Thursday, 29 May 2014

How to Self-Publish

In recent times, more and more people are trying to self-publish. Whilst the majority are success stories, they are no where near as successful as they'd hoped. And those who are, generally lose their self-publishing roots and get an agent.
With access to the internet, most people now have access to everything they need (hell, in the 1900s, the US govt. tried to let two Americans build a nuke only with public-accessible documents... they succeeded!). And because everyone has what they need, they might find scams and more expensive alternatives. So this guide should hopefully help you self-publish at the cheapest possible price, and I've personally hand-picked links and organisations to recommend to you.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Writing Historical Fiction & Opening to Morbidity

So, I've never really tried my hand at writing historical-based novels or novellas. It's harder than I first thought! Making sure everything is as accurate as possible is actually very hard work, especially with the time period I wanted. Because I'm a history student, I wanted to get everything perfect, except for the characters, and of course, vampires. I'd decided on having my novella set in the 1800s because that is my favorite time period, and I wanted it during a war. I  knew about a few wars in the 19th century, but for more options I quickly Googled "British wars 1800", and found a Wikipedia page with all the wars that were of interest.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Four Reasons Why NaNoWriMo Sucks

NaNoWriMo is an event every year in November that novelists participate in to get 50,000 words down in a bid to win prizes and bragging rights. Many people swear by it, and whilst many people have succeeded in the "NaNo Dream" and got published, many people are left in the dirt with their proof copy of a novella they wrote. Most cases are that the novel is dreadful, and the harsh reality is that no publisher would accept it, and most people are fine with that! Hell, I am! But, for people looking for a career into writing, NaNo could be the kickstart they need, or the thing pulling them back. Here's why!

 

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