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I’ve written my novel: now what?

In Its resource Monday! on June 16, 2014 at 8:41 am

I've finished my novel now what

 

Happy Monday!  Today I want to introduce a resource that I’ve been wanting to provide for sometime.  A new non-fiction book entitled “I’ve finished writing my novel:  Now what?”

In the book readers will find a host of information.  Here’s a taste.

5 pros of traditional publishing
6 cons to traditional publishing
4 self-publishing myths
5 steps to publication
7 costs you must budget for
The 3 phases of editing
5 Self editing tips
Why its hard to self edit your own work
The 2 most important types of editing
The various types of editing
Where to find editors
Places to acquire great cover art based on your budget.
5 types of publication options
How to develop a marketing plan
What is a platform and why you need it.
How to create your author email list
How social media works in your marketing
7 inexpensive marketing options

All of the items are needed questions I wish I had known prior to launching my first novel, and answers to questions that I’ve learned over my experience now as a published indie author.

I figure people can learn from my mistakes and success, and go even further.  The actual hard back book is not complete yet but I’ve developed the seminar where I’ve distilled a lot of the information into a a nice PDF.  I’ve you would like a copy of that PDF for free…yes free! Just sign up here for my monthly newsletter, and I will send you a copy.  I guarantee you will be happy that you did.

In addition, I want to give a free autographed copy of my novel!  Yep an autographed copy in celebration of a couple things!

1. My getting my novel’s audio book version done.

2. The impending new release of this non-fiction book

3. The kindle countdown that starts tomorrow!  Yep my novel will be on sale starting tomorrow until Friday and you can get it for 99cents!

To get in on the raffle go on over to my website and enter!

Keep coming by my blog and I’ll be making more announcements shortly.  Until then sign up for the email list (no your email stays just with me..it’s not given to anyone.) so you can get your pdf!

 

Blessings!

 

Donovan

 

12 Best in class software to write your novel!

In Great Resources, On writing on June 30, 2013 at 4:05 am

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12 Best in class software to write your novel!

Is the only writing tool you are familiar with with Microsoft Word?  Is it too clunky for you?  Doesn’t seem like its designed with the novelist in mind?  Well never fear.  In my search to bring you the best resources possible in completing your masterpiece.  I present to you this article in hopes that you will find that writing tool that works for you.

Enjoy

I need your help! Vote for what my novels cover should be!

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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I need your help! Vote for what my novels cover should be!

It’s been a long time coming.  And I have been working diligently with over 30 different designers for a week now to get that right look for the cover of my new novel.

Well after much labor and toil, and over 100 entries.  Here they are.  The finalists.  I want you to have some input and say over which cover resonates with you.  I think its exciting and they are all so good I wish I could get them all but I can’t.  So help me out and vote will ya!

Click on the red link in the blog, and it will take you to a poll.  Just put your cursor over the ones you like and rate them via stars.  Ill be able to see the results.  After the holiday I’ll announce the results.

Stay tuned!!

D

It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on May 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

This beautiful epic piece is a sweeping instrumental that rouses one to action. Stating with violins.  Its melody grabs one by the spirit in a cacophony of chorals, and horns.

Soon one is immersed in the heroic epic.  You walk in triumph.  There may be struggle  but there will be no defeat.  for nothing shall stand before you.  No power, no principality  no tribulation.  There is nothing that can stop you.  You are a pillar of the Earth, and shall not be moved.

The music featured is taken from Audiomachine – Pillars Of Earth (Kevin Rix – 2013) “Millennium”

It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on May 15, 2013 at 4:07 am

I’ve been absent this past week. Real life beckoned and I needed a slight break. But I’m back and so is the epic music. Entitled Homecoming by Thomas Bergersen, its a powerful piece that is simply beautiful to the ear.

The piece opens with flutes and violins. Its a crescendo of bells and minor vocals, as horns raise to thunderous applause of praise. The Heroes have come home. Victorious in battle, and triumphant.

This piece also inspired me to write a novel. Look for it one day. Hutari is the name.

In the meantime, enjoy!

