Five Reasons to Start Reading Romance
Although romance is an extremely popular genre, romance novels (and the readers who love them) often find themselves to be the target of biased haters who strongly try to convince themselves that they aren’t fans and will never be. Most if the time these typical haters have never turned a single page in a romance novel and wouldn’t know what a Happily Ever After looked like if it smacked them right in the face. If you are one of these people but in reality have a secret desire to get on the romance train then let us help you change your mind with these five reasons. Just maybe, picking up a romance novel could be very worth your while.
1. It reminds you that when you’re in love you feel invincible!
If you’re single, in a long-term relationship, or somewhere in between, the butterfly feeling you get when you’re beginning to think you may have finally found your soulmate is an electrifying experience. However, that only lasts so long and eventually you either go your separate ways, or find yourselves eating leftovers and binge-watching Netflix together in your pajamas. Which is amazing, but it’s not the stuff of jittery hearts. So why wouldn’t you want to get that feeling back again and again—in the form of a book? Why not live vicariously through a character who is having those unique, first feelings of sparks flying as they engage in conversation with someone they find attractive? You can check out our most recent and popular Romance novel here, Building A Life by Lauraine Henderson.
2. Reading romances allows you to create your best version of the characters in your mind
Of course we all enjoy our fair share of romantic movies, but most of the time they leave too little to the imagination. Most likely the actors playing the leads won’t be your knight in shining armor and chances are their romance, no matter how sizzling, will leave you feeling less than satisfied. Why not try diving into a novel, where you can shape the character descriptions for yourself as you read along? Is the hero a tall, dark and handsome southern farmer? Well, maybe he’s also a Chris Hemsworth lookalike with a tractor. The heroine may be a dainty dancer, but maybe she also looks exactly like me, except with longer legs and blonde hair. Novels let you to allow your imagination wander and it’s especially fun to do that when you’re reading romance.
3. Small three words: Happily Ever After
Okay, okay, okay! I get it. Sad stories can be great too. The story where the guy doesn’t get the girl, aliens come to earth or the family dog passes away the same day grandpa did. There is a time and place for all those stories in world of literature. But so are stories where the guy does get the girl, he loves all of her flaws and quirks, even her strong willed best friend approves of him, and he wants to sweep her off her feet and propose on the top of the Empire State Building. Nice work if you can get it in real life, right? And if you can’t, at least you can read about it.
4. Romance within all types of genres
Do you like your romances with an extraterrestrial twist? How about some fantasy flair flair? Or maybe something more historical? Do you like strong cowboys? What about brilliant Wall Street Workers? Are you a mystery person? Sci-Fi? Time travel? Whatever your zest is, believe me, there is a romance novel out there for you. Actually, there are probably more than one, if not dozens.
5. It’s perfectly fine to like Love
You may have already known this, but some of the favorite literature classics are essentially romance novels. They center around strong romantic relationships between the main characters. And great compelling romances lie at the heart of many popular books today, even though they aren’t marketed as romance novels. Most likely, even if you claim you are completely disinterested in all things romantic, you’re already a fan of the essential elements of a romance novel. Why not give yourself consent to explore that interest further? I say love is amazing, and it is a perfect, and an important part of the human experience. There’s no shame in enjoying, exploring, and loving it through reading books.
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Exclusive Author Interview -Building A Life
Building A Life Interview
If you haven't read the book quite yet we asked that Lauraine to try and not give any spoilers! Read the blurb and give yourself a new insight. Sara Castleton resolved to make better choices now that there was a new life growing inside her. When her husband, Peter, plowed through that stop sign and left this world, he left a mess behind. Picking up the pieces of her shattered life and finishing the house Peter started could be the answer to her future, but she needed help. When Nicholas Bradford was asked to step into Sara’s unfinished house project, he reluctantly agreed. He didn’t always see eye-to-eye with Peter’s friends and business associates, but one look at his pregnant widow and Nick couldn’t say no. Before they know it, they aren’t just building a house, they’re Building a Life. Click here for more information!
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7 Things You Need Before Submitting to a Publisher
We often get submissions from authors that we regretfully decline. Not because the writing is bad or we think it won’t sell, but because authors often submit work before it’s “publisher” ready. How do we know if our work is up to par? Here’s a list of 7 things you should consider before clicking that send button!
