Saturday, May 30, 2015

Coming Soon! Secrets from Another World

Coming soon from Write More Publications...


Secrets from Another World


by J.G. Martinez

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"Macy Rhodes is an ordinary young woman trying to make ends meet as a waitress at a truck stop café until a good looking guy with amazing green eyes catches her attention. As events unfold and Macy rescues him, she gets a shock of a lifetime; they have met before. As Macy's past unveils, she must face that her life is far from what she had thought it to be … ordinary.
Soon, she finds herself on the run with this hot man that she doesn't even know. Does this place he is taking her to really exist, or is he crazy? Follow Macy as she is thrust into a world that she never new exists as she learns the secrets of her past that are out of this world."

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Her first novel, 'Destined Oracle' is already available from the following sites:

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Friday, May 29, 2015

We Need You...To Write Reviews

This post is written by Elaine White and all opinions are her own.
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I recently read a lot of blog posts and articles about reviews and how important they are. There’s a lot of hype about self-publishing at the moment and the sad part is, that indie publishers and self-publishers are less likely to get posted reviews online whether people like their books or not. Why?
I buy a lot of books on Amazon, for my Kindle. I like the obscure, hard to find books and love to support unknown, independent authors and companies. But for some reason, though people can buy their books for a relatively cheap price, or even sometimes for free, these are the books less likely to have a review written about them. There is no real reason why. If you can buy the book from Amazon, then you have an account and are able to leave a review. There are so many places you can leave your review:
Goodreads – recommend it, mark it as read or TBR, rate it, post about it in a group
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Your blog – write a review, advertise the book, or just link it within a blog post
Smashwords
Twitter – tweet about it, link it, suggest it
Facebook – mention it, like the book page, like the author page, review it, put it in a note
Or just talk about it – tell someone you know about it and they might tell someone else.

Basically, if you can buy a book online, there will be a place to leave a review. And it doesn’t need to be long or well thought out, it doesn’t have to be detailed or give a play by play account of the book. You don’t even have to like the book to leave a review, or hate it. It can be a book that didn’t particularly leave an impact with you. But everything helps, even the smallest review. How will people know whether to buy or read the book you’ve read, unless they have an idea of whether or not it’s well written or interesting? Some people rely entirely on reviews when they’re trying to decide whether to buy or read a book. You can help.
A few lines, a few words about what you liked, what you didn’t, what you think is new or different or the same as another book you read. Is it like Harry Potter? Is this a good thing? Is the author advertising the book as a mystery, only for you to feel it’s more of a paranormal story? This can all help potential readers or buyers. Sometimes even I find it difficult to put what I feel into words. I’ve left reviews on books I’ve loved, but been left speechless about, that basically say –
“I loved it. I cried, and I can’t wait for the next one.” or something like “Loved it, thought it was original and captivating.” The smallest mention counts.

