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Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 5

22 May

By Nesher Ehrman

Hello again. Welcome to the fifth and final section of this little series. If you haven’t read the previous four parts of the series, you should. Really, they’re not bad, and the chronology of one to four is flawless.

In this final installment, we’ll talk (finally!) about how to self publish. Self-publishing demands a bit more effort, but depending on no one but yourself can be a bonus – it only takes as long as you want it to take.

Essentially, self-publishing means you find a company which does print-on-demand publishing. These companies often work internationally, so you don’t need to look for one near you. One great example of such a company is Createspace, a subsidiary of Amazon. However, most self-publishing companies have similar ways of working, so what you’ll need to do by yourself is –
1) design the interior of your book, (typesetting, print size, margins, fonts, page numbers etc.)
2) design the artwork for your cover, front back and spine
Both of these parts can be done by a determined layman with some degree of efficiency and intelligence, but if you obtain professional help, the end product will probably be superior.

Many self-publishing companies give you a free ISBN (publishing number) when they publish your book, and some require a small fee, depending. The choice, of course, is yours, but don’t forget to take it into account. Once all of this is done, publish your book through the company by sending them the files of your book interior and exterior. You may be required to buy a single copy of the book.

At this point, you might think your work is done – far from it. If you choose to self-publish, you should be aware that any advertising that is done for your book comes exclusively from you – mention it on your social media, tell your friends, arrange book-signings, talk about it on book sites, comment about it on appropriate blogs. Make sure as many people as possible are aware of your published book in order to get it going. Word doesn’t spread by word of mouth if no one has ever heard of your book.

This has been the final part of the Realizing Your Writing Potential series. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and be sure to glance through when you publish your next book. If you just read the series in order to publish a book – good luck!

This series was written by Nesher Ehrman, an oddity who prefers speaking with a keyboard rather than the more accepted channels. To experience more of his keyboard-speech, pay a visit to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

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Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4

25 Apr
By Nesher Ehrman
 
Hello once again. This is installment number 4 in the series Realizing Your Writing Potential. Like most fours, this one has a one, two and three, so if you haven’t read those yet, you should do that first. In this part, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details of how to publish with a recognized publishing company.
 
So, how do you contact a publishing company? Who should you go with? How do you even find them? 
 
Google knows. No, seriously, Google knows everything. Utilize the all-knowing search engine to cast your net. search for publishing companies close enough to work with. No matter where you live, there are a lot of publishing companies in your area. (Unless you’re in Antarctica, in which case, how are you getting an internet signal?)
 
Compile a list of all the publishing companies near you, and slot them into a chart. Some companies will charge money just to read your manuscript, so decide whether – and how much – you’re willing to pay for that. If not, strike them out. Cross out companies if they don’t publish the kind of book you’ve written – companies are generally very clear about which genres they publish. Keep crossing out companies until you have a list of places which you think might want to publish your book. This list can range from two to twenty, depending on how picky you are, where you live, and how industriously you’ve worked on your list.
 
Some of the companies on your list might accept entries by email. This requires the least effort, so send to those first. What do you have to lose? Next, send printed copies to the rest, according to their requirements. Different companies might ask for carbon copies in a specific font or text size, so pay attention to that. Don’t forget include your details, so that the company can get back to you if they like your manuscript. Finally – and do not, on any account, skip this step – heave a sigh of relief.
 
The final item on your agenda is to wait. Publishing companies are notorious for taking their time in processing manuscripts, in order to choose the best. Not to worry, though, because you write brilliantly, so it’s just a matter of time.
 
In the next and final installment of this series, Part 5, we’ll talk about self-publishing, who you should do it with, and how to it correctly. See you there!
 
Nesher Ehrman is an author for The Writing Corp, and when he’s doing anything other than refreshing the view stats for that website, you can find him (and his work) over at nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
 

Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 3

24 Apr
By Nesher Ehrman
 
Hi. Welcome back to Realizing Your Writing Potential. If ‘welcome’ would be more suited than ‘welcome back’, then you should read part 1 and 2 first. If you have read the first two installments of this series, then get your work cap on, because work is going to happen today.
 
