A Title of Sorts

Every novel requires a title, how else would anyone find a specific novel?  Or short story, poem, movie, song, album. Titles are important. Titles are also one of the numerous difficulties of writing. A title is what draws a reader forward.  A few words (sometimes even one) conveys the genre, the plot, the feel of the characters.

The title is possibly the single strongest assemblage of words within a book, and it’s only read for a moment! Even so, if someone speaks the title of book, the person they are talking to immediately know what they’re talking about.  Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Dresden Files, Artemis Fowl, if someone knows the title there is no mistaking it for something else. It is the identifiable name of an object, a story, the identity of a thought. Titles are important, but how to think of one? Continue reading →

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Novel Summary

Novel: Forbidden Magic

Summary:
Naked and confused, Derek wakes on a stone table with runic symbols carved into his chest, and no recent memory. The man that seems to hold the answers is a possessive spirit mage that claims to have large plans, with Derek at the center. Struggling to escape the mage and return home, Derek stumbles upon unlikely friends and dangerous enemies. He joins forces with a rough adventurer that claims she can help him – only after they save a fire mage in a kingdom that has deemed magic an act of treason, punishable by death.

Traditional or Self-Employed?

I started writing full length novels when I was around 12 years old. Granted, back then I was lucky to get passed chapter three, and I had to ask my mother how to spell every other word.  Now that I’m in my 20s I have actually managed to finish a few manuscripts with passable quality.  Let’s be honest, 12-year-old me couldn’t write a story without every cliche in the book, including pointing out those cliches as if that was the solution to the problem. At any rate, with two edited manuscripts under my belt, each with scheduled sequels, I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of looking up means of publication.

The dream of my childhood was to become a published author. Ambitious of me to think I could pull it off before my 16th birthday.  With each birthday that deadline got continually pushed back.  Still, to go along with that dream was to think I would have to be published through a publishing company.  I’ve put my research in, looking up the companies that have published my favorite novels. I’ve read rejection letter horrors, the supposed need for an agent, submitting to “vanity” publishers that steal your ideas, blow your mind success stories, and all manner of things.  Then I discovered the world of self-publishing, something that has just as many horror and success stories, especially when it comes to marketing yourself, buying copies your own book in order to sell it, on top of cover design, and formatting the pages to fit a traditional paperback book.

Graphic design student, and I didn’t realize there was much more work into creating a book other than writing the story. See it now though.

I’m still weighing my options, but the biggest decision I need to make (as does all other new others) is if the middle man (publisher, editor, literary agent) is worth it.  The more I read into things, the more I feel self-publishing may be for me, especially now that I found this site: http://www.authorsolutions.com/Default.aspx .
It’s a site backed by the Penguin publishing house, the publisher of a number of my favorite books, such as the Dresden Files and Codex Alera, both by Jim Butcher.  Their e-book publishing service claims that the author receives 100% of the royalties. That’s an offer that’s nearly too good to be true, but is an author not entitled to receive all that they can for their own work?