The worst part, is when you don’t know what people think. I’ve read reviews on books I’ve read or plan to read that leave me wondering what that reviewer actually thought. It could be about two pages long and my impression afterwards is confusion. Did they like it? Did they hate it? Or is their two page review a barrage of personal opinion about the author and all the mistakes they noticed or characters/lines they hated. The most important part of a review is what YOU thought, if you would read it again and if you would recommend it to others. You don’t have to be a critic or a teacher or a linguist to get it right. You just have to be honest. Good or bad.
I’ve read some books that are riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes, but the overall story is fantastic. I’ve read some that have perfect spelling and grammar and there are major plot gaps or characters that you can’t identify with. I’ve read books with lead characters I’ve hated and others that I’ve fallen in love with. These books stay with you. Even if you hate the book, but can remember the characters, that’s something to talk about in your review. If you can remember the book, no matter whether you liked it or not, then it left its impact and that impact can help others decide if the book is for them.
Recently, there was a book in the media being raved about. It’s a genre I write as well and I was intrigued to see how different our stories were, so I added the book to my TBR list. However, when I read multiple reviews of this book, I discovered that there was a topic covered in it that meant I wouldn’t want to read it. It took a delicate topic and covered it in a way that I would find insulting. Some of the reviewers weren’t bothered by it, some were unhappy with how it was covered, others thought it was well done. Everyone is different. Me? I was pleased that I hadn’t bought or read the book. I don’t believe in putting a topic in your book that readers could find insulting/personally upsetting or degrading without at least warning them beforehand. This is where reviews come in.
Reviews are also important for sales. Let’s not lie…reviews can sell a book or stall sales. There’s a big thing in the news just now about a group of fans stalling the sales of a book on Amazon by flooding it with one star and bad reviews. No reviews are just as troublesome as bad reviews sometimes. A lull in reviews is the exact same. If you go to read reviews of a book you’re interested in and see that no-one has reviewed or rated it in years, then you begin to wonder why. A lot of people presume that it’s because the book isn’t worth reading. Most of the time, it’s because people are buying and reading the book without leaving reviews.
Reviews inform potential readers and buyers of what they might like or hate about the book. Don’t think that if you leave a negative review the writer will sit there and sob their heart out about it. It’s difficult and it’s never really nice. But negative reviews happen to everyone at some point. Everyone can’t like the same thing. People are different and like different things. Don’t think you’re being kind by not leaving a review. Don’t think that just because the book was a ‘Meh’ rather than a ‘Wow’ means that your review isn’t necessary. Every word counts. Every review matters. And everyone has an opinion.
Please…the next time you read a book, tell someone if you like it or don’t like it. For every person you tell, that might be another three that find out about it, and hear what you liked or didn’t like about it. Every review you post on Goodreads will be seen by everyone on your friends list…everyone who has marked that book as ‘read’ or ‘TBR’ or who visits that book’s page. On Twitter, everyone who follows you has the potential to see your review. Even if it’s a simple “I gave 4/5 stars to this book”. For every follower you have on Twitter, each one of them might favourite or retweet your review to all of their followers. Mention it on Facebook and all your friends, and their friends, have the potential to see and read your review.
No matter where you go to post your review, or how many followers, friends or fans you have on that site, even if it’s zero, at least three people will see your review at some point. That is three people who have the potential to tweet, like, post, or link your review elsewhere. It’s a never ending cycle. All it takes is one review that barely needs more than five minutes to write. Like or hate, indifference or infatuation. It doesn’t matter. Please leave a review of any or all books you read from now on. From a writer to a reader, or a writer to another writer, remember how important your review can be.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coming Soon! An Unpredictable Life

Coming soon from Write More Publications...


An Unpredictable Life
a memoir of teen cancer

from Elaine White

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I was diagnosed with Cancer a week before my 16th Birthday. I had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and had to undergo Chemotherapy and a Stem Cell transplant, back in 2003. My whole life changed. I wrote this book when I was 17, when all my treatment was over, to catalogue everything I had learned and experienced. I had no information about Cancer during my treatment; it was all aimed at adults and I was a teenager who didn't understand most of what happened. So I wrote this book. I was a teenager when I wrote, when I had Cancer and I wanted this to be an information, honest account of what it was really like to have Cancer and go through the treatment....from a teenager's perspective.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How Much Is Too Much?