Lastly, I want to touch on editing. Sure, the publisher will have an editor for your manuscript. That’s if your manuscript makes it that far. Have someone edit your work before you submit it to a publisher. This editor needs to be more than a “typo expert.” Have someone streamline your books flaws into strengths. Having a polished manuscript will not only cut publishing time but they are the ones that get published.
11 Reasons Why You Should Keep Writing
It’s safe to say there are more writers now than ever before. Why should we write? Why are so many of us pursuing a writing career? Writers are uniquely gifted to help find meaning for themselves and others. This has always been the key goal of storytellers. Every story means something to the person living it, and our job as authors is to tell those universal stories, the stories that tell the story of every person on this earth. Here are 11 Real Reasons You Should Keep Writing.
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9 Ways to Read Like a Genius: By Ariel Abke
Every once in a while we like to featured blogs we run across. Today that happens to be a blog by Ariel Abke. You can find her original blog here.
9 Ways to Read Like a Genius: By Ariel Abke
I wasn’t expecting it to explode like that.
Have you ever made a goal, then become so absorbed in it that you surpass your goal by miles? That was me and reading.
A year ago I was not a reader, but in January I wrote a post about how awesome reading is for you, and I shared my goal of reading 12 books in 2015. I had a huge to-read list, and jumped right in.
It’s been less than six months, and I’ve already read 17! I’m not stopping at 17, though. I’m going to up my game! I read a lot of books this spring, and I’ve learned that there are certain things I can do to get the most out of each book.
Here are nine ways to read smarter:
What are some smart reading tips you’ve discovered?
Both a Writer and a Marketer
Social media is a great way reach potential readers. Authors of all kinds need to learn how to use it effectively in order to do so.
“Effectively” has different meanings for every writer. With new technology and new social media platforms forming everyday, this task can seem unreachable to some. There is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and the list really does go on… Don’t get so carried away in the networking you forget about writing. Decided what you can handle and make that work. It is better to have a strong online presence on a couple platforms then a weak presence on all of them.
We strongly suggest prioritizing these platforms, Facebook, Personal Blog/Website, Twitter and Instagram. Decide which of these platform you can handle on a day to day basis and then go from there.
If you are new to the social media world here are a few guidelines to follow.
Content Is Key
Keep your post interesting and full of emotion. Share links to articles or other online content that you find interesting. This includes posting links or tweets from people YOU follow. Doing so creates a good relationship with the person whose work you're sharing, and it gives your followers interesting content.
Be Real and Be You
Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Your followers will catch on and they WILL unfollow you. Try not to blast new followers with links on where they can buy your book. You wouldn’t walk up to someone you’ve never met and try that so don’t do it online either.
Social Social Social
Be social on social media. You would think this one is easy, however, several people don’t do it right. Make meaningful comments on other people's posts, engage in sophisticated conversations and share information your followers will read.
Try hard to stay away from constantly promoting your book but please refrain from doing so. The occasional promotion is fine. Updates on releasing new books so on and so forth should be kept to a minimum. Make social media about creating and building relationships and sales will follow after.
Get Published, Market your Book and More!
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Then please give us 8-12 weeks to go over your work and reach a decision.
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Welcome to our writers' corner. Here we'd love to share what we do, what we can do for you, how it works, what people have to say about us, and more. Look around, and when you think of questions - and you will have questions Don't waste any time getting answers. Please feel free to email us at email@example.com or fill out a contact form on our website.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU - (Please note that there are NO COSTS to you & NO HIDDEN FEES)
•Answer your questions.
•Evaluate your submission & offer critique & encouragement.
•Work with you on revisions.
•Develop a professional front and back cover with your input.
•Professionally edit your manuscript and discuss changes we feel are needed in collaboration with you.
•Professionally proofread your manuscript through multiple readers.
•Obtain ISBN numbers (print & digital.)
•Submit advance reader copies and solicit Beta readers.
•Format and Typesetting of manuscript.
•Submit for print and conversion to e-book formats.
•Establish price point and establish a pricing range with you.
•Assign free and promotional opportunities.
•Send you a proof copy for final inspection/corrections.
•Secure and assign an Internet domain name for your book.
•Develop book web page to market your book.
•Develop Facebook author fan page.
•Work with you on development of social media markets including Twitter, Google +, Facebook and more.
•Develop and submit press releases, media marketing materials, articles, self-generated marketing items to general and specific media markets.
•Set up author interviews and book signings locally, as available.
•Make copies of book available to you at cost. (Note: You have no obligation to purchase any.)
•Submit quarterly sales reports to you.
•Encourage you to write more books.