In the previous parts, we covered all the stages up until the point when you have writing material ready to publish. Let’s assume that material is a book. Whether it’s an anthology of short stories, a collection of poems or a general breakdown and dissection of 16th-century literary achievement which six people would want to read – your book is ready to go. Now what?
 
The first step is to decide how you want to publish your book. In general terms, there are three accepted paths to get a book published:
 
1) Pay a company or an agent to get it ready, publish it, and sell it
2) Contact a publishing company and produce it together with them, after which they’re in charge of publication and sales
3) Producing and publishing your book yourself and then selling it through an internet medium
 
In Part 4 we’ll cover the second path, and the third will be adressed in Part 5, the final installment in this series. 
 
‘But what about the first path?’ Good question. The simple answer is, ‘don’t do that one’. If you’ve never published a book and you’re not a celebrity publishing their biography, chances are that this course is not the right one for you. Having someone design a cover for you, edit your work and publish your book costs a lot of money for uncertain return. Additionally, once the book is out, the company doesn’t neccesarily care what happens next. Chances are, you’re better off choosing the second or third course of action. 
 
In Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4, we’ll get into how to contact and publish with a recognized publishing company. See you there!
 
To see more of Nesher Ehrman’s work – mostly short stories and poems – feel free to free-fall to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 2

12 Apr
By Nesher Ehrman
Hello again. If you haven’t yet read “Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 1”, do that first. It’s not long, and this series will make a lot more sense. If you have read part 1, and you’re back for more, then hi, welcome back. Now, buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, because what we’re about to do is going to be the hardest part of this whole series.
Really. This isn’t going to be easy. Ready?
All right. This is what you have to do. You have to Change. Pretty scary, right? At this point, you’re sort of wondering ‘but that’s not how this is supposed to work! I already write from the heart, from true, heartfelt inspiration!’.
This is true. However, it still isn’t enough. Let’s go back to our original goal – to be a successful writer. That depends solely on one single thing – people have to like what you write. They have to enjoy reading it, or be moved by it, or learn something. The question which follows from that is – how do you know what people like. The answer is, easy. Or rather, easy to do, and very hard to actually put into effect. But then, no one said being a writer was easy, did they?
So, the first step is getting to know what other people think of your work. To do that, you need to be both creative and active. Print up copies, give it out to anyone who speaks the language you write in. Walk into a bookstore and ask whether they would mind if you do a reading. Send an email to all of your contacts (OK, maybe not your boss, but as many as you can) with a sample of something you’ve written.
The key is to be shameless. If you have a social media account – and statistically, you should have about nine – then share your written material through there. Yes, everyone will know that you’re writing. If you’re planning to be a writer, people are going to see your work. You can even start a blog, put some work there, and refer people to the link. Mine, for example, is at the bottom of this post. See? Shameless.
Once you’ve done all that, you’re ready for step two. This is the hard part.
So now you have lots of people giving you opinions. Some of their opinions are worthless. Some of them didn’t spare an actual thought before dashing off a nine-page scathing critique of your three-line haiku. Internet people can be like that. What you need to do is weed through all the useless opinions to find the actual good advice. If you’ve reached enough people, there will be quite a lot of good feedback.
Then – brace yourself – look at what people think, look at your writing, and try to focus your material. Know who you’re writing for, and adjust your work accordingly. In the end, you’re writing for you, but the people reading your work have other priorities.
Still with us? Congratulations. If you can follow the above instructions to better your work, you’re well on your way to achieving your goal of realizing your writing potential. If you can do something as hard as changing yourself, the rest should be smooth sailing all the way.
In “Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 3”, we’ll talk about different ways of actually getting your book published, and the pros and cons of different publishing routes, so we’ll see you there.
To see more of Nesher Ehrman’s work, hop on over to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
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