The Benefits of a Writing Partner and Where to Find One

With an array of possible avenues to go down when writing a novel, it can be hard to know where to start. The world of eBooks has made getting published today very different to publishing just a few years ago, so making sure you have something that makes you stand out from the crowd is crucial. One way to help you to stay on track is to have a writing partner.

A writing partner can take several forms. Often they act as a sounding board for you to bounce ideas off, giving you their opinions on which direction you should take. Often this is a reciprocal relationship, with them using you to help them in the same way. This helps both of you to boost your productivity, get new ideas, and dial into what will resonate with your audience.

There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing a writing partner. You should ensure that your writing partner has experience in the genre you are writing in, because this will help them to give you the best advice and feedback possible. Another thing to look for in a writing partner is writing pace; you want to work with someone who can give you as much as you can give them, so if you need feedback every couple of weeks but they are asking for help every other day that relationship is unlikely to be sustainable.

So where can you find a writing partner? Some people turn to friends or family who are also in the writing business for advice, but you should not feel limited to this group of people. The internet has made the world feel smaller in so many ways, and finding a writing partner online has never been easier. Not only can you find them online, but you can also communicate with them online, making geographical distance a non-issue. For the best chance of success, make sure you are clear about what you want from a writing partner in any advertisements you post, for example how often you would want to speak with them, and how much time you predict you will be able to commit to helping your partner.

Writing partners can bring you so many benefits, and most authors say they would be lost without their partner! They can certainly take your writing to next level, and could be the missing piece that unlocks a new realm of possibilities for you as an author.

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What are Beats in Romance Writing?

The construction of a romance novel can seem confusing to a new writer. But thankfully there is a solid framework that most authors use to ensure their writing is pleasing to the reader. This framework is usually known as the “Seven Beats” of romance writing. Just as a play uses the framework of two, or more often three, acts, the seven beats help the writer to create a flowing narrative and to keep the reader engaged. So, if you’re just starting out as a writer, writing for eBooks or more traditional publications, here is a description of what the beats are and how you can use them to improve your writing.

1. The Setup

In this beat, the author describes the nature of the protagonist’s (or the antagonist’s) missing piece. This usually takes the form of a dream they are yet to fulfil, or a thing they wish was in their life that isn’t currently.

2. The Inciting Incident

This beat is a crucial part of the narrative, as it sets the tone for the rest of the story. The inciting incident is the point at which the two romantic leads meet and begin their story as a pair rather than individuals. The manner in which this happens is often amusing or embarrassing to draw the reader in and help them relate to the characters.

3. The Turning Point

Just as everything seems to be unfolding smoothly, the turning point comes along to make the story more exciting for the reader (much to the characters’ disappointment!). The turning point sets the two leads on diverging, sometimes conflicting, paths. Consequently, the priorities of the characters are laid bare as they are forced to choose between each other and what the truly want.

4. The Midpoint

Here, the stakes are raised, and the leads are irreversibly linked through a series of events and is often accompanied by rising romantic tension between the leads.

5. The Swivel (second turning point)

Sometimes known as the second turning point, the swivel pits the couple’s future against the protagonist’s (or antagonist’s) biggest dream. The character has a big decision to make, and it is unclear which direction they will choose, elevating the suspense and drama.

6. The Crisis

The drama comes to a head in this beat, which is also sometimes referred to as the dark moment. Within this beat, any secrets that have been kept from the other lead come to the surface, threatening to jeopardise their whole relationship, and all hopes of personal accomplishment for the protagonist seem to have vanished.

7. Joyful Defeat/Resolution

In this final beat, the protagonist usually prioritises their relationship over any other desires, and the couple reaffirm their relationship, sometimes through a marriage or other bonding event.

As with any writing framework, these beats are offered as a guide, and by no means dictate exactly how you should formulate your writing. However, this structure has been used very successfully for many years, and is a structure that readers are used to and therefore often respond favourably to. Now that this secret has been revealed to you, I hope you will feel more confident about constructing you romantic writing!

What Makes a Book Blurb Great?

Arguably, the blurb of your book contains the most important words you write. These words need to draw in a potential reader, persuading them to buy your book and start reading it. There are some key details you should get right to make sure your blurb achieves its purpose. Here are 5 things you should consider when writing your blurb to make it great!

1. Use a hook

The first sentence of your blurb is vital to spark interest in your potential reader. Find a way to draw them in that uses the content of your book to position it as an essential read.

