Saturday, May 23, 2015

How to: Submit to a Publisher

Have a great story? Want to get it published? Look no further! We can tell you how.

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What is YA? YA stands for Young Adult, which is a genre of literature that is aimed towards 15-20 year-olds. No sex (unless off-page), limited swearing and violence, but a great story.

What is NA? NA stands for New Adult, covering college aged kids. So this includes stories aimed at 18-26 year-olds. Again, the sex shouldn't be explicit, but if you're careful, it can be on page. There is also more scope for swearing and violence in a NA story.

Why is this important? Write More Publications publishes YA and NA novels, short stories and anthologies. We do not accept erotica, though we are happy to span many genres, within the YA/NA market: crime, paranormal romance, supernatural, contemporary romance, LGBT romance and more!

If you've got a fantastic novel, short story or even a series that you think deserves to be published, then keep reading. Today, we're going to talk about the general rules of thumb in getting ready to submit to a publishing company. We could help you achieve your dream of becoming a paid author!

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You'll often find that many Indie publishers, like us, don't have hoops for you to jump through, like the Traditional publishers do. We don't ask that you have an agent, a PA or an entire team of helpers at your back. We don't ask for money EVER! and we will pay YOU to give us the chance to put your words on printed paper.

That's the first key thing to remember - if a publisher asks YOU to pay THEM, before getting published, then run for the hills. It's probably a scam.

So...here we go:

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Write Your Book!


Why is this important? Because a lot of publishers will NOT accept a book that isn't finished yet. If you want to put yourself out there as a serious author, you must have your submission completed, before sending it to a publisher. That is key.


Do Your Research


Before you do anything else, you need to look into what comes next. Here are a few things you need to think about and research:

What genre is your book? Is it YA, NA or an 18+ only adult novel?
How long is your book? Word counts of < 50,000 are considered novellas or short stories depending on length, while 90-100,000 is pushing the boat and 100,000 or over is too much. These all depend on what genre you're writing in, so check out this article for tips.
Where are you going to submit to? Different publishers offer different royalty rates, services and advice. They also have different submission requirements. You NEED to check this out, before submitting anywhere! Don't get your story edited to perfection in Times New Roman, 12pt text, with a 1 inch margin, if the publisher you're submitting to wants your work in Ariel, 10pt, with a 3cm margin.
They won't even look at your story, if you don't submit it to their requirements!

This is the most vital part of the submission process. If you don't get this right, then none of the rest of it matters. You may need to save your story in 3 different formats:
1 - Times New Roman, 12pt, 1 inch margin
2 - Ariel, 10pt, 3cm margin
3 - Courier New, 11pt, 1.5 inch margin


Edit Your Baby.


Now, many authors well tell you that editing is the bane of their life. I agree. But, if you do it right, you can turn your book into a masterpiece. Key things to remember: remove all unnecessary words, keep it simply, show don't tell and do your research.

The one most important thing is about editing, is that you have to edit more than once! You can't just skim through it, to check for spelling errors, or a spell check on your laptop. You MUST read the entire book, as if you don't know the story. Look for plot holes, spelling/grammar errors and any instances where things aren't as they should be. Example: your MC's eyes are blue, but you state three times that they have 'emerald' eyes. Or your MC is called Michael three times, but called Mikhail six times. You need to choose between the two and stick with it.

It's a guarantee that once you've edited it once, you'll have changed something. Maybe lots of things. Now you have to go back and edit it again, to make sure that your changes make sense and are spelled correctly. DON'T trust your computer to point these things out to you. They are smart and can do a lot of things, but they will not spot all of your mistakes. If you've mistyped 'smelled' and it says 'selled' then it will tell you it's wrong. But if you accidentally type 'humbled' instead of 'humble' or 'think' instead of 'thing', then it won't always notice. YOU are the only person responsible for your work and you need to accept that early on.


Ask for an Impartial Opinion


No one will see your mistakes as clearly as a reader, so if you need more help, before submitting, because something is bugging you and you know something isn't right, but you can't find it, don't worry. You can always ask a friend, relative or even a trusted friend online to help you.

You can easily convert Word, doc or OpenOffice documents these days, into .pdfs or use Calibre to turn it into a Kindle book. You can send this to friends, to read over and make notes on. Or, maybe you just want to do this for yourself, to get a different view of it. Go ahead! Everything looks different in Kindle format - trust me.


Write a Synopsis


Right, now you're ready to think about submitting. The first thing you want to do is write a synopsis: a brief outline of your plot.
DO NOT be afraid to give away spoilers. If you have a massive twist in Chapter 7 or 10, the person you're submitting to needs to know about that. Why? Because most stories that end up in the slush pile (the death of all manuscripts that don't quite make it) are put there during the first 2-3 chapters. If you don't grab the reader right away, they're not going to make it to your big plot twist.