[Note: These are actual questions that have been sent to us. If you have a question you would like answered, scroll to the bottom of the page.]
• How many rounds of editing need to be done? Would I be charged if additional editing is required? No charges are incurred by the writer at all. After the book sells we equally share the royalty. We aim to get a great book out and each book is different and requires differing levels of editing. I cannot say how many rounds of editing will be needed, however, I can tell you that there is no cost to you.
• Will I have any input on the final naming and look of my books? Yes - we work WITH you. We will make suggestions based on our experience. As the writer you can express your ideas, although the goal of working with BYCT is for our experience.
• I don't see BYCT quoting reviews from anywhere other than individuals and Amazon. Are review copies sent to newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, and online book review sites? We send reviews , articles, videos, sample copies, bio sheets and more to the above named outlets. In addition, we target independent bookstores and specialized stores. We are always in the process of getting feedback. As for an online book review site, they are either paid or comprised of individuals who read the book. We have quotes from people who read the book and were not paid. Right now we are focused on getting our books (both in print and e-formats) to as many people as we can, to get their reviews and quotes. Like all things, that does takes time.
• How are covers designed? We have professional graphic designers working on our covers and print layouts. Graphic art comes from a variety of sources including original designs and composite works. It all depends on the look we are after. Authors are included in the design process.
• Why does the BYCT catalog appears to only contain a handful of titles? This does not constitute any kind of track record. Books You Can Trust is a relatively young company. We were formed in January 2013. That is not a secret. The formation of this company is based on the experience of the key players and those backing the company. This experience spans decades of writing, editing, graphics, sales and marketing both in the field of books, newspapers, magazines, as well as digital formats. It should be noted that our titles are free of graphic violence, graphic sex and profanity, as mandated by our publishing policy. With our recent acquisition of new titles, expect to see the number of books increase rapidly.
• Wouldn't it make more sense to get a mainstream publisher? Absolutely. We believe our company to be your #2 option for publishing available. Read PUBLISHING OPTIONS. The likelihood of you getting a mainstream publisher as a new author is slim. I won't depress you how slim, but here is a quite from a best selling author, Ian Irvine who wrote: "Lesson 1: Got expectations? Lower them. Feel free to write the most beautiful, thought-provoking words in the English language. The public will feel equally free to ignore them. Here's the sad truth: most people who write a book will never get it published, half the writers who are published won't see a second book in print, and most books published are never reprinted. What's more, half the titles in any given bookshop won't sell a single copy there, and most published writers won't earn anything from their book apart from the advance."
Read the whole article - it answers a lot of questions http://www.ian-irvine.com/publishing.html
• Your contract grants you total control over your work for a period of time, after which his control automatically extends unless you take action to terminate. During the period of control you pay for nothing, and you might expect some editing fees, billed to you during rewrite. And the rewrites may be substantial. The contract requires you to provide whatever rewrites the publisher asks for ("We don't like the ending; you must write a new ending").
I am not sure WHAT contract you are reading; but it is not ours. Our contracts offer many choices. They run from a one year to a five year term, the latter offering a higher net royalty. Many publisher contracts run longer. The reason we want a set period is to be sure that after we have provided all the services you see on our services page, you do not just say "goodbye" and go sell your professionally readied book elsewhere. We sink in about $4000 - $6000 worth of services that cost you nothing. There are NO editing fees, nothing is billed to you at all. We are not publishing dictators - we work with you from start to finish, a collaborative effort. During the period of the contract we want your book to sell well. You can renew the contract if you want. If not, 60 days written notice and you are done and your book is no longer exclusively ours to sell. Since we are a business built on reputation, it would defeat the point to create a negative image or the wrath of writers posting across the Internet. In this age of mistrust it is easy to pull anything apart. We have tried to be as upfront, transparent and clear about how we work. If we have missed anything let us know. We will post the answers here.
• It looks to me like you are a fairly typical vanity publishing deal: the publisher takes total control of everything, the writer pays for a list of incidental expenses and the publisher provides little real service to the writer.
I am not sure what site you are looking at. You are not describing our company at all. We do not have total control over everything. The writer pays no incidental expenses. We provide a lot of services. Vanity Press publishers charge a fee, require certain book quantities to be purchased by the author, and they will print anything submitted since they make their money from the fees. Our authors have no costs. We earn our money when the book sells and we still share the royalty with no hidden fees or costs.
If you are already a published author, either self or with another publisher, please see our media kit to find out how you can sell your book in our BYCT bookshop!
