Writing and publishing your first novel is tough. It usually takes a long time. Years for most people. It can be soul destroying too. You finally complete your manuscript; you send off samples to agents and publishers, and anxiously watch the mail for the responses. Then they come in, one at a time, rejection after rejection.
How does the author know this? He's been there. Does this mean he was a bad writer? No, but he could have used some help in those early days. Sure, he had purchased a few books on writing and he had tried to pay attention to the advice they gave, but there were so many of them and sometimes advice seemed to conflict other advice. It was way too much to take in.
But he persevered with his writing and now has been writing for several years and has completed several novels and other books, and his writing is totally different. His earlier novels may need a little re-editing, but his later works, oh wow he can spot the differences!
So, a few months ago he decided he would go the self-publishing route to getting his books out there in the big world. Things are changing in the book markets and so many people now have Kindles and Nooks and iPads and other electronic book readers. He thought to himself, why not do it himself? He knew he could write; He had that confidence. Enough complete strangers had told him they liked what he wrote, so why shouldn't he join that list of published authors? And why should he have to wait for some agent or publisher to take a chance on an unknown author before he got published? So he did it, and now he has the story to tell and the method you can use to generate your own success.
This ebook is a series of essays solely concerned with improving your writing skills and getting your first novel successfully self-published. It is written in a way that you can keep dipping into it, and keep coming back to parts of it, time and time again. It is concise and to the point and it is written from experience; thousands of hours of experience. Every essay in this book is relevant and has a purpose. Every essay will give you pause for thought.
Can the author turn you into a bestselling author? No - only you can do that. But he can set you on a path to success. He can give you clear guidelines about what not to do, and how to do things better. And he can tell you exactly how to self-publish that novel. This ebook takes your novel from the beginning and leads you along a path of self-discovery. When you have finished reading you will be Writing for Success and be someone who has a better chance than most every other wannabe author out there of becoming the next Tom Clancy, JK Rowling, Stephen King, or whoever else is your writing hero.
1. Don't Start the Story at the Beginning
2. Become a Successful Writer in 2,000 Hours
3. Poems and Short Stories
4. Creating a Good Plot
5. How Long Should a First Novel Be?
6. Writing in the First Person
7. Writing in the Third Person
8. Dialog Versus Narrative - Show Versus Tell
9. Writing Your First Novel: Words & Routine
10. Conflict and Its Importance
11. Plot Pace
12. Creating Believable and Well Rounded Characters
13. Writing Dialog - Or 'He Said, She Said'
14. Creating a Page Turner
15. Letting the Book 'Cook'
16. Self-Editing Your Novel
17. The Process of Pre-Reads
18. Creating a World of Fantasy
19. How to Write & Self-Publish a Novel: The End-To-End Process Checklist
20. Creating a Writing Environment without Interruptions
21. Reading to Write
22. Encouraging All Would Be Authors
23. The Self-Publishing Process: The Complete A-Z Instructions
24. Marketing Your Novel - The Relevance of Social Media, ARCs and Book Bloggers
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Paul Dorset was born in England in 1960 but now lives in America. He has been writing for many years with early works published in 'teen advice' columns. He has many technical articles published, mostly in the field of Computing and now writes YA fiction.