Find lots of how to advice for when you decide to start Self-Publishing your books.
I’ve often confessed that I am obsessed with reading writing guides to help me (and other authors) to create a page-turning novel that has readers staying up late at night because they simply can’t stop reading.
Any aspiring writer who has every intention of self-publishing their book simply has to read Jack Bickham’s Elements of Fiction Writing - Scene & Structure by the fantastic publisher of writing resource books, Writers Digest.
After reading Jodie Renner’s Write A Killer Thriller I was dead keen to read her new book on how to Captivate Your Readers.
When I read Killer Thriller I found it easy to read and stuffed to the gills with short sharp paragraphs giving vital advice to thriller writers like me. So easy and compelling to read that it was just the page turner that Jodie was advising the reader to create for their thrillers.
Needless to say when I spotted Captivate Your Reader I suspected it would similar.
I wasn’t wrong.
Do you have a toy box of bright and fun ideas tumbling through your mind? Ideas that may be good for children's books or more advanced thrilling stories for young adults (YA)?
But what exactly is YA Fiction?
Young adult fiction (commonly called “YA Fiction”) is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, around the ages of 13 to 21 (although interestingly, more than half of all YA novels sold are bought by adults 18 or older).
The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller By Philip Athans helps writers learn how to craft their own breakout fantasy or sci-fi novel.
This guide also helps in: developing the best plot structure; creating believable, exciting characters; writing compelling combat scenes; presenting technology that sounds as if it ought to work; and, also writing a strong proposal and finding the right publisher.
If you’re on a similar journey learning to write about fantasy then Orson Scott Card’s book called How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy will provide advice on science fiction and fantasy.
If you’re a self-published writer interested in constructing stories about people, worlds and events that stretch the boundaries of the possible and the magical, Orson’s guide also includes information on potential markets and how to reach them.
The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference by a collection of editors and writers at Writers’ Digest Books is an indispensable compendium of Myth and Magic for new authors delving into writing about fantasy.
For example, do you know what a murder hole is? Or why a chimera is three times worse than most monsters? And what would be better for storming castles, a trebuchet or a kopesh?
In this book, successful children's book author Anastasia Suen will guide every self-published writer through creating pictures in your young readers' minds. Here is another fab writing reference guide from the experts over at Writers' Digest.
If you need any more ideas, tips and exercises for writing your Children's Fiction novel then dip into Get Writing Children's Fiction by Karen King. Her book is packed full of inspiration, tips and writing exercises for anyone who wants to write children's fiction.