My writing progress – Michelle Rae

Often I find myself agreeing to do things that really I should learn to say no too.

Something I very rarely do (but know I must) is as the term goes ‘blow my own trumpet’.

I’d like to thank Renae Kaye, whom I have only recently met for ‘encouraging me’ and Nic Starr, to take part in this blog tour.

For those who personally know me, will know sarcasm is my middle name, my wit is drier than dry and honestly from me is somewhat brutal. However, I shall answer four questions about my writing progress. Perhaps I might influence the other two writers sharing this site with me to have a go too. Why should I be the only one to rack my brain for answers to four simple but thought provoking questions.

1. What am I working on?

There is not enough time in the day to be working on anything at the moment. However, editing is something I’ve been getting done. Cat got your tongue is being renamed Black Devil and I plan to submit it to various publishers and if it’s not picked up, then I’ll self publish. There’s my collection of short stories I’m editing for sale on Moral Fortitude. My National Novel Writers Month entry last year – Finding Ziggy (a teen romance) wasn’t picked up by the publishers and I’m now sitting on it. Will edit in time and rethink my plans for that story. May publish it as a free read on Moral Fortitude or possibly offer it for sale.
I’ve been working on scripts for the possibility of doing my own web comic. Having to learn about scripting comics has been interesting and now I’m in the process of finding possible artists who are interested in working with me.
In the coming months the third anthology for Moral Fortitude will be under way – topic for that I was thinking may be robots / robotics. But will float the idea closer to submissions date (to be confirmed).

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

How does my work differ – who knows? I write what I want to read. I don’t have a particular theme or setting I stick too. I try to write mature age stories but will occasionally also write late teen romance. I want to be unique with my plots and will often trash stories (sometimes 20 – 30,000 words) if they are not going anywhere.

3.  Why do I write what I do?

I’m like ever other writer who came before me and after me. Depression led me to write, teens writing depressing gay stories led me to write gay romance. There is enough negatively in the world and having to read story after story on the internet on sites like Friction Press or Wattpad where gay boys/men are portrayed as weak, fragile, bullied, suicidal and depressed. Enough was enough. Let’s give back positive, feel good, funny, falling in love stories. That’s why I write what I do.

4.  How does my writing process work?

An idea, a thought, a word, a dream.
There is not a time when I’m not processing stories.
I think that can be said for all writers and even those who don’t write and should.
Lots and lots of note taking is a mandatory requirement. Time lines, plot planning, character building, researching places, understanding cultures.
Writing is also about learning. The structure of the story, the presentation and the plot itself grows into something incredibly beautiful.
The entire process from the pencil scrawls, outlining of maps, google searching, book marking; the process is one of building a world not only on the screen but in every corner of your life. Evidence that says – this person is a writer and they love to write.

Note taking is not complete without the necessary tools. I thought this note book perfect for the occasion.

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Time for Destiny is my first published book, out this July by Dreamspinner Press. Here are some of my ramblings, maybe possible spoilers to the story :)

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I tag E.J Kellan and L.V. Lloyd next.

Interview – N.A. Carson

Moral Fortitude is proud to interview N.A. Carson, author of I Want to Live  Clique, as part of the Anthology – Love At First site. Also author of the popular story Demon on Wattpad.

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

When did you first start writing LGBT books?

A little over two years ago I started my first one. I had been written traditional stories for years, but I was always, I guess, scared to write gay ones. It wasn’t until I joined Wattpad and saw that people weren’t bashing/hatin’ the LGBT writers that I did a complete one eighty and now I’m pretty much only writing LGBT.

What inspired you to write LGBT fiction?

I feel like it’s what I define with more than traditional. Besides that, I’ve always like story that break the social norms and are a little rough around the edges, and I feel the LGBT genre provides that.

Where do your ideas come from?

That’s a hard one. I read a lot, and I guess along the way I’ve thought about what I would do different and went from there. And an overactive imagination probably helps too, haha!

