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For Writers: Self-Publishing Works!

Not everyone gets published their first try, in fact, J.K. Rowling was rejected nine times before someone would publish her first Harry Potter book. Now, according to New York Times, she has sold over 6.9 million copies. Authors get rejected quite often in their line of work, but that doesn’t stop them. There are other ways to publish a book if the traditional publishing route fails.

Subsidy Publishing

If you want to get your book out there in the market place, this is one of the best ways to use. However, you better make sure you have sufficient funds because the author pays for the binding and editing of the book. But don’t fear! These publishers market, house, and distribute the book. Once the book sells, according to Brighton Publishing Website, the author receives about 20% to 40% of the royalties. This is way more than the Traditional Publishing royalties, which are about 8% to 12%. The author pays for the editing and binding which Traditional Publishing originally would pay for, which is why the author receives more royalties. There’s one important catch. The publisher owns the book until it sells.

Vanity Publishing

The author pays for a lot more here than anywhere else. They pay for the producing, marketing, distributing, warehousing… but not for the editing. The author will have to make sure that their stuff is up to par before they send it out to be published. So if you want to publish in large amounts DON’T use this system! Even though the author receives all of the royalties it isn’t worth it. Not unless you’re rolling with cash. Vanity Publishing is usually used for people who just want to see their book in print. Blurb and provide fantastic service. Just download the system, piece together your book and print as many as you want to pay for.


Now days, this type of publishing is best known through iBook and Amazon. Writer’s Digest Shop says that this system is best for authors who have a well-established fan club. These authors pay for all of the services and receive all of the royalties. eBooks have become quite popular for this type of publishing. The cost is relatively low and more people are willing to buy something that’s just as cheap.

Print on Demand

This one is rather similar to Vanity publishing with one exception; the books are produced for a very limited audience. However, you can still use the services like Blurb and They’ll only print as many books as you wish and they’ll print for anyone. Writer’s Digest Shop says that the company asks for a very cost-effective prices so no worries if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. The books are printed as the orders come in, one at a time.

Don’t give up; there are different ways to self-publish a book. If Erika Leonard, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, can do it, by selling her first book as an eBook, then you can too.


Why is formatting important? 










It’s hammered into our heads that we need to learn all of these different formattings when we write our papers for school and for most of us we think: why should I bother? I’m never going to use these ever again in my life! Prepare yourself… here come a big surprise. A lot of researchers, scientists, and many more use these different methods to make their papers clearer for the public. Those who use APA are writer and students in: Social Sciences (Psychology, Linguistics, Sociology, Economics, and Criminology), Business, and Nursing. Those who use MLA are students and writers in various humanities like: English Studies – Language and Literature, Foreign Language and Literatures, Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies. Those who use Chicago Manual formatting for: social science publications and historical journals. Each style has a particular use in each of the different areas. APA is really good because it gives an Abstract, a summary of what the whole paper is about. MLA is a more artistic format, it flows like a story, which is probably why Literature groups like it. The best thing about Chicago Style are the footnotes and endnotes cited at the bottom of the pages and in the bibliography. It helps avoid plagiarism and give insight to what the author wants to say.

For further help on how to format in APA, MLA, or Chicago Style visit Purdue OWL!

Time vs Characters

Time can be worst enemy to writers. The longer the author ignores a character, the flatter the he becomes. For example, I have ignored my character Ran for months on end and when I pick him up again and start writing from his perspective, his personality fluxes. He’s no longer the same person because my writing style has changed and I’ve started to think of him more of facts on a list rather than a real person. Without a round character, the author can’t predict the character’s next moves and write it sufficiently for the audience to understand and relate.