This article is by Elaine White. All opinions are her own.
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Back in the day, when I was writing, I would put in the bare minimum to get the story out of my head. So, I’d have all the notes and know where the story was going, but when it came to writing, less was more. I put more emphasis on how characters looked, if they were popular, how they dressed and interacted than others, than I did on their real personality and useful descriptions. So places were just a nam, and an event was just a few words. There were no long paragraphs, no descriptions of buildings, areas, events etc. There was more speech and just a few lines in between about anything that was going on. Less of a thought process behind the characters as well. If they thought something, they said it.
Nowadays, I write differently. My styles have probably always been influenced by what I’m reading and how those books are written. Before, it was simple book, that didn’t take too long to read. I was a teenager after all, what did I care about deep backgrounds and the history of places or people? Growing up, my reading styles changed and so did my writing style.
Now, I describe everything in detail in the first draft. I care less about how people look, unless it’s important or relevant at the time, and more about how the characters feel and experience and think and move. So if I’m focusing on someone’s head for any reason, I’ll mention the hair colour etc, if I’ve got folk exchanging eye contact, colour can be mentioned. But I no longer introduce each character as - a five foot ten hottie with green eyes and full lips, a rip in his jeans, a clean white t-shirt and a baseball cap. Who cares, right? So now that hottie would get a quick description of something along the lines of - gorgeous hottie with height enough to match her own, green eyes that shot right through her. And his dress sense said casual, not fussy but not lazy either. Etc etc etc.
I also really love history or background. If I’ve got two characters that hate each other, I want people to know why. It can’t just be for no reason. Even when it’s hate at first sight, like in my story Addicted to You, there is a reason behind it, even though they’ve never met before. When people have hated each other for centuries, like in Runaway Girl, there is a reason. I hate when books don’t give me a history, or they keep it back until like book 3 and then you’re left wondering that whole time what the tension is about. There is a way to create tension, suspense etc and not leave your readers hanging for books on end. I love a good series and I love a good conflict in stories, but don’t leave us hanging.
I don’t want you to give the goods up front either. What is the point in a story about hate and revenge and conflict between two people, if you have their entire history explained in the first chapter, needlessly, and the conflict resolved by chapter 3? That’s not what I’m saying, but this is where I start wondering how much is too much?
I was asked for advice on writing, how to turn a story into a book etc the other day and so I answered giving my own ideas, and tricks I use -
  • To create tension - give a little at a time. Less is more. Hint at the final result, but make sure there’s enough mystery and chance of alternate endings to keep the reader hooked.
  • Giving background - start off slow. Only put it in where it’s relevant. For example, I explain Damian’s past with Amelia through other characters. So at first, it’s Lucius thinking about it, then Kurt asks about it, then Matthew tells Kasey about it. It trickles into the story a little at a time, so that you never quite know what happened, but you sure want to find out.
  • Characters - never have a character that everyone loves! It’s so boring because that character can’t go anywhere in your book, if everyone loves them. There has to be one person, anyone, who doesn’t like them for some reason. It might be nice to have a goody-two-shoes, but it doesn’t help the story, unless you can turn it around somewhere.
  • General advice - don’t put all your eggs in one basket! If you conclude your first book so well that everyone thinks the story is over, then your series is screwed. If you stop your story mid-action then you’re even more screwed. Readers will not be happy. I still remember going to see Pirates 2 and having it end on this dramatic climax. And I thought - what the heck?! They’re stopping it there? After two hours? It ruins the greatness of what comes before.
    I read the Caster Chronicles recently and I loved it, for the most part.

HERE BE SPOILERS TO THE CASTER CHRONICLES !!!!

This is what I thought was wrong with it. It gave too much too soon. By the time you got to Book 4, you knew the pattern. Person 1 dies, Person 2 tries to bring them back, they have to pay a price so that means when Person 1 comes back from the dead, Person 2 suffers because suddenly Person 3 has died in their place. That was how it went, in every single book. I never got annoyed or bored with it until Book 4. I saw it was a pattern, I appreciated that it was a lesson that no-one was learning, but by Book 4, when everyone should have known better, they didn’t. And that just makes them stupid!
In the Caster Chronicles, you knew the system and it was predictable. Books 1-2 made me cry, book 2.5 was fun and intriguing, Book 3 broke my heart…Book 4 - predictable, boring and it upset me that I didn’t enjoy it. I wanted to like it, I enjoyed most of it, but the predictability of it all ruined it.
This was an instant where it was better to STEP OUT OF THE BOX, than to keep to the same plot running through each book. At least through books 1-3 there was a surprise about who and when and how, not in Book 4. I think I would have enjoyed it better, had it not been entirely obvious.
So what is too much and what is not enough?
I guess that’s up to the individual reader. Everyone’s different, right? For me, I like a little bit at a time, not too much, not too little, and not placed randomly into the story. I want things where they make sense, so no reckless, needless history lessons, or background explanations for no reason. No interrupting the flow with masses of information, or slowing down an action scene with flashbacks, only to resume action afterwards. I like my flow.
The lesson for today - don't mess with the flow! You will always know, as a writer, when it's too much, if the story doesn't flow.  And if it doesn't flow because there is not enough, you can always add.  Just remember - you can always add, it's harder to subtract in a story.  Especially if you put in a character that ends up useless or boring, or irrelevant to the story, but you've mentioned them everywhere.  Think how tedious it's going to be to remove every mention of that character, when if you miss them out and find you need them, it's so much easier to write them into the story.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vampires

