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Day 11 #MarchoftheWriters

Writer Wisdom

Gosh, where do I start? This is what I do so I could go on for hours but I’ll list the most important lessons. (I will be tough.)

  • Write about what you know.
  • For example, this is your first book and you’re writing a detective mystery about a body being found on an archaeology site. Why would you do this to yourself? Do you know how much research you would have to do? What do you know about police procedures? What do you know about archaeology?
  • Write about what YOU know. When you write about something you’re passionate about, something you’ve actually experienced. That will come across in your writing. Giving it depth, realism and valid description.
  • Remember the three essentials.
  • Editor (No, not your mum or next-door neighbour)
  • Formatter ( No, not a converter. A formatter makes it pretty inside, adds the chapter and front and back matter.)
  • Cover Designer (No, not Canva or Fiverr)
  • These three essential cost a lot of money and if you don’t have that money, then you are not ready to publish.
  • Don’t cut corners.
    Your book has to be polished before it goes out to the public. It needs the three essentials and a kick-arse blurb. Your book has one chance to be a success, if you send it out after writing the first draft, not having it edited and using a cover you did, I can guarantee failure. And that’s a word we authors DON’T want to hear.
  • Have that first line ready.
    The tag line is what you will use on your promos, graphics or posts. It’s going to be the first thing a potential reader sees when they look at the blurb. That one line has to have power, it needs to pack a punch so that the person who reads it will then continue to read the rest of the blurb.
  • Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for – Catch 22.
  • Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same – Wuthering heights.
  • Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he’s writing to stay alive. – Misery.
  • They are feared, hated, hunted down and destroyed….and yet they are mankind’s last hope. -The Aldoron Chronicles.

Serving authors since 2015

A HELPING HAND FOR WRITERS non-fiction

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Fed up with rejection after rejection? Not sure how to target the right market, or what to write about?

Writers Bureau tutor, editor and freelance writer, Esther Chilton takes you through the necessary steps to gain publication whether you’re just starting out or have been writing for a while.

Topics include writing:

  • Readers’ letters
  • Fillers
  • Articles
  • Short stories
  • For competitions

You’ll find information on market research, how to set your work out and send it, as well as lots of useful tips, examples and writing exercises to give you ideas and build on your writing skills with the aim of publishing your work.

 

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Esther has regularly written for writing magazines such as Writers’ Forum and Writing Magazine. She has also had her work featured in a diverse range of magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, Best of British, Your Cat, Prima, My Weekly and The People’s Friend, to name a few.

Winner of Writing Magazine, Writers’ News, The Global Short Story and several other writing competitions and awards, Esther has also judged writing competitions.

For over ten years, Esther has been a tutor for The Writers Bureau and after requests from students, she put together a collection of her stories – The Siege. Esther’s latest book of short stories, A Walk In the Woods is out now.

Esther has been working on her first non-fiction book to help writers get published – Publication Guaranteed (Well, Almost!). It’s the first in her A Helping Hand For Writers series and is available as an e-book. A paperback will follow shortly.

In addition to tutoring, Esther works as a freelance copyeditor offering an editing, guidance and advice service for authors and writers. She has edited novels, non-fiction books, articles and short stories. You can find out more about it here: https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/editing-proofreading-and-advice-service/

If you’d like Esther’s help, or would like to know more about what she can do for you, please get in touch: estherchilton@gmail.com

Links:

Website

Blog

Twitter

LinkedIn

To buy Publication Guaranteed (Well, Almost!):

Amazon UK

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For The Siege:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

 

For A Walk in the Woods:

Amazon UK

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LIVE Hanging With Web Show

I took part in an all-day live broadcast on FaceBook by Hanging With Web Show.
They interview artist all over the world in all calibres, authors, musicians, filmmakers. ….

You can download Toxic –
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QN8S1YZ – Toxic
books2read.com/ToxicAE – Toxic D2D

Behind The Pen with Sebastian Hidalgo

This really is a must-watch video.

Enjoy.

Make sure to leave a comment, like this video and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel.

 

AUTHORS – ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A PUBLISHING CONTRACT?

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Are you an aspiring writer or an indie author looking for a publishing contract? If so, the Electric Eclectic Novella Fiction Prize 2020 is ‘right up your street’.

Simply write a 20K to 30K word story, in any genre and about anything you want, and enter the Novella Fiction Prize.

Entry is just £10.00 GBP, (via official entry form) and the winning authors will have their manuscripts published as Novellas.

The top prize is a full paperback publishing package.  Second and third places having their work published as eBooks.

Also associated prizes; professional cover designs, marketing packages and Author Assist support, Media Interviews and more.

The Electric Eclectic Novella Fiction Prize 2020 is an international literary competition for emerging writers and indie authors.

Submissions are encouraged from all literary fictional genres with no restrictions on theme or subject.

The emphasis of the judging will be on ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches which explore and expand creative writing.

See; ‘How to enter the NOVELLA FICTION PRIZE’

 

(https://electriceclecticsblog.wordpress.com/how-to-enter-the-novella-fiction-prize/)

 

 

Behind The Pen with Wesley Britton

The latest episode of my YouTube show Behind The Pen.
This was a fun chat with Sci-Fi and nonfiction author, Wesley Britton. We talk about his journey, his books and the state of the publishing industry.
It’s a fascinating chat. Don’t miss it.

 

Author Assist Radio Show

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ArtistFirst Radio’s “Author Assist Host: Karina Kantas” is a LIVE one-hour prime-time worldwide promotional radio show on the ArtistFirst Radio Network, broadcast about independent and NYT bestselling authors, their books, their lives and their struggles. It’s a comfortable fun chat with some music thrown in for good measures.
Karina will also be tackling some of the main topics within the industry and throwing in one or two surprises for her guests. The show first aired on February 2017 and has created thousands of loyal listeners.

Anyone can tune-in on their smart phone, wi-fi radio, tablet, laptop, or any internet device anywhere in the world by clicking: or logging on to http://www.artistfirst.com/kantas.htm and clicking on the “On Air” button.

Over 500 million hours of ArtistFirst Radio Shows have been downloaded or streamed since September 2007.

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAssistRadio
I currently have spots open for authors, publishers, PA and anyone working in the industry or contact me if you’re interested in affordable advertising spots.
For those that didn’t listen to the live show, you can click on the link and listen to the archive,

Email kkantasauthorassist@gmail.com

 

For those that didn’t listen live. You can hear past shows in the archive section of the show page on the Artist First Radio Network and click here to hear Friday’s show. With my guest, Craig DiLouie and V.S.Holmes and music by Inherit The Stars

 

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