It has been a long past several months. Back in August I started contacting authors and asked the to write a story for kitten and Puppy Dog Tails Tales. I set the deadline for October 31, 2019 for all submissions to be included. Countless authors sent in their stories and I had a difficult time choosing which 100 Jerjoboch Publications would include in this first collaborative work. Learn morn about the 100 day Challenge by clicking here.
It has been a long past several months. Back in August I started contacting authors and asked the to write a story for kitten and Puppy Dog Tails Tales. I set the deadline for October 31, 2019 for all submissions to be included. Countless authors sent in their stories and I had a difficult time choosing which 100 stories that Jerjoboch Publications would include in this first collaborative work.
Throughout November and December, several others and I painstakingly worked on editing, book cover design, and formatting. A few days ago, we had our book ready. Now it's. . .
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Tell a Story, Any Story
One of my favorite teachers in school was our POD teacher—Mr. Schwab. I did because he used to tell us stories about his military experience during WWII. He had been a prisoner of war in Italy and had escaped and spent a night in a haystack on an Italian farm as he made his way back to Allied lines.
We have several ways that we can hook a reader into our stories. You could write a quote from someone you know or from a famous person. You could write a joke or a riddle or pose a question. You could set a scene. You could use an interesting fact or definition. My favorite way is to tell a story.
Click here to learn more about using storytelling in nonfiction
When I started writing this blog at the beginning of the year, I also started writing my nonfiction book Beyond the First Draft—Editing Your Novel. I first decided that I was going to write a book and the blog about editing a novel. I knew that the book would include everything from the time I finished the first draft on to the finished product.
I refined the topic down from editing any type of book down to refining a novel. I decided that with the material that I would use, I could edit any type of novel, not just historical fiction like I write. Click to Read More
At the beginning of this year, I started writing these blog posts about book editing. My plan was and still is to take much of the content of this blog and turn it into a book called: Beyond the First Draft, The Editing Process.
Much of the information that I have written during the past year is going to be in this new book. I have added other information as well. Click here to read more
Many authors are now hybrids, using both traditional and indie forms of publishing for different projects. Here is a comparison between traditional publishing and Independent publishing. Click here for details
Now that your story is ready to put out there, if you are still planning to try to get your book into a traditional publishing company, the only way you are going to get your book in front of one is through your query letter or book proposal.
What is the Difference Between a Query Letter and a Book Proposal?
A query letter is a request for a publisher to read your proposal for reading your fiction book and a book proposal is a proposal for reading your nonfiction book. A query letter is usually written after a fiction book is written and a book proposal is often written before the book is written. Click here to learn more about how to write a query letter.
One of the biggest roadblock new writers face, especially if they are writing about something personal and important to them, is the fear of writing their own book biography or bio. Putting yourself on paper, and exposing your story to the world, can certainly be intimidating because it takes a lot of courage to bring your experiences and narrative to a broad audience.
Don’t worry. Every writer goes through this, and you can too! Just keep the following in mind when these apprehensions arise, so you can continue to move forward, and add your own unique voice to the literary world. Click here for more advice about writing your bio
The Difference Between a Query Letter and a Book Proposal
A query letter is a request for a publisher to read your proposal for reading your fiction book and a book proposal is a proposal for reading your nonfiction book. A query letter is usually written after a fiction book is written and a book proposal is often written before the book is written. Since you have written a book of fiction, if you are going the traditional publishing route, you will be writing a query letter.
Of course, you no longer have to go the traditional publishing route. Many people are self-publishing or going through small press publishers or even doing what is called hybrid publishing which is a cross between traditional publishing or self-publishing. This post, however, is about how to contact a publisher or agent. Click here to learn how to contact a publisher or an agent.
Where to find a Good Editor
Some of us are lucky in that we know people who make good editors for your work. However, not everyone is that lucky, but there is a solution if you’re willing to look around for the right person for your editing job. Hundreds of websites exist where you can find literally thousands of editors. Some of the top sites include: Click Here to see these top sites and more!
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