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I have published fourteen full length novels to date. That is a lot of words. It is also a seriously good story, but I digress. Someone asked me recently to explain what I mean by 'details' exactly when I refer to publishing. So I will try to list the process for adding the 'details' to books to make a manuscript story an actual book. I apologize for never having written how to write a book. I think other better qualified people should try answering that one because I can only tell you how I do it, and I am sure that it is not the proper way. (Also, I am not really sure exactly how I write the stories. I simply write. That is hard for many to grasp so I will stick to what I can reveal easily.)
When I write I have a process to polish my story that I have spoken about in other blogs. Here, I want to focus on what happens after I think the story is 'done'. What happens to get the book ready to publish? The way I decided what needed to happen was rather simple. I had a story, but that was not a book. (Trying to publish a book on Amazon and getting to the need to upload a cover made me realize that my story was missing things a book would have. LOL) That was when I went and found a few paperbacks and hardback books to look at. I was not reading them. I was analyzing how they were put together and comparing what I found in them with what I had in a digital form on my computer.
Adding the Copyright Page!
Notes to the Reader
'There is even a note here about a book that has not been published as I write this blog. Precious Treasures should be launching sometime in April of 2020, but I have not got that nailed down yet. I incorporated the necessary text from that book into Filth and Death so that the book would not be missing anything, but it does tend to drag you off into wondering about Kindling and Silver. I felt it was only right to warn people.
I have to craft this page for each one of my books. This is one of the 'details' that I add after I finish the story. But what book would be complete without it? If you write, you must decide how it reads, and if you will place notes to your readers or dedications in your books. If you read, you might skip over this part, but it is worth noting that the small details still add to the experience.
Shameless Self Promotion!
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I hope you enjoyed this look at the behind the scenes of the dream and a small slice of my authorwalk. In other news, the merchandising took a turn for the worse. I did actually design a couple of t-shirts and a few mugs and hats, but then the technology part messed with me. I got in over my head again so it is back to the drawing board on the merchandise. I am still intent on making it a reality. Check back to find out what else about my authorwalk goes a little haywire. If you read, don't forget to be kind and review.
I have to get some work done and get back to figuring out the merchandise.
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.