How much research do you do for your stories?

The only research I do, is baby name list and maybe look up places. I should probably do more than I do.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?

I have the beginning and end figure out before I start, and the middle I just let flow. So a combination of both. If I don’t have the ending figure out I have nothing to work towards, and I end up getting stuck.

Do you have a special time of day to write or how do you structure your day?

It’s sporadic. When I’m feeling it, I can write all day, but when I’m not, I don’t try and force it.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Depends on the book. Haha!

Evolution took me three years, but my computer crashed after I finished it the first time so I had to rewrite. Demon took me about a month and a half. Seven Hundred, Hell’s Angel, took about three or four. For a Price and Saigon took about six. Raven took a century! Just kidding, Raven and Beloved were around seven or eight months. And then there’s poor River that been sitting for a year– Didn’t have the ending figured out before I started (Same with Rogue) so I haven’t felt the drive to work on it.

I seemed to be taking longer and as time goes on.

Do you proofread/edit all your own work or do you get someone to assist?

I fly solo, that’s why nothing it edited very well. It’s all a work in progress, and I fix everything one day.

Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

It’s the viewers first impression, and that super important so yes.

How do you choose the right cover for your book?

I’m horrible about covers. I should put in the work and make everything all nice and neat but I just find a nice looking photo and put it up. I’ve made a couple and had a couple made for me and they’re much nicer than the generic photo I googled.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Say what you need to say, and I’ll take what I want to take.

Life’s to stressful already to take other people opinion to heart. Though the good reviews are always a nice confidence booster.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

No, I should probably figure one out, but I horrible at that kind of things. I hate bothering people, it just a weird quirk I have, and I don’t like doing it.  Even if no one wouldn’t mind, I just can’t bring myself to send out mass messages or prompt my work.

Do you use social media and how has this worked best for you?

Oh my, another thing I’m horrible at. Same thing, I don’t want to bother people or become that “annoying” person that flood people’s emails and news feeds, so I’m really bad at it. I have them, but I never update them. Probably something I should work on. It’s kind of important.

What would you say are the main advantages / disadvantages of self-publishing?

I’m horrible at self-advertising. I’m horribly antisocial so for me I need that person to help me along and in the end do that for me. That’s the main reason I don’t think I would ever self-publish. Even if it is a great story, if no one knows about it not much is going to happen.

The advantages would be not having to jump through all the hoops of the publishing world. Finding an agent is hard and even then you still have to work with them to get a publisher. It all just a lot of work.

What advice would you offer to other writers who would consider self-publishing?

Make a list and weigh the pro and cons of your situation.

Do you have a favorite author / book?

Too many, I read most unpublished books and I’ve lost tracked.

What is your next project and what should we expect?

I’m thinking a sequel to Beloved, and I’m hoping to start working again on Centennial. It’s different, and I’m ready to switch things up a little.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Oh man, I hope I’m just happy. Whatever happens, happens and I just hope that I’ll be happy doing whatever life has in store for me. I wouldn’t be upset through if I happened to be a published author either. :)

How can readers discover more about you –

Blog :   Facebook :   Twitter : 

 

 

F3M #16 – When to spell out numbers

Spelling out numbers is something that is not considered very often in many of the online stories I read.

Whether these are the ‘rules’ to using numbers in your stories or the expectation I’m not sure but here are some things you should know about using numbers in your story.

1. Spell small numbers out. 
1 to 10 are written as words. Anything higher can be written as the number, however I tend to write all numbers as words. It will also depend on what you are using the number for.  If you are using it for a characters age, this would be written. If its a number for an address you would use the number. Numerical symbols are written as numbers “2 or II”.

2. Use numbers when referring to currency, including comma’s between thousands. $1,000.

3. Never start a sentence with numbers. The number of unit is 1,ooo. Rather than – 1,000 is the number of units. If numbers are going to be used at the start of a sentence use the written form, rather than numbers. One thousand is the number of units.

