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Publishing house: The big guys

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For now, here’s where you can make the real money, if you’re lucky. Publishing houses actually tend to be extremely picky, because they’re looking for marketable material, so make sure you’re starting off on the right foot. There are two ways of submitting your work to a publishing house: with an agent, which increases your [...]

E-book publishing: The way of the future?

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Now, at this point, its common knowledge that brick and mortar publishers are suffering, and that e-book readers are becoming increasingly popular, so it’s easy, and honestly probably correct to assume that E-books are going to replace the old paper books that we are all so used to. Personally I like this trend, because it [...]

Vanity publishers: They’ll take your money and get you nothing

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Let me jut get this out-of-the-way in big bold letters: Never submit your work to a vanity publisher!!!   With that out-of-the-way, I’ll get into more detail. Vanity publishers request money before they’ll publish anything, and will often have the author pay for the books they print. This business model is what keeps them in [...]

Self-publishing: the independent form of publishing

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Self-publishing, which is what e-book publishing and print-on-demand publishing fall under, is one of the oldest forms of publishing, and one of the simplest, though, until recently, generally not profitable, though, as time goes on, I expect it to become more profitable. It’s simply having a third-party publish your book for you. It used to [...]

Getting your story published

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Now, of course, if you’re writing a whole novel you will consider getting published, but if you don’t know where to start, you’re not going to get anywhere. THis sub-series to the general tips series is all about how to get published, and will focus on five different methods of publication: self-publishing, vanity publishing, on demand publishing, [...]

Is there a point where I should give up on a story?

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There is a point where you should give up on a story, but, as usual, it varies. That point should be where you’re unable to salvage the story from the issues that plague it, like it has one plot hole that you can’t get past no matter what you do, it’s absolutely riddled with inconsistencies, [...]

How many words a day should I write?

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I’ve heard 1,000 a day, and NaNoWriMo wants 1,667 or so a day (to be fair, if you’re following NaNoWriMo’s standard, you are trying to write a 50,000 word novel in a month), but I say as many as you can reasonably manage. I personally only used to manage about 600 words a day, because of my [...]

How long should my story be?

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As long as it takes to get through your planned plot. My story, now stuck perpetual rewrite (I’m not sure I want to keep going, for a variety of reasons) is currently sitting at 35,000, but before I started rewriting it, it was 50,000, and, if I ever reach the end, it should be right back up there. [...]

General Writing tips

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As I said, if it took too long to get through characterization, I would write two series at once, so that’s what I’m doing. More pressure on me, but this should mean I get through everything before November. In this series, I intend to help you with the writing process in general, as well as [...]

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