This article is a reblog from Elaine White's blog. All opinions are her own.
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When people find out I’ve written a book about vampires, everyone asks if my stories are like Twilight. It gets me a little irritated because not only is the answer ‘no, my vampires don’t sparkle’, but there are so many other vampire stories/movies and shows that came before Twilight, that no-one takes into consideration.
Buffy, Angel, Underworld, Vampire Diaries, Blade, True Blood, the Carpathians, Anita Blake, Interview with a Vampire, Dracula. There are so many more.
To be honest, I never knew Twilight existed until the first film came out. The same for Vampire Diaries. I love both the Twilight films and the Vampire Diaries series, but didn't enjoy the books of either series. Both were a DNF for me. I have never watched or read the Sookie Stackhouse series, Interview with a Vampire or the others, in any form. I read Dracula and didn't really enjoy it.
When I was a teenager, the only vampires that existed belonged to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So when I grew up, they were the only books I read on vampires.
Since then, I’ve written multiple stories about vampires, werewolves and witches, but they have nothing to do with the modern day take on vampires. Mine are Buffy, old school. I have certain characters in my series who vaguely resemble those from some of the popular shows but it was never from exposure to them. I have characters like Jasper and Carlisle from Twilight, Angel and Spike from Buffy and Damon and Klaus from Vampire Diaries.
However, my series is not about blood suckers, preying on humans. My stories focus more on the Underworld view; seeing vampires in their natural environment and watching how they interact with other supernatural creatures. If there is biting in my vampire stories, it is more of an unpleasant experience than the main focus. Although it mentions the darker aspects of their community, with humans as play toys and sex things, they are never explored, but considered deplorable. My stories are definitely not of an Anita Blake angle.
Although I want readers from teenage years upwards to be able to read my books, this is not the reason they do not fall into the Anita Blake category. First and foremost, the stories are vampire chronicles, second romances, third action. And when I say romance, I mean of the loved up, Christmas movie, Valentine’s day, red roses kind. A romantic, quiet, understated seduction type of romance, rather than the brash, sexed up, erotica style that seems to be clogging the vampire genre lately.
This doesn’t mean that the brash, obvious style isn’t worth reading, or lowers the tone of the genre, because it doesn’t. It is simply that I wanted my stories to be something different. Something new that showed the darker, lighter and more serious side of the genre. It will be, in no way, for everyone. Some will love it, some will hate it and some might not know what to think about it.
All I ask is that if you read the Secrets of Avelina Chronicles and you’re undecided, don’t like it, or find it weak…wait…read the second book and then make up your mind. I always find the first book more difficult because you have to introduce every character from scratch. Once you get to the following books, there’s more room for the story and exploring characters, rather than introducing a whole host of new people.
So read it, enjoy it, hate it, or pass…the beautiful thing about books is that everyone is different and a dozen people can have a dozen different views of the same book. Either way, I’d love it if you wrote a review – good or bad. Honesty is the most important thing for a review; not writing something nice because you like the author but don’t want to disappoint them with a bad review, or writing a bad review of a book you enjoyed because you hate the author. Book reviews shouldn’t be personal to the author, but to the book. If you love it, gush as much as you want. If you hate it, tell me why and I won’t take it personally. No book can be loved by everyone. And that’s a good thing.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Extract - Hunting the Moon

Going back into our archives, I've picked 'Hunting the Moon', a novel by Becca Boucher. 'Hunting the Moon' is part one in the Moon Series, but you can also read an exclusive short story, relating to these characters in the anthology 'Novel Hearts'.

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"A year after the murder of her husband, Lilly Lawson is still plagued by nightmares that have pushed her back into her adolescent habit of cutting. Even worse, she starts to see and communicate with her husband’s ghost. When she goes to the sentencing for the man convicted of the crime, she finds herself captivated by the killer's brother. 

