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21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors


21 marketing tips for authors

“21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors” by Joan Y. Edwards

Writing a book is a wondrous feat and getting it published is another great accomplishment. Selling your book is the next step and it is a very interesting endeavor today. You have to plan and take action. To make money; you have to spend money and/or time. You must be creative. Choose things to do that are fun for you. I suggest you work on three of them at a time. Choose two that you can do without any problem and one with a little challenge to it. Reward yourself for each step you complete.

I’ve read through many online sources and books about marketing to sell both Flip Flap Floodle and Joan’s Elder Care Guide.

I listed the resources I’ve found helpful. These marketing tips are ones I’ve used personally, witnessed other authors use them successfully, or plan to take action to make them a reality myself.

1. Place a profile on About.me. Mark Coker recommends this as a way to put all of your information in one place that many people look first. Place an About Me file on your website and blog.

2. Make a Facebook Author Page and a Facebook Personal profile page.

3. Twitter  – Open a Twitter personal account. Post about things relating to the book you’re writing. Follow and retweet other people’s tweets relevant to your favorite topics.

4. Set up pre-orders for your book. Helps build tension so people anticipate the big release date. After the release of your first book, as soon as you get the second book ready, do a pre-order for it. On the last page of your first book, let people know about your second.

5. Create a Video Trailer for your book.

Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/

Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html

6. Send out a News Release before your book launch. Put your press releases on your website. PRlog sends out free press releases (https://www.prlog.org/)

Sample Press Release

Rob Bignell. “Press Release: Advice on Day Hiking with Children:” https://www.prlog.org/11593433-new-book-provides-valuable-tips-advice-on-day-hiking-with-children.html; 

Stephen King. “Book Release American Vampire:” http://stephenking.com/promo/american_vampire/press_release/

7. Obtain 50 reviews of your books on Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble. Use 50 as your top goal but be happy and celebrate each review you get. According to Brooke Warner Huffington Post, you need 50 reviews for Amazon to give you special notice. Be willing to give people who commit to review your book  a free PDF, Kindle, or paperback copy for their review.

If it’s an ebook on Kindle and you belong to GoodReads, Kindle asks you to review the book when you finish it. It posts it on both Amazon and GoodReads for you at the same time. 

It’s exciting to watch your book ranks after your book is released. To find statistics about your book sales and book rankings:

Sign into Amazon’s Author Central. It gives you the number of books sold. http://www.amazon.com/authorcentral

Check the listing of Best-Selling Authors from top down: https://www.amazon.com/author-rank

Ranks Amazon Book Sales  – website and app. https://www.novelrank.com/; 

I have 14 reviews on Joan’s Elder Care Guide and 18 for Flip Flap Floodle. So I need a lot more reviews to hit the lucky number of 50 reviews for each. If you’d be willing to do a review of either book for me, please let me know. I’ll send you a paperback copy. I’ll be willing to do a book review for you, too.

Put whole reviews or snippets of reviews with a book cover image and a link to purchase your book on your blog, website, emails, Facebook, Twitter, and your favorite social media.

8. Create Slide Presentation for your website. Linked-In has SlideShare where you can create and share slides about you, your writing, and your books. This SlideShare can be embedded on other people’s websites or blogs. You can even share it on your personal website or blog, too. To do the Linked-In SlideShare, go to Robert Sisson’s step by step directions: https://www.slideshare.net/RobertSisson/how-to-upload-your-powerpoint-slides-to-slideshare?qid=e74460bd-5446-41d3-894b-37cffb952803&v=&b=&from_search=11

9. Blog Tour – Ask 10 or more bloggers to interview you as a guest. Stagger the interviews. Have one each day for a week or two weeks. Include one review or snippets from 3 reviews with an image of your book cover and a link to purchase your book.

10. Book Blitz on the day of your book release – Ask 10 or more bloggers to put a copy of the specialized Book Blitz notices (format similar to a news release) on their blogs.

Sample Book Blitz:

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards

New Book? Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitz

11. Have a Book Launch Facebook or Twitter party

Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/

Lynne Hinkey. “Virtual Book Party” https://writerswin.com/virtual-book-party/

Katherine Mayfield. “Hosting a Book Launch Party on Facebook:” http://fundsforwriters.com/hosting-a-book-launch-party-on-facebook/

12. Create a book club study guide or teacher’s study guide for your book. Rob Bignell says this is a good way to entice book club members to buy copies of your book.

Sample Study Guide

“Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/

13. Make and distribute promotional materials: bookmarks, postcards, and business cards. You can print a coupon on the back of some of your business cards that say. If you’d like a free book, ask me for details. Willing to do a review – Free copy of book or something similar. Ask me: How can I get a free copy of your book?

14. Place a copy of you book in waiting rooms. Rob Bignell says to write a note inside your book that says, “Please leave for others to enjoy.”

