Many of us have a hard time writing or talking about ourselves. It's instinctive. Most people see any type of positive speaking on themselves as bragging, gloating, or the newest one, “humble-bragging”. A lot of us write because we have low self-esteem to begin with, and talking about ourselves is far harder than talking about our characters. Yet, no matter what you do, if you take writing seriously eventually you will need an author biography
Hello authors! We are excited to see those submissions come in, and can't wait to pick a cover that works with all of our offerings. To make things much easier for us though, pre-formatting is key. If you don't pre-format in this setup, when we copy/paste your story in, we'd have to edit to make things fit without widows/orphans. We hate doing that, as we prefer to let you guys do your own tweaking to make sure your voice is captured best without our interference. So. How are we doing this?
At Liliom, most of our books are formatted to 6x9 size. We've delved into that here, which is worth a read to sort your full manuscript settings. Now while that blog describes the setup for the entire manuscript, there are some other concerns that need to be stated. First off, we'll start with the fonts.
We're often asked how much it costs to get a book all the way through the process and to the book release. The thing is, this is entirely up to the author. There are tons of different things that can be done, and you have to choose where your money will be best spent. Below, we'll share some of our tricks for getting a great book on a budget.
Teasers help increase excitement for your books, and can earn you some pre-orders as well. However if you plan on running a Facebook party, or posting them anywhere, you need to be able to source your photos.
Why is this important? This is why. No one has $7,500 lying around just because we needed a single photo to get word out about our upcoming books. Worse, there are people who are deliberately setting out to catch people who accidentally use a photo they shouldn't. So how do you do it?
When you write for yourself and only share things with friends and family, you will notice that they don't offer many good critiques. This is understandable... they know you and don't want to crush your dream or say things that might hurt your feelings. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the general public. Behind a computer screen, people can be downright cruel. We've seen some hate filled reviews on Amazon that stunned us to the core. Many times, hopeful writers are too terrified of someone tearing them down just because they could, that they never push themselves to see what could happen.
When beginning to write, most people just open up their word processor and write. Once things get shifted around for the book format, it makes things fit strangely, leaving widowed or orphaned lines dangling and separated from the rest of their paragraphs. Many publishers will not accept books that have too many of them, as it makes the writing look sloppy. There's a simple way to fix this, however!