Formatting your book correctly is one of the most important thing self-published authors can do. Getting it wrong marks your book out as amateurish, but getting it right makes your book look as professional as any other book it may be alongside in a bookshop. If you are publishing in paperback don’t blindly follow Amazon …
Finding a Literary Agent in the UK is time-consuming, and you Finding a Literary Agent in the UK is time-consuming, and you need to do research to find the one best suited to you and your book.
In the UK, the overwhelming majority of literary agents charge authors 15% of any income earned from UK sales, and 20% of any income earned from overseas sales or from film and TV sales. Most of you reading this will realise this is good value for money. You don’t have to pay your agent any up-front fees, and it is in their best interest for you to sell a lot of books. If they don’t find a publisher to accept your book, or if your book doesn’t sell, they make nothing.
All writers end up developing a novel writing style of their own. In years to come someone will find your writing and know you wrote it. Pick up an unknown book by an author you love, and within a few sentences you will know your favourite author wrote it. Writing style is intangible and difficult to describe, but we recognise it when we see it.
Development of novel characters is central to any novel. Some have major parts, others minor, but every character should be there for a reason.
Some of the major characters in your story will be heroes, some villains, some good, some evil, some dim, some clever. Just like all the people you meet in real life, all your characters will have different characteristics, some you will like and others you will dislike. That presents authors with a problem. Like them or loath them, your characters have to be believable.
Writing the start of a novel shouldn’t be done without completing the preliminaries. You should already have a theme, a plot, and a viewpoint. If you’re a planner, you’ve plenty of planning to do; but if you’re a pantser, you’re good to go. Either way, once you are ready to write, how should you begin your novel?
When developing the viewpoint of a novel it’s important to remember its the author’s view of the world as seen by the readers of a novel. Authors, and readers, need to have as few distractions as possible in order to immerse themselves in a story. This means they need to know whose story it is, …