Author: Absolute Love Publishing

Writing Craft: Five Formatting Tips

Five Formatting Tips Sometimes, all it takes to make your article, essay, or story an easy and fun read is some simple reformatting. Too many characters on a page can easily overwhelm the reader, but too few characters or characters oddly spaced can be a problem as well. To keep your audience reading, follow these five tips: Break up long paragraphs. General rules state that a paragraph should be about three to five sentences long, but the exact number will depend on your writing style. Longer sentences typically mean fewer sentences per paragraph, and shorter sentences sometimes mean you can fit seven or eight in a paragraph. To figure out which paragraphs are too long, read over your piece for flow and watch for the places where you grow tired or confused. That’s usually where you need to break things up a bit more. Start a new paragraph with each piece of dialogue. You should start a new paragraph each time a different character speaks. It makes the conversation flow naturally, as if it were being heard. It also creates extra white space on the page, which makes the eye move quickly down the page and increases the readability of the piece. Use a single space after a period or colon. Once upon a time, two spaces after a period or colon was de rigueur, but now they only...

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Writing Craft: 15 Common Grammar and Usage Mistakes

Writer Editing How-To: 15 Common Grammar and Usage Mistakes After penning hundreds or thousands of words in a day toward creating your dream novel or non-fiction masterpiece, it is relatively easy for aspiring writers to lose track of some of the basics. But, making any of these common grammar or usage mistakes can cause even seasoned writers to appear unprofessional or lazy. To ensure an editor doesn’t toss your query, article, or manuscript before it’s even read, watch out for these 15 common mistakes: 1)      Confusing its and it’s. Its is possessive, like your. It’s is the conjunction for “it is.” 2)      Confusing your and you’re. Your is possessive. You’re is the conjunction for “you are.” 3)      Confusing there, their, and they’re. There is a place. Their is possessive. They’re is a conjunction for “they are.” 4)      Placing a period outside of a quotation mark. Periods and all end punctuation always go inside the closing quotation mark. Bestselling author Caroline Shearer says, “Today’s women aren’t breaking glass ceilings; we’re creating new buildings.” 5)      Using an apostrophe to make numbers or dates plural (e.g., 1970’s.) Correct usage is “1970s,” no apostrophe. 6)      Confusing then and than. Then references time (e.g., First, “Adventures of a Lightworker: Dead End Date” was published, and then “Love Like God” was published.) Than is used in comparison (e.g., “Publishing my book with Spirited Press was...

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Author Marketing: Virtual Book Tours for Authors

Virtual Book Tours are another marketing tool for authors to employ. Virtual book tours allow an author to appear in many online places at once or over a short period of time. For example, an author may want to appear on a different blog every day for two weeks, or to appear on ten blogs all in one day. The idea is that an author is generating “buzz” and excitement for her or his work. Authors may choose to 1. release excerpts of the book they are promoting, 2. answer questions from readers, 3. provide pre-written, interview-style materials, 4. conduct giveaways, 5. host chat sessions with fans, 6. have bloggers post reviews, and more. Experience has taught us that virtual book tours can be a lot of work so keep these tips in mind: 1. Plan to spend a lot of time prepping – for example, contacting bloggers to set up tour dates, providing requested materials, following up with bloggers and fans, etc. 2. Parcel out material. Instead of answering five long questions for each blogger, for example, answer one or two for each one. 3. Keep things fresh. Do your best to provide different materials to each blogger, while balancing your time needs. 4. Encourage a hop-along process, where one blogger refers to the next, who refers to the next. This helps both you and the bloggers, who...

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Writing Craft: When to Publish Your Book

Is Your Manuscript Ready for Publication? Here’s How to Tell.  Knowing when your story is finished is easy. There’s a sense of resolution, a feeling of satisfaction. The completion is almost magical. It is, at times, even spiritual. Knowing when it’s time to publish your book, however, is often an entirely different matter.  Preparing a manuscript for publication overwhelms most writers. They don’t know what steps to take, or what errors to look for and correct. With that thought in mind, we’ve put together a short list of signs that, taken together, usually mean your story is ready to be shared with the world.   Signs Your Manuscript is Publication Ready  Several different people (preferably not related to you), or a professional editor, have read your story and provided honest feedback on the actual content (i.e. storyline).   You have reviewed and revised your story with your readers’ or editor’s content comments in mind, and resubmitted the manuscript to your readers (or editor) for a final review.   Many different people (or a professional editor) have proofread your revised manuscript.  You have reread your printed manuscript at least 10 times and corrected all errors.  Your manuscript is formatted according to your publisher’s specifications.   Your manuscript’s word count falls within guidelines. You believe your manuscript is the best it can possibly be. This information provided by Absolute Love...

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Author Marketing: Create a Youtube Account

Create a Youtube Account Link to your website in the intro to your video, such as we did with “Love Like God” by bestselling author Caroline A. Shearer. When you have multiple videos, create a playlist so that listeners can listen to all you offer in one click. Share your videos on Facebook, via email, etc. and encourage people to “like” them and to comment. If you’re on a budget and need or want to create a Youtube account that works for you and your books, these are practical steps: Trailers Trailers are fun and becoming more the norm for books, but their actual effectiveness at getting new readers is still in question. If you want to create or pay someone to create a trailer, great! But, here are some other suggestions that might work for you! Video A simple tool is an author interview. Give potential readers a taste of what they’ll find in your book or books, and let them get to know you! Stay away from the idea that your video has to be “fancy.” When you can do that, it’s great, but for now, put your intention on getting your message across in a professional, approachable way. Pick or create a nice background (every item sends a message about you and your work.) Write your lines beforehand, and know them well enough that they come...

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Author Marketing: Claim Your Amazon Author Page

Claim Your Amazon Author Page Amazon Author Central allows you to create and maintain an Amazon Author page. As Amazon is the largest online exposure for books in the world, this is an important tool. Once you’ve created an account and claimed your site: Ensure your author page displays all your books, including your electronic versions of each title. Write a good bio, and use a flattering, recent picture of yourself. Link to all your sites, such as your 1. Facebook fan page or your book’s Facebook page, 2. where your book can be purchased, 3. your Youtube video, Youtube channel, or Youtube playlist. 4. your Goodreads author page. Upload any videos you have. If you have a blog, link it to your Amazon Author Central page. It will automatically update the feed via RSS. Information provided by Absolute Love Publishing. Also see our posts on Creating a Goodreads Author page, and Creating a Youtube...

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Author Marketing: Create a Goodreads Author page

Create a Goodreads Author Page Whether or not you already have an account with Goodreads, you can “claim” your Goodreads author page. Goodreads is an online book club where millions worldwide go to review books and explore books. Goodreads tips: Ensure your author page displays all your books, including your electronic versions of each title. Write a good bio, and use a flattering, recent picture of yourself. Link to all your sites, such as your 1. Facebook fan page or your book’s Facebook page, 2. where your book can be purchased, 3. your Youtube video, Youtube channel, or Youtube playlist. Upload any videos you have. “Like” them. Find friends to review and rate your book/s, such as with our “Adventures of a Lightworker: Dead End Date” and “Love Like God: Embracing Unconditional Love.” Add events you host, and invite your friends. If time permits, consider adding (and asking your friends to add) your book/s to relevant lists, such as Best Spiritual Fiction or New Authors to Watch. An excellent tool for exposure is the free Goodreads giveaway program. With the only out-of-pocket costs being the cost of the book/s and shipping, it is a great way to get your book in front of thousands of people who can put it on their “to-read” shelves, a feature of Goodreads. We consider this one of the best “free” exposure opportunities available...

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