background preloader

Writing

Facebook Twitter

Tumblr. E-Book Cover File Size Specifications. I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about e-book covers and, specifically the size and proportion requirements for submitting the cover image of your e-book when you upload it to a retailer or a distributor. Here’s a selection of requirements that should help. Keep in mind this information is accurate now but could change at any time, so check when you’re ready to upload. Kindle Direct Publishing From Kindle Direct Publishing help system: Creating a Catalog/Cover Image A book is judged by its cover! Please note: Uploading a catalog cover image in KDP will not automatically add it to the inside of the Kindle book. Requirements for the size of your cover art: At least 500 pixels horizontally and 800 pixels verticallyIdeal height/width ratio of 1.6Maximum of 2000 pixels on the longest side is preferred Save at 72 dots per inch (dpi) for optimal viewing on the web Barnes & Noble Pubit!

From Barnes & Noble Pubit! Smashwords From the Smashwords Style Guide: BookBaby Password Incorrect. Anatomy of a Book Cover. As told by Delphine, the author The adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover [jacket]” is only partly true. It’s not for lack of trying. The look of a book cover jacket is an important aspect of market positioning. It is what first catches the attention of retail buyers at major book fairs, reviewers and readers. It can persuade bookstores to display your book more prominently or, at least, give it more than “spine-out” (where only the spine title is visible) shelf space. In the case of my book, “The Art of Gaman,” published by Ten Speed Press in 2005, coming up with the book title and cover jacket design proved as hard as developing the content for the book. In all, designer Kit Hinrichs and his team at Pentagram/SF comped up about a dozen cover options. One This is the design that accompanied the initial concept proposal presented to Ten Speed Press.

Two Kit came up with this cover option, based on a title that I had proposed. How to Write a Query Letter. My friend Leigh Spencer has a new book of poetry called Tequila and Cookies. With a title like that, you KNOW you want to read it. Download a PDF of How to Write a Query Letter Query letters are a much-debated practice in the writing community.

Many writers swear by them, but others feel they are a waste of time. Formal query letters were the accepted practice in the magazine and book market, but submissions have become much more casual in the age of blogs and other web-based publications. There are many successful writers who stick to sending completed manuscripts or informal, ultra-brief queries. Here are some advantages to writing a formal query letter: Here are some disadvantages to writing a formal query letter: Writing a good query letter takes time. Below is a point-by-point description of how to write a query letter. Know your target Your query letter should have a professional look. There should be no spelling or grammar errors.Be sure to include the date on your letter.

Regards, Find the Agent Who Will Find You a Publisher. Query letters? Do literary agents really read them? Agents take queries very seriously, and yes, they really do read them. It’s not some universal rumor that agents have perpetuated because they all have a secret fetish for being bombarded with mail. Sure, agents make it sound like digging through the slush pile is the last priority of their day. Some agents even relegate the ambivalent task of reading unsolicited queries to an assistant or intern.

But the fact of the matter is that most agents do read queries. So write a professional, intelligent, concise, intriguing query and not only will you entice an agent to ask for more, but you’ll move yourself one step closer to a book sale. Query Letter Basics A query letter is a single page cover letter, introducing you and your book. A query letter has three concise paragraphs: the hook, the mini-synopsis, and your writer’s biography. Paragraph One—The Hook: A hook is a concise, one-sentence tagline for your book. Written? Kitten!

2012: The Year Of New Ebook Tools. Creative Writing Ideas, Courses Online, Free Classes for Writers. Ten rules for writing fiction. Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions.

If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his book Arctic Dreams, you can do all the weather reporting you want. 2 Avoid prologues: they can be ­annoying, especially a prologue ­following an introduction that comes after a foreword. 3 Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue. 4 Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said" ... he admonished gravely. 5 Keep your exclamation points ­under control. 6 Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose". 7 Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. 8 Avoid detailed descriptions of characters, which Steinbeck covered. 10 Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

Diana Athill Margaret Atwood Roddy Doyle. The End Article by Anita Nolan. "THE END" is Only the Beginning: A Step-by-Step Guide to Refining Your Manuscript by Anita L. Nolan Even though you type "THE END" when you finish a first draft, your work is only beginning. Rewriting, revising, editing, and polishing your manuscript are still to come.

