Showing posts with label advice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label advice. Show all posts

Saturday, May 6, 2017

How To Make Characters Jump From Pages

I've been getting some questions about how to flesh out a character in a story. Writing a believable protagonist seems to be difficult for new writers but once you nail some basics, it becomes given. So I decided to write about some of the things that I do and consider when writing a new character.

1. Always introduce them first.


Nothing is worst for the reader than a character who is shoved in the story. Hey, it might work out fine but if you don't properly introduce him into the story, it might get hectic a bit further down the line. Now the way to do this, is to always have a scene that basically shows a bit of his personality and story as well. Start up a rumor upon his arrival, have them challenge the best, or bully the weak (in writing, please don't do this).

For example, let's say we want to introduce a bad ass character named "Flowers" -see the conflict at the very beginning? Bad ass conflicts with Flowers, so this should be a piece of cake (no pun intended... and this has nothing to do with the fact that I'm hungry)! Upon his arrival in the world or the place that the protagonist is, have them cause a stir, no one knows how to deal with this character who simply oozes badassry. Have them wear a top hat, and whenever they say something clever they flick it a bit.

Now, let's say this takes place in a tavern or an inn, and there is a fight. A bandit is bullying an old man, and every one just plays along and is laughing at this, to which Flowers intervenes, he flicks his top hat and says "My, what have we here? A bandit who knows no honor and good manners; what a surprise".

How does the bandit respond? By throwing a fist at our own Mr. Flowers, who quickly dodges, hold his arm and twists it, pushing him to the ground. Mr Flowers smirks and then twists even harder. "Would you like I teach you some?" he says as he glazes into the old man and winks at him.

"Who are you?" The old man asks, stuttering and nervous for some reason.

"Captain Flowers, at your service." he says as he loosened his grip on the bandit, and makes his way towards the exit.

"You're a Pirate? Here? I'm afraid you are in for trouble for assisting me . . . you see this place is ravaged by the likes of him," the old man says, pointing at the bandit.

"I know. I'm counting on it," Flowers says before he disappears.

Now, look at what we achieved with this short little scene that introduced a character that is simply too big to ignore as part of the scenery, we have established that he is the captain of a Pirate Crew, and that although he makes a living off of stealing ships and other... piracy things, he doesn't tolerate bandits -a thing that has apparently pushed him to come to a place where its full of them.

The reader will wonder about the goals of Mr. Flowers, why did he come here, and why the hell is his name so funny.

2. No character speaks the same.


This is a bit obvious, a character must have a unique tone to him, the way he says the letter "R" for example, and contrary to popular belief, dialog needs not to be perfect. "A charcatere, might speak however he desires, and is allowed to make mitsakes -I did that on purpose-" though don't think this is an excuse for bad grammar, it is literally quite the opposite. A Pirate for example would go like "Aye Captain, I be seeing a big and pretty island next to me eyes!" and the Captain could punch him straight in the face "why don't you speak like a normal person?" well, normal is boring.

Think of real individuals that you meet on a daily basis, although they speak the same language, none have the same backstory. Thus, a character must always be driven by a motivation. Something he lacks that he is after... whether that is revenge, power, lust or greed is up to you to decide, but seriously think about the key characteristics that differentiate your best friend from the rest and build it up from there.

3. How about you do an arc for each main character?


Seriously, you can do this as a subplot where they need to go back to the character's roots or home town just to figure out what went wrong/right in their life and try to see things from their perspective. It's a great way to add depth and weight to your book because the more time you spend flushing out the characters, the tougher it is for your readers when you kill them! Um... Sorry, reflexes...

By the time I finish properly introducing my characters, I'll sometimes be at the 40K mark depending on what I'm writing, but in the case of my current WIP, I did a character arc halfway through the book while shrouding her in mystery. Even her damn name changed everything for the protagonist. You can take your time with this really, but if you want to have that human connection to establish, readers have to know someone's why before they understand the how.