2. Know your audience

This is so important. You want to pitch the blurb at your intended audience. Use language they will resonate with and respond to. Work out what your readers want from a book – what is it that gives them joy from a book? Once you know this you can pitch your book in your blurb to demonstrate how it will fulfil what they want from a book.

3. Make your blurb fit the rest of the book

It is important to match the tone of your book in your blurb. The blurb essentially gives potential readers an enticing glimpse into what your book is going to be about. Therefore, ensuring the blurb is an accurate portrayal of the book is crucial. If your book is light-hearted, make sure this comes across in the blurb. Likewise, if your book is dark and mysterious, a joke as the first line is probably not the best choice!

4. Introduce your main characters, their challenges, and what is at stake

Readers are looking for characters they can connect with. This means that your characters, and their struggles, will usually sell a reader on your book. Do your characters justice by succinctly summarising the situation they are in. Use the suspense around whether they are going to end the book having succeeded or failed to encourage readers to join them for the journey!

5. Leave them wanting more!

The best way to get a potential reader to buy your book is to intrigue them so they can’t bring themselves to leave it on the shelf! Draw them in to the world you’ve created and make the reader curious about what could be in store. Leave some room for them to imagine where the story might lead, so don’t give too much away!

Most of all, you need to make sure your blurb does your book justice! To do this, spend the time making it as great as you can, it will be worthwhile!

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Inspiration

How to Find Inspiration for Your Writing – 10 Quick Tips

Every writer faces the dreaded “writer’s block” occasionally. But when it hits, how do you move past it? Here are ten quick tips to help inspire your next few sentences, pages, chapter, or even your next book!

1. Think about something completely different

Initially this may sound counter-productive! However, it will help your brain to subconsciously work on whatever problem you are trying to overcome. It may also bring a whole new perspective to your writing.

2. Go people watching

It is often said that life imitates art. But a lot of time, it is the other way around! While opportunities to go people watching have been limited over the past year or so, it can be a great tool for furthering your writing process. Notice how people dress, move, and interact with each other, and see if you can weave some of these aspects into your writing. There are plenty of interesting people out there to help you develop your characters!

3. Read a book you love

Think about what it is that makes you love that book. Is it the way the characters are painted, or the descriptions that make you feel like you can see exactly what the author means? Emulate this to bring life to your work and create writing that you enjoy reading. If you enjoy it, so will your readers!

4. Cut yourself some slack!

Not every word you write has to be perfect first time around. The most important thing is getting started – just get some words down on the page to start your creative juices flowing.

5. Make time to rest your brain

Just like our bodies, our brains get tired after a while and need chance to recharge. If you’ve been working away at the same chapter for weeks, maybe you just need a break! No one is at their best when they are tired, so make sure you give yourself some time off.

6. Listen to some new music

Music can be highly emotive. Listen to something new and really listen to the words, the melodies, and the rhythm. Take note of how it makes you feel, and where you are taken to in your imagination when you listen to that music. Are you on a mountain top, a beach, or in a bustling city?

7. Draw inspiration from dreams

Our dreams can be a goldmine for inspiration! Subconsciously, our dreams piece together parts of our lives in strange ways. This can result in some out-of-this-world scenarios that would make for a great book!

8. Talk to another writer

This could be a friend or family member, or someone you’ve never met before who you meet online. Bouncing ideas off each other is a great way to spark inspiration and find new ways to look at problems.

9. Go for a walk

The most important part of this tip is being present. What can you see, hear, and smell? How does the exercise or the setting make you feel? Could you channel that into your writing through a particular character. If they were in your shoes, how would they feel, and what would they be thinking about? The outdoors can work wonders for our headspace. Use this to your advantage and draw on nature to help unlock new ideas.

10. Recall conversations you’ve had

It is easy for conversation to spark an idea, but so often these are quickly forgotten! Think back to conversations you have had with friends and family to search for ideas that you may have forgotten about.

Inspiration is all around us – hopefully these tips will help you find some of your own!

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Romance Blogs

The Five Top Author Blogs in Romance That You Need to Check Out

If you’re a budding romance author looking for inspiration, there are lots of fantastic blogs out there to help you get past any writer’s block or shake in confidence. As there are so many to choose from, here are some great ones to get you started!

1. Writers Helping Writers

Written by Angela Ackerman this blog gives superb advice for writers on how to construct believable storylines, characters your readers can empathise with, and relationships that all your readers will be rooting for. There really is no substitute for first-hand experience, so make this blog your go to in times of crisis through the writing process!

2. The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn has created the perfect place to go for advice on creating your hero characters, but she also gives advice on book marketing and lots of other pertinent topics for budding authors.

