential to take special care of the back cover.
Regarding the graphics and layout, it is important to keep color and style in harmony with the first cover page.
What should the back cover include?
If there are no specific rules, there are usually two options :
1) A summary of your story
But beware, don’t try to say everything, and be suspicious. Do not reveal everything, just make you want to go further. Say enough, but not too much! Yes, I know, it is not always an easy exercise, but very effective. You may try several times, but I’m sure you will make the right choice.
2) An extract from your story
By choosing a passage which is revealing of the universe, of the climate of your history and which especially highlights the originality of your work and the personality of the author that you are. It can look like a movie trailer. For my part, before seeing a film I always watch the trailer and if I don’t hang on, I give up. I certainly missed beautiful films this way. Choosing the right extract from your book is therefore very important.
A very short summary of three or four lines and a fairly substantial extract. So by playing on both tables, you will have put more chances on your side.
Quite often, on the back of the cover, there is also (in addition to the extractor presentation) the photo of the author and a short biography. Why not? It is also a good idea.
And don’t forget to include your ISBN number and the price. They are placed at the bottom, right, or left.
When citing a book, the title is the first thing you remember. Of course, there is the cover and its illustration, but when you no longer have the book in front of you, what comes to mind are these two or three words (sometimes more) prominently on the cover. Choosing the right title for your story or novel is therefore essential. It will make potential readers want to open your book or … ignore it.
Today, and thanks to the Internet and the establishment of the eBook, the fact that no publisher has bet on a work is not an impediment to its publication. We can choose to publish an electronic book (eBook), that is, we can choose digital self-publication.
The eBook or eBook is expanding firmly and decisively worldwide. According to the annual report of the American Publishers Association, eBooks already represent more than 20% of net editorial revenue. Its massive growth, therefore, is a reality.
Although in Spain the figures are far from being as high, the trend is also on the rise. The electronic book evolves here more slowly, but it does so inexorably, without pauses or interruptions.
Below I show you the steps to do to self-publish an eBook:
Steps to self-publish an eBook
Register the work as “Intellectual Property”
The first thing to do, once the work is finished, is to register it as “Intellectual Property” to officially acquire the copyright on it. The website of the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport details which offices can register a work as Intellectual Property. You can visit the site by clicking here.
When you know which office you will go to, print your work on DIN-A4, frame it with a spiral, and go to the Registry. You may be interested in reading Intellectual Property.
Derive the work to a proofreader
Obviously, and since self-publication does not have to go through the valuation of any third party to materialize, this step can be skipped. However, it is highly advisable to go to a professional to deal with those dark aspects of our text and to polish and file it both at the orthographic level and at the morphological, syntactic, lexical, and global cohesion and coherence level.
Request an ISBN for the work
The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is an identifying number that is assigned to each publication for marketing purposes and, since 2007, consists of thirteen digits. The application for an ISBN code must be processed through the Spanish ISBN Agency, managed by the Federation of Editors’ Guilds of Spain under the title of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. To obtain the link to the competent organizations that issue and register an ISBN in Spain and Latin America, read The ISBN.
Find a platform for desktop publishing and distribution of electronic books
There are many online platforms that offer the author the necessary infrastructure to edit their own eBook and launch it on the market. Here I offer a list of the best known:
- Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP): It is Amazon’s platform for desktop publishing of eBooks.
- Createspace: It is Amazon’s platform for desktop publishing of paper books on demand.
- Lulu: It is a platform for both desktop publishing of eBooks and desktop publishing of paper books on demand.
- Bubok: It is a platform – the most prestigious Spanish platform – for both desktop publishing of eBooks and for desktop publishing of paper books on demand.
- Red Books: It is a platform for both desktop publishing of eBooks and for desktop publishing of paper books on demand.
- Byeink: It is the Cream eBooks platform for desktop publishing of eBooks.
- Tagus: It is the platform of La Casa del Libro.
- iBooks Author (Apple Store): It is the Apple platform and allows publishing to the iBook Store.
- Nook Press (Barnes & Noble): It is the platform of Barnes & Noble, which is the most important book store in the United States.
- Kobo Writing Lige (KWL)
- Smachwords: Allows publishing on different platforms at the same time (Barnes & Noble, Apple Store, Kobo …).
- Baker eBook Framework
- My eBook
- Passion for books
Every short story, however short it may be, has an approach, a knot, and a final change. It may seem easier than writing a novel since it is a shorter text, but it is precisely the need to be brief that complicates it. Following these 7 steps will help you write a good story.
Do you want to know how to write a story step by step? If you already have your idea, now you just have to put it on paper. Write it down in a notebook (Moleskine is my favorite), in a note pad (like Evernote), or even on a post-it.
You are probably looking forward to writing it from start to finish. It does not matter if it is the idea for your website, your social networks, or your online store, whether it is in the video, in images or just text. Before you sit down to write, it’s important that you shape your idea.
If you want to tell stories in a professional way, forget about that utopian idea of writing only when you feel inspired, thinking that you will sit in front of your computer and manage to finish your great work and that it will be perfect.
And what is a perfect work? It is not the one that everyone will like or that will be able to revolutionize society. It is not even a video that manages to go viral. No, a perfect work is a finished work, complete, without loose fringes.