15. Get your book into at least 2 local bookstores. If you or your publisher does not have a return book policy, you may want to see if local bookstores or businesses related to the subject of your book would sell your books on consignment. If your publisher has a return book policy, it will be easier to get your books on the shelves in a store.

16. Have a book signing event. Do a reading or a presentation. Mingle with the people in the store. 

17. Have contests to win copies of your book or give away copies of unpublished writing.

18. Do a joint venture advertising campaign with 2-4 other authors with similar subjects or genres or who live in your area or travel together to different states.

19. Ask your readers to write, call, and visit your local library and ask them to order your book. Make sure your ISBN number is on your business card or on your website.

20. Write articles for organizations, newspapers, blogs, ezine articles, HubPages. Rob Bignell says they pay freelance writers for writing. Perhaps they will allow a byline and add the title of your book, a book cover image, and a link to purchase it.

21. Set up a Google Alert for you book title, book subject, and your name. They will email you daily or weekly articles that contain the words you designate. This may help you find blogs or magazines with articles about your subject. Then you can pursue writing for them, doing a guest blog, etc.

Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/

RESOURCES

  1. Advisory HQ. “Top Free Press Release Distribution: https://www.advisoryhq.com/articles/top-free-press-release-distribution/
  2. Authors’ Community. “Marketing Your Books:” http://authorscommunity.net/category/marketing-your-books/
  3. Blog: Books on the Knob. “List of free books, coupons for Amazon:” http://blog.booksontheknob.org
  4. Book Enthusiast Promotions. “Release Day Event:” http://www.bookenthusiastpromotions.com/release-day-event/
  5. Bookmarket.com. Reputable Mailing Lists. http://www.bookmarket.com/lists.htm
  6. Brandon Cornett. “54 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:”
    http://www.bookmarket.com/postcardmarketing.htm
  7. Caitlin Muir. “89 Plus Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life:” http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/
  8. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (The HowToDoItFrugally Series) ebook https://www.amazon.com/Frugal-Book-Promoter-partnering-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B005G5L3DC/
  9. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career:  https://www.amazon.com/Great-Reviews-Frugally-Ethically-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B01MQCKRF5/
  10. Daniel Kehrer. “10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:” http://www.bizbest.com/10-tips-for-postcard-marketing-success/
  11. Daniel Newman. “Here Are 12 Must-Use Apps for Marketers:” https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246047
  12. Danny Iny. “7 Book Marketing Lessons for the Self-Published Author:” https://www.inc.com/danny-iny/7-book-marketing-lessons-for-the-self-published-author.html
  13. David Gaughran. Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let’s Get Publishing Book 2):  https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Visible-Noticed-Publishing-ebook/dp/B00CPQ6YYI/
  14. Erin Bowman. Publishing Crawl. “How to Support an Author Beyond Buying Their Book:” http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2015/04/20/how-to-support-an-author-after-buying-their-book/
  15. Erin Entrada Kelly, Book Publicist. “YOU DID NANO. NOW WHAT?” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/you-did-nano-now-what/
  16. Debbie Ridpath Ohi. “Want to support an author’s or illustrator’s new book but can’t afford to buy it?” http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/19/want-to-support-an-authors-or-illustrators-new-book-but-cant.html
  17. Derek Haines. “What’s the Best Way to Promote My Self-Published Book:” https://www.justpublishingadvice.com/whats-the-best-way-to-promote-my-self-published-book/
  18. Diana Urban. “119 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales:” https://insights.bookbub.com/book-marketing-ideas/
  19. D. Jean Quarles. “5 Tips to Writing Your Author Bio:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/09/5-tips-to-writing-your-authors-bio.html
  20. Enticing Journey Book Promotions. “Release Day Blitz:” http://www.enticingjourneybookpromotions.com/p/release-day-blitz.html
  21. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/08/authors-boost-book-marketing-with-these-5-apps/
  22. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/03/27/marketing-your-first-book-graham-storrs/
  23. Greg Scowen. “A Few Indie Book Reviewers:” http://www.gregscowen.com/a-few-indie-book-reviewers/
  24. HubPages. Search for writing gigs. HubPages. 
  25. Huffington Post. “The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/the-top-10-things-all-aut_b_6744386.html
  26. “Indie Authors: 17 Book Marketing Tips to Sell More Books:” https://www.amarketingexpert.com/indie-authors-17-book-marketing-tips-to-sell-more-books/
  27. iuniverse. “10 Tips for Marketing Your Book:” https://www.iuniverse.com/Resources/Book-Marketing-Self-Promotion/10TipsForMarketingYourBook.aspx
  28. J.C. Saucedo. “20 Book Marketing Tips and Tactics for Self-Published Authors:” https://blog.placeit.net/20-book-marketing-tips-tactics-self-publishing-authors/
  29. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 1: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/01/03/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-one/
  30. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 2: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/02/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-two/