Daemon Kelly has returned to their small town after a long absence to care for his elderly mother. He also has to face the whispers regarding his brother's crime and his own alcoholism. When he comes face to face with the widow of the man his brother killed, he feels an intense need to protect her, but from what, he doesn't know. 

When the two fall in love it is anything but easy. Aaron Lawson is intent on coming back and claiming what is his. And the closer Lily and Daemon get to Aaron's ghost, the more they unravel the truth about why he died in the first place. Piecing together bits of ancient Celtic lore, can they find a way to help Aaron's soul find rest?"

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Author Resources: Repeat Words

Yesterday, we talked about this briefly, in How to: Submit to a Publisher. One of the most vital parts of editing is to make sure you keep it simple and get to the point. So here's a list to help you do that.

When you're editing, there are a million words that we tend to write, that are not needed in a novel. Some are obscure words that we generally use in speech, but which don't belong in writing, but others are purely superfluous junk that can and should be cut out, to make your writing cleaner - and help you stay under a certain word count. (Looks to self - I'm notorious for being over word count)
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Here's a list of words and phrases that I've found it useful to cut out or change. I'm not saying to never use them, but to use them wisely. Some are only suitable when using a historical speech pattern (as my recent WIP requires):
☆ just
☆ stuff
☆ got
☆ again
☆ before
☆ nearly
☆ even
☆ thing/s
☆ went
☆ very
☆ used to
☆ have got
☆ almost
☆ quite
☆ pretty much
☆ do not/will not/has not
☆ on account of
☆ changing can't/don't/won't/I'm/I'll/he'll/he's to cannot, do not, will not, would never, I am, he will, he is -> for a historical text
☆ as if
☆ plus
☆ kind of/sort of
☆ each and every
☆ as to whether
☆ most words ending in 'lly' unless necessary (thankfully, faithfully, actually, really, casually, basically, totally, essentially)
☆ a little
☆ and also
☆ also
☆ not sure -> unsure, uncertain, not convinced
☆ whatever it was -> whichever
☆ going to have to -> must
☆ not either -> neither
☆ instead of
☆ however
☆ ironically
☆ incidentally
☆ more over
☆ descriptive words that tend to be over used (smile/d, tease/d, chuckle/d, frown/ed, light/ly, tender/ly, gentle, gently, soft/ly, sweet/ly, figure/ed, glance/d, quiet/ly, shrug/ged, stare/d, look/ed, gaze/d)
☆ words in place of said that can be over used (sigh/ed, laugh/ed, guess/ed, agree/d, wonder/ed, admit/ted, explain/ed, ask/ed, realise/d, groan/ed, complained, disapproved, insisted, promised, confessed)
☆ fine
☆ okay
☆ mostly
☆ husband/wife (especially in a same-sex relationship story)
☆ bloody
☆ lover
☆ stunning/beautiful/gorgeous/pretty/attractive/sexy
☆ companion
☆ good
☆ great
☆ boyfriend/girlfriend (also important in a same sex relationship story)
☆ too many he's or she's -> it gets confusing, when trying to figure out which characters are speaking/thinking
☆ close to
☆ appears/seems
☆ nearly
☆ somewhat/somehow
☆ ly words - suddenly/finally/eventually
☆ which is/that has
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

How to: Submit to a Publisher

Have a great story? Want to get it published? Look no further! We can tell you how.

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What is YA? YA stands for Young Adult, which is a genre of literature that is aimed towards 15-20 year-olds. No sex (unless off-page), limited swearing and violence, but a great story.

What is NA? NA stands for New Adult, covering college aged kids. So this includes stories aimed at 18-26 year-olds. Again, the sex shouldn't be explicit, but if you're careful, it can be on page. There is also more scope for swearing and violence in a NA story.

Why is this important? Write More Publications publishes YA and NA novels, short stories and anthologies. We do not accept erotica, though we are happy to span many genres, within the YA/NA market: crime, paranormal romance, supernatural, contemporary romance, LGBT romance and more!

