Tuesday, May 31, 2016

3 Tips on Self Publishing - How to Publish Your Book For Free!

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As the release date of Dragon Tooth is right around the corner, I thought I could share some tips that I picked up along the way with you guys.

First, self-publishing is done through CreateSpace which is an amazon company that basically lets you publish your book for free. What's the catch? There really isn't. Since it'll be POD (print on demand) meaning that once an order is made, a book is printed and shipped directly to the buyer. You get your cut, they get theirs, everyone's happy.

So here are my top 3 tips for self-publishing authors:

1- Keywords are important. These are the secret recipe that your future readers will use to find your book. It's always important to research this fully. Never underestimate those annoying boxes that you need to fill. I think that CreateSpace lets you add five tags, so make sure to use them wisely!

For example, you can use this link to identify the top results for Amazon's Science Fiction/Fantasy keywords, so definitely check this link:

Amazon KDP Top Keywords - Fiction

2- Make your title standout. Okay, I know that this is more easier said than done, but consider having a unique title for your book. Something that would instantly grab anyone's attention. Many authors opt to include keywords from popular TV shows and books and just play around with them, and while that might get you their attention, you would come off not only as uninspiring but rather desperate as well.

Integrate some top keywords that you can find into it, by all means. But no "Throne Games" or "Hairy Pot" please.

3- Edit, edit and edit. I really cannot stress this enough. Get a professional editor to go through your manuscript no matter what happens. There are always editors who charge way less than any company would and these guys would be the go to in my opinion. If you are going to compete with traditionally published authors, you cannot afford to leave silly mistakes in it.

And trust me, it happens. Most likely since you are so accustomed to what you are writing, your brain doesn't see what's on the paper (or document) but sees what you want to see. Either that's a premise of another short story that I'm gonna write, or it's some scientific thing.

Or I don't know, perhaps it's both.

Until next time,
Write on!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thoughts on Writing - Update

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Today, I wanted to talk about some of my thoughts surrounding the publishing industry and I'll discuss the progress of Dragon Tooth as well (it's still scheduled for June I promise).

Lately, a lot of things have been on my mind and I thought I could share them with you guys and maybe it'll help anyone who is going through something similar.

The first thing is, I've started my last round of editing Dragon Tooth (in order to prepare for the release) and I didn't realize how much I actually improved throughout the process of writing it. Not only Dragon Tooth, but almost all of the stories that came after it improved my skills significantly.

I remember reading somewhere a quote by Stephen King "write your first book, finish it, leave it on the side. Write another book. Publish the second one." or something along those lines. The idea behind this quote is, writing is really a practice. The more you do it, the better you get.

I've been invited to some events lately, and there was one, from Global Vision, which is basically a company that works with colleges around the world to facilitate the application process for students who want to pursue their education further.

One of the requirements was to write a proposal of up to 2000 to 3000 words, and when the speaker said that, I could swear I sensed everyone going "Oh god . . ." and I wasn't amused. Not one bit. My daily quota has risen from 500 words per day to 1500, and it almost happens automatically nowadays and I don't even pay attention to it. I just find myself taking it scene by scene and it seems to work.

My point is, my writing has improved a lot since I decided to publish Dragon Tooth, but I do understand that I'm just at the beginning of this journey.

That's it for today, but next week, I'll be sharing some helpful tips to self-publishing.

Have a great day!

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Updates, News and Currently in Progress + Excerpt!

Hello!

I know that I missed last week's post, and I thought that I should explain why, I promise you though, I'm not slacking off. Well, sort of... Jack of Scurvy Bay has not been released yet, because at the last minute I decided to enter it in a competition.

And currently, I have a couple of submissions to some magazines in Canada and the USA, aside from that, I began the last editing round on Dragon Tooth finally in order to prepare it for the June release!

I'm doing a lot of exciting things as well. One of which, is I started working on a new project called "Titans: War For the World". I'm not sure to be honest at this current stage if it'll be a novella or a full novel so I decided to just relax and take my time with it. It'll be as long as it needs to be.

So, I will leave you with a little excerpt from chapter 1! I hope you enjoy this:


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       For hundreds of years, the reign of the Magmar dynasty knew only peace that was built on fear and respect. The current King Magmar the Third was known to spare the opposing faction only if their King and all of their commanders surrender and bow to him in their own home capital in front of the entire population.
With that tradition, nearly all of those who opposed the Crown disappeared as they were absorbed in the culture. This was but a beautiful day in the peaceful village of Palleria.
       “The ancient history books speak of seven entities, whether they be divine or not, has been a debate for hundreds of years. It is said that any man that can strike the fatal blow to one, gains their power,” said Mein, he was old and wore a dark gray robe that only showed his eyes and long gray beard.
       The class that he lectured grew silent with every bit of his word. Palleria has been known to keep a great deal of history of the ancient lore, and as such this was a tale that all children grew up with, cherished the thought that one day they too may possess the strength to change the world.
       “Master Mein . . . Are the titans real?” asked one of the children.
       “No one knows, the last recorded incident of their existence is before the time of the Magmars. The story says that King Magmar the First raised an army and challenged them for the right to the very earth. Some say that he slew two of the seven titans, and gained the Strength and the Voice.”
       “What do they do?”
       Mein took a deep sigh, he could not blame them for their excitement. “It is said that the Titan of Strength grants its slayer immense powers, he could lift a rock the size of a mountain. And the Voice is when you hear the souls of a hundred ancient lord counselling you on every matter.”
       “What happened then?” they asked.
       “Well . . . King Magmar soared through the armies of the remaining Titans and slew them all, liberating the world, and well, the books of history stop there. That would be enough for today. If any of you-“ Mein noticed a student that was looking across seeming lost in thought.