  31. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 3: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book): http://writersrumpus.com/2014/03/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-three/
  32. Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/
  33. Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/
  34. Joanna Penn. How to Market a Book Third Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Market-Book-Third-Joanna-Penn/dp/191210587X
  35. Joan Y. Edwards. (Book Blitz) “Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/joans-elder-care-guide-empowering-you-and-your-elder-to-survive-by-joan-y-edwards/
  36. Joan Y. Edwards. “New Book? Spread the Word with a Book Blitz:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/new-book-spread-the-word-with-a-book-blitz/
  37. Josh Funk. “How Can You Help an Author?” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/how-can-you-help-an-author-im-so-glad-you-asked/
  38. Josh Funk. “How to Buy a Picture Book without Buying a Picture Book:” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/how-to-buy-a-picture-book-without-buying-a-picture-book/
  39. Kate Tilton. “Bloggers Resources (contains blogger reviewers):” http://katetilton.com/bloggers/
  40. Kimberley Grabas. “71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book:” http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/promote-and-market-your-book/
  41. Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/
  42. Mark Coker.  Smashwords Book Marketing Guide – How to Market Any Book for Free (Smashwords Guides 2)Kindle Edition: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XR57PE/
  43. Melinda Brasher. “Strategies to Get Book Reviews:” http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/04/strategies-to-get-book-reviews.html
  44. Monique Danao. “Four Simple Ways Free Lance Writers Can Find Gigs Fast:”  http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/find-new-writing-gigs-fast
  45. National Pen Company. Personalized, colorful, distinctive, smooth writing promotional pens, stylus, magnets: http://www.pens.com
  46. New York Book Editors. “5 Tips for Marketing Your YA Novel:” https://nybookeditors.com/2017/08/5-tips-for-marketing-your-ya-novel/
  47. Nonfiction Author Association. “How to Get Book Reviews – 50 Resources to Generate Book Reviews:” https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/how-to-get-book-reviews-50-resources-to-generate-book-reviews/
  48. Pam Perry. “25 Tested Marketing Tips for Self-Published Authors:” http://www.pamperrypr.com/25-tested-marketing-tips-for-self-published-authors/
  49. Press Release Log. https://www.prlog.org/
  50. Publicity Insider. “Special Report: The Ultimate PR & Publicity Secret:” http://www.publicityinsider.com/freesecret.asp
  51. Rachel Abbott. “Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Scams:” http://rachelabbottwriter.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/reviews-the-good-the-bad-and-the-scams/#
  52. Richard Ridley. CreateSpace blogger. “Social Media Swap:” https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2015/02/02/social-media-swap
  53. Rob Bignell. 7 Minutes a Day to Promoting Your Book [Kindle Edition]: https://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Day-Promoting-Your-Book-ebook/dp/B00B4XD6FI
  54. Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html
  55. Sandra Warren. “Tag Team Marketing – Authors Helping Authors (contains additional marketing information related to book stores, retail stores, and organizations):” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/03/tag-team-marketing-author-helping.html
  56. Sandy Smith Publicity. “101 Book Marketing Ideas to Promote Your Book:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/101-book-marketing-ideas-promote-book/
  57. Scholastic. Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide: “Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/
  58. Smith Publicity. “How to Hold a Social Media Contest:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/how-to-hold-a-social-media-contest/
  59. Tim Grahl. “Book Marketing Plan – The Definitive List:” https://booklaunch.com/book-marketing-checklist/ 
  60. Valerie Peterson. “Book Signings and Book Tours – A Reality Check for Authors:”http://publishing.about.com/od/BookPublicity/fl/Book-Signings-and-Book-Tours-A-Reality-Check-for-Authors.htm
  61. Valerie Peterson. “Part 1 – Getting Your Book into the Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/How-To-Make-Booksellers-Love-You.htm
  62. Valerie Peterson. “Part 2- Make Booksellers Love You:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/Make-Booksellers-Love-You-P2.htm
  63. Valerie Peterson. “Part 3- Getting Your Book Into a Local Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/fl/Getting-Your-Book-Into-a-Local-Bookstore.htm
  64. Vistaprint.com. Business cards, post cards, posters, car signs, etc. https://www.vistaprint.com
  65. Writing Career. “Publishers and Magazines Ask for Stories. Help writers get writing gigs:” https://writingcareer.com/
  66. Zairmail.com. Direct Mailing lists, post card templates. http://www.zairmail.com/

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Setups and Payoffs Add Fears and Hopes


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“Setups and Payoffs Add Fear and Hope” by Joan Y. Edwards

I’ve read a number of books and taken courses about novel writing and screenwriting. They all mention the importance of set-ups and payoffs in novels and movies. So just what is a setup and how do you make it pay off? We know what it feels like when someone sets us up for defeat in real life. 