4. Centuries and decades are written out – twentieth century / nineties. 

5. When referring to large numbers; it will be written 1 million rather than 1,000,000,000. 

6. Use first rather than 1st.

7. Be consistent. Don’t write –  in a group of 20 he was the only eighteen year old. Instead – in a group of twenty he was the only eighteen year old.

8. Use numbers when referring to percentages or recipes. 10% rather than 10 percent – 2 cups rather than two cups.

9. Dates are written as numbers – November 10th, 2014 – 10/11/14.

10. Fractions are written as words with hyphens – two-thirds.

11. Decimals are written as number – The average family has 2.5 children.

I hope this has helped.

 

 

F3M #15 – Common Errors in English Usage

It is said that English is one of the hardest languages to learn and I believe it.

Getting caught out using the wrong type of word can be very frustration, especially for a writer.  Sometimes the hand will type what the mind does not necessarily won’t. That’s where editing comes in handy.

Some of the most common errors I find myself up against are brought and bought, who’s and whose or where and were.

This page – Common Errors in English Usage – is a great page to reference too, especially if English is your second language.

How I came upon this page was wanting to understand the use of Blond and Blonde. Read all about it, it’s rather fascinating.

 

Interview – Viano Oniomoh

Moral Fortitude is proud to interview Viano Oniomoh, author of The Boy Next Door and Club Fantasy. Viano has had amazing success on Wattpad and we are very honoured to interview her.

Welcome Viano, and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

When did you first start writing LGBT books?

The very first LGBT book I wrote was written in 2011 (Guess Where I’m Gonna Bite Next?) about vampires in love.

What inspired you to write LGBT fiction?

The first LGBT books I read on wattpad were by Jordan (@Tardistiles on wattpad) and Giovannie (@Amysence on wattpad) and I really loved how they portrayed the love in their books. I originally found it cute and it inspired me to start writing my own with the thought that there aren’t enough LGBT stories out there.

Where do your ideas come from?

I’m mostly inspired by anything and everything. I once had a story inspired by a walk I took. Little things like music or my neighbour’s cat or even other books I read etc acts as sources of inspiration for my books.

How much research do you do for your stories?

Not a lot haha it mostly depends on the story – since I dabble mostly in romance and fantasy, I don’t really need to do that much research. I only look up petty things like some stuff about dead bodies and how viruses act in the blood (reference to Rise Above) or I did a bit of research on how therapy works for my story “Infinite”. I think I’d do more research in the future if I planned on writing a factual or historical novel.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Most of the time I write and just roll with it but recently, ever since my project for Camp NaNoWriMo (The Death Dance) where for the first time I actually outlined the entire plot, I’ve found myself plotting out an entire story before writing it.

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The Death Dance

Do you have a special time of day to write or how do you structure your day?

I mostly always write in the evenings because all day I’m busy with school work. When I’m on a school break though, I sometimes can spend all day writing in between doing other things like watching a movie or reading etc (I get easily distracted haha)

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

A couple months during school weeks – probably between one to ten months and during the summer, it could take me as short as a month or three.

Do you proofread/edit all your own work or do you get someone to assist?

I edit all my work myself. I mostly just get the chapter done and then re-read through it and sometimes, Microsoft Word helps with that ;)

Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes I do actually. A cover is the first thing that attracts me to a book – if your cover is badly done then I’ll just assume the story is just as bad because if you can’t take the time to make a good cover for your story then what’ll make me believe you take the time to write properly? It sounds mean but that’s just me haha. Sometimes I do ignore the cover if the title is catchy or the blurb manages to draw me in – only then can I forgive you if your cover isn’t nice haha.

How do you choose the right cover for your book?

