The ABC’s of Becoming a Writer Part Two

Hello Readers!

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So Monday, we kicked off the week talking about the ABC’s of Becoming a Writer. We stopped at “L”. Let’s continue!

Make connections

It is so important to build business relationships in this industry. You should make connections everywhere you go. These people should be associates you can work with, and grow from with in your business.

Network

Networking is a little different from making connections. Networking should be done to to socialize amongst your own kind. Presenting your business and brand. Making yourself known.

Open your mind

Be open to try new things. Don’t settle and don’t become complacent. Open yourself up!

Prepare

Preparation is key! Especially when releasing a new book. Always be prepared and ready. Anything can help. Save room for errors.

Quit what doesn’t work

If you have tried something new and it doesn’t work for you…stop. You are wasting your time and this will not help your literary career.

Review

Embrace your book reviews, good or bad. Take them with a grain of salt and move on. Be thankful for the review. Don’t get upset about bad reviews. We are all entitled to our own opinion.

Self-Motivate

There is not going to be someone to hold your hand throughout this business. (Unless you hire me to be your literary mentor.) So you have to be able to self-motivate. Be your number one fan.

Take advantage

When an opportunity presents itself, take advantage. Is this going to work for you and your literary career? Take advantage!

Understand the process

Understand that there is no such thing as an overnight success. We’ve all had to work hard and grind! It may seem like a celebrity became famous out of nowhere but they have put in work somewhere at some time. Understand the process.

Valuable

Know your worth then add tax. Make your statement. Be confident in yourself.  Love what you do and do it for you!

Workshops

Take classes and workshops to help enhance your career. You should always be in a learning mode.

X marks the spot

Find your place in this industry…then build your brand!

Yearn for more

Always yearn for more. Want more. Reach for more. This industry is so big. There’s so much to learn. Always reach higher than the place you are currently in.

Zone

Respect the zone you find yourself in and go hard. When that writing juice begins to flow through your body, don’t let anyone or anything stop you.

I hope you enjoyed these two days of The ABC’s of Becoming a Writer. This is really good info that even veteran authors and writers can use. Stay focused on your goals and never become complacent!

Hire DMP for all of your literary needs. We are now taking clients. 

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique

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What’s on the Next Page?

Hello Readers,

471213-best-ebook-readersI’m the type of reader who is always wondering what’s on the next page. Depending on the author, I can normally figure it out. James Patterson of course, keeps me on my toes unless I’ve read a spoiler.

But from a fiction author to another fiction author keep your readers wondering what’s on the next page. A book shouldn’t be predictable. What’s the point of reading it? Twists and turns can be a turn off to some people but you don’t want to reveal too much too early.

One thing about me, I can’t do romance. Romance with no other sub-genre’s is boring. It’s predictable.  Nothing but love and sex scenes; a woman or man falling for someone they can or can’t have. Predictable.

One thing that keeps readers coming back is the flow of the story, did the author drag the story out (I personally hate those types of books or movies…I’m like END IT ALREADY) Don’t take up too much time describing the scenes, the character…leave a little to the imagination but enough to make it clear to the reader.

Millions and millions of books have been written and published over the years so at some point some things will be predictable.  Put your own twist on your book. Make your readers want more. That includes a Prologue or Epilogue. Cliffhangers are perfect for NOT being predictable. If you ever want to know how to make a book flow and not be predictable, read your favorite author. Take time to read other authors and get a feeling for how books should flow. Being predictable is one way to run your readers away. A reader comes to a book to be entertained, to take them out of their own lives and into someone else’s. So make sure your story is not predictable. Be creative. Make your story, your way of writing stand out.

Get the help you need to write and finish your novel. DMP is now taking clients! Contact us today! 

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique Watson

Things to Consider when Publishing an Ebook

ebooks_2Ebooks are a thing of today in the literary field. Almost all books are in ebook format. For those seasoned authors who have been publishing books before most of us were even born aren’t too fond of the ebook but understand that times have changed and they must adapt to the change.

For authors and writers who are eager to get their book in ebook format here are a few things to consider.
Ebooks have their own ISBN

If you are interested in getting your book in ebook format you must keep in mind that it has to have its own ISBN. The ISBN is basically the product number. It’s the long number code on the back of the book. This identifies the book to what it is and if someone was to go searching for a book using that ISBN it would direct it to one particular book. Even if the book is in paperback, hardcopy and ebook format the ISBN stands alone for only one format.