In the dictionary, a setup is when the author uses a symbol, an event, or a prop to signify something that’s about to happen in the main character’s life…a symbol of the past that may change in the future to give hope or cause defeat. Setups are significant to the main character’s current bad situation or responsible for helping them rise above the problem. 

Here’s something I learned from reading Chris Soth’s Million Dollar Screenwriting – The Mini Movie Method.  In your book or movie script, you want your characters to go from fear to hope…from hope to fear…from fear to hope, etc. When your character’s situation goes from fear to hope, the reader sighs with satisfaction. When the plot goes from hope to fear, the readers feel tension and are afraid for your main character. They relate to the emotions of the main character.

So the mention of things or showing them, are they symbols of past defeat? Hope for the future success? Will these situations be overcome? Will the main character defeat fear in the final hour of the story? How? Will these set-ups play a part in it? What will have to change before the main character defeats the enemy? Set it up.

Setups may scare us. Danger for the main character from the past, the present, or the future. Setups create or set up a mood, build up a desired emotion.

Payoffs ease your mind.  Payoffs may be payback time for the bad guy. Payoffs may be when the main character wins at something. A small success.  

Possible things to use as set-ups to add fear or hope to your story.

Prop
Place
Weather
Hopeless situation
Future event
Clothing
Sidekick
Relationship
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ompetition
Warning

If a doll that Jane had in 5th grade isn’t significant for the story, don’t mention it. Everything and everyone mentioned in a story has to have significance to the story. If a character, prop, or event has no significance to your plot or character formation, cut it out.

In the movie, Better Off Dead, with John Cusack as Lane Meyer a teenage boy who’s devastated because his girlfriend dumps him.  The paperboy comes to collect the $2.00 for the subscription to the paper. However, Lane’s parents aren’t home and he doesn’t have any money. The paperboy creates a lot of havoc because he throws the paper and it breaks a window in the garage door. So if the truth was known, the paperboy might owe them more money than the two dollars. This is a set up for the paperboy to ride on his bike and follow the lead character everywhere saying, “I want my two dollars.” Without that one scene where they show that the main character doesn’t have the money, we wouldn’t understand the humor in “I want my two dollars. 

In Shawshank Redemption at the beginning they set up the Bible as being important to Andy. At the end we find out that one of the reasons, the Bible is so important to him is that it contains a hammer with which he digs his way out of prison. It sets up that the men in the prison are important to Andy and for that reason he goes out on a limb to play music for them over the P.A. system and doesn’t care what repercussions happen to him as a result. He gets them a library so they can learn. It’s so clever when the story tells about how he’s invented a character to doctor up the books for the head of the prison to make a bunch of money illegally. A fictional character…the big payoff at the end is that he uses that made up character for his identity when he escapes. Great setups and payoffs throughout this movie. 

Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox has many setups and payoffs. Marty McFly sees  how pathetic his father is and how Biff Tannen bullies his father. At the end of the movie, payoff is that going back to the past, changed the present condition of his family.  Biff is no longer able to bully, Marty’s father. Lane’s town is restoring the clock tower from the damage of the lightning strike in 1955. Aha, that’s the year the Doc Brown’s time machine gets stuck.  So many details from the present are shown in the past and vice versa. It’s fun and fascinating to watch…very satisfying to see the great payoffs.

I hope my explanation helps you understand how to use setups and payoffs to create and release tension in your stories. If not, I believe reading the resources listed below will help you get the idea embedded in your mind so that you can use it to make your story better by keeping your readers on the edge of their seats. I listed the resources beginning with the ones I found most useful. All of them were useful.

Look at your favorite book or movie, one you’ve read or watched many times. What are the significant setups and payoffs you remember from it? Things that scared you and things that eased your mind. Please share. 

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Resources in the order I found them useful. The most useful is at the beginning.

  1. Copyblogger. “Open Loops:” https://www.copyblogger.com/open-loops-2/ Use the Movie Up
  2. Save the Cat. “Examples of Great Set-ups and How They Pay Off:” http://www.savethecat.com/tools/examples-of-great-set-ups-and-how-they-pay-off
  3. Writer with Tools. “Setups and Payoffs: What are they?” http://writeswithtools.com/2015/04/13/setups-and-payoffs-what-are-they/
  4. Copyblogger.The Blockbuster Secret to Seducing Your Audience:” https://www.copyblogger.com/open-loops/
  5. The 15 Minute Movie Method. “Setups and Payoffs:” http://15minutemoviemethod.com/setups-and-payoffs
  6. Elizabeth Amy Hajek. Elenatintil Blog. “Fast Writing: Tracking Set-ups and Pay-offs:” http://elenatintil.blogspot.com/2017/06/writing-set-ups-and-pay-offs.html
  7. Actionromanceintrigue. “Screenwriting setups and payoffs are best as cause and effect:” https://actionromanceintrigue.com/screenwriting-setups-payoffs-cause-and-effect/
  8. Back to the Future wiki. “Setup and Payoff:” http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Setup_and_payoff
  9. LinkedIn Learning. video. Writing: The Craft of Story. “Story check (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between):” https://www.linkedin.com/learning/writing-the-craft-of-story/story-check-setups-payoffs-and-the-clues-in-between
  10. Reddit. “What are some of your favorite setups and payoffs?” https://www.reddit.com/r/Screenwriting/comments/2nrz71/what_are_some_of_your_favorite_setups_and_payoffs/