But with so many things to consider and so many decisions to make during those stages, you might not want to start--or ever think you're finished. There is a way, however, to methodically revise and improve your manuscript. 25 Things Writers Should Know About Agents. (Note: this post relates mostly to fiction authors seeking literary agents, though certainly has some bleed-over regarding those with screenplays or non-fiction proposals or what-not.) 1. No, You Don’t Need An Agent Let’s just get that out of the way right now. You do not require an agent to survive or be successful in this business. If you are without an agent you will not be shot in the streets by roving gangs of publisher-thugs. It is a myth that you cannot get published or produced without an agent to get you there. 2. Heh. 3. Many agents are on social media. 4.

The rules of our polite society still apply. 5. Individual agents ask for individual things. 6. You do not pay an agent. 7. I split my query into three portions: the Hook, the Pitch, the Bio. 8. Another note about “confidence:” agents have powerful sniffers and can smell the stink of your desperation from three blocks away. 9. Agents have seen it all. 10. You will at times send out a query and hear nothing. 11. 12. 13. 14. Writing for the Wrong Reasons - William Zinsser. Free Online Course Materials | Writing and Humanistic Studies. 3 Ways to Add Pizzazz to Your Author Bio | Keli Gwyn's Blog.

Is your author bio boring? Mine was—until I took a workshop from social media guru Kristen Lamb, author of We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. She taught my fellow workshop participants and me how to make our bios lots more fun. I think of it as taking a plain vanilla bio and turning it into a delicious sundae with plenty of yummy toppings. Here’s how. . . Kristen gave us 3 great tips, which I’m paraphrasing. 1. We’re writers. 2. Who reads our books? Yes, readers read our books, but our bios often sound like little more than a recitation of our writerly accomplishments. Nope. Kristen said we can include the writer-related facts and a little about our families, but she suggested putting that type of information at the end of the bio and keeping the beginning fun for the reader. 3.

If we want to reach readers, we need to give them what they want: good stories. Our bios are our opportunities to sell ourselves as writers of stories readers want to read. Confession Time Examples. How to Write a Terrific Author Bio. Posted on Jul 5th, 2011 | 247 comments Sometimes it’s hard to believe how difficult it can be to write about yourself in a bio—after all, you’re a writer! But I understand it’s not as simple as that, so here are a few tips to make it easier. Write your bio in first person for query letters, third person for most other purposes including proposals, book jackets, article bylines. Make it professional but you also need to convey personality and writing style. What gives you credibility? If your book centers on something specific—the Civil War, for example—are you a member of a Civil War society? Try not to include too much “resumé” type information–education, job history, etc. because it tends to be boring.

As you write a bio, consider carefully the purpose of the bio – who is the audience? How to write a bio if you have no publishing credits: If you’re a member of a writers’ organization such as SCBWI, ACFW or ASJA, you can mention it. A bio for a query letter: Be Sociable, Share! Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers. Cyoa. As a child of the 80s, the Choose Your Own Adventure books were a fixture of my rainy afternoons. My elementary school library kept a low, fairly unmaintained-looking shelf of them hidden in one of its back corners. Whether this non-marquee placement was an attempt by the librarians to deemphasize the books in favor of ‘serious’ (children’s) literature or was simply my good luck I still haven’t worked out.

But it meant there was a place that I could retreat to and dive into unfamiliar worlds without distraction. A lot of what I read in those days served a similar purpose. In practice this meant a lot of genre fiction, books where the author spends as much time explaining the rules of the form’s world (be it film noir, sci-fi, etc.) as documenting the characters’ progress through it. Imagination is a wonderful thing, but it’s a decidedly one-sided affair. Historically, reference books have made use of this aspect most directly. Place all the pages (loose) in a mess on the floor. Data.

Softwares

A Writer’s Guide To Free Apps For Inspiration & Organization. Any creative writer should have three main aims: write, stay organized and get published. The following list of free websites and apps for writers aims to help you do just that. Get Inspired Sometimes inspiration hits and you know exactly what your next story, poem, or dare I say it, novel, is going to be about. Other times, it’s not that simple. There’s no limit to the number of online idea generators out there, but to get you started, here are a few good ones: The website Archetype offers a variety of idea generators, depending on what you need help with. The Big Huge Thesaurus, a resource for looking up synonyms, antonyms and rhymes, is another place where writers can get free prompts. A special mention also goes to McSweeney’s for their Thirteen Writing Prompts feature. Start Writing Now that you have your idea, and want to get started on your story, it would be a good idea to use a distraction-free writing app like OmmWriter or a minimalist text editor.