1 – Choose a topic
Choose a topic and capture a specific scene. A story should be short so you should not tell every detail of the plot. Focus on the scene and work on it. To stay in the reader’s mind, a story must cover a story in no time.
2 – Narrator
It is important that the type of narrator you choose (omniscient, third person) is unique. Do not change registration or you will mislead your readers and the reading will not make sense. The change of narrator is more typical of novels but, in a story, the narrator must always be the same.
3 – Characters
Choose your character or characters and do not hesitate to introduce them. Do not load the story of characters, three at most. And, above all, do not hide details about his personality, age or name, the reader of a story must know from the beginning who intervenes in the scene.
4 – The change
Every story has an introduction, development, and a final change. Without change, there is no account. Something in the scene of the story must change and, for this, something must happen. You do not need to kill anyone, the change can be of any kind, but perceptible to the reader. It is what will surprise and make the story effective.
5 – Clues
To provoke the change in the story, you cannot do it without prior notice. The characters, the scene itself, or the narrator must give some indication of what is going to happen. Of course, you must be subtle, so that the story is not revealed.
6 – Unlocking techniques
The writer always faces moments like the dreaded horror of the blank page. If it happens to you, take it as something natural. To get out of this situation there are very useful unlocking techniques. The simplest and most effective is the ‘I remember’ technique. Remember a story from your childhood, anyone, and write it starting with that phrase, “I remember …”. You will see how, from that story, you will discover thousands of possibilities. There are great stories from famous writers that start like this.
7 – Concealer
Finally, and so that nothing spoils your story, pass it through a spell checker to avoid mistakes and inconsistencies. Take care of the punctuations, accents and other fundamental composition rules to make your story a success
The self-publishing of his book has progressed a lot in recent years. If it has never been so easy to publish your book yourself, self-publication is not a guarantee of success and sales. To the ambitious author looking for readers, I would like to offer 10 useful tips.
Prepare and organize the promotion
An author who sells is a well-equipped author. I see too many quality books not finding their audience, for a simple reason: their authors did not take the time to prepare and organize the promotion.
By promotion, we do not mean simply the communication campaign that you can undertake at the time of the publication of your book. We hear more widely the device that allows readers to discover your book, for months after the release.
The ultimate goal in this regard is to create and develop platforms that attract new readers every day. Concretely: an author blog, and a Facebook page.
Building an author blog with the correct audience, and a Facebook page acquiring fans every day is not done in a few days or weeks. But the fruits removed last several years.
Always have a copy of your book with you
Self-publishing allows you to print your book on-demand and distribute it at your leisure. A good practice to recommend is to always have your book with you and show it to the people you know as soon as possible. You will see that doors open naturally. It is necessary to create the conditions of exchange around your book so that other people are interested in it and speak about it for you.
If you plan to have a book printed, this article may interest you: book printing quote.
Vary the price and do tests
The self-publishing platforms like Amazon KDP on the library website for modulating the price of his book regularly.
Thus, you can lower the price of your book to 0.99 € in Kindle format and 5.99 € in paper format, for the duration of a specific fair, an event, or before the holidays.
During the holidays, sales generally increase, take the opportunity to lower the price and make even more sales. Interest? By increasing sales punctually, the algorithms of online sales stores enhance the score of your book and rank it better in search results.
Talking about your book from the start of the writing
Promoting your book is well prepared in advance. Readers love to follow the adventures of a writer, building a story. We all like to wait for the release of a film or a novel and participate in the movement.
Solicit your close circle and your audience on the choice of the title, the names of the characters, the cover…
In this very way, you gain a lot of loyalty among your readers.
Title and cover: leave nothing to chance
The title and the cover are the two elements that make it possible to stand out, to catch the eye of the reader. But a good title is not just a title that “sounds good”, and good coverage is not just a cover that “looks good” to you.
The title :
- Must include keywords used or sought by readers (at least in subtitles)
- It must be short, impactful and leave the suspense
- Must be memorized by its originality. Think of the latest successes in self-publishing: ” the old man who wanted to kill the president “, ” the good God without confession ” …
- Must show the title in very large
- It must be simple, and very readable
- Must use the codes of your genre (dark for a thriller, colorful for the feel-good, very simple for the practical book…)
Refer to a specific target audience
A simple marketing lesson is to say that a product sells best when it is designed with a specific target in mind. Applied to the world of books, this is always true.
Your best readers will be passionate about a subject, or a genre. They will not miss your last book, and they will recommend it.
So make sure to address them in your communication. Frequent the forums, blogs, and sites they frequent go to meet them in dedicated and specialized salons.
Social networks: do little but well
Many authors register for all possible and unimaginable social networks, hoping that this creates visibility. But this strategy no longer works today, when social media readers are saturated with messages.
Better to focus on the social network best suited to your type of book, and build a solid fan base there. We can notably remember:
- Facebook for novels and mainstream books
- Pinterest for creatives
- Twitter for practical guides and business
Collaborate with other authors
Readers are not exclusive. Passionate about detective novels, chic-lit, or youth books devour everything they find and are curious. And readers love the recommendations, as evidenced by the success of literary blogs.