One Point Perspective – Art


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“One Point Perspective – Art” by Joan Y. Edwards

When I was in college at Western Carolina University, I took a few art courses. In one of them the instructor taught us one point perspective. We went outside and painted different buildings from across the street in one point perspective. My sister, Janet, says she still has those drawings. It’s amazing that watching You-Tube videos can refresh your memory and also give you new techniques to help you improve your drawing of things in perspective. I listed resources I personally liked that teach you one point perspective.

Definition: What is perspective?

Helen South states that “Perspective drawing gives a three-dimensional feeling to a picture. In art, it is a system of representing the way that objects appear to get smaller and closer together the further away they are in the scene.”

Things seem to get farther and farther away until they vanish at a point. Many times that point is near the middle of the page, but doesn’t have to. If you’re looking down the street, objects closer to you look larger than the objects farther away from you.

Here are a few other images that show you one point perspective:

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Pixabay Image – Creative Commons

Notice how everything seems to lead to one particular point in the images near the back of the picture. Everything close to you looks bigger and items farther away get smaller.  With the trees you can see more of he front tree than you can of the others. You can see more of the buildings that are closer to you, than the ones that are farther away.

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Here are hints for drawing in one point perspective:

  • Make all diagonal (slanted) lines so that they come from the single dot vanishing point. The Vanishing Point marks where you stop seeing separate diagonal lines going away from you. It looks like they come together there. It makes things look smaller as they get farther away from your eyes. It makes things look larger as they get closer to your eyes. In other words, these diagonal lines that look like an upside down V help you see things on the page in perspective.
  • All straight lines across will be parallel with the horizon line.
  • All straight up and down (vertical) lines will be parallel with the right and left side edges of the paper.

Activities

Materials You’ll Need:  8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper, a ruler, a pencil, and a white eraser. 

If you are drawing a room in one point perspective, here is one way to begin:

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  1. Draw a line from the top left hand corner to the lower right hand corner of your paper.
  2. Draw a line from the top right hand corner to the lower left hand corner of your paper.
  3. Draw a straight line across the middle of the page. This will be your horizon line.
  4. Mark a dark dot in the middle of the horizon line. You can use a red colored pencil to help it stand out. This dot is called your vanishing point. 
  5. If you want, you can draw a rectangle to represent the wall at the far end of the room or hall.
  6. Now draw the hallway or room in detail with pictures on walls, desks, chairs, and doorways or windows.  Good luck😊!

If you are drawing a street scene, road, or railroad track scene, you might want to start with these directions:

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  1. Draw a straight line across the page close to the middle of the paper. This will be your horizon line.
  2. Draw a dot near the middle of the page. This will be your vanishing point.
  3. Decide how far apart you want your up-side-down V-shaped diagonal lines. Draw two diagonal lines that go from the vanishing point to the bottom of the page so that they are wider at the bottom.
  4. Draw the other items. Any slanted line will go through the vanishing point. The straight lines will be horizontal or vertical.

Exercises

  1. Print out one of the three pictures above or another one point perspective image from your own personal photo collection. Trace it or draw it using pencil and ruler. Be sure to note your horizon line and vanishing point, as well as the slanted, diagonal lines that all lead to the vanishing point.
  2. Sit in your front yard and sketch what you see in one point perspective.
  3. Sketch a hall scene from your house. Take a picture of it and draw it or sit at one end of the hall and draw it.
  4. Sketch a garden scene in one point perspective.