D

Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on May 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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Every Tuesday I try to post some of the most beautiful pieces of music to inspire and enthrall.  Because I know that “music makes you braver”.

This weeks piece is a short tune that had simply an epic feel to it.  When I listen to it I image great desert kingdoms, and royal palaces and landscapes that when one zooms out paints a picture of lands that stretch for miles as one views from mountains or far away heights.

This piece is entitled Heaven and Earth by Sonic Symphony.  Enjoy!

How I write my novels a 10 step beginners guide: Step 10 Celebrate your accomplishments

In How to begin your novel in 10 steps on May 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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Writing a novel can be a daunting task. I know because it’s taken me 7 years to complete my first one.  However, writing is easier for me now, than when I started. I realize that there are many of you who want to write that first novel, so let me lend my acquired experience to make your journey easier.

I have 10 steps that I realized I have used to complete my book.  This is the last step I used when I wrote my book

Ok here is step ten: celebrate!

Yep.  Writing is a lonely business.  It is not a group activity.  It is you and the paper or the screen staring back at you.  I know writers that will not even share their work with a person until well after they are finished.  I couldn’t do this.  I had after some scenes and even some chapters read it.  I needed the feedback.  I needed to know if people could see what I saw in my head.  Was I able to translate the pictures and voices of fictional worlds and characters from my mind into the mind of my reader.  Heck I needed that encouragement.

But let’s face it.  When you write it is a struggle sometimes.  It is an uphill battle to add character development, plot twists, seal plot holes, endure writers block.  Then after you have gone through all that.  You look back after x period and by God you are done.  You look at your work after so many pages and you realize that you have created something.  Celebrate that.

I remember when I finished my novel.  It was July 4th 2012.  I sat there looking at my computer screen.  I had reached the point where I could put the words the end on my work.  I knew I was done.  There was a part of me that was ecstatic, another part of me that was sad.  Me and this book had labored under much toil together and our journey and now taken a dramatic turn.  Oh yeah it needed polishing…at lot actually.  But it was done.

So when you get to your word count for the day. Celebrate.  When you complete that chapter.  Celebrate.  When you figure out that plot twist.  Celebrate.  And when you finish and get to the end…celebrate.

You did it.

Reward yourself at every opportunity when you achieve a bit of success.  Use whatever motivation you have to keep going.  Do not give up.  It is worth it.  I have learned so much.  But all my learning has shown how much more I have to go.

Take some time out to sit back, and celebrate.  Ya did good kid.

D

It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday!, Uncategorized on April 30, 2013 at 6:12 am

It’s not often that I get the opportunity to showcase not just a great piece of epic music, but how I’ve personally interpreted the music use in my own work.  The music is from David Edwards The Age Of Man (Fringe Element Trailer Series Epic Choral Action).

It’s a powerful sweeping piece that starts off in a brooding somber tone then quickly ramps up the tempo until there’s nothing left but a pounding crescendo that marches over and over.  Only to end in shrill high pitched choral ‘screams’.

In launching my Kickstarter campaign I used this music to create the self made trailer for my novel, The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars.  When you view the trailer you feel the launch away from the planet as you journey to the realm where God and the angels live.  The Third Heaven.  I don’t think a more beautiful and powerful  piece of music could better create the feel that I was trying to convey here.

What do you think do you agree?

Are there any pieces of music that inspire you?  Particularly to write?

P.S.   The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars needs your support on KickStarter! With only 29 days left, can you help me succeed??? Would you help spread the word? Help back me if you have a little extra cash laying around!  

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1744195552/the-third-heaven-the-rise-of-fallen-stars

D

How I write my novels a 10 step beginners guide. Step 9: Get some beta readers!

In How to begin your novel in 10 steps, On writing on April 30, 2013 at 5:35 am

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Writing a novel can be a daunting task. I know because it’s taken me 7 years to complete my first one.  However, writing is easier for me now, than when I started. I realize that there are many of you who want to write that first novel, so let me lend my acquired experience to make your journey easier.