A quick search on google images helps – I just try to imagine the most important image I want to show/sell in my book and look it up on the internet then I edit it on Photoscape and Picmonkey

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews are nice as long as you’re polite and the author has required it. Some people write just for the fun of it – they are aware of their mistakes and inadequacies and don’t need anyone pointing it out while other authors specifically ask for feedback. I for one don’t mind constructive feedback as long as you do it politely and your feedback is actually useful to me and my story.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

Not really, no. My current stories aren’t all that serious so I’m not really looking for feedback although it is welcome. I think I’ll actively start looking for feedback when I think of seriously publishing a story.

Do you use social media and how has this worked best for you?

I have a facebook page and so far it’s great. I think it would even be better if I utilized it more often.

What would you say are the main advantages / disadvantages of self-publishing?

The advantages I would think are the facts that self-publishing is easier and faster and I think cheaper? Disadvantages could be that you would need A LOT of advertising to put your story out there and it takes a lot of work on your part. Also, you’ll either have to get it professionally edited because most of the time, self-publishers don’t get their work properly edited before going with it.

What advice would you offer to other writers who would consider self-publishing?

Make sure you thoroughly edit your book! Also, make sure you have enough resources to help you advertise your book when you self-publish.

Do you have a favorite author / book?

I love LOVE Dan Brown and I really can’t choose which of his books I love the most. I think he writes brilliantly and I’d like to write like he does one day. His plots are always full of twists and turns and end up never being what you expect in the end. 

What is your next project and what should we expect?

I’m currently focused on my werewolf LGBT “Rise Above” and you should expect great things! Its new for me because it revolves around crime and issues similar to the problems we actually face today, mostly inequality.

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Rise Above

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Hopefully published my first novel, living in my own apartment and engaged or married x)

How can readers discover more about you –

Website Blog(personal) :   Facebook :   Twitter

 

Thank you Viano for taking the time to be interviewed. We wish you great success and look forward to reading more great stories from you.

 

 

NEW – Country Heart by E.J. Kellan

Country Heart by E.J. Kellan

Theodore Winters has no idea what it is exactly he wants in life. While away on a trip, the shy loner encounters a wealthy and smooth talking cowboy, Riley Illingsworth III. Time together helps him see past his own dark shadows that won’t let him believe there could be anything more between them. When Theodore realizes that there might be more to it, it is already too late.Being lonely is nothing new to someone who would rather keep himself distracted by his work than deal with the reality that faces him. Much to his surprise, he finds his new boss wants to give him more than just a promotion and as if his life weren’t already chaotic enough, Riley returns with one goal in mind. To finish what he started.

Theodore must choose which path, he believes, will lead him to what he really wants. Will he choose with his mind or will he choose with his heart.

Purchase ebook – Country Heart

F3M #14 – Patreon

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I discovered Patreon about a month ago and thought it a wonderful idea for artist looking to make money. I contacted several friends about this and all have shown great interest in opening accounts. I looked over it thoroughly and as a writer it would be difficult to use unless you were able to provide regular articles or short stories. Perhaps offering chapters for a small fee may work but you would need a big following of readers before attempting this. But for artists it’s perfect.

Patreon works the same way as having a patron. Someone who pays an artist to provide creative work. This is a great innovation for artist who might not otherwise make any money on they creations. They do it because they love to but it doesn’t support them to do it full time. By becoming a patron to an artist you are not only supporting them but can receive some fantastic inspired art if you do.

In the month of March there were many web artists I follow who started or were planning to start a Patreon account, offering great incentives to those who support them. The issues that can occur are when you know of multiple artists on Patroen and you know you can’t support all of them. Review what they are offering and determine what’s going to work for you.

There seems to two predominately different ways to support an artist.
The first is monthly payments – in that every month you pay the amount you have selected. I’m not sure if this fee is paid regardless of the artist publishing something or not as I wasn’t able to find anything about this on the site. But you are able to control your pledges, set payment limits and cancel pledges at any time. The artist will offer several different tiers of payment and each tier will have different rewards. What you choose to pay will be what you receive.
The second is pay per page or artwork – I prefer this option over the monthly option. If the artist doesn’t provide any work, you don’t pay, if they provide 2, 5 or 10 pieces of work that is all you are paying for. Again they may offer several different tiers of payment. You pay only the tier you select.