 

Resources

Graph Paper – Grid Paper

  1. Graph Paper Perspective. You can choose the size paper and how many inches you want the lines to be apart, etc. https://incompetech.com/graphpaper/perspective/
  2. Printable Paper.net. Free to print. One Point Perspective guide lines on paper
    Perspectivehttps://www.printablepaper.net/category/perspective

Written Step-by-Step with Images and Text

  1. http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/one-point-perspective-drawing
  2. C. Ibarra. “How to Create a Hallway With One Point Perspective:” https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-hallway-with-one-point-perspective/
  3. Drawing Coach.com. “1 Point Perspective Drawing – Lesson 2 How to Draw a Circle:” http://www.drawingcoach.com/1-point-perspective.html
  4. Helen South.  “How to Draw One Point Perspective:” https://www.thoughtco.com/one-point-perspective-drawing-tutorial-1123412

Videos on You-Tube

  1. Fletcher Ceramics. “Easy 1 Point Perspective.” (brick building on a street)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFmek_sesfo
  2. Matt – Virtual Instructor. “One Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJYBMr5MKoo
  3. Melinda Nguyen “One Point Perspective – Streetscape:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phiEaRGBv-4
  4. Milton Kaynes You-tube Channel. “How To Draw A Room with One Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30tzJG6EOTo
  5. Otis Art Docents. “Lesson 5B – One Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twcFW0RyOO8
  6. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw 1-Point Perspective for Beginners: A Hallway:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ICyLN6I2cY
  7. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw a House in One-Point Perspective.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i776k0zEzEc
  8. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw a Room in One-Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEymIyLbiAI
  9. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw Using One Point Perspective: (Railroad Track)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRrKohWdpeQ

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Which to Choose: Big Name Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?


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“Which to Choose: Big Name Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Know your options. Study the resources. Ask questions of others in your field. Read the copyright pages of your favorite books to find out who published them.

I can’t tell you which choice is best for you. I wrote, illustrated and self-published Flip Flap Floodle. Instead of a big named publisher, I was lucky enough to have a small reputable publishing company – 4RV Publishing – publish  Joan’s Elder Care Guide. You may find one, too.

Most of the big named publishers stipulate that you must have an agent to submit your work. Some of the big publishers and other not as big, but still dependable and reputable publishers are out there, too. Again, you have to do your research. Choose one that’s right for you and you’re right for them. In the resources, I put a list of publishers and agents who accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Though I can’t tell you which is best for you, I did research to see what other professionals advise. No matter which method you choose, go through the steps outlined in Pub Sub for Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. However,  if you’re self-publishing you’d be choosing a company to self-publish rather than selecting a big name publisher. Study three different self-publishing companies to decide which one is the best for this particular book.

Pub Subbers
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Everyone is welcome to an opinon, right? Since that’s true, here are my opinions.

Joan’s Top Reasons for Getting a Big Named Traditional Publisher:

  1. They have many customers who are familiar with them and large marketing budgets.
  2. They can afford to pay the book returns for bookstores.
  3. They have access (money) to great cover and inside illustrators.
  4. They have access (money) to pay for good editors.
  5. It may be easier for them to get a book reviewed.

Reasons for Self-Publishing

  1. You’ve tried for at least 5-10 years to get something published without success or you don’t want to wait 3-5 years to get your book launched.
  2. You’ve had your complete book, pitch, query letter, and trailer critiqued and edited by a professional.
  3. You’ve investigated cost, what you get for your money, marketing with different venues for self-publishing. (Read Resource Number #2 and #16)
  4. You have a book launch team – group of at least 25-100 people online and in person who will review your book and help you launch and market it –  to help you spread the word.

But don’t just take my word for it, read at least five of the following articles and five others on your own search.

  1. Brenda Rollins. “The POD Quandary: How to Decide if Print-on-Demand Publishing is Right for You:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/POD.shtml
  2. First Time Publishers. “Top 10 Self-Publishing Companies.” http://www.firsttimepublishers.com/
  3. Helen Sedwick “Seven Questions to Ask before Choosing a Self-Publishing Company https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/06/7-questions-to-ask-before-choosing-a-self-publishing-company/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/22-literary-agents-who-are-looking-for-you/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “40 Publishers Who Accepted Unsolicited Manuscripts:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/40-publishers-who-accept-unsolicited-manuscripts/
  6. Moira Allen. “Subsidy Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: What’s the Difference?” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/subsidy.shtml
  7. Moira Allen. “To POD or Not to POD: Some Pros and Cons:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/PODstats.shtml
  8. Moira Allen. “The Price of Vanity:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/vanity.shtml
  9. NY Book Editors.”Traditional or Self-Publish: What’s Best for You?” https://nybookeditors.com/2015/11/traditional-or-self-publish-whats-best-for-you/
  10. Page Two Strategies. “Twelve Questions to Ask Before Working with a Publishing Services Company:” http://www.pagetwostrategies.com/twelve-questions-to-ask-before-working-with-a-publishing-services-company/
  11. POD Publioshing. “Ten Questions You Should Ask Your Publisher:” http://www.podpublishing.org/TenQuestions.pdf
  12. Ray Robinson. “Choosing a Self-Publishing Company:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/dogear.shtml
  13. Sarra Cannon. “Frequently Asked Questions about Self-Publishing: ” http://sarracannon.com/indie-writer-resources/self-pub-guides/frequently-asked-questions-about-self-publishing/
  14. Stephanie Chandleer. “Eight Questions to Ask When Choosing a Custom Publishing Service to Help You Self-Publish Your Books:” http://authoritypublishing.com/book-publishing/8-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-a-custom-publishing-service-to-help-you-self-publish-your-book/
  15. Sue Fagalde Lick. “Ten Questions to Ask Before You Sign that Print-on-Demand Contract:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/lick.shtml
  16. Top Ten Reviews. “Best Online Book Publishing Companies:” http://www.toptenreviews.com/services/home/best-online-book-publishing-companies/