I've rambled quite enough, so if you got any questions on this, shoot me an email or find me on Twitter (where I'm most active) @infrangilis or you could just leave a comment here! I promise I'll respond, even if you tweet "The Penguin Overlord is watching you." at me. No but really, don't tweet that please.

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Support for Indie Authors



So this was long overdue... Indie authors have a lot on their plate, they have to basically learn to do it all themselves whether it's marketing, designing, layout formatting on top of the actual writing itself. That is why you often hear that writing a book is the easiest part. Now, the question why I opted to write this now is very simple: it usually takes me days in order to find a good editor who understands that indie authors do not 'shit' gold. Not all of us are Tywin Lannisters eh?

Now, the thing is I understand how important it is to get your work edited, but do you really have to charge emerging authors ridiculous sums of money? Professional editing is ranged between 600$ and an go to a staggering 2000$+ to get a novel edited, something that realistically new writers cannot cough up as they do not have publishers behind them.

Is it worth it? Absolutely, never underestimate the work that these editors do, I mean seriously, all the power to them right? But since not everyone can afford the luxury of spending thousands of dollars on their manuscripts I thought I would share some of my favorite editors with you (keep in mind, I highly recommend these editors and they don't charge a fortune):

1- Beta Reading & Editing:

The people at 'SimplyBetaReading' offer great packages that you can rely on to improve your craft. They offer a range of services like Beta Reading, as well as some editing packages. Their prices vary depending on your style of writing but rest assured; it definitely won't break the bank!

Website:
http://simplybetareading.com/services.html

2- Manuscript Critique

Victoria Griffyn offers to critique your manuscript for a very low price compared to her expereince as an experienced editor and is in my opinion a bargain. She also has a YouTube channel and offers subscribers a 10% discount.

Website:
http://www.victoriagriffin.net/editing-services.html

YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ladyace0007

3- Professional E-book Formatting

I was actually surprised to find this service as well, you get best selling authors and editors to edit your work of up to 100K words for a simple fee of 60$ only. If you do a little research only, you'll begin to appreciate just how much a bargain this really is.

Website:
http://www.fictionworks.com/ebook-formatting

That's it for now, let me know if there is something specific that you want me to cover as well and I'll do it. It was really important for me to write this in the hopes that someone will benefit from these great services.

Also, for my countrymen and any writer residing in Bahrain, get in touch with me if you need any of these services! We have a community to support each other locally, and I would love to have you be part of it (we do this thing where every weekend someone sends something they wrote and everyone provides feedback).

That's it for now,

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Thoughts on NaNoWriMo

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I had a couple of interesting discussions to say the least with a couple of friends about NaNoWriMo and generally, they were quite pissed off at me at the end. Let me explain...

What is it?

First, if you don't know what it is, NaNoWriMo is basically this ritual during the month of November where writers take a pledge to write and finish an entire novel. Yeah, one month, one novel. It couldn't be better than as if you were ordering food from your favorite restaurant (what? I'm a bit hungry at the moment, don't mind the metaphor).

So, my friends asked me if I was going to "take the pledge" this time seeing as I'm already working on my second book and stuff, and they were next to shocked when I told them "I hate it."

Look, I get it, the whole idea and concept behind this is to motivate writers to simply write and get them practicing and whatever. But the fact of the matter is, a good novel cannot be written in one month! Holy shit, if you could do that why not write a book every single month as opposed to focusing on only one? And don't start with the "that's not the point" bull...

I write about 1.5K words a day (and on a good day I write about 3K), so in theory I should be able to do this quite easily. But my problem with this is, that writers who plan on participating often plan the book ahead. They plot it out extremely well and then it's simply a matter of finishing a draft. Good? Yeah I guess. So if you can plot a book so well as to finish it in one month, why are you not doing it as a standard practice?

Why I hate it?