To have a successful account comes down to the support you begin with. If you have established a following then you may find success with Patreon a lot faster. The key is get your account set up and publicise it everywhere you can. Searching social media pages that support similar works to your own is a good way to get the word out. Friends and family are always good places to start. Remember that all good artists have to start somewhere and if Patreon doesn’t work for you but you would like it too, get promoting. I should also mention – don’t over price yourself. While looking at the different artist on the site I found many asking for more than most would be willing to pay in my opinion. You can pay $1 but your not likely to get any rewards for that dollar. $5 or $10 payments may get you more rewards but unless you’re a big fan of the artist and the rewards are amazing you might be reluctant to support the artist. Of course, it’s not always about the rewards, you may want to support the artist regardless of the rewards on offer. Patreon is also currently looking at one time donations to the artists and this may be a better option for some.

The only complaint I have about the site at the moment is you are unable to search for the type of creator you are after. When searching webcomics and comics only those who added those words to their descriptions come up. Tags or actual topics that relate to a patron account would make finding artists easier. I found it extremely frustrating to search through all the pages to find artists realising later they used the title of their comics (abbreviated in one instance) in their titles rather than webcomic or comic.

Below are several Patreon accounts worth looking at. I spent over an hour finding these few and I know there are many more.

Suzana Harcum – Tripping over you (Facebook)

Mickey Quinn – Best Friends Forever (Facebook)

DCS – Space School

Chris - homoerotic illustration

PPMAQ – homoerotic art

 

F3M #13 – Recommended LGBT Publishers

You have a LGBT book you have written, you’ve edited it, written up a synopsis and cover letter and now you’re serious about getting it published with an established publisher. But who do you start sending it too.

Below is a list of LGBT publishers I recommend to get you started. These are not mainstream publishers but they can help you get a foot in the door. Two ways to submitting you story. Submit to one publisher at a time and do not sent out your submission until you have been rejected or submit your story to as many publishers at once and then accept the best offer, declining the others. I recommend submitting one at a time, waiting for that rejection email.

Lesbian only publishers

Arktoi Books of Red Hen Press

Bella Books

Bywater Books

Gay only publishers

Dreamspinner Press

ManLoveRomance Press

SL Publishing Group

Lesbian and Gay only publishers

Less Than Three Press

EXtasy Books

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transexual publishers

JMS Books

Slash Books

Interview – TheWitchAndTheCat

Moral Fortitude is proud to interview Wattpad author TheWitchAndTheCat. With her growing success on Wattpad with her stories All you need is ME and Fire and Ice, it’s only a matter of time before this wonderful writer finds success beyond Wattpad.

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

When did you first start writing LGBT books?

I began writing a story maybe two or three years ago, as the attraction for this particular writing section grew into deep curiosity; curiosity of how I would portray love or stories concerning LGBT themes, in particular MxM romance. I began to post the very first story on Wattpad in January 2013 and since then I keep writing MxM books.

What inspired you to write LGBT fiction?

I could probably say many things, as the first LGBT story I read, the first movie I watched, the fact I am a supporter of the LGBT community and writing might be a way to show how love is the same for everyone, how life can be the same for everyone or sometimes even harder, how we all strive for the same rights and duties, or simple curiosity as mentioned above. Probably everything had an impact on me and the fact I tend to be an open-minded person might have naturally influenced my choice of books and open my reading panorama to LGBT themed stories, which triggered my interest in understanding the different aspects and realities concerning said community. I must admit it is rather fascinating and challenging sometimes to write in the shoes of a man and try my best in conveying feelings, emotions, reactions and such in the most appropriate (for the character) and realistic way. But what can I say? Writing is one of my greatest passions!

