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My Process

If you're ready to dive into the world of novel writing but unsure of where to start, let me guide you through the writing process I used to create my first novel and refined even more while working on my second and third novel.

Character Profiles

A character profile serves as a comprehensive portrayal of a fictional character's existence and traits. Ranging from intricate details to simplified outlines, its primary purpose is to provide insight into the essence of your characters.

Writing Prompts

A writing prompt serves as a creative catalyst, igniting the imagination of writers and providing a springboard for storytelling. Whether in the form of a sentence, image, or idea, it lays the groundwork for exploration within the realm of writing.

Worldbuilding Guides

The art of crafting intricate and immersive fictional worlds, encompassing geography, history, cultures, societies, and other elements to enrich the setting and enhance the narrative of a story.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've finished my novel, how can I self publish?

An easy way to get self-published is with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and it involves these key steps:

  1. Prepare Your Manuscript: Ensure your book is properly formatted according to KDP's guidelines. This includes formatting for eBook and paperback versions.

  2. Create a KDP Account: Sign up for a KDP account on the Amazon website if you haven't already.

  3. Upload Your Book: Once logged in, you can upload your manuscript files, cover image, and fill in the necessary book details such as title, description, keywords, categories, etc.

  4. Set Your Pricing and Royalties: Determine the pricing for your book and select the royalty option that suits you (either 35% or 70% royalty rates for eBooks, and a set price for paperback books).

  5. Choose Distribution Channels: Decide whether you want to distribute your book exclusively on Amazon (via KDP Select) or make it available through other online retailers as well.

  6. Preview Your Book: Utilize the online previewer to check how your book will look on various devices. Make any necessary adjustments.

  7. Publish Your Book: Once you're satisfied with everything, click the "Publish" button to make your book available for sale on Amazon.

  8. Promote Your Book: After publishing, focus on marketing and promoting your book to reach your target audience. This can include utilizing social media, running promotions, advertising, etc.

  9. Monitor Sales and Reviews: Keep track of your book's sales performance and gather feedback from readers. Adjust your marketing strategies as needed to optimize sales.

  10. Manage Your Book: You can make updates to your book, adjust pricing, or run promotions at any time through your KDP account dashboard.

Remember to consistently interact with your audience, request reviews, and continuously enhance your marketing strategies to optimize the success of your self-published book.

How can I create an incredible cover?

I recommend Canva! Creating a book cover with Canva is a straightforward process:

  1. Sign Up/Login: Visit the Canva website and either sign up for a new account or log in if you already have one.

  2. Choose a Template: Canva offers numerous pre-designed book cover templates in various styles and genres. Browse through the templates and select one that fits the theme and tone of your book.

  3. Customize Your Design: Once you've chosen a template, you can customize it to suit your preferences. This includes changing the background, adding text, inserting images, and adjusting the layout.

  4. Add Text: Insert the title of your book, author name, subtitle (if applicable), and any other text elements you want to include. Canva provides a range of font styles, sizes, and colors to choose from.

  5. Insert Images: Upload your own images or choose from Canva's extensive library of stock photos, illustrations, icons, and graphics. Position the images on the cover as desired and adjust their size and orientation.

  6. Edit and Fine-Tune: Use Canva's editing tools to refine your design. You can adjust the colors, apply filters, add effects, and make other modifications to enhance the visual appeal of your cover.

  7. Preview and Save: Once you're satisfied with your design, preview it to see how it will look as a finished product. Make any final tweaks if necessary, then save your cover design to your computer.

  8. Download and Use: Download your book cover design from Canva in your preferred file format (e.g., JPG, PNG, PDF). You can then use this file to publish your book on platforms like Amazon KDP or other self-publishing platforms.

Canva's intuitive interface and user-friendly tools make it easy for authors to create professional-looking book covers without the need for advanced design skills.

How can I get an audio version of my novel created?

ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) is an amazing resource to help you get the perfect audiobook created and involves these simple steps:

  1. Sign Up/Log In: Create an account on ACX or log in if you already have one.

  2. Claim Your Title: If your book is already listed on Amazon, it may be available for production. Otherwise, you'll need to claim your title by providing details about your book.

  3. Find a Narrator/Producer: You have the option to narrate the book yourself if you have the equipment and skills, or you can browse through a database of narrators/ producers on ACX and audition them for your book.

  4. Review Auditions: Listen to the auditions submitted by narrators/producers and select the one that best fits your vision for the audiobook.

  5. Negotiate and Make an Offer: Once you've selected a narrator/producer, negotiate terms such as payment, deadline, and any other relevant details. ACX offers two payment options: pay a flat fee per finished hour (PFH) or share royalties with the narrator/producer.

  6. Produce the Audiobook: Work closely with the narrator/producer throughout the recording process to ensure they capture the tone and style of your book accurately. Provide any necessary guidance or feedback.

  7. Review and Approve: Once the audiobook is produced, listen to the final product to ensure quality and accuracy. Approve the audiobook if you're satisfied with the result.

  8. Distribute Your Audiobook: Once approved, ACX will distribute your audiobook to various audiobook platforms, including Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Your audiobook will be available for purchase and download by listeners.

By following these steps, you can successfully create and distribute an audiobook through ACX, reaching a wider audience and expanding your book's reach.