3. Romance Divas

This is the place to go for excellent insights into the writing process from other established authors. If you have a conundrum that you need another author’s help solving, go to the forum and ask the community of authors for their help and expertise. This is such a great resource as it brings together aspiring writers with more established authors to help you to realise your potential as an author.

4. The Romance Studio

This site is designed for all romantic fiction authors and can be a great resource for writers looking for advertising services or the latest industry news. A true all-in-one resource, this should be on your list of places to go for the most up-to-date advice and practical resources for becoming a romance writer.

5. Harlequin

Finally, we have Harlequin – go behind the scenes with your favorite romance authors, see the latest updates and releases from the authors you love, and learn about their personal stories and how they have overcome the same challenges every author faces.

I hope this gives you a good place to start when looking for help as an author in the romance world. All of these resources are designed specifically for romance authors, making their advice tailored to you.

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Romance Podcast

Five Podcasts Every Romance Author Should Check Out

Sometimes it is hard to see the wood for the trees when it comes to podcasts – everyone seems to be doing them nowadays! So, if you’re a romance author, or a fan of the genre, and you’re looking for a podcast made just for you, here are five podcasts I think you should listen in to.

1. Tea & Strumpets: A Regency Romance

Regency has rocketed in popularity in the last few months thanks to a certain little series called Bridgerton! Fans all over the world have been captivated by the costumes, lifestyle and romantic trials and tribulations of the regency characters, originally created by Julia Quinn. Therefore, it is not surprising that there is great demand for a podcast that digs deeper into the regency romance category, and in this podcast friends Zoë and Kelsey discuss fan favourites as well as rising stars to keep you bang up to date on this historical genre.

2. Shelf Love: Romance Novels

The tagline for this podcast is “We have fun taking romance novels seriously” and that perfectly sums up this podcast! Andrea Martucci leads thought-provoking discussions about the romance genre, including drilling down into what make romance authors and readers tick, and how this deeper understanding of the mindset can elevate your writing. Definitely an interesting one for aspiring romance authors to check out!

3. When in Romance

This biweekly podcast is perfect for helping you to keep abreast of the latest news and offerings in the romance genre world. This podcast is great for finding new recommendations or hearing about the latest reviews and bestsellers.

4. Journeys of Romance

For many authors, starting out in this genre can be difficult, so this podcast brings together a mix of more well-established and new authors to discuss their journey into the world of romance writing, and their experiences of getting published. This is a podcast that is perfect for aspiring romance writers.

5. Not Your Mom’s Romance Book Club

This podcast is the perfect remedy if you find yourself weary from serious debates and discussions – Ellen and her Mom set up this podcast after realising that almost every daughter is mortified when their Mom peeks over their shoulder to see what they’re reading! The awkwardness soon makes way for closer mother-daughter bonds and guaranteed hilarity for the listeners. They also love to hear from their listeners, so this is a truly interactive podcast.

There really is something out there for everyone when it comes to podcasts, and I hope this list serves as a good place to start for finding your next favourite podcast!

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Libraries

The World’s Top Five Libraries – In One Reader’s Opinion

Libraries provide a haven for many people. They can be a place to escape reality and dive into new and distant worlds. But some libraries are just so amazing that it makes it hard to want to leave! Here are a few favorites to inspire your next library trip!

1. The Reading Room, The British Museum, London, England

This library is truly one-of-a-kind, with its dome constructed from a form of papier-mâché and its long list of famous visitors, including Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, and Mahatma Gandhi! This definitely isn’t a place you go to bury your head in a book – take the time to absorb your surroundings and feel the history in everything around you.

2. Vatican Library, Vatican City, Rome, Italy

As one of the oldest libraries in the world, this library has some unique offerings, from its intricately decorated interiors to the oldest complete manuscript of the Bible and other medieval manuscripts. Not many libraries are as beautiful to look at, and it certainly makes you not want to leave!

3. Seattle Central Library, Seattle, Washington, USA

This library is an architectural masterpiece in itself, with the glass and steel design drawing in admirers from around the world. Within this structure are over 1.45 million books arranged in an open and airy space designed to dispel the usual image of a library as dark and dinghy. This creative space is sure to inspire some reading or writing juices with a visit here.

4. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, New York, USA

Picture a library in your mind, and you won’t be far off what this amazing library looks like. This is the private collection of the banking giant J.P. Morgan, and it holds some incredible pieces, including Charles Dicken’s manuscript of A Christmas Carol and many drawings by famous artists including Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Picasso. The wooden shelving and delicately painted ceiling give this library the traditional feel without the imposing nature that can put some people off.