If you’ve published your book in paperback and now want it in ebook format you will have to get an ISBN number for it. How can you do that? You can either purchase it yourself or have your publishing company do it for you.
You can convert the book yourself

You do not have to be computer smart to turn your book into an ebook. There are tons of websites and books about ebook format. All you have to do is research the topic and you’ll be doing it on your own in no time. If your publishing company does not offer this then doing it yourself is the way to go. If your publishing company does offer this well then you can skip over this article because there’s no need in you trying to find out how to put an ebook together. When searching for a publishing company finding out if they offer ebook formats is definitely important. Some people no longer buy paperback and only purchase ebook format books. You don’t want to exclude this market. In the world we’re in today you want to cross all of your t’s and dot all of you i’s. You may come across a reader who is interested in your book but only wants to buy the ebook version. If you don’t offer this, you’ve just lost a customer.

Keep in mind when turning your book into an ebook you want to make sure you have the rights to do so. If your book was self published, meaning you did everything yourself and you have the right to the book then you can go ahead and convert your book. But, if you’ve published through a company that retains the rights of your book then you do not have the right to turn your book into an ebook. Companies like this are traditional publishing companies and most P.O.D (Print on Demand) companies. This is why a lot of authors do not publish through P.O.D or Traditional because most of these companies take your rights to the book. You can’t turn it into an ebook unless they say so. You don’t have movie rights unless they say so. You always want to double check your contract because you could be signing over all your rights!

Ebooks can stand alone

The great thing about ebooks is that they can stand alone. They don’t have to be just another format of a book already in paperback or hardcopy. You can release a book in only ebook format and it can sell very well. That’s simply because the ebook market is on high demand right now. If you wanted to bypass all the publishing company drama and want a quick release, ebook is the way to go. With this you can do it all yourself and retain the rights for later publishing it as a paperback or hardcopy.

Many people in the literary field especially publishers make ebooks so difficult but truly they are not. Like any new thing you simply need to learn about it and then do it. I’ve learned a lot through self training. You can too. Don’t be intimated by ebooks and converting them or words like ISBN and retaining rights. Start from the beginning and take the right path. That means, picking the right publishing company, reading over the contract and knowing what’s at stake. Be sure of your decision knowing that you can’t go back until the contract is void. Learn all you can about ebook publishing and be well on your way to having your work in ebook format.

Last note. Remember! To publish on Kindle, iBooks, Nook and Kobo or different ebook formats!

Do you need assistance with finding out which publication path works best for you? Contact DMP today to get the assistance you need!

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique

www.diamondmpresspublications.com

How Descriptive is too Descriptive…or is it Enough?

5ed897fa46229adb2a884a5418051545As authors, as we move forward in our book and we consider storylines, we must ask ourselves are we being too descriptive or not descriptive enough?

For me as a reader, I like detail but not too much. I don’t need to know about all the irrelevant information that has nothing to do with the book. I like straight to the point, get me to the good stuff description. On the other hand, we have readers who love to be able to feel as if they are walking that life just as the characters are. If a gun is fired in a crowded room where people are elbow to elbow, make your reader feel that. One important thought to keep in mind is that you must keep the story moving. If you are providing information that does not progress the story, it needs to come out.

A book is the complete opposite of a movie. We can watch our characters move about, see what they see and feel what they feel by their reaction and facial expressions. But we can’t see that in a book. It has to be described to us.

How can you make your scene more descriptive?

  • Ask yourself, what’s going on around the character or within the scene? Who’s there? What’s there? Describe what’s important.
  • Is there something that the reader needs to feel? Talk about that. Bring them to the scene.
  • If a character is in the scene, show us what they see and what they are sensing.
  • Describe the scene from beginning to end with all important information that will make the reader forget they are reading and forget what is going on around them.

How can you keep from making your scene too descriptive?

  • Do not include information that doesn’t progress the story.
  • Be cautious with backstory or flashback scenes. This can easily be too much
  • Don’t go on overload with descriptions of what the character is wearing or how they look or description of the object. This can easily become an overload.

So authors, when writing a book and it comes down to the description, make sure we know enough. Make sure your description is good enough for us to picture them in our mind and be able to “feel” exactly what the characters are feeling. You have to be able to read and read and read your manuscript to know this. Of course, if you have a good editor, they will tell you if your have too much going on in a scene. They should be able to point this out to you.

Are you in need of writing successful scenes and learning to be descriptive enough? Hire DMP! We will work one on one with you!

