I’m in a torrid love affair with romance novels. The headstrong heroines, the misunderstood heroes, and the happily ever afters are everything I could possibly want in a good book. I devour them. And I’m not ashamed to read the paperback (cover out!) on the train during my commute. Another reason I love romance novels so fiercely is because they go hand-in-hand with self-publishing. I spend my days helping self-published authors share their books with the world, and a majority of those authors write romance. This is no coincidence and here are five reasons why:
During the initial conversation I have with a new author, I typically ask what she or he is writing next. I always want to know what’s coming down the line. In general, there are three responses:
Ernest Hemingway once offered, “The first draft of anything is sh!t.” In his posthumous 1984 memoir, With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba, Arnold Samuelson shares his experiences working as a deckhand on Hemingway’s fishing boat for ten months in 1934. During their sea-faring adventure, Hemingway offered Samuelson, then a nineteen-year-old struggling writer, the following advice:
When people hear the word “resolutions” at this time of year, they tend to think of next year. As in, “Next year, I’ll make resolutions.” “Next year, my ‘future self’ will surely have the discipline to accomplish the big things I wanted to do this year.” But what about the resolutions you made this past January?
A recipe book is deceptive. It looks so simple: you put together all the recipes you’ve created, add a cover with a delicious photo, and voila! Move over Nigela Lawson! Yes, it’s undeniable that recipe books take less to put together than some other genres, but they still need structure, consistency, and pace.
Is there anything more thrilling than seeing your finished book for the first time? To stand there admiring that beautiful cover, to breathe in the smell of paper and ink, to feel the surprising heftiness of that book in your hands. Even content that lives only as an ebook is often imagined as it would appear on a tangible device such as an iPad or mobile phone. These visions are powerful and help to spur us on as we undertake the really hard work of spinning the creative impulse into an art form.
Storytelling is not a colour-by-numbers exercise. We want to be original. However, even the most rule-breaking story has certain fundamental patterns. If we understand what they are, we can be outlandish and creative—and still know we’re building a satisfying experience for the reader. What are those patterns?
Writing a book series takes a lot of planning, and it takes a little extra effort when it comes to choosing a book editor. Assuming you have one humdinger of a book series, you’ll want an editor who’s familiar with it or who’s able to quickly be brought up to speed. If you haven’t kept in contact with the original editor, or, for whatever reason, you want a different editor than the first, it’s critical he or she be willing to read previous editions. Typically, depending on the word count, this will set you back a few hundred dollars. If this isn’t in the budget, then be able to offer summaries and a few excerpts.
If you’ve been considering the idea of how to publish a book by becoming an indie publisher, here's a brief overview of core publishing topics, from crafting your creation to bursting onto markets across the globe, and why they're so important to achieving publishing success.
Think about a book you loved. I'll bet my own weight in Harry Potter or Jack Reacher novels that it was a character that earned your love. Maybe several characters. A group of friends. A family. A pair of lovers. A man and his sworn enemy. A boy and a kestrel.