If you've got a fantastic novel, short story or even a series that you think deserves to be published, then keep reading. Today, we're going to talk about the general rules of thumb in getting ready to submit to a publishing company. We could help you achieve your dream of becoming a paid author!

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You'll often find that many Indie publishers, like us, don't have hoops for you to jump through, like the Traditional publishers do. We don't ask that you have an agent, a PA or an entire team of helpers at your back. We don't ask for money EVER! and we will pay YOU to give us the chance to put your words on printed paper.

That's the first key thing to remember - if a publisher asks YOU to pay THEM, before getting published, then run for the hills. It's probably a scam.

So...here we go:

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Write Your Book!


Why is this important? Because a lot of publishers will NOT accept a book that isn't finished yet. If you want to put yourself out there as a serious author, you must have your submission completed, before sending it to a publisher. That is key.


Do Your Research


Before you do anything else, you need to look into what comes next. Here are a few things you need to think about and research:

What genre is your book? Is it YA, NA or an 18+ only adult novel?
How long is your book? Word counts of < 50,000 are considered novellas or short stories depending on length, while 90-100,000 is pushing the boat and 100,000 or over is too much. These all depend on what genre you're writing in, so check out this article for tips.
Where are you going to submit to? Different publishers offer different royalty rates, services and advice. They also have different submission requirements. You NEED to check this out, before submitting anywhere! Don't get your story edited to perfection in Times New Roman, 12pt text, with a 1 inch margin, if the publisher you're submitting to wants your work in Ariel, 10pt, with a 3cm margin.
They won't even look at your story, if you don't submit it to their requirements!

This is the most vital part of the submission process. If you don't get this right, then none of the rest of it matters. You may need to save your story in 3 different formats:
1 - Times New Roman, 12pt, 1 inch margin
2 - Ariel, 10pt, 3cm margin
3 - Courier New, 11pt, 1.5 inch margin


Edit Your Baby.


Now, many authors well tell you that editing is the bane of their life. I agree. But, if you do it right, you can turn your book into a masterpiece. Key things to remember: remove all unnecessary words, keep it simply, show don't tell and do your research.

The one most important thing is about editing, is that you have to edit more than once! You can't just skim through it, to check for spelling errors, or a spell check on your laptop. You MUST read the entire book, as if you don't know the story. Look for plot holes, spelling/grammar errors and any instances where things aren't as they should be. Example: your MC's eyes are blue, but you state three times that they have 'emerald' eyes. Or your MC is called Michael three times, but called Mikhail six times. You need to choose between the two and stick with it.

It's a guarantee that once you've edited it once, you'll have changed something. Maybe lots of things. Now you have to go back and edit it again, to make sure that your changes make sense and are spelled correctly. DON'T trust your computer to point these things out to you. They are smart and can do a lot of things, but they will not spot all of your mistakes. If you've mistyped 'smelled' and it says 'selled' then it will tell you it's wrong. But if you accidentally type 'humbled' instead of 'humble' or 'think' instead of 'thing', then it won't always notice. YOU are the only person responsible for your work and you need to accept that early on.


Ask for an Impartial Opinion


No one will see your mistakes as clearly as a reader, so if you need more help, before submitting, because something is bugging you and you know something isn't right, but you can't find it, don't worry. You can always ask a friend, relative or even a trusted friend online to help you.

You can easily convert Word, doc or OpenOffice documents these days, into .pdfs or use Calibre to turn it into a Kindle book. You can send this to friends, to read over and make notes on. Or, maybe you just want to do this for yourself, to get a different view of it. Go ahead! Everything looks different in Kindle format - trust me.


Write a Synopsis


Right, now you're ready to think about submitting. The first thing you want to do is write a synopsis: a brief outline of your plot.
DO NOT be afraid to give away spoilers. If you have a massive twist in Chapter 7 or 10, the person you're submitting to needs to know about that. Why? Because most stories that end up in the slush pile (the death of all manuscripts that don't quite make it) are put there during the first 2-3 chapters. If you don't grab the reader right away, they're not going to make it to your big plot twist.

