Guest Blog: To the Beat of my Book

Article by: Ashley Robinson

book-headphones“I met this girl when I was nine years old and what I love most she has so much soul. She was old school and I was just a shorty never knew that through my life she’d be there for me”. Lyrics from rapper/actor Common’s “I use to love her” paints a perfect picture of childhood love. The same way lyrics can tell a story, it can also inspire or provoke more depth to an author’s tale.

Both arts seem to always coincide. Songs and books create feelings, evoke thought as well as vivid imagery. It allows imagination that is from a consumer standpoint. What about a business standpoint? How do the two arts collide?

Simple, both artists and authors are faced with giving the fans what they want. This isn’t a easy task! Everyone has an opinion just like everyone has an asshole. Face it you’re not going to please everyone.

You’re music and book isn’t for everyone. You’ll have to zone in on your Target Audience. And even then you can’t please everyone. Also, artists and writers are faced with contracts that may or may not affect royalties (payouts). Also, protecting them from plagiarism of any kind.

Note: Authors using song lyrics in books shouldn’t use more than four bars.

What sets the bar any higher for music and books to coexist is the constant song titles or lyric quotes that become urban book titles such as “Love even when it hurts” the song by  Avant then turned into “Love even if it hurts” the book by Tamicka Higgins. You see it’s easy to intertwine the two.

Music can create books but books can create music as well. Song lyrics are made up of vast vocabulary that is either learned from the street and/or book i.e. Webster’s dictionary and/or published sonnets. Artists must have a decent love of words and wordplay to make words rhyme such as wine and time or to elevate complexity with a metaphor such as “You’re immature like roger so go home!” (lyrics from Wale’s Fuck you ). The double meanings in that metaphor is situational and educational via words. Let me explain! The character Roger from the hit 90’s television series Sister, Sister played by Marques Houston was in a singing group called Immature. The word immature in the context meaning child- like. The television show itself is reminiscent of childhood while the person wale is addressing in the song is a level of childish. Wordplay and meanings both affect music and books. But that’s more for another blog, another day.

About the Writer:

Ashley robinson, born at st. agnes hospital in west Baltimore in October 1990 to teen parents paulette and cedric had a stereotypical upbringing. Once her father was incarcerated ashley was raised by mother paulette whom had the support system of her parents elaine and joseph lyle. While mom was at school and/or work or church Ashley found her love of writing at home with her grandmother whom taught her to write and read cursive at the tender age of five so that she was quiet during the young and the restless. Ashleys love for writing grew and her curiousity peeked for words and story telling. At the age of seven she began crafting short stories and poetry that she often present at school for showing tell. Now as an adult and mother of one she wants nothing more then to have her work as a muse for those who want to follow their passion and needs life lessons learned through the pages. Ashley currently resides in maryland where she pre- school teaches, donates to charties, and working toward more entrepurneal affairs. Her debut novel released august 2016 entitled Imani. The series can be currently found on amazon.

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Join DMP’s 30 Day Character Development Challenge

Hello Readers!

meepComing September 1st, I will be hosting a 30 Day Character Development Challenge. The challenge will be hosted right here. I will be encouraging you to work on every area of your characters development. Personality, Past, Friends, Family and much much more! The good thing about this challenge is all you need is thirty minutes to an hour a day that will allow you to work on one particular area and then you will move on to the next area. Once you have finished each day’s assignment, talk about it somewhere on social media using the hashtag #DevelopingmyCharacterin30Days.

You will also have access to DMP’s Facebook Networking Group as well as our Ultimate Character Development Workbook.

Character development is so important in storytelling. This challenge is perfect for someone who is creating a book series.

Are you gonna sign up for the challenge? Click here for more information and join me and a ton of others as we take the challenge to develop our characters in 30 days.

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-Dominique

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Authors! Add your Book to our Book List!

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IMG_1907Authors!!!! Do you have a book on sale? For free? DMP is putting together a list of books that are listed at a discounted price or free. This is perfect for those who offer the first book in their series for free. Allow us to notify our readers about your discounted book(s). This newsletter will be going out sometime in August or September. Your book does not have to be on sale for the entire month of August or September. It just needs to be on sale or free during the promotion of the book list.

Email us at diamondmpresspublications@gmail.com for more information.

This list is limited. We are on a first come, first serve bases. Allow us to support you!

If you are a reader and want to know how to get this book list, please email us!

Great way to reinvest in yourself! Start today!

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-Dominique

The ABC’s of Becoming a Writer Part One

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I’ve created the ABC’s of breaking into the literary field. I figured this would be a great way to kick off a new week. I have split the ABC’s into two days. So you can view half of the alphabet today and then the other half on Wednesday.

Enjoy!

Advice

You can never receive too much advice. Get it as much as you can from any source you can get it from. You do not have to follow in the footsteps of someone else nor do you have to do exactly what someone else has done. Keep in mind they have been there, done that. Take what you can and put your own twist on it.

Brainstorm

Continue to brainstorm and come up with new ideas. Take the time to do this as often as possible. Whatever your comfortable writing zone is, when that time comes, embrace it and collect your thoughts. Use your notebook to write down your ideas so that you don’t forget them. Brainstorming is a great way to produce a new writing project

Consistency

One thing readers do not like is a writer who is all over the place. Be consistent in what you do. Whether it’s releasing books, producing a newsletter or updating your status on Facebook, continue to do what you do and keep it going.

Drive

Being an author is hard work. It’s one of the hardest self-employed jobs today. By our own drive and motivation, we control how much money we make. You must have drive and a go getter attitude to make it as an author. Be ready to get in the driver’s seat and put the gear into drive when wearing the author hat.

Expect nothing less

There’s nothing wrong with having high expectations as an author. As long as the expectations are realistic you are on the right path. Expect nothing less than what you expect for yourself and your career as an author. Others need to know that you mean business!

Forgiveness

Humor me. You gotta forgive those that don’t believe in you now because later, they’ll regret it! Onward!

Genre

Don’t be confined to one genre. As an author it’s okay to dabble into other genres. Although you may not be an experienced author right now, after you’ve been comfortable in your genre of choice, try dabbling into other genres. Also remember, that your audience may not take the change so it is risky.

Help

As with advice, get it as much as you can from wherever you can. Having someone on your side through this journey is always helpful, preferably someone who has published a book or two before you.

Initiate

This simply means to initiate any type of connection with others. Introduce yourself to people and get to know them. Start networking. Email people and tell them about you. Join groups and be the first to say “Hey, get to know me”

Jot down everything

Write down everything that comes to mind. Keep notes. These will come in handy during those late nights when you have the writing juices flowing.

Keep Writing

You will come to a point where the writing will get dull. You’ll seem to not have any more juice in you and you have no motivation. Keep Writing. Keep pushing. It will get better. Learn to self-motivate!

Learn to hear the word NO

In this business, you will have to fall many times before you have that one success. Accept hearing the word no but don’t settle for it.

Good stuff right? Wednesday I will be back with the remaining letters of the ABC’s of Becoming a Writer. Share this article! Every writer needs this little boost of motivation!

Need help with your bio or synopsis? DMP writes and edits these two important areas of book publishing. Contact us today about getting the help you need! 

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique

 

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