I think it's really demeaning for other writers when they hear about NaNoWriMo. Shouldn't every month be considered a month of writing? It seriously belittles the amount of research, hard work, re-write and editing that authors do when it comes to writing. It is just not as simple as they make it sound to be. Finishing a novel in one month? Seriously? And the excuses that you get "I would write a book every month if I had the time" - Ah! They lose simply by pleading to that excuse.

In the end, I'm really not against NaNoWriMo or anyone who participates in it, in fact power to them for actually getting a draft completed in such a short time but I just don't see myself putting that much pressure on myself (books... you see are really evil). I just have a problem with the message that they portray to the rest of the world.

These are totally my own opinion, and if you disagree with me, then let me know. Leave a comment, or tweet me. Let's talk about it.

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Prologues - Are They Important?

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I've been receiving a lot of messages and questions from family and friends who gazed upon the book that is Dragon Tooth, and the first thing that comes to their mind is: why is there no prologue? Isn't that essential? 




Well, I thought I could discuss it in this week's post (I know I missed a post last week, I'll make it up to you I'm sorry) so here goes.

The short answer is: yes and no. Basically, prologues have developed this sort of reputation that they are used by authors simply to 'info dump' the reader and get them familiarized with the world they're creating, and this couldn't be further from the truth.

First, you have to consider if your story even needs a prologue (I hear you... 'but Mo, how on dear planet Earth am I going to explain my world then?' I'll get to that in a second). The thing is, most books can do without it, and a good question to ask yourself is "if I take the prologue away completely, does it change or alter anything important?" if the answer is no or even a maybe, then yours is not that important.

Second, don't get me wrong, it could be used to drop the reader in the world and have them hooked straight away from that, or completely turn them off by it. The prologue has to add something to the equation, whether it happens way in the past, or way in the future.

One of the techniques I've seen writers often pull, is that they'll have the prologue take the reader through a very important event lore-wise and that without reading it, the true ending would not be unlocked. How? Let me explain with an example:

Let's say, your story revolves around Simon, who is a good old fashioned hero who goes on an adventure to save the princess from the evil dinosaur Bibo (just go with me, right). And the ending would be Simon butchering Bibo and saving the princess, but at the end, the princess notices a scar shaped like an 'S' around his neck and asks him about it, to which he replies "It's an old wound that you don't need to worry about."

Perfect right? Yep, except for the part, that in the prologue, the princess's grandfather summons a witch to predict the future, and the witch says "Your granddaughter will perish at the hands of S".

Now, who was the bad guy? And just who exactly was this... Simon fellow? It offers a lot of perspective to the story, and trust me, while some may not make the connection, others will. Readers are exceptionally smart and will pick up on every little clue you leave them.

So, that's it for this week. If you enjoyed going through this, I'd appreciate it if you could share and spread the word, it really helps.

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tips on Character Development

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One of the questions that I get sometimes is how to create complex characters that don't all sound the same, and if you're wondering (but Mo, it's just text! What is this sound you speak of) I hope you had your fun... you freakin legend.

Anyways, in all seriousness, having a number of characters in a story is accompanied by a lot of different factors and risks. For example, think about your friends in real life, and how even when two people sometimes act the same, and even have the same voice tone but they have that one thing that separates them from the rest. 

No two persons can be alike in a story. This can be translated in the way they say their dialog or key personality traits. Let's take Vendel from Titans (You can check it on Wattpad by the way). Even when technically she is the main protagonist, most readers find her extremely annoying and childish. It's the way she approaches problems and the first impression that she gives.

The first scene that we are introduced to Vendel is when she's attending a class, daydreaming about joining the military. What happens next? She almost gets killed for simply not keeping her mouth shut. Now let's pause for a moment and wonder how many people you know, get in trouble for simply not keeping their mouth shut? A bunch, I'm sure.

That is different than say another character who is calculative and is not impulsive at all, and observes the situation and all options (you can even show the reader what he's thinking) while analyzing the best course of action to take from there. For example, lets say you have two characters: Adam, and Eve (I know... just bear with me) and Adam is impulsive and acts solely on instinct while Eve is the calculative one, and they both happen to see a thief.

