Showing posts with label book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book. Show all posts

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, 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.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How To Name Your Character


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This is probably one of those things that you either can do very easily, or struggle severely with. This is mostly a problem that I do not face when I start a new story (sorry!) as I will always have specific names that I would love to use in any of them. They are my babies after all (even though some face extremely horrible situations...) but in the end, think of it in terms of what names best suit your character. If they are a warrior, then something like Vikus, Octus, or even Aelin would work (granted it is a fantasy setting). Now, there are still some rule of thumbs when it comes to characters:

1- Never use two names which start with the same alphabet in a story. It just confuses readers generally. This is to be honest, something I try to break as well, but I keep it under tight control (meaning that those characters will never be in the same chapter unless they are alone and having a dialog). If you are still confused, here's an example:  
Jack - Jordan
Mike - Micheal and so on. 

2- The names must fit the setting and culture. Let's take Game of Thrones for example. If George had named the Dothraki people "Jack Renulds" and "John Adam" it would just push the characters out of their primitive culture, so the named must fit the setting. It is known. Keep in mind that this is entirely dependent on the genre that you are writing as well, having a name such as "Ragnor" in a children story is kinda of an off for me. Just imagine these lines "there once was a man, in the peaceful loving kingdom of joy who used to chase butterflies! His name . . . was Ragnor the Mad. Okay I may be exaggerating here but you get the point. 

3- Translate words from different languages. Or better yet, come up with a completely new one! Tolkiens did it, George did it, so why not you as well? Something that I personally use, I try to translate specific latin words and use them as the base for the name. For example Rory is Latin for the Red King, while Mors is Death, so combining the two would give a character that wreaks havoc and breathes torture something like Morus, and attaching a nick name to that would give them that vibe! Think Morus the Black Knight, or the Red King, even the Bringer of Death!

That's all for now, I will probably make another post to explain in depth my own process for naming the characters pretty soon. 

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Minds the Secret Society - Available now on Kindle!



Great news! Minds the Secret Society is now available to purchase for 0.99$ only on your Kindle! I'm really more than excited to share this with you, being the first story I decided to publish, I think this is the perfect introduction to what you can expect from me in any stories. It is really an exciting moment and a huge boost in morale for me personally, and I would love to hear what you guys think about this as well, so don't forget to leave a review!

I'll be posting more information as well about the projects that I have coming in the next few days. But, for now, I want to apologize for missing a few posts because of the numerous projects I'm involved in. But don't worry, I have plenty to make it up to you! 

Until next time,
Write on!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Review: Manuel of the Warrior of Light by Paulo Colheo

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I've been a fan of this author for a very long time, since the Alchemist. His story alone is enough to inspire every author in the world to believe in himself and just go for his dreams. Anyways, I've read this a long time ago and thought I would share with you my opinion.

Manuel of the Warrior of Light is an incredible piece written by Paulo Colheo, and it follows the events surrounding a person who meets an angel like figure that he instantly connects with, and spends a long time trying to look for her again. Years and years pass and the guy had finally moved on, but eventually, he goes to the place where they would meet (having came to terms with the fact that he would never see her again) and behold. She is waiting for him.

Not a day older, she hadn't aged at all. When he asks about her, she responds by giving him a notebook that is empty, and she asks him to write about the Warrior of Light.

This book not only is helpful, but the intro alone is enough to send shivers down your spine. It's not a 'book' per say, but a book of quotes and their explanation as to how an ideal individual would behave, think and feel in a world like ours.

If I had to make a bold statement, I would say that this book is his personal views and hard learned lessons that he wanted to pass on to every person who was dear to him.

All and all, the Manuel of the Warrior of Light is sure to give you a pleasant read throughout, and you are bound to see yourself in some of the quotes as clear as the sun (during daytime... I know... just in case).

4.5/5

Until next time,
Write on

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dragon Tooth Completed + Release Date!



I am so glad to say that Dragon Tooth has finally been completed and headed straight into editing! The actual reason why I was late to post is that I was busy with London Media House, a printing company that decided to print a sample or a proof of concept of the book! To be completely honest (and for those who follow me on Snapchat, they've seen the sample) I consider myself very lucky to have had that opportunity.

Not only is Dragon Tooth my first official book, but add to that that I was THERE when the FIRST sample was being created. It was like I was witnessing its birth! Here's a sneak peak:


Here's the blurb:
Set foot upon the magical lands where Magic Guilds battle to the top! Dragon Tooth is one of three of the strongest guilds in the known lands. Follow a story of fantasy, principles and mighty battles!

A Magic Guild is a group of Mages that have formed an organization accepting job offers from the cititzens of the world. 

The Council of Magic supervises the use of Magic in the world. They are the sole entity that all guilds must listen to and heed their commands.

Mage Saints are Mages who are hand picked by the Council. They stand above all mages in abilities and their unrivalled power. 

So when is the official release?
The official release is set on the 7th of June 2016. This is also because it just happens that it is my birthday. So I thought I'd make it double special!

So what's next for you?
Nothing. Really, people assume writing and publishing a book concerns of only WRITING the damn thing (excuse my language) while it involves so much more. To be exact, the easiest part, is writing it. Next you have edit it, get beta readers, and then edit again and again, all until it is presentable. Even then, you have market it before you publish it, and then market it after you publish it. It basically never ends.

I would like to beta read this!
Then get in touch with me! I'm looking for beta readers currently and booking them. The book is still being edited but I think it won't be too long before it is completely read for beta reading. I'm looking for around 10, so just shoot me an email with the subject "Dragon Tooth Beta Reader" on m@infrangilis.com