Monday, February 25, 2013

2 Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts & A "Publisher" To Stay Away From

   You always want to do research on publishers and literary agencies before you query them. There are multiple ways you can do that, for one (this is what I do 'cause I go in the bookstore "A LOT") you can look at the books that they've sold, or are representing. If you reccognize one as a best seller than you should go for it! Another way is you can Google them, I'd suggest both if you're just starting out.

   But anyways, here are two publishers that are accepting submissions.

   Entangled Publishing

   Sourcebooks

   Send some submissions!!! Take a chance, you'll never know!

   And now a warning. I recently sent a manuscript submission to Dorrance Publishing without researching them and found out that they're a big, fat phony publisher. They're just out to get your money. So stay AWAY from them!
   See? This is what happens when you don't research a publisher. You can get stuck with someone that's out to get your money and won't do anything to help premote your book, or is just a bad publisher. Watch out for this stuff!!!

   Here's a link for the different types of publishers: Types of Publishing Companies

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                                                                                                              Ashley
P.S.
   Comment!!!

Paragraphs

   This should help you with any questions you have about paragraphs: Paragraphs

   Leave a comment if you have anymore questions about paragraphs!!!

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                                                                                                               Ashley <3

Monday, February 18, 2013

Chapter Combinations

   You can open any book, fiction or nonfiction, and see that a lot of books have different chapter presentations. I know I've talked about it before, but I'm going to put more pictures, and examples, so it'll be a little different.

   You can have the chapter in all caps

        CHAPTER ONE

   You can add a chapter title

        CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER COMBINATIONS

   You can change the 'word' ONE

              CHAPTER 1

   And you can add chapter titles after that

              CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER COMBINATIONS

   If you have a copy of The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, open up to the first chapter (or any chapter, either way). You will see a picture of a seashell above the chapter.

                                                               FICTION



                                     The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

  
   You can put a picture above the chapter, put the chapter number, and (if you want) you can add a chapter title.

                                                        
                                                    Fang by James Patterson                    


   You can just put the number of the chapter on the right, or left side of the page.


                                         
                                The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  
 Or you can put it in the middle of the page, like in the picture above.

 




   You can put the number of the chapter inside a design, like in the picture above. You can put it in a shape, or a design.


                                                  Wake by Amanda Hocking


   You can put the number of the chapter (in words, or just the number), a design below it, and then the chapter title.


                                                 Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


    In Nightshade there is a page that has a picture of the moon. With each chapter the moon becomes fuller and fuller. Then once the moon is full, the moon begins to to descend.


   Then, on the next page is the beginning of the chapter.


                             Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

  
   You can have an artist design a picture for every chapter, then place it above the chapter title, or use any of the other chapter designs I've showed you. You can find artist to do this on the Web, or if you know an artist, or know someone who knows an artist you can get them to sketch something different to go with every chapter.


                                                Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


    This is a plan, easy chapter design from the book, Twilight. It basically just has the number nine, a period, and the name of the chapter.

                                                                    9. Theory



                                         Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber


   See the design down the right side of the page? I thought it was pretty cool :) but this isn't my fav, chapter design. I'm saving the best for last! What I also liked about this chapter design was that the number of the chapter is up in the top right hand corner, and then right below it is the chapter title.


                                               The Hollow by Jessica Verday


   I LOVE this book, and this chapter design! The book is great! To check it out you can click on the link I put under the book cover, you can do that with any of the books I placed on this page.


                                                            NON-FICTION


                                    Getting Your Book Published for DUMMIES



   This book is easy to understand for first time authors. I recommend reading it! The chapter placing for this book is perfectly designed too!


            How to Publish, Promote, & Sell Your Own Book: The insider's guide to everything you need to know about self-publishing from pasteup to publicity by Robert Lawrence Holt


   This book I recommend too! It is great for someone who wants to self-publish their book!

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   You can design the chapters anyway you want. It can be in different fonts, you can put designs on the page in the beginning of the chapters, you can get an artist to sketch a picture for you (like in Harry Potter). You can do whatever you want!

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                                                                                                 Ashley