BUT, if you include this warning in your synopsis, as only the person you're submitting to will read it, then they might push through, to find out more about this twist. I can't tell you how many stories I've read that are flat for the first 5-10 chapters, but really pick up after that. Most of the time, that stuff can be edited out, to make your story more exciting and cohesive. But the publisher won't know that, if they don't know to look out for it.

Your synopsis should be to the point and detail all the main characters,t heir role in the story and how the story progresses. Example:

(This is the plot to one of my Works in Progress)

"A young girl, Veronica, is sent back to earth after dying at a young age. She is guarded with the task of looking after a certain number of charges, whose lives she must get back on track. Each charge is introduced with a background as to their problem and how Veronica is going to insert herself into their lives in order to help them.
Her biggest challenge, is college boy Ryan, who she has fallen in love with while in Heaven, watching over him. After a bad break up, he is disillusioned and tries to protect himself by being mean to everyone. Veronica must look after all her charges, settle into college life and fight Ryan's disillusionment with love.
Veronica learns to see past the fa├žade and see the real man inside of Ryan. While Ryan realises that you can only protect your heart for so long, before you face losing what you've always wanted. Through trials of patience and love, Veronica find their way to each other, ending in a heartbreaking separation. Ryan realises that he can't and won't live without Veronica, after she is returned to Heaven, to look over her charges from afar. When he tries to kill himself, with alcohol and pills, Veronica returns to save him."

This is a shortened version of a synopsis, which should be around a page or so long, but I think you get the idea. Some places will ask for a 3-page synopsis, some will ask for only a paragraph. This is NOT your blurb. This will not go on the back of your book, on Amazon or Goodreads, so tell them everything you want them to know.


Build Your Brand


If you want to be an author, you have to have a presence online. This can be on Twitter, Facebook, Google+1, LinkedIn, Wattpad, your blog or many more sites. There are hundreds of choices and it's up to you to choose what yours will be.

Once you've decided, start building from the ground up. Create good content, gather interest, show your work off, choose your 'brand', or theme, and work with it. If you're a crime writer, then post crime stats, funny crime scene photos or crime related items on your feed. Share other authors in your genre.

Sharing is caring. Don't forget that. If you share another author in your genre, or review their book for your blog, they may see it and thank you. You can build a relationship with them, ask for advice and tips, or ask them to read your work, before submitting.

Everything you do online is about building a brand for yourself and your books. This is vital in being an author - if you want to be successful, you have to learn how to sell yourself and your work. But don't overdo it. There's a limit between selling yourself and spamming others. You want to give as much as you take and pay it back. A good way to do this is to read and review others in your genre, impartially - NEVER slam an author in your genre, just because they're competition. You could do giveaways of jewellery, bookmarks, business cards - anything you can buy that will relate to you and your books.

One of my things is rugby. I'm Scottish and I love rugby, so I use them both. I make my swag personal to me and my stories. Find your thing; use it and build on it. I don't have the Scottish flag everywhere, but I carefully choose small items that I can giveaway, that mean something to me and my heritage. You can do the same.

I know, this seems stupid. You don't have a book out yet, but you're giving away things you've spent hard earned money on. Well, that old saying is true - you need to spend money to make money. And trust me, once you start giving, you'll reap the benefits.

Post some story extracts, make some posters about your book and share them with your audience. By the time your book comes out, you'll have done 50% of the hard work, by building up fans and readers interested in your work. But don't start too early. You don't want to promise that a book is Coming Soon, if it's not ready to come out until 2 years later.


Be Prepared and Be Smart


You can absolutely submit to more than one publisher, but I don't recommend doing it all at once. There are a lot of publishers, especially in the Traditional world, that don't like having to fight other companies for you. And this could happen. If you send out 12 e-mails to 12 different publishing companies, then receive 3 acceptance replies, you need to choose between them and you should warn the publishers that you've had other offers and need time to consider your options. Some of them may not like this.

My advice is to send 1 e-mail at a time. It can take anything from 6-weeks to 3 months to hear back from them, but in that time, you can work on perfecting your story or working on a sequel.

Also, NEVER send a mass e-mail. Publishers do not want to open your e-mail and see that you've sent it to six other, competitive, companies. Yes, it will save you time, but it's unprofessional and more than one of those publishers may simply close your e-mail without looking at a single word.

Be smart. Not quick.

You should have an e-mail typed out, somewhere in a word doc. Most publishers want the following things, but remember to check their submission guidelines, to make sure:

Introduction - who you are, what credits you have, if you've self pubbed or published elsewhere, be personal but profession. They don't care what ice cream you love, unless it's a gimmick that relates to your brand and books.
Social Media - they want links, to check and make sure you already have a presence online
Synopsis - something to let them know what they're looking out for, what they're buying into. Don't say it's a paranormal romance, if every character is human with no magical/supernatural powers.