Where do your ideas come from?

They come just from my imagination and I guess a bit from the world and reality surrounding us, as I try to write about topics and issues that occur every day, of course, if the story is not fantasy or so. An idea or picture of a certain character develops in my mind and I begin to see him or her acting, walking around, talking, and so other connected characters pop up in my mind and they interact together. It might seem slightly weird, but that is how it works for me. A character starts to slowly take form in my mind and step after step everything evolves and creates around that certain fictional person. And so the story.

How much research do you do for your stories?

I try to do good research for my stories, but of course it depends on the plot, on the characters and on the elements involved. Some books need more than others and this is just normal; however, whenever I am not sure about a certain fact or data, I always go and research for a clear answer or explanation. To give a simple example: in a story I am writing the two main protagonists ride motorbikes and so I looked at all the technical names of the parts of a bike, how to describe some motions, how paddock and racing circuits are organized and other details involving riding and bikes in general.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?

I usually work on a plot and scheme of the story, writing down the main events and points of it I intend to write or work at, the pace of it in case we are talking about romance or so, and I especially work on a detailed outline for characters, where I have all their characteristics listed and described, their personalities, hobbies, background, acting, possible reactions, development of the character in relation to certain events and other characters.

If the book is not a simple and light romantic love story, then I even pay more attention to the plot and outline of the story, in order to avoid possible plot-holes or contradictions.

Do you have a special time of day to write or how do you structure your day?

I have no particular or special time, it depends on how much time I have to write, but I can say I almost never write late in the evening, as I am more productive in the morning or afternoon.

How long on average does it take to write a book?

Same as before, it depends on the time I have and such. I can tell that the stories posted on Wattpad, considering I cannot dedicate every day to writing, have an average of four or five months.

Do you proofread/edit all your work or do you get someone to assist?

At the moment I must admit I do all the proofreading and editing, even though three of my stories on Wattpad are not edited. I shall edit them as soon as possible and then, if I will ever decide to publish them for sale, I will ask for assistance in editing, as English is not my first language.

Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

I would say that yes, a good and catching cover of course plays an important role in attracting the first look and attention, especially when many books are listed on a website or exposed on a shelf of a bookstore, but then it is entirely to the summary and story to play the main role.

How do you choose the right cover for your book?

Well, in my very narrow experience I can say that I try to visualize an image that would best suit the story and then ask someone to work over it, as I am not good with making covers and such. I try to consider the core and essence of the story, the title and the characters main features and with that in mind I try to focus on how to convey everything in said cover. It is not always easy and to be honest, whenever I purchase a story, it is not the cover that plays the most catching part, but the title. Titles are what attract my attention at first and then I go for the summary.

What are your thoughts on bad/good reviews?

Every review is precious, as every single comment or thought on the story. I must admit I do really cherish every single comment I receive for the stories I post on Wattpad and it is always great pleasure to read them and answer whenever possible. Of course good reviews bring a huge smile and make you feel satisfied and happy in seeing people appreciate and enjoy your work, while negative and bad reviews might be hard to take sometimes, especially when they reach the almost rude point. But I can say that some criticizing reviews actually help in improving in certain points and might make you reflect. Then of course, there is a big difference between a criticizing but constructive review and a bad and simply destructive review. It is true that sometimes writers do face some comments or such that can be rather harsh and sometimes even not justified, e.g. when a reader unkindly criticizes a book after having read only a chapter of said book.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

At the moment I have no strategies; maybe in the future, when I will try to publish something, I might need to develop one.

Do you use social media and how has this worked best for you?

At the moment I do not use any social media to promote my stories, as I write on an amateur level. However, I think social media might be a good promoting platform, as they can reach a vast portion of possible readers and fans. As for the reviewers, it should be better to plan or have a good advertising strategy.

What would you say are the main advantages/disadvantages of self-publishing?