5. The Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt

The original library of Alexandria was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. However, it was sadly destroyed by a fire almost two millennia ago. The replacement is no less impressive, costing $220 million to rebuild in 2002. As a wonder of the modern world in its own right, this library also serves as a cultural hub, containing manuscript restoration labs, art galleries and exhibition spaces, and even a planetarium! The restocking of this library is ongoing, and it has space to hold over eight million books.

This is a mere handful of the world’s most amazing libraries, so as you can see, there are plenty to be discovered. What’s clear is that these incredible structures are keen to embrace their history and stay relevant for the modern world, which is crucial for keeping visitors engaged.

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Author

Five tips for authors to stay organized and on a writing schedule

Authors have many ideas, but they need to stick to a writing schedule to convert specific ideas into words. It can be challenging to find enough spare time and the patience to convert a writing process into a routine, particularly for emerging writers who work full-time. It is, however, possible to create a writing routine that works for you and keeps you on track to finishing your first article and, finally, your first book.

So here are a few tips that would help you to stay organized.

Set up your routine

Set up your sleeping routine. Getting good sleep is crucial for a writer. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body will become exhausted, and your mind will soon follow. And, physical fatigue has a direct effect on brain function. You may be able to go a week, maybe ten days, with sleeping four hours a night. But after that, the exhaustion from your day job and your cerebral operation will take its toll, and your health will suffer, so will your work.

Determine your most productive time

Some authors are most productive first thing in the morning, while others are night owls who sit up late and scribble in the early hours of the morning. Knowing the right time of day to plan your writing sessions is very helpful when creating a writing routine. You can make this decision based solely on personal preference, or you can be a bit more scientific about it.

Alternatively, you can try some days of writing in the morning, some days of writing at night, and so on. Keep track of your performance and inspiration levels, and then figure out which method is better for you. When you figure out what time of day you’re most innovative and productive, you can plan your writing schedule around it.

Organize your writing tasks

Make sure all of your files are sorted and assembled before you sit down to write. The quicker you find your files, the more likely you will start writing at your scheduled time. Keep your articles organized in Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. The working title should be written on each file with the pertinent version or other information for ease of accessing. Having a task list that you can cross items off also helps fuel a sense of organization and accomplishment as even small tasks get done. 

Create a writing space

Finding a quiet spot away from the rest of the family is a perfect place to stay focused. When you’re in your writing area or workspace, you minimize interruptions by creating a zone where you can work far from the noise of home life. Your office or workspace should have all of the necessary equipment, as well as some visual aids to help set the mood. Put your phone on silent or put it away to avoid unnecessary distractions.

Stick to your routine

There’s only one thing left to do after you’ve created a routine that is – sticking to it. This does not mean you cannot modify your routine according to your goals, personal situations, or writing patterns. The procedures of the routine can be changed, but your dedication to the routine cannot. It would be best if you took your writing seriously. It is the best way to achieve your writing goals.

Writers are creative souls by nature that are driven by their craft. Unfortunately, the finer aspects of setting up and maintaining a routine to accomplish this creativity maybe be what hinders them from finishing projects. A few tweaks and a firm writing routine allow that creativity to flow from beginning to published end. Happy writing!

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Why Write Popular Subgenres of Romance Books?

Romance is one of the oldest and most popular genres of entertainment out there. Books distributed in all the subgenres of romance reach billions of electronic, audio, and hard copies each year. Everyone wants to relate to their favorite romance story or dream of a fairytale romance that sweeps them off their feet. Romance fiction delivers this dream to its readers. However, it’s never just one storyline or genre. Here are some popular romance subgenres you should read.

What Subgenres are Popular?

Romance is an umbrella genre for a wide variety of subgenres. Here are six popular subgenres you should look into.

  1. Contemporary Romance- These stories are set in the present, anytime after WWII until today. Many will capitalize on stories in the news, popular culture, or other relatable plots.
  2. Romantic Suspense- This genre combines mystery and suspense with an overarching romance storyline to make quite the page-turner. Readers cheer for the heroine/hero to win their cause or crack the case, and along the way, discover their true love.
  3. Historical Romance- These stories are set in a period before 1945. They can be written by contemporary authors but are set in the past. These books take readers back to another time and place to discover romance in eras long gone.
  4. Young Adult Romance- These are romance books catered to late teens and early 20s. The romance is often messy, turbulent and reveals a deeper truth about the characters. Sometimes these feel the most underdeveloped, overly emotional, and say the least much as we all felt in those high school and college years.
  5. Speculative Romance- These stories are more futuristic or fantasy-based compared to the previous subgenres.
  6. Paranormal Romance – These stories tell of romance between otherworldly beings such as werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, and other mystical beings and humans. The storylines are fraught with rules very different those most stories in the subgenres one to four above.