Adam would stop him, and simply report him to the authority. He would say something along the lines "How dare you steal the work of others! How selfish can you truly be?".

While Eve, would interrupt him and say "Cut it out! Don't you care why he stole in the first place? What if he was stealing this for his family?"

Now, just like this, we are creating a moral dilemma as well as fleshing out the characters. Who is right and who is wrong? Adam technically wasn't wrong in that stealing is bad, but Eve is the sort of person who would notice the thief's stench and torn cloths and make the assumption that he was stealing because he had no other choice.

Consider this a lot, the base trait of every certain character is extremely important and cannot be altered. A weak person cannot be strong just like that. They must be hardened or the opposite. A cold hearted person might be softer if he (for example) sentences someone to death and later on learns that they were innocent (the opposite is true as well).

You can always use character sheets if you struggle with this, but if you keep each character true to their base trait, you should be more than fine.

Until next time,

Write on!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Emerging Authors and Bookstores - Don't fall for their tricks!

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Alright, I feel it's only fair to begin this post with a disclaimer: All the names, examples on this post are a work of fiction... I am a writer and have a very vivid imagination, that is why everything might seem real.

It's been about two months since I released my debut novel Dragon Tooth, and ever since then, I was working on getting it in local bookstores in my country. But before I talk about the progress and what recently happened, I feel like am obliged to give you a little background of where I worked before to establish some sort of credibility.

I have been working as a Business Development Manager at the company that I left back in February in order to focus full time on my writing, and before that I was a Sales Manager for around a year and a half so, I know -what we in the industry call- sales bullshit when I see it.

So! You've successfully published your book! What's next? Oh right, getting the damn thing in stores (sometimes, it might happen magically, but other than that you're going to have to contact them yourself), and this could actually prove a bit challenging.

First thing that you have to understand is that your local bookstore is a business, and sales is what drives businesses nowadays and not good intentions. Pause for a moment, right after you get the shiny email telling you "you need to confirm that you consent to our trading terms before we go ahead any further with this" and just analyze it correctly.

If you have a publisher, DO NOT supply them with copies directly no matter how profitable you think it is. You might think "but what could go wrong?" the answer: everything.

Just hold on, and let me explain. The first thing you have to pay attention to is the credit period and the selling term. If I'm not mistaken, you'll probably see a 90 day credit period (which is totally normal by the way, don't worry), but the most important thing is the selling term. Pay careful attention as emails are considered official and can be upheld in court so don't go around saying "yes" in any way or form.

You see, what most bookstores will often do is slap a contingent on the deal that they will only pay you for copies that were sold, and the ones that weren't will be returned to you. Now, stop and consider this for a second. First there is a 90 day credit period meaning you will only get paid after every 90 days, and then a selling term which dictates that they will only pay you for copies that were sold.

Get the picture yet? Seriously, I don't wanna risk getting sued, but if this helps someone along the way and stops them from getting scammed by these dirty sales tricks, then I'm all for it. As a final note: NEVER directly supply copies of your book. You have a publisher for a reason (even if you are self published using any platform out there, they will take good care of you and won't fall for tricks).

Please pass this along if it helped you or offered insight.

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Subplots in Stories

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This week's post, I thought I should talk about subplots and what their role is in books/stories and whatnot.

Now, some writers believe that subplots exist only to prolong the word count or basically act as filler content. Well, one thing is known throughout the entire globe: everyone hates fillers.

Sub-plots are stories within stories that can be used to explore and enriches the current world that your characters live in or add further depth into their development as a whole. For example, you could have your main character go back and interact with his old buddies back in his home village... or whatever.

Personally, I use subplots not only to develop characters or flesh out the world; but to also add a somewhat unique aspect to the main story as well. For example, you introduce the hero and the conflict as your main story right? The subplot could explore the antagonist perceptive and offer the "other side of the coin".