Difficult to say as it depends on the author and on the story. I have not tried to self-publish yet and I shall see in the future what to do with that, if give it a try or not. If I will decide to go for self-publishing, it would be mostly for fun and for gaining some firsthand experience. I think the main advantage of self-publishing is how easily and quickly you can do it, and the fact you do not need to depend on someone else to publish your story, but the same advantage can turn out to be very tricky. It can be a good platform for new writers, but if they want to publish something professional and hope to make money out of it, well, better to look for extra help with editing, cover, beta readers, extra reviewers who are not just good friends. As for the main disadvantage, well, as already mentioned, if it is done with the intent of making money, I believe it can be the lack of a proper visibility and advertisement on the market that a professional team and editor can provide, as well as the lack of professional editors and beta readers that could improve or adjust the story according to the targeted audience.

What advice would you offer to other writers who would consider self-publishing?

As I said, I never self-published before, therefore I am in no position to offer any practical advice, aside what has been already written above. I would probably like to stress just one little practical advice if people intend to turn it into a business: be sure to properly edit and proofread the story. Actually, maybe find an editor to do it for you, because many times I came across self-published stories (on sale, not for free) that had rather “bizarre” grammar. I believe that will not help selling the book or promoting the general self-publishing business. And yes, please follow the advice Kerstin - SmugDevil gave in the interview posted here (Btw, thanks for citing me as one of your favourite authors on Wattpad, as you know how much I love your story “Timmy”, and no, I am not returning any flattering favour, but simply being honest!)

Do you have a favourite author/book?

I have too many favourite books and many favourite authors, as I am an avid and eclectic reader. Well, maybe I could list here “The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien, “Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte and Neil Gaiman, but the actual list is way longer!

What is your next project and what should we expect?

Well, I am currently working on two stories (MxM romance) and had put one on-hold (MxM lycan/romance), therefore for now I am concentrating on what I have at hand and then I shall see. In regards to Wattpad stories, the future projects involve a forth book of the “Fire and Ice” series concerning River and Nic and a short spin-off for Jess and Xander, all protagonists of the “Fire and Ice” series. Then I have other small ideas in mind, but nothing of planned, so we shall see with time.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Good question! Well, let’s see about that. Maybe I will have a published book and another ready to be released, but who knows, right?

How can readers discover more about you?

They can simply write me messages and ask about my stories or such on my Wattpad page, as I always try my best to reply every single message.

As soon as possible I would like to publish something here and hopefully that will be soon, but for now, if someone is interested in reading some of my works, you can find my stories here : TheWitchAndTheCat

I would like to thank you very much for the chance you offered me with this interview; it was really nice to answer your questions. I would also like to thank all of my fans and readers from Wattpad: thanks, you are all fantastic!

 

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. I understand how busy you are and we all feel special that you have given us a wonderful insightful interview. I look forward to helping you self-punish here on Moral Fortitude should you ever want to take that next step. 

 

F3M #12 – Formatting your book prior to submission

All publishing companies will provide a submission page, in which you will find information regarding the submissions they are interested in. It always pays to visit these pages once a month as submissions change and you might find a story you have written previously may fall into a submission category it might not have done so previously.

On this website I have provided information about formatting you story for submission but I thought I might once again go over the guide lines publishers request when submitting your story.

* You document should be in standard 12pt Time New Roman font. 1 inch margins, .5 indent for the first line of each paragraph and 1.5 line spaces between lines.
 

The reason publishers like this format is so they can write notation and comments in a print copy of you submission. By also having a standard format, it makes reading and editing a lot easier.

It’s important to not use tabs or spacing to indent. It might look fine on your page when doing this, but when another person opens your document these can look out of line, messy and inconsistent. To have the right format, before starting your story – in your word document select Format / Paragraphs at the top of you page. By changing you paragraph style at the start, your format is set correctly and you don’t need to worry about it any further

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* A publisher may also request you include at the top of you document page numbers, your authors names, followed by the title of your story.