BUT, if you include this warning in your synopsis, as only the person you're submitting to will read it, then they might push through, to find out more about this twist. I can't tell you how many stories I've read that are flat for the first 5-10 chapters, but really pick up after that. Most of the time, that stuff can be edited out, to make your story more exciting and cohesive. But the publisher won't know that, if they don't know to look out for it.

Your synopsis should be to the point and detail all the main characters,t heir role in the story and how the story progresses. Example:

(This is the plot to one of my Works in Progress)

"A young girl, Veronica, is sent back to earth after dying at a young age. She is guarded with the task of looking after a certain number of charges, whose lives she must get back on track. Each charge is introduced with a background as to their problem and how Veronica is going to insert herself into their lives in order to help them.
Her biggest challenge, is college boy Ryan, who she has fallen in love with while in Heaven, watching over him. After a bad break up, he is disillusioned and tries to protect himself by being mean to everyone. Veronica must look after all her charges, settle into college life and fight Ryan's disillusionment with love.
Veronica learns to see past the façade and see the real man inside of Ryan. While Ryan realises that you can only protect your heart for so long, before you face losing what you've always wanted. Through trials of patience and love, Veronica find their way to each other, ending in a heartbreaking separation. Ryan realises that he can't and won't live without Veronica, after she is returned to Heaven, to look over her charges from afar. When he tries to kill himself, with alcohol and pills, Veronica returns to save him."

This is a shortened version of a synopsis, which should be around a page or so long, but I think you get the idea. Some places will ask for a 3-page synopsis, some will ask for only a paragraph. This is NOT your blurb. This will not go on the back of your book, on Amazon or Goodreads, so tell them everything you want them to know.


Build Your Brand


If you want to be an author, you have to have a presence online. This can be on Twitter, Facebook, Google+1, LinkedIn, Wattpad, your blog or many more sites. There are hundreds of choices and it's up to you to choose what yours will be.

Once you've decided, start building from the ground up. Create good content, gather interest, show your work off, choose your 'brand', or theme, and work with it. If you're a crime writer, then post crime stats, funny crime scene photos or crime related items on your feed. Share other authors in your genre.

Sharing is caring. Don't forget that. If you share another author in your genre, or review their book for your blog, they may see it and thank you. You can build a relationship with them, ask for advice and tips, or ask them to read your work, before submitting.

Everything you do online is about building a brand for yourself and your books. This is vital in being an author - if you want to be successful, you have to learn how to sell yourself and your work. But don't overdo it. There's a limit between selling yourself and spamming others. You want to give as much as you take and pay it back. A good way to do this is to read and review others in your genre, impartially - NEVER slam an author in your genre, just because they're competition. You could do giveaways of jewellery, bookmarks, business cards - anything you can buy that will relate to you and your books.

One of my things is rugby. I'm Scottish and I love rugby, so I use them both. I make my swag personal to me and my stories. Find your thing; use it and build on it. I don't have the Scottish flag everywhere, but I carefully choose small items that I can giveaway, that mean something to me and my heritage. You can do the same.

I know, this seems stupid. You don't have a book out yet, but you're giving away things you've spent hard earned money on. Well, that old saying is true - you need to spend money to make money. And trust me, once you start giving, you'll reap the benefits.

Post some story extracts, make some posters about your book and share them with your audience. By the time your book comes out, you'll have done 50% of the hard work, by building up fans and readers interested in your work. But don't start too early. You don't want to promise that a book is Coming Soon, if it's not ready to come out until 2 years later.


Be Prepared and Be Smart


You can absolutely submit to more than one publisher, but I don't recommend doing it all at once. There are a lot of publishers, especially in the Traditional world, that don't like having to fight other companies for you. And this could happen. If you send out 12 e-mails to 12 different publishing companies, then receive 3 acceptance replies, you need to choose between them and you should warn the publishers that you've had other offers and need time to consider your options. Some of them may not like this.

My advice is to send 1 e-mail at a time. It can take anything from 6-weeks to 3 months to hear back from them, but in that time, you can work on perfecting your story or working on a sequel.