That way, and tied to last week's post you create inner conflict and force the reader to make a decision who to support or root for. I also have a rule where I add up all the events that happen in subplots to the main plot as well. Like essentially, there's always gonna be a point where the two collide.

I know this was a short post, but that's all for now, I'll probably do a top tips post on this for next week too.

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tips on Story Writing - Inner Conflict


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For this week's post, I thought I would... Oh right... I guess I have to explain why I missed a couple of blogs right? Okay... Here goes... Pokemon Go. Alright, now that we got that out of the way, let's get to this week's post!

Story writing can involve a lot of different factors, it's not simply just outlining correctly or writing interesting characters and develop them well, there are some things as well.

The world you create!

I know I've talked about this a couple of times before, but I really cannot stress this enough. Even the most basic things would give life to your story. Let's talk about zombies (because who doesn't like zombies right? I mean, thank god Twilight didn't have zombies in it).

Say for example you're writing a story about a zombie outbreak. Now consider the current world status about every issue out there. No matter how silly or idiotic a concept may seem to you, it may very well appeal to someone else (some will try to control it, in order to generate money from it, and others will follow because of their kind hearts which are easily misled).

What the hell am I talking about? Organizations. I am welling to bet that SHOULD a zombie outbreak occur nowadays in the 21st century and after a load of games that prepared us for that possibility... we would have people speak for zombie rights (not hinting at anything, just trying to make a point).

There would just have to be people speaking for how we should contain zombies and that we may not have the technology to save them now, but it might be possible to conjure a cure in the future, and so we should not remember zombies as the wild beasts that they are but the loving people who they once were.

Who knows, they may be right, and I may even side with them, but that's not the point here. It's about how to create an inner conflict in the reader. On one side, zombies are killing people, and trying to rescue them may actually cause a death or two (or you know... mass extinction of the human race) but the reader cannot help but feel like there has to be a cure!

By providing two sides into every situation, you are getting the reader to subconsciously make choices and form opinions. What decision are they supporting? Who are the characters who take this cause as their burden? These can prove to be a vital ingredient to a story.

I hope you find this useful.

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tips on World Building - The Skeleton

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I decided to do a segment on World Building, which is by far one of the most important aspects of any story, regardless what genre it is. I'll be sharing tips as well on how to make an imaginary world believable in a set of posts, so the first part is:

The skeleton.

Before you start any story, an important aspect to consider is how the world is shaped, what is it called, what is the dominant religion, how wealth is distributed and so on.

Knowing the cities and villages of a continent can give you clear directions on where the characters are going, and what they should do. That is why before I write a story, I draw a little map on my whiteboard and name the countries, cities, villages, forts whatever the landscape will have. Always keep in mind that, wealth is never shared equally. If there is a wealthy person, then that is because someone got poor because of him.

If you need any tips, pay attention to the current world state of our own little planet. That is:

1- People will always disagree.
2- There will always be an organization to protect something (environment, earth day and so on...).
3- For someone to be rich, another must be poor.
4- Power corrupts, so the ones in charge have a huge chance of being complete assholes.
5- There is no evil. A good person may do an evil deed, and vice versa (it just depends).
6- Humans fear the unknown. If your world has humans, then they ought to behave like them too.

These are only the first ingredients of the world you're building, other things to consider are basically how much control do the common people have, do they have an activist hero fighting for their rights or equality? How secure their everyday life is?

Stay tuned for more!

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The 3 Stages of Writing a Book



I decided to write this blog because a lot of aspiring authors assume that they're done with the book once they've finished writing it, and this couldn't be further from the truth.

First of all, writing is a process, and that includes a pre, during and post as any normal process has. A book, is no different in that regard. Now if you're going after a traditional publishing path then you'll be pardoned some of the work as the publisher will take care of editing and marketing for you (not all though, make sure you clear this with them) but if you're self-publishing, then you need to do it all.