Stay Organized Get Feedback. WritersCafe.org | The Online Writing Community. Telegram: Telegram: Submissions. The Basics of Scriptwriting Format | Script Writing and Screenwriting Help. ...Portfolio of scripts by Anikó J. Bartos + Alan C. Baird. Scripts for sale/option/representation, by Anikó J. Bartos & Alan C. Baird[AW-nee-ko BAR-toesh & AL-an Bayerd](download free Adobe reader to open the PDF files) (script download page) Contact: HotTip [at] Gmail.com (replace [at] with @) Merlinsky [98-page feature screenplay: American Zoetrope quarterfinalist, Writers Network quarterfinalist] Log line: Imagine the Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter and they go back to the future.

Based on the Arthurian legend and the ancient folklore myth of the sorcerer's apprentice. Synopsis: The endless hordes of Hollywood tourists in the late 1940's are easy marks for a con-man magician like Harry Merlinsky. Lineage: 12th-century folklore myths begat The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which begat a tone poem by composer Paul Dukás, which begat Disney's Fantasia, which inspired Merlinsky, a magical action-adventure. Genre: Action-adventure, w/magic. \\\ BackslasherBlog.com \\\ [feature screenplay] Genre: Teen suspense-comedy. Trends in Publishing: 15 People You Should Follow (and Why) 7 Platforms Changing the Future of Publishing and Storytelling. By Kirstin Butler Cutting out the middleman, or what the Nobel Peace Prize has to do with harnessing the potential of tablets. Depending on whom you ask, these are either the best or the worst of times for the written word.

As with every other branch of traditional media, the Internet has pushed the publishing industry to a critical inflection point, something we’ve previously discussed. Disrupting the mainstream marketplaces for journalism, literature, and the fundamental conventions of reading and writing themselves, here are seven startups that promise to reshape the way we create and consume ideas. Byliner, whose beautifully designed site officially launched last week, is easily the most ambitious of the initiatives featured here.

The startup is both a publisher, via its Byliner Originals subsidiary, and a discovery platform for longform nonfiction, offering Pandora-like recommendation functionality. Bringing a crowdfunded model to books, the U.K. Fifty-Two Stories » with Cal Morgan. Penguin's Book Country Launches Self-Publishing Service. By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid Penguin’s online genre fiction community, Book Country, has launched a self-publishing service, signaling the intention of big publishers to develop additional revenue streams in the face of a changing book-publishing landscape, even if it means letting authors bypass the traditional publishing process.

The self-publishing tool provides prospective authors with the option of either professionally producing their print and e-book or doing much of the production work themselves. It also offers the choice between distribution on just Book Country or a wider network, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other popular e-book stores. “We’re at a point in the industry where there’s an understanding that there are multiple paths forward for authors,” said Molly Barton, Book Country president and newly appointed Penguin global digital director. Related: Q&A With Molly Barton on Her New Position and Digital Books Related Posts: Preditors & Editors. Very Short Story Contest #1.

Portraits Of A Young Artist In Istanbul (I&II) by Gene J. Parola Six hundred-forty-seven word short-short story about a young woman artist astride the cultural divide between her and her father, presented as two Points of View: I and II. Dr. Frosty by John Laird A mother mourns the loss of her only child. Waynesboro by Susan Quinn Sagarmāthā by Leah Wilcox The Death Mask by Amanda Grunder Crusader by Jessica Stoops Bonfire by Teia Powell A Living by Laine Scheliga The Trials And Tribulations Of An Outsider by Laetitia Chatelain The Biggest Four-Letter Word by William Corpening Sir Falen by James Conright The Spleen Of Punishment by Guthrie Scrimgeour Judging Period: Ends March 1st, 2012 Prizes: First Prize = $50, Editor's Choice = $50, Plus Honorable Mentions Judging is open to all AuthorStand Members, as user ratings are a part of the judging criteria.

Aspiring YA Novelist? Get Your Big Break in Australia. The Writers' Deadline!! - Ottawa Writing Resources. ENT books: Award-winning Canadian fiction. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal - The Bat Whisperer. Contact Us & Volunteer Opportunities | Canadian Authors Association National Capital Region (Ottawa) Branch. Geist: Fact + Fiction, North of America. [places for writers] - connecting writers with places to publish.

Contest&Submissions