Thursday, March 29, 2012

Can Online Publishing Serve Your Needs Better than A Traditional Print Publisher?



Writers of every genre and style have to make difficult decisions when pursuing the publishing process. Traditionally, authors submitted works to literary agents or publishing houses and hoped for the best. If accepted, work would be published and released in book form by a publisher. In today's ever-changing literary market, many authors have turned to a printing company to self-publish their own works.

The recent explosion in the popularity of eReaders and tablets has been a boon for many authors. A ready-made audience is at any author's fingertips. Instead of paying for costly print publication, authors can easily produce an ebook or magazine. They can publish their work on a website. These forms of online publication can be accessed from both eReaders and devices with internet browsers. Online publishing offers authors many advantages.


Authors who wish to publish a newsletter or magazine online or in ebook form can take advantage of strong readership reports. If an author has a subscription-based site or sells issues of a magazine for eReader platforms, he or she can gain an accurate picture of the articles and works readers find most interesting. Allowing comments on articles or blog posts is a particularly effective way to harness the power of reader feedback.

Perhaps the biggest advantage to online publishing is that works last forever. When authors choose a traditional printing company, they run the risk that readers won't be able to find their book or magazine after a few years. Online and ebook versions of works are truly timeless. They can be viewed or downloaded any time of the day, from anywhere in the world. Authors can gain personal gratification from this timelessness. Free of bookstore fetters, they can also increase profits around the clock.


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Bio: Jessica is a specialist in printing company operations. When she is not writing for Print360.com, you can find her cooking up a storm in her kitchen.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Writers on Writing: Carolyn J. Rose

Books That Inspired Me: A Story Is A Promise by Bill Johnson


Several years ago a writer friend mentioned Bill Johnson’s A Story is a Promise, describing it as “the missing link” needed to take her work to the next level.

It’s in my nature and background—25 years as a TV news producer—to be suspicious of claims about product benefits. But I didn’t want my friend to get to the next level without me, so how could I not check out that book?

I bought a copy and plowed through it, underlining, highlighting, and making notes in the margin about the human need for stories in order for people to feel engaged by and connected to life, for them to feel that living has meaning and purpose. Readers, Johnson contends, gravitate toward stories that promise to meet their particular needs—to experience, in a fictional world, things like redemption, justice, courage, love, and honor.

If the author’s promise is kept and the reader’s need is met, he said, then readers would want to re-experience that story.

And maybe, I thought, they’d want others to experience it, too. That might create the word-of-mouth ripple effect all writers long for. That might give a book staying power.

Since I read Johnson’s book, I’ve put more effort into thinking about the core human needs of the characters I create, how they’ll seek to fulfill those needs, and the way in which those needs will be met—or not—in the course of the plot. I’ve given more thought to how story (what the novel is about on a deep thematic level) and plot (actions and events) weave together and support each other. It’s tough, because I’m more of a seat-of-the-pants writer than a planner.

Have I reached that next level? I don’t know. Maybe. The novels I’ve written since I read Johnson’s book are selling better than previous ones. And last month a reader told me she read one of my novels twice. So thank you, Bill Johnson, for writing A Story is a Promise.

Link to A Story is a Promise

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Carolyn J. Rose is the author of a number of novels, including recent indie titles A Place of Forgetting , An Uncertain Refuge, and No Substitute for Murder. She grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, gardening, and not cooking.


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Reposted by permission of Carolyn J Rose.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Diana Gabaldon Interview on Author's Road

Too often science and art are classed as two different worlds, distinct from one another.

We are pleased to introduce you to someone who doesn’t recognize this distinction, but rather sees these endeavors as two sides of the same coin. And she has the credentials to assert this since she’s both an accomplished scientist and a successful novelist of the bestselling Outlander series and the Lord John series.

In this intriguing and lively interview, Diana Gabaldon shares her understanding of how the artistic process and the scientific process are similar, and how crafting a novel is like solving a scientific riddle.

But that’s not all that Diana offers in this amazing interview. She also does something that no other writer we’ve spoken with has attempted: she demonstrates how a written scene is crafted, reshaped and refined into a fine literary image. It’s a magical scene that writers and artists, and no doubt scientists, will find illuminating.

Each of Diana’s many novels and novellas her multiple genres, and her insights about writing are some of the most unique we’ve encountered as we’ve traveled the Authors Road. We believe you’ll find her interview an inspiration, whether you’re a writer, a reader, or simply a lover of clear thinking.

George & Salli

http://www.authorsroad.com

http://www.authorsroad.com

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Putting Into Practice the Essential Elements of Storytelling

To set a character into a world where their desire for redemption or courage or healing or understanding is tested cues an audience to pay attention to a story’s promise. As plot obstacles grow larger and strike characters with more force, they compel deeper revelations about what drives characters to resolve what’s at stake.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how storytelling is a promise and how to uphold this important commitment to your story readers; create a powerful dramatic truth for your characters; and to create and transfer narrative tehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifnsion to your readers.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

Without these elements, a novel risks being an account of events, and not a powerful story that compels readers to keep turning the pages.

This workshop is designed to help both beginning novelists and writers who have felt 'stuck' at learning a deeper sense of the craft of writing a novel.

Cost of workshop, $50. It will be held in West Linn. Email Bill at bjscript at teleport.com to register or for details.

Date: Sunday, March 18th; Time: 3-8 pm

http://www.storyispromise.com/wolclass.htm