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How to Create Interesting Subplots that Move Your Story Forward

how to write subplots

What is life without the drama – the good and bad experiences, the whirlwind of complicated emotions, and the unexpected turn of events? No matter how much you hate the curveballs that life throws at you, the truth is that our existence will be reduced to a boring saga without the complexities and uncertainties of life. The same goes with writing a story.

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Best Practices for Indie Publishing Part 2: Distribution

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In the first part of this two-part series, we took a look at some of the ‘basic mechanics’ of indie publishing, in terms of best practices. In this post, we’ll look at the end game for publishers—the best practices for getting your book in front of readers.

Distribution

Once you have your manuscript edited, laid out nicely, and accompanied by an amazing cover with a brilliant book description, it’s time to face the world.

Distribution can be tricky for indie authors, if only because there are so many options available. And there are questions:

  • Should I go wide (target distribution to multiple retailers) or stay exclusive (stick with a single retailer)?
  • Should I use an aggregate distributor to reach multiple eBook retailers, or should I go direct to each vendor?

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Best Practices for Indie Publishing Part 1

publishing your manuscript

It’s hard enough to keep yourself on track to write and complete a book (though it’s a lot easier thanks to TheRightMargin). Once you have the manuscript finished, the question becomes “What do I do with it?” or “Is publishing my work the next step?”. In this two part guest-post, we’ll answer that and give you some best practice methods for launching your indie author career on the right foot.

Where do you start?

There are a lot of directions you can roam once your manuscript is complete, and one of the most popular is indie publishing. Going indie offers some advantages over traditional publishing in terms of keeping the rights to your work, and even making higher royalties per sale. But along with those perks comes the overhead of publishing—all the steps that would typically be handled by a publisher are now your responsibility.

That may sound a bit scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s look at a few best practices for indie publishing and see exactly what you may be in for.

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Improve your writing via a retrospective

Have you ever caught yourself thinking you could be a better writer? Having a healthy amount of humility in one’s own work is of course, normal. Doing a simple retrospective, or ‘retro’ for short, on your writing projects can help you save time, money and ultimately a lot of self-doubt through your writing career.

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4 Tips on Finishing What You Write

finish what you write

Do you really really really really *deep breath* really really really really want to finish a book? A dissertation? A proposal? A blog post?

Then our simple advice to you (that will make it MUCH more likely that you finish your behemoth of a writing project) is…write with the end in mind.

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