Time and genuinality need to be taken into consideration with characters. Think of them as your friends. Best buddies can guess what the other would like and do, acquaintances can only shoot wildly in the dark or not at all. This is why Time kills characters. The further removed the author is, the harder it’s to come back. The certain character may change due to the author’s writing style, or something may have happened in the author’s life that shows up in the character’s decisions or personality. While these changes may be good, if the changes pop up too often or too much they may jeopardize the plotline of the story and make the character stick out like a dirty thumb. The more time the author spends with the character in Alternate Universes the greater they will come to understand the character whom they are writing. This quality time will help the author’s story and make their quest seem more genuine and realistic.

In other words spend QUALITY TIME with the characters you love and your story will turn out better.


Inspecting the world around me, I notice the smallest of things. The contrast of cream colored letters on a jet black keyboard and a brilliant copper coin laying against the top of a mellowed brown desk top. These vibrant colors entice me if I care to give them a glance. Reaching out to feel the articles, my fingers run over smooth, frequently used surfaces. Coldness seeps into my bones as my heat flees into the objects I hold. Can you feel it? The small grooves of the penny in my hand? The subtle rises and falls of each line form the image of Abraham Lincoln on the front of the coin.Sadly, we spend so much time staring at our world that we forget how magnificent everything really is and then we lose our appreciation of it. Such as our eyes. They are complex objects that allow us to see. We pick up fine details every second of every day  and then the information we gather is directed to our brains to sort out. There is where I suppose we discard the details as something ordinary and dull.Through my eyes, ears, mouth, hands I can help you feel the world around you as you inhale words on pages that flutter by. Reading a book is like being  blind and deaf. You can’t tell what’s going on except that the world is moving around you. Until you are told, one way or another, every detail around you, you don’t realize the beauty you could behold.

Musicians know the concept that I am trying to explain. They produce music with such rhythm and beat that they can’t help but prick feeling within you. Adam Young, author of the band Owl City, creates flows of music that gently push your feelings this way and that. By manipulating you through song and lyrics, you feel what he is portraying. Through writing you can do the same if you add details that will blow your reader away.

Don’t be afraid to describe. The longer the description the better the book. It depends on the situation and who the reader is. Description is needed, don’t forget that. Let go of your description juices onto your paper and write away. Convey the feelings you mean to give and your reader will soak it in and imagine what is happening. “There is more to this great adventure than you will ever believe” (To the Sky, Owl City). Let your reader be involved with your adventure with the description you give.

Creating Characters

The most exciting thing about a story is the people within them. Their thoughts, words and actions lead us around a portion of their lives. Without them, our words would be concentrated on the thoughts, personifications and descriptions of scenery and creatures. Characters can provide a sense of excitement if they are well thought out. In order for a character to become real to the reader they need to be formed, tested and practiced.When first forming a character, or brainchild, there are many different ways on how to start. Such as physical features, name, background information or personality. A preferred way is to start with their physical features or name but it really depends on who you are and what adventure they are meant for. When constructing their physical features most writers begin with the face. DO NOT MAKE THEM INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS OR UGLY. Good or awful looks are determined by other’s opinions. Leave room for doubt. Within your text you can suggest to the reader through other characters point of view that they are lovely or unattractive beyond description but to say straight out that they are in the extremes of the attractiveness range isn’t very descriptive. It is suggested to have an artist, such as yourself or another, to draw up your brainchild. This allows you to see with your eyes what you imagine within your head. Their image doesn’t fade away easily or change on the paper unless you decide that they aren’t the person whom you wish to have your audience see. Don’t think of your character only as a subject on a page, let them become your friend.Placing a brainchild within a scenario to see how they will unfold is a delicate procedure. When you draw them up in ink or pen you want to try to keep them the same person you originally made them out to be. With time they can change and morph into a version of you instead. Depending on their personality this can be a good or bad thing. When they change into a version of yourself they become easier to write and don’t conflict with your own views quite as much. They become easier to cope with and you have a better view of their mind set. The danger of this is the laziness that can be produced. You become so use to writing them that you forget who they are and start typing up what you would do instead. You want to be close to your character so that you know them inside and out but not close enough that they simply disappear out of existence.