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How to Benefit the Most from Your Critique Group


How to Benefit the Most from Your Critique Group

Dear Readers,

It’s great to have a critique group, either in person or on-line. Here are ways to benefit the most from your critique group:

How a critique group can help you

1.      Another person can spot those spelling, punctuation, or grammar that you’ve read over 10 times and didn’t notice.

2.      If you want to know if a particular scene in your book is working, the members in your critique group can give you their opinions.

3.      The people in your critique group can teach you, inspire you, encourage you, and tell you the Blue Ribbon parts of your manuscript, query letter, cover letter, proposal, synopsis, summary, or whatever you ask them to check specifically for you.

Things to remember before your work is critiqued

1.      Give the critiquers the right to like or dislike your work. Accept that it’s okay if they don’t like it. Accept that it’s okay if they do like it. Be ready to ask them to suggest a way they believe would be better.

2.      Be open to change. Change creates a path to a stronger and better manuscript. Decide which parts of your manuscript are non-negotiable and which parts are negotiable.

3.      Put your best foot forward. Use the Spelling, Grammar check in your software to check it before you share it with others.

Questions to ask your critiquer

1.      Ask a critiquer to retell your story for you (James N. Frey’s suggestion from How to Write a Damn Good Novel.) Through listening you’ll discover the strong parts and weak parts. Ask them to tell it in three sentences, beginning, middle, and end.

2.      Which parts, if any, confused you?

3.      Is my dialogue believable? Is it tagged appropriately?

Things to remember after your work has been critiqued.

1.      One person’s opinion doesn’t mean it is the truth. It does not mean what they say is a fact. It is not their opinion about you personally. It is about your writing. Keep the two things separate in your mind.

2.      Don’t change anything you don’t agree with 100 per cent.

3.      Let your manuscript and the critique comments rest in a drawer for at least a week before you do anything with it. Give time for the ideas to take root in your brain and jog around in your imagination.

Three Critique Group Resources

Guidelines for Group Critiques of Fiction by Jennifer Evans  http://www.slugtribe.org/etiquette.html

Guide for Critique Groups & Individual Critiques by Ellen Dodson http://www.scbwior.com/links/CritGroup.html

Fundamentals of Fiction, Part III: Critique Groups and Writers’ Groups by Marg Gilks http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/fiction03.shtml

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Story Essential: Plot


Dear Writers:
I’ve been studying about plot. Wikipedia.org says plot is action and reaction of main character made up of scenes and sequels – scene action – reactions, with emotional response and regrouping of ideas to win.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiction

There is a diagram that talks about you start out with a status quo – an ever so ordinary day. A day when your character is happy. Something happens that a your main character can’t ignore. It affects his/her life more than he even wants to think about. It’s his/her worst nightmare. He’s been saying in his mind: What will I do if such and such happens? And the day it actually happens. Then the plot tells how the character acts and reacts until he solves this problem and turns his life back to its ordinary flavor or empowers himself to be different and liking it. He’s happy once again. End of whole plot.

Here are three plot diagrams with jagged lines to show the up and down of each mini-crisis or each problem that shows the ups and downs of his actions and reactions emotionally (inner struggle) and physically (outer struggle or how problem shows up in his life) that comes to protagonist. Each of them names the different parts of plot: Choose the one that’s the most meaningful to you, print it out, and fill it in with your story’s characters and events.

1. Jagged lines in Rising Action Plot diagram Copyrighted 2000 by Mike Thompson http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/ffjh/thompson/plot.htm

2. Jagged lines in Rising Action Plot diagram from Novel-Writing-Help.com
http://www.novel-writing-help.com/plot-diagram.html

3. Jagged flame like lines for Rising Action and Falling Action Plot Diagram from Thinkport
http://www.thinkport.org/31701409-ec7e-40a9-9ae2-176a3c7d0508.asset?

4. Here’s a different plot diagram with more of Straight Line Slanted line Plot Diagram from Teacher Files.com
http://www.teacherfiles.com/downloads/graphic_organizers/Plot_Graph.pdf

A story plot has a beginning, middle, and an end.
At the beginning of the story, everything is normal for the main character. It’s a level plane…flat land for him – represented on the diagrams as a horizontal line. Without a plot you have no story. Without a problem you have no story. Goals and complications in getting what the main character wants makes a good story. Here is more information about the five parts of a plot.