If you have quotes from reviews, for example, if you've published your story on Wattpad or another site for free, then by all means, add in a few, but don't overdo it. They want to see that you have a following already, not that you're bragging to them.


Waiting...


Waiting for a reply to your submission is awful! It can drive you crazy. But, it's necessary. Keep a log of when to expect an answer, based on that publisher's submission guidelines. They will all give you an idea of when they'll get back to you - 1 month, 3 months, or a few weeks. Mark it down and wait patiently.

When you get your reply, or that allotted time has run over and there's no reply, move on. This is when you can start sending to other publishers - again, one at a time.

It took me 10 years to find a publisher, because I didn't know half of this. I've learned how to do things right, as I've gone along. This is your cheat-sheet. This is your head-start. Use it!


Acceptance and Beyond


Once you've had that 'Yes', the real work begins.

You will, realistically, edit your book again, around 10-20 times, between being accepted and releasing it. Unless you've already done that, before submitting. No book is ever perfect. Ask any author out there and I'm betting they'd tell you that there's at least one thing they'd change about a book that already on your book shelf.

Now is the time that you start looking for cover images, start chopping down your synopsis into a blurb for the back of your book. You remove the spoilers and add in questions, curiosity, mystery.

This is where the fun, the blood, sweat and tears begin...

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This post was written by Elaine White ~ an Internationally Bestselling author, signed to Write More Publications.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Coming Soon! The Alpha and the Oracle

Coming soon from Write More Publications...


The Alpha and the Oracle
The Belesone Pack ~ Book 1

from Elaine White

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The Alpha of the Belesone Pack, Milo, is stunned to find that the Elders have chosen a mate for him. At nearly twenty years of age, he should have been mated by now, but although he can sense her, she proves elusive. To discover that the Elders have chosen a mate that is not his true mate, the one he is destined to be with, is bad enough. When he discovers that they have chosen Katarina Torlov, the runt of the pack, as his bride, it’s beyond a joke, but Milo soon discovers that Katarina is much more than she seems.

Out May 31st, 2015.

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Facebook          Twitter          Goodreads          Pinterest

LinkedIn          Google +1            Blog          Wattpad

Website          YouTube

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Exclusive: New Book Trailers

Want to see our new book trailers? These are exclusive! Just made and only currently available on YouTube (of course!). Have a peek at what we've already published:


Novel Hearts



Write More Publications Valentine's Day anthology, featuring these authors: Rebecca Boucher, Molly Bryant, Stephanie Greenhalgh, Theresa Oliver, Jennifer Paquette, Amber White, Elaine White and J.S. Wilsoncroft. 

Authors tell stories every day. Oftentimes, our characters come alive, taking on personas of their own. Our characters live not only on the pages of our books, but within the pages of our hearts, as well. We decided that we wanted to create stories to share the characters of our books with our readers, as we just couldn’t let them go. All of the books within which these characters reside are published by or coming soon from Write More Publications, unless otherwise stated. The stories that you will read within these pages are from many genres—fantasy, paranormal, romance and horror—creating a Valentine’s Day anthology that steps out of the box. We hope you enjoy reading … Novel Hearts.


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Love Bites


Ten fabulous stories of paranormal romance by ten skilled authors, showing us that sometimes … Love Bites. Write More Publications New Adult Paranormal Romance Anthology, featuring these authors: Elaine White, Kim Stevens, Theresa Oliver, Dana Piazzi, Stephanie Parke, Vanessa Hancock, Ashlea Burns, Susan Burdorf, Becca Boucher, and Monica Blanton.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Reckless Abandon Blog Tour!

Reckless Abandon Blog Tour!



BLOGGERS, REVIEWERS, AND READERS! Sign up for the Reckless Abandon Blog Tour, promoted by Blog affair Promotions, sponsored by Write More Publications! All bloggers and reviewers will be signed up to win a $25 Amazon gift card, and a paperback copy of BOTH books in THE SECRETS OF AVELINA CHRONICLES, RUNAWAY GIRL and RECKLESS ABANDON, books 1 and 2! All of the names will be thrown into the Random Name Selector, and the winner will be announced May 31, the last day of the blog tour. So, enter today! 




SYNOPSIS: 
A magical island. 
A cursed King. 
Vampire rebellion.
Damian’s rule has been questioned. With people dying, can his son, Knox, overcome the darkness shrouding Avelina while his brother tackles a possessed king on the Island? Will both brothers fall to ruin? Will Damian’s rule … and lineage … come to an end?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elaine White was born and raised in the small town of Haddington, Scotland. She began writing from an early age,  experiment with various writing styles. Fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Now, she finds inspiration everywhere, which has led to numerous novels and series in any genre that can involve romance. Elaine currently lives at home in Scotland with her parents and a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. She is a full-time writer.