Why are These Subgenres Popular?

Everyone has their own opinion on what the best romance subgenre is, but these are some of the most popular options because of either their relatability, as seen in contemporary and young adult romance novels. Their mystic nature pulls the reader outside of their own life, with historical, speculative, and suspense romance.  

All of these subgenres are worth giving a try. When you find a category that works for you, it can be quite the page-turner. Since many will span thousands of words and numerous books in a series, romance can become addictive to read. Try out each of these subgenres and see what speaks to you!

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Zero to eBook in 30 days – Write your first book (part 6 of 6)

This is the final part in this series but for part 1 go HERE; part 2 go HERE; part 3 go HERE; part 4 go HERE and part 5 go HERE.

STEP 10: SPLASH PAINT ON A CANVAS

While your manuscript is out being vetted around, you need to focus on the all-important book cover and beginning the process of uploading to a platform of your choice. Hopefully, as the story progressed, you have a clearer picture of what this visual representation of this sizzling new romance should be to reel in all those unsuspecting romantics out there in the kindle or tablet universe. There are several ways to craft the best book cover:

  • If you are so inclined, try to do it yourself with free stock images, Paint, or some other such program.
  • If you know a great graphic designer like me, you can maybe work out a lower price or a trade-for-service option.
  • Try a site like Fiverr to find someone that can take your ideas and turn them into a great cover.
  • Search the internet for those that specifically do cover work and pay for this service.

Remember that the cover of this eBook will be what everyone sees on the sites were advertised first. It will be in all advertising, marketing, and other social media endeavors and should be representative of the entire story. You have seen thousands of books in your lifetime; think about what draws you to a book and put that into this cover. This is your first impression, and the single chance you must convince the reader to review the description and make a more informed decision to purchase this book.

Additionally, the back matter or general description of the book should also be compiled. This should give a brief four to the eight-sentence description of your book that will make readers wish to download your eBook when married with the cover art. Ensure that during this phase, you have one of the groups helping edit your book do this also. This needs to be concise, engaging, and able to capture readers’ attention amongst crowds of other eBooks they will encounter. At the same time, this back matter will probably not make it onto a published hardcover book (although there are options out there to do this print on demand, even if you self-publish an eBook to start).

This is a good point to point out that getting an eBook from start to publish in 30 days means you will do this by yourself on a platform like Draft2Digital or Amazon, or the like. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to submit to traditional vanity presses or other options after publishing. And it in no way will limit these options; this is just to get those creative juices flowing and produce content worthy of public consumption on a deadline of 30 days to prove to yourself more than anything you can do it.

As you finish book descriptions and have the cover art ready to go as the editing phase in Step 12 is finishing, you should also write up a brief biography. Read other authors’ bio(s) and take notes as a brief research assignment. Then put together one for you that tells your story in highlights and broad strokes. Where you are from, what you do, and writing, family highlights, and maybe a weird habit unique to you make a good read for author bio(s). At this stage, if you haven’t done so with all the material ready, you should be able to, on some sites, list your book for pre-order if you so choose. This will allow you to start marketing the release, start your author pages on platforms you will be publishing to, and starting into Step 13 (Marketing).

STEP 11: GIVE IT OUT TO THE WORLD FOR THE TRAINING WHEELS RUN

You have run the marathon that is writing, Editing, blurb writing, and cover creation in this race to the romance finish line, and the publishing step is up next. Can you see the finish? Are you ready for that celebratory dinner and some mental health counseling? Good. As for a calendar check, we are peeking on the verge of day 30 at this stage. We need to download the requirements for whatever site you intend to submit this new publishing gem (obviously, Amazon KDP is the biggest and easiest platform for new authors).

This is my word of advice; if you don’t intend to follow through with Step 13 and do the marketing for this book, it will get lost in the big ‘ole fishpond called Amazon. Only the strongest survive and make it out of the initial publishing phase. You will need to follow the marketing plan laid out below and tap into another additional skill set to see this romance eBook go anywhere. Amazon holds a hostage market of readers to its bosom, and thus it is by far the best-sourced reading platform out there. Remember, though; you can’t publish anywhere else for 90 days if you go with the Unlimited version. Again, I would reach out via Meetup groups, Facebook, and other mediums to talk to authors who publish on Amazon and those who have diversified outside the platform. Most will go this route for the first release and learn with them before making any additional moves.

