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This is the final installment of Kate Bloomfield's article. I hope you have enjoyed it. And please leave some comments on what you think.

 

We left off last time with the end of week 7. Here is the rest.

 

After the 2 months:


 Editing/Proofreading/Formatting

Okay, you've finished your masterpiece, but now you need to fix it. No doubt your book is riddled with mistakes, typos, grammatical errors, and flaws is continuity. (Unless you're some kind of god.) This is the time to check your work and add/edit/delete things you aren't happy with. An initial edit is always recommended before sending your work to a professional to clean it up.

But of course, a professional is highly recommended. They can be a little pricey, however, ranging from 0.004c per word, to as much as 0.02c per word. (That's $1000 for a 50,000 word novel. Most self published writers don't have that kind of money lying around. Right?)

 
Get some BETA readers

Feedback is always important before you start distributing/selling your book on the internet. Get some friends to read over your work and provide honest feedback. Hopefully they'll be honest and tell you what they liked, and didn't like about the book. Now, I know your friends aren't as much of a genius as you, but trust them. They are the general public. What might be clear and concise to you, may actually be confusing to one of a lesser mind.

See that you change some things based on their opinions. Hard, I know. After all, what do they know?
 

Traditional or Digital: The Final Leap

Now is the time to decide which path you wish to distribute your masterpiece. Will you send hundreds of letters to agents/publishing houses, or take the self publishing path like so many others before you? I chose to self publish through Amazon, with good results. I am now working as a full-time writer. (Although I'm still poor.)
 
The Amazon KDP Select program is really simple to use. All you really need to do is format your document to their specifications, and upload it to the site. They do the rest. You'll have your book for sale within 24 hours. Crazy, right?

It's really a matter of preference, and luck if you choose the traditional method of publishing.

Ebooks are becoming increasingly popular. They're cheap, instant, easy to download, and there are MILLIONS of them. But this is also why it is so hard to get noticed. There are hundreds of thousands of authors out there, fighting for attention. It is your job to market your book as hard as you can, get an amazing book cover. (See my blog 'How to design a best-selling book cover' here: LINK) and stir up as much interest as you can. Get twitter, Facebook, a blog, Tumblr, and any other social media you can think of.

PLUG AWAY.

 

That is it!  Now you know how to do it in 2 months.

 

I want to thank Kate again for letting me post her wonderful article.

Kate's website: http://www.bloomfieldkate.com/

 

Now it is your turn to post in the comment area on how your novel is coming along.  Let us hear from you.

 

Until next time,

John

 


 
Posted By John Poindexter

Hello again,

For the next few Blogs I will be presenting a Guest Blog by Kate Bloomfield on How to write a novel (in 2 months).

Don't forget you can leave a comment or two on this topic.

Kate's website: http://www.bloomfieldkate.com/

Part 2 of How to write a novel (in 2 months)
BY KATE BLOOMFIELD

Day 5-6: Research

Now, I don't know much about 18th century England, apart from what I've seen in movies, so some research was in order. I learned quickly that women in the 1700's were not allowed to own property, so I had to alter my story to fit.
•    Elizabeth cannot inherit Apothecary, so she dresses as a man to obtain it.
There. That's nice and neat, isn't it?
Apart from that, I looked into laws and customs of 18th century England, researching women's roles and traditions. I then started to shape my plot around that. I learned that my character would be considered "strange" if she was not married by the time she reached her twenties. This was useful for a lot of dialogue between mother and daughter. I also found that couples would never be left alone, and always have a chaperone.
 
Day 7 onwards: Composition

Okay, now you've got your story outline in bullet-point format. You've researched the customs of the people/era you're writing about. (Not so important if you've made up your setting entirely). Now you need to break up these bullet-points into finer points. Let's say you had 10 bullet points. Break them up into 20, giving each one more detail and depth. Once you have done this you should be able to clearly see how your chapters will pan out. Think of the bullet points as chapters.

Once you've done this, you're pretty much ready to begin writing, and after only a week! You've got a fully planned story to go ahead and write!

Now, when I wrote 'Passing as Elias' I cheated a little bit, and I do not advise doing this unless you've REALLY got the whole thing planned.
Get ready for it ... I wrote the middle of the book first. Yup, that's right. I took the most interesting/fun bullet points and I wrote those chapters first. It was probably a silly thing to do, but it was super fun. I got to write all of the saucy, sexy, action packed fun bits first, without taking the long and tedious road to get there. Now, this was LARGELY part of the reason why I finished the book so fast: because I was enjoying it. I'd write pages upon pages every day, because I got to write all the good bits first. (I also wrote a majority of this book during work hours at my office job. I'd sneakily type a few paragraphs into an email and send it to myself) Shhhh.

So what happens when you've written all the best bits? Well, it's time to stitch them together, I guess. This is the hard part (if you do what I did) but I did find it got the work done quicker.

Those in between bits are called 'Filler'. Scenes/Conversations/Events that move the story along at an even pace without having one thing happen after another. If you don't have the filler then the book won't flow nicely, it'll be short, and be an absolute mess.

Filler is a good time for you to explore your characters and give them depth during their 'down time'. What does your character do on a Sunday afternoon? Do they have hobbies? Use this time to improve upon your characters relationships. Some of my filler included the following:
•    A funeral (to enhance the characters important relationship with the deceased).
•    A wedding (to enhance her sense of entrapment)
•    Time at a bar (to study the way males behave)
Okay, so now you've written the exciting bits AND the parts in between. Now what? Is your novel finished? No way.
 

I will post more in about two weeks

Until then, remember to write. Also leave a comment.

John

 


 

 

 
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