I have 10 steps that I realized I have used to complete my book.  During the next 10 weeks I’m going to provide you with the actual and specific tools that have used.  I am going to put them up on this blog for you to see, and I am going to give them away to you for free!  Yes, free because I want you to be successful! I know that they will work for you  some of you are more computer literate than others, so my tools are going to help you no matter what level of proficiency you have in software or hardware.  All you need is a desire to learn, and a willingness to implement the steps.

Ok here is step nine: get some beta readers.

A beta reader (or betareader, or beta) is a person who reads a work of fiction with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the public.

Another way to think of a beta reader is as a product development tester.  Essentially, you have someone who represents a sample demographic of the market for your book to gauge consumer reaction.

I like the idea personally of a beta reader being more than someone who checks for grammar, spelling and the like.  But thinking of this person(s) as representative of your selling demographic will really tell you if your writing is connecting with your audience, and what you might need to do to improve.

Where can you find beta readers?

Well there are various areas that you can look.  A few of the best I’ll just list out and link for you.

  1. Family/Friends
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Good Reads         http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/50920-beta-reader-group
  4. absolutewrite.com             http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=30

What are the basic steps?

  1. Send out your manuscript.
  2. Get back the replies.
  3. Go through the replies, and thank each person by email phone or a mailed note.
  4. Follow up and see if they are willing to look at further work
  5. Determine if their input warrants changes to your draft.

Things to watch out for

People who don’t respond!  Yep you might have some that say will do it, you provide them with the information but they simply don’t follow up, or through for whatever reason.  This is why you want more than just a couple of readers.

Secondly be very clear on what you’re looking for from a reader.  Having a reader tell you the story was good.  Or it was awful wont help you become a better writer.  What was awful?  Why?  The more you can help focus your reader on monitoring how they are interfacing with your work the better off you will be.

Thirdly, you have to decide how much of your work you want to give out.  Will it be a couple of pages?  A scene of work?  A chapter?  The whole novel?

My recommendation is that you give out based on do you trust the person to not ‘steal your work, and are they providing feedback?

Register with the copyright office. The best way to protect yourself legally from any copying is by registering your material with the US copyright office (www.copyright.gov). While each and every material produced by you is automatically copyrighted upon publishing, registering with the Copyright office will give you more extensive legal rights. In the event that someone publishes material that is exactly the same or similar to yours, having a formal copyright will make it easier for you to prove first instance, which means that you are the first author of the work.

Send any correspondence via email. The email provides documentation that you are the source of the material.

Typical Beta reader questions

Interest:  Does the story hold your attention

Were you ever bored during the story?

Was your mind ever wandering?

Can you tell me in the story where it happened?  Where do you remember losing interest?

World creation: is more detail needed?

Was there ever an occasion during the story where it seemed not “believable”?

Was there a point where you said, “Oh come on!” or where they any “logical fallacies” which you noticed?

Exposition: How was it handled?

Where in the story were you confused?

Was there anything you had to read twice?

Are there characters you found you didn’t care about?

Did you like the character(s)?

Did you hate the character(s)?

Did you keep forgetting who the characters were?

Was there any plot questions left unresolved for you?

Tension: Are the plot lines resolved?

What do you think will happen next?

What are you still wondering about?

Remember  the reader is reporting on their experience of what they are reading…their opinions are not wrong.  They are helping you to acquire great clues on how a reader is interfacing with your writing.

Again always make sure you tell your readers thank you!

D

It’s resource Monday but on a Thursday! Duotrope

In Its resource Monday!, Uncategorized on April 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I would like to present…drum roll please… https://duotrope.com/index.aspx

Let us give them a hand shall we!

Duotrope is a subscription-based service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points we’ve gathered on the publishers we list.

You need help in finding which publisher or agent might be best to solicit too.  Look no farther.  Per their site, “We offer a robust search feature to help you find the perfect match for your piece from thousands of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets.”

What more could you ask for!  For 5 bucks a month, you get a wealth of information available to you.  Hard to beat that, and you start off with a 7 day free trial.

Thank me later!

 

D