Alway check what it is the publisher is requesting. By not including any one the publishers request can result in your story being put in the ‘no’ pile. It is sometimes better to have all this information on your document, even if it has not been asked. This will at least give you peace of mind you have included everything.

* Before you send your submission – edit.
 

Read and re-read your submission carefully. Grammar and punctation are critical, however if you miss one or two don’t lose heart. Publishers are not going to expect a perfect submission first up. They will be looking mostly at the content of your story, does it have what they are looking for and will they be able to sell it. Once your story is accepted, it’s sent to a professional editing team who will work with you to iron out any issues with your story, including any plot issue, character building and of course grammar and punctuation. And don’t fret if you’ve written your story in UK English and the publisher had requested US English. This will be overlooked if you a non American writer.

* When you are ready to email your submissions check the type of format the publisher has requested. Most formats be in .docx, .doc, .pdf.
 

Almost all publishers will take word documents. This makes sending your document much easier. Unless you are using another program to write your stories in. Check publisher submission guidelines as they may take other formats.

* When you are ready to email your submission be sure to have the correct title in your subject line.
 

Again check the submission guideline but more times that often the subject line will be ‘Submission’ or the title of the submission you are sending your story into, should you be writing a story to a particular submission requested by the publisher.

* When submitting your story, publishers will ask for a synopsis. This is a brief explanation of your story. Publishers will often ask for 200 words, two paragraphs or a page for you synopsis. Always check publisher guidelines for details.
 

Often writers will get confused as to what to write for their synopsis. This most often is the blurb you use to describe your story. The easiest synopsis you can write is where you introduce both your characters, followed by a description of the adventure they will be encountering with each other and perhaps the genre / location (steampunk / outer space) of your story.

For example -

A is twenty-five, quiet, sincere and questioning his sexuality. He’s live alone after the death of his parent and wants to experience live but doesn’t know where to start. He’s never been part of a scene and meeting potential partners has always been difficult for him.
B is twenty-three, outgoing, loud and always pushing life to the limit. He doesn’t understand personal space and sees any man as a potential partner. His dream is to  peddle across country but has never found anyone willing to join him.
After a chance meeting at a mutual friends party, A decides B’s fanciful dream is the chance to see the country and get away from the boredom that is his life. B is ecstatic A wants to ride with him and as the two men set of on the journey of a lifetime, they discover life is not just about following dreams.

Make your synopsis as elaborate as you like or keep it simple enough to explain what your story is about but keep within the requested length asked by the publisher. Your synopsis is your ‘hook’ so to speak that will entice the publisher to read your story.

* Your details are also important in the body of your email.

You may be required to submit a letter, however most times publisher will ask for your detail to appear at the top of your email. These details will be your legal name, your pseudonym if you have one and a contact email address. They may also ask for the title of your story, the number of words and the genre. You may also need to include if your story is part of a series.

Sometime, a publisher may ask for a general story description. This is not your synopsis. A brief story description may be along the lines of – Two men cycling across country following dreams and finding love along the way. A journey of personal discovery across the beautiful backdrop of Australia.
You may also be asked for writing credentials – if you have self-published either on your own site, amazon or a free publishing site include these.

When you have supplied all the details requested for your submission, including either a complete copy of your story, the first three / five chapters or first 15,000 words (check publisher guidelines for details). Hit the ‘send’ button and wait.

 * When will I hear back.
 

You will receive an automatic response stating your submission has been received. Then it’s a matter of waiting. Publishers may state in the submission guidelines how long to wait for a reply, most don’t. Expect to wait between four to six weeks before you hear back. Most publishers will notify you, so be patient. However, if after eight weeks you have not heard anything, this is a good indication your story was not accepted. If your story is rejected, don’t give up, move onto the next publishing company and resubmit. But if you are lucky enough to get that email that congratulates you for your story being accepts. Well done, you are now on your way.

(information provided for this post was taken from Dreamspinner Press submission page)