Media Kit 2017
The Guide to Starting a Novel
Where should your story start? With the characters? The plot? Well we have made this guide to help new and experienced authors begin the writing process.
Authors have tendencies to be constantly mulling over ideas for new novels. When brainstorming a new idea it’s important to jump right into writing a summary and then let your ideas settle. Come back and reread and then think on it for a few days. Sometimes our really good ideas are great and then other times not so much.
2. Make a Schedule
Obviously writing is mostly made of creativity however, it’s important to remember the logistics such as editing and formatting. Creating a schedule will help ensure you will reach your goals.
3. Character Outlining
Characters are developed throughout the entire process of writing. Usually characters won’t be complete after the first draft. As you go onto more drafts add more characterization into each character. Make sure each character can stand on its own and will be interesting for the reader.
4. Point of View
Who will your audience be and what characters are most important? Is the story going to be in present tense or past? It’s a lot of work to change your mind so make a decision before going all in.
Conflicts should be developed along with the characters. This will help define the plot and each character strengths and weaknesses.
6. Start Writing
After you have the basics down and the idea has been mulling over start writing. Focus on where you would like the story to begin. This doesn’t have to be the first chapter per say but make sure every chapter has a point and by the end it accomplishes something. If it isn’t relevant to the story as a whole, leave it out.
7. Developing the Scenes
Do this in several phases. We suggest starting without the fluff. After the initial scene you can add more descriptions and characters. This will help nail down exactly what you are trying to get out of each scene.
Every writer has what works for them. If you are new to writing these are good suggestions or if you’re looking for a changed this is a great place to start.
Quick Guide to a Perfect Romance...Novel
In light of it being Valentine’s Day we wanted to bring some Romance to the blog today. There are so many rules in writing when we start talking romance. How do you know where to even begin? How can you make your book a bestseller? Well today we’ve mapped out 3 basics when it comes to writing a best selling romance novel.
1. Woo Your Reader with the Perfect Title
If you’re like most writers, coming up with plots and subplots, descriptions, background, characters, and love scenes is easy for you. But when it comes to deciding on something as simple as a title, your brain freezes. A catchy title is going to be your readers and publishers first impression. A title that is irrelevant or boring is the equivalent to wearing pajamas to a job interview. Remember to keep titles as short as possible but still interesting. Looking towards your novel to find a title is a great way to keep it relevant. The best titles stem from the heart of the story. Ask questions about your characters' obstacles or reflect on the theme of the story in a few words. Make sure your title isn’t generic or it will be passed by on the shelves. When a title is too generic many times it gets lost amongst other books and doesn’t give enough information to “woo” your reader to pick it up and read the back. On the other hand, avoiding silly titles is just as important. You want your readers to take your book as serious as you do. Finding the right balance between simple and interesting is the best way create a thoughtful romance title.
2. Ditching the Drama while Writing Emotional Scenes
Obviously the emotional scenes are essential to any good romance. Romances are about two people falling in love and overcoming difficulties together. However, sometimes emotional scenes mixed with conflict can be too dramatic and feel forced. Make sure your characters are strong and independent when standing on their own and make their actions match their personality. Forcing a character to do something unnatural is one of the worst things you could do in a romance novel. Love should be natural and your readers will be able to tell if the love is sincere.
3. Smooth Conflict and Resolution Transitions
Writing a good conflict in a romance is only half of the equation. Resolutions are equally as important and they both should be smooth and believable. Avoiding coincidences is vital to this because although it makes the story easier to write, it is harder for the reader to believe. The only way the problem should be solved is logically. That being said it doesn’t mean you can’t have coincidences within your novel. They just can’t be the fairy godmother to fix all the problems. Your readers expect the hero and heroine to have a long lasting relationship and logical solutions will give that them just that.
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The Brylee Hawkins Saga
Author Jan Hill was born to write romance and family values. Always searching for love, acceptance, and the right to express how she feels and what she believes, Jan takes her readers to places that are both exotic and fun, promising that they'll not be disappointed to discover that life seldom takes people where they're prepared to go. She was born on a farm in rural Idaho, about as far away from excitement as anyone could possibly be, but that hasn't stopped her mind or heart from traveling to the four corners of the earth through study and reading on her own. Each person she meets presents her with a unique vision of life. Be prepared! Your essence just may show up in one of her books as hero or villain. It's hard not to love every character. They're totally committed to what they do.