Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts

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!

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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Writing My First Story Ever

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Every writer has an incredible story about the first thing he wrote. It might be embarressing or just plain awesome from the start, but my journey writing stories actually started when I was 9 years old. actually wrote the story in Arabic and it revolved around a person called "Leo" who travels to Mars and makes contact with Aliens. He then proceeds to mobilize Earth's army and try to conquer the damn thing. 

I didn't actually finish it, nor do I know where it is currently but nonetheless, that was my first experience writing a story. I still hope to write the story again with better names than "Leo" who I believe was a reference to 'Leo' from 'Charmed' but maybe its better to leave it at the past.

It wasn't that embaressing really, except for the part that people made fun of me and called me crazy, but yeah other than that, it was just an amazing feeling to write something and bring a world to life through your vivid imagination. 

Aside from that, my first ever (English written) story was called "A Duck's Sacrifice". It started as a very innocent story about a Duck living with her family, and then they get attacked by a pack of wolves and eventually some... bad stuff happen. I'm not gonna spoil it, and tell you what, I'll be posting the story next week for your enjoyment/horror. 

I wrote "A Duck's Sacrifice" back in 2012 and from there, I began to work on Dragon Tooth as well (yeah, been actually 4 years since I began writing the damn thing). Dragon Tooth took me this long because I re-wrote it a couple of times as well.

So yeah, that's my story, what's yours? 

Write on,
InfranGilis

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Spark of Writing - How To Get Inspired To Write

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Being inspired to write can be one of the most difficult tasks ever. Sometimes, the spark is just not there and anything you write isn't up to par with your standards and expectations. 

Well, so what. Keep on writing, even if its annoying at first, it is almost never as bad as you think. For me personally, I listen to some soft music, turn off all the lights, light a candle and focus a blue light on my keyboard. That seems to do the trick and get me inspired.

Other times, ideas just pop in my head and I would link them to real life events or even personal experiences and just go from there. If the story doesn't excite me, then I don't write it. I shelve it until I can combine it with something better and have it be more awesome. 

A perfect example would have to be "Minds: the Secret Society" where the story initially followed a strange path with it being just a silly story about me killing people. But, it then evolved as something in real life happened, and I could just see it fit in really nicely with Minds. I then re-wrote it and now it is what it is. 

The inspiration has to come from within, for example, if I don't have a story or something in particular that I want to deliver to my readers, then the story is just words on paper. It doesn't have life or essence. 

Explore, read and delve deep in every topic that interests you, whether it's the news or anything similar. Chances are that you will be able to get a sense of a story when stumbling upon things that give you that spark of interest and sets you on the path to conquer greatness!

Write On,
InfranGilis