Your Literary Mentor!

-Dominique

www.diamondmpresspublications.com

Are your Scenes Explosive or Disappointments?

f9fa6ace2311385f70bda3d6b6390e83When I read a novel, I place myself in the shoes of the characters. When the scene becomes intense or the climax of the book is about to take place, my heart races and I’m eager to turn the page. But what happens when all the adrenaline has reached its peak only to be released suddenly like a balloon popped with a pin? What happens then?

As a reader, I’ll tell you what happens. Disappointment. That’s what happens. You’ve got a disappointed reader and you’ve lost credibility.

As an avid reader, I can always tell what’s about to happen before it happens. Authors are predictable unless they’ve learned to broaden their craft but that’s another article for another time. Authors are typical when it comes to writing a book. That’s why so many interviewers ask why should I buy your book? What makes your book different from the others in its genre? Authors are predictable and most of the time if you are an avid reader, you can tell what’s about to happen in a story before you turn the page.

But back to the important message of this article; don’t write a scene that’s a disappointment. If you are bringing the big guns, they better be explosive! Don’t take a reader through a scene build them up only to let them down. One might ask well how do I know I’m doing that? Read your work and read it again. Put it away and read it some more. You will know when it’s explosive or not and you will know if the scene needs to be changed.

What causes a scene to be a disappointment when it’s supposed to be explosive?

  • Poor Character Development
  • Not enough Scene Description
  • Not enough character dialogue or narrator description of the character
  • Dragging the scene out

All of these are dead ringers for a FAILED SCENE.

I know a lot of authors that get excited about a particular scene they’ve seen played in their head. They get so excited that the scene comes out all wrong when they are writing it. Be sure before you go on to something else in the book that the scene is explosive where it needs to be.

I always say, a book is just like a movie. But you, the author, have to paint the picture for us. Write the book as if we are walking right there with the characters.

Do you need help with your character and scene development? Contact DMP to get the assistance you need! We are now taking clients!

Your Literary Mentor!

-Dominique

www.diamondmpresspublications.com

Afraid to Step out on Faith in your Career

I recently had a friend come to me and tell me that they were scared to publish their book. What if the people don’t like their story? Yeah, it’s good to them but what about the readers? This is a common fear amongst writers and authors.

Not only are people afraid of publishing a book, their afraid of going forth with their business, service or a passion that’s deep inside them ready to burst. We live in a competitive world. Seeing someone else’s success is frightening. We think “Oh I couldn’t do what he/she does” “I don’t have the skills” “I could never live that life or be that person” But we can. We have a personal calling of our own that’s not like the next person.

Businesses get started every day from a passion; heart’s desire. That’s where Diamond M’Press came from, a passion. It’s only natural to be afraid but remember you are not like the next writer, business owner or author. You are different.

There are plenty of Romance Writers or Mystery Writers. I am friends with a lot of writers that write in these genres. But I’ve learned each writer is different. If you are stepping into the field of writing and see so many other writers in your genre, don’t be intimidated. Place your touch on your book. Your “touch” will not be the same as the other writers.

If you are looking to start a business in finances, don’t compare your service to other business owners in finance. Start your business with your own touch and angle. There are plenty of people who are selling MaryKay Products, but no one can sell like you do.

Fear is the indication that you are going right. When we are afraid of something it’s simply the enemy’s way of putting a damper on our party. It’s something that makes us think twice about what God really wants us to do especially if it’s starting a business, writing a book, being inspirational. Just like a singer or entertainer. They put their best foot forward depending on their music or source of entertainment to be entertaining. They won’t know they will be a success until the try.

So got put your best foot forward believing “It can’t hurt to try” So go ahead and try!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

What is a Character Profile?`

The dictionary says that profiling is the use of specific characteristics, as race or age, to make generalizations about a person, as whether he or she may be engaged in illegal activity.

Character profiling is the same thing. We watch these crime shows that profile serial killers. In order to know the killers next move, the detectives  must know them inside and out. So they profile the killers. Same thing with creating a character; one must know who are they writing about before they write the story. A detective could not go out looking for a killer just because he killed someone. He must know his background. He needs somewhere to start.  So they bring in an expert to profile this killer.

Profiling your character is all the same. Sometimes we place people (characters) in situations that don’t suit them. If the character isn’t right, it will show. Dissect your character, profile them and build them into who they need to be for your book.

DMP is offering a Character Profile and Outlining workshop on August 5th. Sign up today! 

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique Watson