Find an author who writes in the same genre as you, whom you feel close to, and offer him an exchange of visibility. He talks about your book on his networks, you talk about his.
One post may be enough to bring you, several new readers. And word of mouth goes fast.
Give time to time
Promoting a book is not a series of tricks. Those who promise you do not help you. You may be disappointed, but writing is a job, and promotion is a long-term adventure.
It is rather to build a reputation and visibility, than to make “comm shots”, which will quickly vanish.
Make yourself known in the right place
In general, remember that you should try to reach its readers where they are, and to touch them in a hard-hitting way. Ditch the idea of posting the title of your book on any author groups or forums you might find, the readers aren’t there. Also, don’t leave dozens of comments in articles related to your topic. You would be wasting your time.
Build yourself a writer posture, interact with readers directly, rather than throwing hooks to the right and left.
Take the time, be patient. Your book was written to be read in several years, so your visibility as a writer must be registered at the same time.
“Nobody buys unsolicited manuscripts” is what they’ll tell you at every literary lunch and party you attend — or hope to attend. They’re all wrong. A good query will get you read at most houses — even by the eminent publisher at an eminent New York firm who told a first-time author, “For the record, we are generally unable to review unagented material.”
“However,” he went on to say, “I am intrigued enough” to ask for your proposal.
Editors need manuscripts. They need a new list every season. They need you. But they also need you to approach them in a particular way. And yes, Virginia, you can get offers without an agent.
Write a query that gets results
Any pieces of paper you send editors–from three-paragraph queries to thirty-page proposals–will persuade them either to move your manuscript one stage closer to publication or to reject it right then, depending on whether they’ve been led to answer yes or no to the two all-important questions that echo in editors’ heads:
• Will this book, if it’s skillfully handled, add to my company’s prestige and/or profits (and therefore to mine as well)?
• Can this writer handle it skillfully?
Every query has two important tasks to accomplish. First, it must sell your idea to the editor it’s addressed to, and, second, it must help that editor sell it to colleagues, who–it’s necessary to remember–will be asked and can say No.
The query checklist
The checklist that follows outlines the elements of a good query letter about a nonfiction manuscript; if you adapt them creatively, they’ll serve for fiction as well.
• Explain why you believe each editor you’re addressing will be interested in the work you’re offering (because they’ve edited material on similar subjects or material displaying similar sensibilities; because they come from areas where your story is set; because you’ve discovered they share your interest in or indignation about or passion for whatever your topic may be). This portion of the query, which is usually the first sentence, must obviously be different for every editor you approach.
• State your specific idea (as opposed to your general subject). In addition to a catchy title and a subtitle that conveys the substance of your book, a “tagline” that expresses its appeal will be useful here. To create an effective tagline, look to book cover copy for inspiration and then focus firmly on the benefits your work offers readers. More than any other element of the query, the tagline can help interested editors convince marketing colleagues of the project’s merits (eventually, it will also help the marketers sell it to wholesalers, retailers, media people and the public)
• Describe the main point your manuscript makes, the ground it covers and its style, with specifics by way of illustration.
• Mention your relevant credentials and connections — professional expertise and achievements, publishing credits, mutual friends, mentors and acquaintances — whatever makes you more of a known quantity and more credible in terms of promotion will be helpful. Even beginners should be able to cite some relevant achievements.
• Say where and how you got (or are getting) your raw material (from interviews? primary sources? personal experience? laboratory experiments? exhaustive research?).
• Show how what you have to say is fresh and different from specific books already in print (hit the highlights here–you have information such-and-such an author didn’t reveal; you hook your findings to a narrative instead of presenting them in the scholarly format of such-and-such a book).
• Estimate length. A word count that’s appropriate to your topic and to the publishing concern you’re writing for gives an editor a clue that you do your homework.
• Provide a tentative delivery date for your manuscript.
• Convey your enthusiasm for the project. Enthusiasm is infectious, which is lucky because it’s also essential. “I wouldn’t buy a book I was lukewarm about,” says a VP and Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster; “More than ever, enthusiasm is a necessary prerequisite for acquisition.” If the editor isn’t passionate about a book, the sales force isn’t likely to get behind it.
In essence, what you’re asking when you send a query to a book editor is, Will you look at my book proposal?
It then becomes the book proposal’s job to give editors the information they need to answer the harder question, Will you buy this book or at least ask to read it?
Editors routinely bid for nonfiction books on the strength of proposals alone — including (to be sure the point sinks in) proposals from writers who don’t have agents.
When you decide to go on a trip, I imagine that you ask yourself a certain number of questions: the choice of destination, the kind of stay you want (lazing on the beach, meeting with locals, visiting monuments …), means of transport (plane, train, car, bicycle…), etc. The same goes for writing work.
Publishing a book is difficult: competition is very high. For this, you need to know and avoid the errors that preclude free publication with a serious editor. Here are the most common mistakes among novice writers.
Writing a book and having it published for free is difficult. All writers know this well in their first manuscript. It is estimated that 1,400,000 books are published every year. But at least 10 times more than those rejected: the competition is very high.