1. Exposition(Beginning)
(Only Background information reader needs to understand)
Character
Setting

Highlight the backstory in your own manuscript. If it’s all in one place, spread it out. Only put in your story what you need at a particular time. Many times you, as the author, might need to write something so you know it in your first draft. However, when you read it over, if the reader doesn’t need to know your character failed a math test in third grade at the beginning of the story, take it out and put it in just before he’s about to take a math test to show he’s scared of it for this reason.

2. Rising Action Obstacles which the main character has to overcome that leads to the climax. Not the middle of the story. Climax is the middle of the story.
a. Main Problem (Conflict)
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson800/IdentifyPlot.pdf

b. Inner and Outer Conflicts
http://nienkehinton.blogspot.com/2007/01/inner-conflict.html

c. Brian Godawa’s Plotting Details on Story structure: http://www.cmfnow.com/articles/screenwriter.pdf

Goal
Plan
Flaw
Apparent Defeat
Final Confrontation
Self Revelation
Resolution

d. Conflict: A Writer’s Best Friend by Linda Cowgill
http://www.plotsinc.com/sitenew/column_art_13.html

e. “Plotting without Fears” by Alicia Rasley
http://freelancewrite.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sff.net%2Fpeople%2Falicia%2Fart4.htm

f. Character
Read Write Think Lessons for 9-12
Awesome ways to fill in and print out plot and character…I wish it was just print and fill in. I am not patient enough to wait for the slowness of this to take place.
http://198.104.156.44/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1022

g. Character ID Badge Information about your characters you need to know
http://www.teacherfiles.com/downloads/graphic_organizers/Character%20ID.pdf

3. Climax (Middle) (ROCK BOTTOM for Main Character. FACE PROBLEM SQUARE In the FACE, (Most exciting part of the story) The middle of the story. The highest point in the story. The moment of greatest intensity. It brings events to a head and leads to the conclusion

a. Storymap from freeology.com Gives good definition of Climax. Explains the climax. The climax is the moment before we know the answers to the questions the conflict has created. It is the peak of suspense.
http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/pdf/storymap.pdf

4. Suspense – Falling Action, The protagonist wins or loses
Uncertainty and interest about the outcomes of certain actions. Real danger looming and a ray of hope
Arouses interest of the reader This shows change to the characters affected by the solution to the main problem. What happens to the main character after overcoming all obstacles Or failing to get the desire effect. Show what happens to the good guys and the bad guys. These things happen after the climax.. Things begin to fall back into place to be normal again.

Falling Action: http://www.ehow.com/how_2095686_falling-action-writing.html
Denouement: http://vccslitonline.cc.va.us/drama/glossary.htm#denouement

5. Resolution (End) – The outcome of a complex set of events Information to help reader to understand clearly what happened to take care of this challenge. …tie up all loose ends with all characters and subplots, too.

Resources to help you plot your story:
Story Map that may help with your plotting your story. This is a PDF File from Thinkport.
http://www.thinkport.org/d23c5d91-3485-4474-9ad2-e02b94a8e64a.asset?

How to Plot a Novel
http://www.novel-writing-help.com/how-to-plot-a-novel.html
http://www.novel-writing-help.com/what-is-a-plot.html

Literary Terms
Faculty of Sacred Heart Academy: http://faculty.sha-excelsior.org/lfaller/Files/Literary%20Terms%20Elements%20of%20Fiction.ppt

Epiphany – What is the inner self-realization key change in the character? Spiritual understanding. It may come before the climax or after the climax of the story.
http://www.darcypattison.com/characters/character-arc-epiphanies/

Plot and Character Graphic Organizers

Thinkport Character, Plot, Sequence of Events Choose the PDF files so you can print them out.
http://www.thinkport.org/technology/template.tp
Graphic Organizer PDF files listed separately.http://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_organizers.htm

PDF files Character, Plot, You have to search through each page to see what’s there.
http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/index.php

Carol Baldwin’s book, “Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8” also has graphic organizers in it and a CD packed with good writing process explanations; http://www.maupinhouse.com/index.php/teaching-the-story-fiction-writing-in-
grades-4-8.html
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Carol Baldwin has given me permission to add links for four graphic organizers from her book to my blog. You can view and download them and/or print them out. Thanks, Carol.

Exercise Muscle Words(PDF) http://kvisit.com/S-8pu

Create Your Character (Word Doc) http://kvisit.com/SxYZ-

Create Imaginary Characters (fantasy or science fiction) (Word Doc) http://kvisit.com/ShfCJAQ

Build a Plot (PDF) http://kvisit.com/SxIZ-

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