Please remember that should you do Amazon Unlimited, it might limit the sites you can put your book for review. Now reviews will be critical, so several sites allow you to upload, and reviewers take your book for free and provide reviews. I know why to give away free books – well, you must spend money to make money, and reviews in publishing equate to moola baby if they are good. More people are reading your book, and that showing in reviews is important. Through social media, you will want to find people outside your direct circle that want to read your book. This releases a PDF version or MOBI version of your book for reviews is critical and leads directly into the next step.

STEP 12: NOW THE YUCKY PART – MARKETING

Social media is a two-edged sword these days; along with all the negatives of people getting into your business, it is how our world communicates. For those with a product to sell, such as this gem of a romance you are about to finish, you MUST have accounts on platforms such as Facebook, Bookbub, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and on and on and on. If your private life, you probably already have some presence on one of these, that is the best one to start with. You will get support for your new venture and use it as a jumping-off point for publishing this new business. And if you believe you get to be a writer and someone else is going to do all the hard work of marketing your book, then (1) you got a traditional publishing contract right out of the gate – congrats; of (2) you are independently wealthy and can afford to hire an army of personal assistants to get your website up, or marketing banners did, and your social media accounts managed.

If neither of those two things is a reality, I have some bad news: writing this romance was the easy part. Remember me saying in step one this was going to be uphill both ways, well you foolishly thought as you finished writing this next blockbuster, all your work was done, and then you turned the corner, and the marketing behemoth monster that appears in your line of sight. There are so many options out there for independent authors today: the good news; the bad is – there is no magic combination of great writing, Editing, and marketing that guarantees the success of a book. It is a lot of hard work, great writing, timing with a smidge of luck that determines who makes it to the top of the mountain.

HAVE A PLAN! As we finish this race and move to step 14, you must have a launch plan if you will ever see even a fraction of success at this publishing game. Book two should that be a tiny voice niggling in the back of your head by this point, will require some level of success for book one. Raffle copters, groups on Facebook, reader review sites, tweets and ads, and the like, oh my will inundate you. YOU are the master of your destiny, so dip the toe into the water, do your research and find a trusted group out there in the cyber universe that resonates with the genre, marketing, and style you feel comfortable with and draw from their experience. Remember, this is not over when the book releases – it is just the beginning, and you need a road map planned out for how you intend to navigate this eBook release home.

STEP 13: PULL IT TOGETHER – AND HIT THE BUTTON

Take a deep breath—one last full read of the manuscript with your edits and those who helped this first round. Ensure you have downloaded whatever formatting guides you are going to need for the platform you are on. If you are an artsy type, make a banner for the new release to be used on your social media – easy to do in Paint or Fiverr runs great $5 basic ads by professionals. Put it all together and start the upload process.

As we are going with the assumption of self-publishing for this first eBook, the platforms you use are good at directing even the beginner through basic formatting and getting it ready for publishing. Pay attention to margins, preview options, and this is probably by far the most important place in this journey to pay attention to the little details. Often, you are blocked from making changes during publication, and thus, a single oversight can be out there for the public without your ability to change it. You cannot preview enough!

  • Look at chapter breaks; if you put hyperlinks in for chapters for quick navigation are, they all working?
  • Do the page numbers in the bottom of the pages or the top in you are so included look right?
  • Is spacing throughout the book consistent?
  • What did the formatting tool call out for errors to correct? Did you fix everything?
  • Did you assign yourself as an author? I know, but this has happened.

You will be nervous through this final stage, and when the moment arrives – you will sit back and have second thoughts. What if people hate it? What if you forgot some glaring issue? What if – what if – what if?

PUSH THE BUTTON! As the tear rolls down your cheek, realize it is out of joy and gratitude, and you did an awesome job. As you now wait for it to become live on your first site, call whoever is your biggest fan and share the news. Your mother, spouse, father, best friend, or cat – doesn’t matter, share it – this is a HUGE moment! You finished a bucket list item. I wrote a great romance eBook and accomplished this lofty goal in 30 days! Who would have thought it possible? You! That’s who. Relish it and wait patiently until the moment you click on the website the following morning, and there it is in big news “The Great Romance” by and your name follows. Then get onto all those social media sites we prepared early and tweet, Facebook it out, take Instagram shots of the page and tell the world – you are an author!

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