Also, NEVER send a mass e-mail. Publishers do not want to open your e-mail and see that you've sent it to six other, competitive, companies. Yes, it will save you time, but it's unprofessional and more than one of those publishers may simply close your e-mail without looking at a single word.

Be smart. Not quick.

You should have an e-mail typed out, somewhere in a word doc. Most publishers want the following things, but remember to check their submission guidelines, to make sure:

Introduction - who you are, what credits you have, if you've self pubbed or published elsewhere, be personal but profession. They don't care what ice cream you love, unless it's a gimmick that relates to your brand and books.
Social Media - they want links, to check and make sure you already have a presence online
Synopsis - something to let them know what they're looking out for, what they're buying into. Don't say it's a paranormal romance, if every character is human with no magical/supernatural powers.

If you have quotes from reviews, for example, if you've published your story on Wattpad or another site for free, then by all means, add in a few, but don't overdo it. They want to see that you have a following already, not that you're bragging to them.


Waiting...


Waiting for a reply to your submission is awful! It can drive you crazy. But, it's necessary. Keep a log of when to expect an answer, based on that publisher's submission guidelines. They will all give you an idea of when they'll get back to you - 1 month, 3 months, or a few weeks. Mark it down and wait patiently.

When you get your reply, or that allotted time has run over and there's no reply, move on. This is when you can start sending to other publishers - again, one at a time.

It took me 10 years to find a publisher, because I didn't know half of this. I've learned how to do things right, as I've gone along. This is your cheat-sheet. This is your head-start. Use it!


Acceptance and Beyond


Once you've had that 'Yes', the real work begins.

You will, realistically, edit your book again, around 10-20 times, between being accepted and releasing it. Unless you've already done that, before submitting. No book is ever perfect. Ask any author out there and I'm betting they'd tell you that there's at least one thing they'd change about a book that already on your book shelf.

Now is the time that you start looking for cover images, start chopping down your synopsis into a blurb for the back of your book. You remove the spoilers and add in questions, curiosity, mystery.

This is where the fun, the blood, sweat and tears begin...

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This post was written by Elaine White ~ an Internationally Bestselling author, signed to Write More Publications.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Coming Soon! The Alpha and the Oracle

Coming soon from Write More Publications...


The Alpha and the Oracle
The Belesone Pack ~ Book 1

from Elaine White

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The Alpha of the Belesone Pack, Milo, is stunned to find that the Elders have chosen a mate for him. At nearly twenty years of age, he should have been mated by now, but although he can sense her, she proves elusive. To discover that the Elders have chosen a mate that is not his true mate, the one he is destined to be with, is bad enough. When he discovers that they have chosen Katarina Torlov, the runt of the pack, as his bride, it’s beyond a joke, but Milo soon discovers that Katarina is much more than she seems.

Out May 31st, 2015.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Exclusive: New Book Trailers

Want to see our new book trailers? These are exclusive! Just made and only currently available on YouTube (of course!). Have a peek at what we've already published:


Novel Hearts



Write More Publications Valentine's Day anthology, featuring these authors: Rebecca Boucher, Molly Bryant, Stephanie Greenhalgh, Theresa Oliver, Jennifer Paquette, Amber White, Elaine White and J.S. Wilsoncroft. 

Authors tell stories every day. Oftentimes, our characters come alive, taking on personas of their own. Our characters live not only on the pages of our books, but within the pages of our hearts, as well. We decided that we wanted to create stories to share the characters of our books with our readers, as we just couldn’t let them go. All of the books within which these characters reside are published by or coming soon from Write More Publications, unless otherwise stated. The stories that you will read within these pages are from many genres—fantasy, paranormal, romance and horror—creating a Valentine’s Day anthology that steps out of the box. We hope you enjoy reading … Novel Hearts.


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Love Bites


Ten fabulous stories of paranormal romance by ten skilled authors, showing us that sometimes … Love Bites. Write More Publications New Adult Paranormal Romance Anthology, featuring these authors: Elaine White, Kim Stevens, Theresa Oliver, Dana Piazzi, Stephanie Parke, Vanessa Hancock, Ashlea Burns, Susan Burdorf, Becca Boucher, and Monica Blanton.