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon                      Barnes and Noble                Smashwords


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Latest Release! Reckless Abandon

Check out Write More's latest release:


Reckless Abandon
The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles ~ Book 2

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A magical island. A cursed King. Vampire rebellion. Damian’s rule has been questioned. With people dying, can his son, Knox, overcome the darkness shrouding Avelina, while his brother tackles a possessed king on the Island? Will both brothers fall to ruin? Will Damian’s rule ... and lineage ... come to an end?

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You can now buy Reckless Abandon on all good e-book retailers. It is available in e-book and paperback.


Runaway Girl
Book 1

Barnes and Noble           Goodreads           LibraryThing           Smashwords           iTunes

Reckless Abandon
Book 2

Barnes and Noble                   Smashwords

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You can also follow Elaine White on the following sites -

Facebook          Twitter          Goodreads          Pinterest

LinkedIn          Google +1            Blog          Wattpad

Website          YouTube

Friday, July 4, 2014

WRITE MORE PUBLICATIONS' AUTHOR TAKEOVER!


Write More Publications' Author Takeover!
Join us for the Write More Publications' Author Takeover! 
All authors of all genres welcome!


*Join us ONLINE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT, Sun., July 27, 2014, for the Write More Publications Author Takeover! All readers and authors are invited to attend! Half-hour slots available! Authors, e-mail writemorepublications@gmail.com to sign up! Join us for a day of giveaways, contests, and prizes in every genre, indie authors and authors with publishers welcome! Time to PAR-TAE!

*Authors are responsible for their own giveaways.

WHO INVITED YOU? For a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and ANY Write More Publications paperback book, invite your friends, add your name to the list, and have your friends tell us that you invited them on the poll in the pinned post! The person who has the most votes at 5 p.m., July 27, wins! Good luck!

**Author Times (EDT): 
9 a.m,.-9:30 a.m.: Theresa Oliver
9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.: Steven Wolfe
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Elaine White
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Elaine White
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Elizabeth Loraine
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Aedan Byrnes
12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Isaiyan Morrison
12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.: Stephanie Greenhalgh
1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Breanna Troesser
1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.: Stephanie Parke
2 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Author KC Harper
2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Author KC Harper
3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Brian McKinley
3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: Kyra Dune
4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Elise VanCise 
4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: Carmilla Voiez

**Authors will be added, so check back often for author times and plenty of chances to win!

The Write More Publications' Author Takeover is now full!
Lots or chances to win throughout the day! 


On the Rafflecopter to the right, enter to win the
Write More Publications Swag Bag Giveaway 
with items donated by the participating authors!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Reading!

Write More Publications'

Summer Reading List! 


Hey, everyone! Summer is here, the birds are singing, the beaches are calling and you are wondering what to read while relaxing by the pool! Well, look no more! Below is a list of great summer reading books in many genres from Write More Publications! Pick the one you like, purchase it on Amazon.com, Amazon.uk, Barnes and Noble or Smashwords and go for it! Below  are the Amazon.com links. Enjoy, everyone, break out those Kindles, and have a great summer! Oh! And reviews are welcome! 

Romance


Novel Hearts (Write More Publications Valentine's Day Anthology) 



Remembering Zane

Fat Chances

By: J.S. Wilsoncroft



http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Chances-J-S-Wilsoncroft-ebook/dp/B0084V0XCC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402536528&sr=1-1&keywords=fat+chances


The Unfaithful Widow

By: J.S. Wilsoncroft




Paranormal Romance


Love Bites (Write More Publications Paranormal Romance Anthology)




Runaway Girl (The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles, Book 1)

By: Elaine White





Star (Starland Vamp Series, Book 1)

By: Theresa Oliver




Hunting the Moon (The Moon Series, Book 1)

By: Becca Boucher

http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Moon-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00H9P7XW2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402537661&sr=1-1&keywords=hunting+the+moon


My Haunting Love

By: J.S. Wilsoncroft


http://www.amazon.com/My-Haunting-Love-J-S-Wilsoncroft-ebook/dp/B00D3J2VLQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402537381&sr=1-1&keywords=my+haunting+love


Fantasy


Cambria (Cambria Series)

By: Theresa Oliver




Destined Oracle (Destined Oracle Series)

By: J.G. Martinez



Angels Among Us (Write More Publications Angel Anthology)




Impassioned (The Angel Chronicles)

By: Molly Bryant



The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood

By: Stephanie Greenhalgh



The Butterfly Who Didn't Want to Fly

By: Theeresa Oliver and Trace Oliver



The Awakening of Agnostos (Myths of the Olympians) 

By: Jennifer Paquette and Nicholas Perrotti


Dystopian

Thou Shalt Not Kill (Thou Shalt Not Kill Series)

By: Theresa Oliver




Happy Reading!