1- Pre

Before you even begin writing the book, you have to take a number of things into consideration.

a. Do you have a readership base? If you don't, then you should definitely consider starting a blog, vlog, or sharing some of your stories on Wattpad in order to build an audience for yourself. Going into this blindly will affect your sales tremendously, as contrary to popular belief, books don't market themselves and they won't magically begin to sell when you hit 'publish'.

b. Outline the book, this could be as simple as a couple of sentences for each chapter. A general overview of the events that will take place in your book. For some, this is the most exciting phase of writing a book. Now, I understand that you'll probably hear a lot of advice telling you NOT to plot or outline, but keep in mind... those writers have written a lot that they do this step without them realizing it. (Stephen King being one of them).

2- During

This next step is what you'd expect: writing the damn thing. Have a daily quota and force yourself through it. Just write, chances are the first draft is not gonna be good but it doesn't have to be. You should NEVER share the first draft with anyone by the way (even your significant other). This is a very sacred stage during the writing process, and by the time you edit it about five times, you'll probably be more proud of it than ashamed. Remember, writer's block is bullshit and is a testimony of either lack of will, or lack of planning. Naturally, if you don't know where the story is going, you'll be stuck.

A good tip also, would be to share quotes or samples with your readers, just keep teasing them until the final release date.

3- Post

This is the step that has me consumed all day pretty much since the release of my debut novel. You gotta prepare lots of things. Get advanced reviews ready and send emails to your local bookstores. If you can't write an email to tell them about your book, you probably can't write it in the first place, and in my experience, local bookstores WANT to help writers. Just have a good cover, and edit, edit and edit.

I hope you find this useful, and if you have any questions or want to mention anything that I missed, be sure to leave it in the comments!

Until next time,
Write on.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

6 Things You Shouldn't Say To a Writer



I decided to do something fun today, since my book's release I've been getting a lot of these comments and I kinda don't blame them because not many know the amount of blood sweat and tears that writers put into their work. They tend to underestimate the level of dedication and commitment that is needed to fully finish something, and I get that they think that writing a book is fun but the truth is it's really not. Books are evil bastards that suck the writer's soul dry. So, here's 6 things you shouldn't say to a writer!

1- Can I get a copy for free? 

No. You cheap bastard. I get it, if your friends with a writer its so tempting to just get the damn thing for free, but you should always remember that sales improve a book's ranking, and a good book ranking means a good author ranking (on Amazon at least) so if you really want to support your writer friend, buy the damn thing (there's a hack to get it for free. Just promise to write a genuine review and they'll give it to you)!

2- It's like Twilight meets Harry Potter.

Stop this. 

3- How many copies did you sell?

Okay, so if there's anything called privacy and if your writer friend has any sense, he's not gonna answer this. He might be selling 10, 50, or even 100. This is just an embarrassing question to answer. Think of it this way, would you ask your friend who just got hired how much he's making? Didn't think so. 

4- It reminded me a lot of Twilight. Not in a bad way, but in a good way!

No really... Stop it. 

5- Oh so you're a writer, you know I've always wanted to write but couldn't find the time.

Okay, so this is kinda common and it really takes the cake. Writing is an excruciating process that takes years to accomplish. Why do you think that your writer friend just stared at an empty screen and the book magically manifested? The difference between a writer and someone who's not is that extra mile really. Anyone can start working on a book, but not everyone finishes one. So just avoid saying this. 

6- It was good, but you should add this part.

Now, if there is one thing all writers hate, is suggestions. Don't get me wrong, you definitely should tell them what you thought didn't work for you. For example you can say "I found that part a bit dragging and it just took the element of surprise out of everything. It was really predictable what would happen next" < THIS HELPS. "Oh, there's a problem but you should definitely like not reveal the tattoo that the character had in this scene. You could try to add a new scene where abhdbasd happens. < THIS DOES NOT.

I hope this fun to read! And if you enjoyed it, don't forget to share and comment below what you think!

Until next time,
Write on.

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!