By Javier Collins in Articles, Guest Post | 26th July 2021
There’s no denying that the world of literature and poetry has changed drastically in recent decades.
In the past, aspiring authors had no choice but to manually write or type out their manuscripts, mail them out to publishing houses and agents, and then pray that somebody would be interested in publishing their works.
However, today, authors don’t need publishers or agents, and many modern writers can make a living through self-publishing.
Below, we’re diving into our list of the absolute best and most popular tools and resources for self-publishing authors.
Writing And Editing Software
As an author, your pen is probably your best friend.
The problem, however, is that it will take you forever to write out your next novel by hand. And even if you did manage to write it all out, you’d still need to have it published somewhere else anyway.
Therefore, most self-publishing authors do most of their writing in a word processing tool, which allows them to write, edit, modify, and create using pre-designed book templates and many other tools that make writing and self-publishing a book much more straightforward than doing it manually.
Ask any modern self-publishing author out there, and they’ll surely tell you that they’ve at least heard of the word processing tool known as Scrivener.
Scrivener is one of the most popular and most advanced word processing tools designed explicitly for authors.
Aside from pre-designed templates for books and prose, Scrivener also offers a whole host of other tools and features that make writing, exporting, and self-publishing your next book as easy as can be!
If you’re serious about becoming a self-publishing author, you’re going to need an editor.
Even authors with the keenest eyes for details will still miss some of their errors when proofreading a work.
That’s why we recommend using an editing tool, like Grammarly, to help you along the way.
By Jaime Shaw in Articles, Guest Post | 15th July 2021
You have written a book – congratulations! You are ready to start promoting your brand-new book, but you do not have hundreds of pounds in your budget to spend. We have got your back. Here are our top five free ways to promote your new book online.
1. A Pen Name
You may wish to use your real name as the author of your book. This is great if someone of the same name has not already become a well-known author. Check Amazon for book listings of authors of the same name and ensure that yours is available to use.
If you do select a pen name, make it appeal to your target audience. Be easy to spell and find online. Ensure your pen name can be pronounced by your readers and choose one that rolls off the tongue and is enjoyable to say. The phycology behind this is that the more approachable your brand, the more people will want to talk about your book with their friends and colleagues.
Similarly, another person by your name may be famous for something else. An influencer or another business. Check the handles on social media accounts for your name. It is important that it is available as this will be a driving force behind your future promotions.
2. A Logo
Business branding does not stop at companies and Ecommerce shops. Branding yourself as an author is a clever way to become easily recognisable to your fans. Creating a logo is an excellent way to get started. It defines who you are, what you do and what genre customers should expect. Design a logo for free here.
3. An Email
Welcome contact with your readers by creating a business email. Have a link to your email on your website and social media accounts. Add your email to business cards and, most importantly, put it in your book. Ask customers to contact you with their thoughts on your book.
Many authors cut this part of the process as they are not aware. But how many times have you wished you could ask a writer questions about their story or simply let them know how engaged you were with their words? Makin...
By Luke J. Wilson in Articles, Self-Publishing | 07th July 2020
Many people say they want to write a book “one day”, or that they have a great idea for a story. Some might even have had an exciting life which would make an interesting novel or biography to read.
A lot of the time, it’s the thought that they would never get a publishing deal for their book which stops the creative process from even beginning, but in this digital age we find ourselves, publishing a book has never been easier!
Self-publishing no longer has that stigma of poorly written and badly edited books anymore, as more and more people turn to it — especially with so many online options to do so these days. Even many famous authors began with self-publishing and hit it big! So let’s get into it:
Step One: Write your book!
Sure, this might sound strange to put in this guide on publishing, but you only get to publish if you actually finish (or start!) your book. Don’t let “one day” never arrive, make “one day” today. Lock yourself away and get writing! If you’re looking for motivation, join Twitter and get involved in the #WritingCommunity, or join in with NaNoWriMo as a way to push yourself towards your goal.
Step Two: Edit your book
This one is crucial to getting your book widely read and taken seriously (and professionally). Nobody wants to read something with many typos or grammatical mistakes as it will just come across amateurish. If you are unsure on how to go about this, here are some step-by-step instructions, or you can search for an editor on Reedsy.
Step Three: Format your book
Formatting your book is about getting it set right for the size of book you want printing, assuming you are making a print version as well as an eBook. Once you have decided what size book you want, head over to Amazon’s Paperback Manuscript Templates page where you can download a ZIP file full of preset MS Word files. All you need to do it copy your text into it and then you can work on adjusting the layout of the text and chapters to su...
By Luke J. Wilson in Book Extracts, 40 Days with the Fathers | 04th July 2020
This is the companion to the first book in the series, Forty Days with the Fathers: A Daily Reading Plan. The first book originally took form on my blog as a daily post throughout the period of Lent in 2017 (hence the 40 days), and aims to give you a glimpse into the minds of that great cloud of witnesses that have come before us through short commentary of the early church texts.
This book follows the same forty day pattern and chapter breaks so you can read it alongside the first book, or as a stand-alone reading plan with no additional commentary, as it features the source texts in full as translated and edited by Philip Schaff et al. All the original footnotes are included as well as few of my own where certain things required clarification for 21st century readers. The more learned readers here may notice that I have chosen to only include the shorter Ignatian epistles in this collection—this is because I am convinced by the arguments for their genuineness over the longer letters which are thought to be interpolations.
The reading plan follows a collection of twenty-three early texts in full from the first four centuries. As an additional bit of information, at the beginning of each text I have given a preface which gives a Who, What, Why and When so you can read a short summary about the historical context, purpose for it being written, and the approximate date of each ancient text as well. At the end of each chapter, there is a notes section so you can jot down any thoughts you had during your reading, and at the very end of the book are some useful appendices containing historical data and maps to help bring more visual context the New Testament and Early Church texts.
Each daily reading will vary in length of time to read, and by day 40, you will have read the writings of ten different Church Fathers from the Ante-Nicene and Post-Nicene period:
Didache, Diognetus, Polycarp, Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Cyprian, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem,...