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Pre-Ordering Process For Paperback Books

 

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Pre-ordering is a huge! Publishing companies have been doing it for years. Amazon Kindle has a process for pre-ordering, but what about paperback copies of your work?  Being able to generate buzz about your book is necessary and most self-published/India authors utilize a Print On Demand company such as CreateSpace to print their paperbacks.
The problem?  Once you hit “publish” on CreateSpace your book is live. Which means the window for doing pre-orders for your paperback is gone.
The solution? Amazon Advantage. There is a way to utilize AMAZON ADVANTAGE to accept your pre-orders and when you “publish” your book, you will switch the printing to CreateSpace to fill your orders.
Confused?  Don’t be. This video created by Eric Van Der Hope, #1 International Best Selling Author will walk you through the steps to up pre-orders through Amazon Advantage.
Follow each step and you should be able to work pre-orders of paperback books into your book launch campaign!
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Cliches Are Someone Else’s Words

I once had the honor of having one of my  manuscripts edited by a best selling, award winning author.  She was extremely picky in her critique of my writing because she was pushing me to the next level.One of the tips she shared was huge! And I’m sharing it with you.  Stay away from cliches when writing narrative

Cliches are someone else’s words. Your work should be your words only.

Example:
Cliche –

I felt a cold shiver run up and down my spine.

Making it my own –
The room was suddenly cold and I shivered.

Cliche –
My life was finally back on track.

Making it my own –
After months of turmoil, my life was finally beginning to make sense again.

Exception: Cliches are perfectly acceptable when you are writing dialogue, because people often speak in cliches. It’s when you’re writing narrative, that you must be mindful of using them.


YOUR TURN
Write your novel or biography using the cliches, just to get your thoughts on paper. Once your book is complete and you begin the editing process, highlight all of the cliches you used when writing your narrative and find another way to express yourself.


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Use Your Words, Not Your Punctuation

Many times when we’re writing, we have a tendency to use punctuation to tell the story. But, instead, we should use our words, after all, we’re writers. 🙂 
Example:
Using punctuation –

“What are you doing?!”

 

Using words –
“What are you doing?” I screeched at the top of my vocal range, trying to comprehend the sight before my eyes.

Here’s my disclaimer: When you read my work, you will quite likely see !’s. Because I still love using them. 🙂  But I use them far less than I used to. And I no longer use  this “?!” combination. I use one or the other.


YOUR TURN!
Do you have a manuscipt? Or even just a few pages written? If so, take a look. How are you using your punctuation? And is there a way for you to use your words instead?

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