publishing workshop

anonymous asked:

So I've written a 120,000 word YA novel which is really more of two separate and closely connected stories. I feel like the two stories would be much stronger as one book than as two, but I also realize that few publishers are interested in YA novels that are over 90.000 words (please correct me if I'm wrong). Do you have any advice on writing/editing/publishing a two-book series? Any advice in general?

Before I answer your question, I want to bring everyone up to speed with word counts and the recommended length of a novel :)

Originally posted by theunclaimedgeneration

WORD COUNTS! How long should your novel be?

Writers don’t count pages, but words. Any writing program (scrivener, word, pages) has a function to tell you your word counts. If someone asks for the length of your work and you answer in pages you sound like a rookie. Approximate to the closest 5,000. For example don’t say 83,255 words, around 85,000 is okay (unless you are talking to a publisher, in which case keep it precise to allow them to calculate print costs).

How do word counts translate into pages? If you’re wondering how many pages is your work, it will depend on how your book is printed, but a good average for YA (young adult) is 250 words per page. So if your work is 75,000 words you are looking at 75,000 words/250 words per page= 300 pages.

The length of your work will define the type of work. If your work is below 100 words it’s microfiction (superhard, I love it! For an excellent example check out Objects of Desire by Adam O’Fallon Price ). Less than a 1,000 words it’s flash fiction, below 30,000 words it’s a short story, below 50,000 a novella,  above 50,000 it’s a novel (a fictional book). These ranges vary, but this is a good rule of thumb.

The length of a novel will depend on the genre; YA (young adult), on average, is 50,000-80,000, any other fiction genre is between 80,000 and 100, 000 with the exception of historical and science fiction that can get up to 120,000 words. Look up your specific genre (once you figure it out).

So, you are correct. Your work is a bit long for YA.

Does this matter? Yes, if you are looking for an agent or a publisher. Remember that they are swamped with options and are looking for a reason to move your manuscript from the slush pile to the garbage. If you are indie, do as you please, but I found with time that those ranges are pretty reasonable. Feel free to break the rules, but respect your readers! Don’t have them pay $4 for a work of fiction that is only a few pages. Don’t bore them to death with an unedited, dragging manuscript.

My advice

1-Is your novel really done? The first manuscript for An Italian Adventure was 150,000 words long. By the time I read it to my writers’ group and published, the novel was 75,000 words and I had 180,000 words in the garbage. Keep in mind that when you write your first draft you might want to be way over your word count, because a quarter to half of your draft will be pared down (in my experience, but everyone is different). So, is this the first time you think the book is done or is it really done?

2-Is this your first novel? If yes, it will be even more difficult to find an agent and then a publisher. If you are set on the traditional route, you would be better off shortening a bit, but not necessarily. The Lunar Chronicle books are YA and well above the recommended 70/80 K words.

3-If the book is really done and you don’t want to cut it, you could consider indie publishing: publishing the book on your own. 

I am about to publish an Indie Author Guide to help other writers publish their own books in a professional manner. 

Since I am an indie author and all of my three novels so far were number one releases on Amazon in their genre, I figured I could share a couple of tricks with everyone else. If you want the guide for free subscribe to my monthly newsletter at ^_^

Who am I to give you advice?

I am Gaia B Amman, the intrepid author of the Italian Saga, a series of YA novels taking place in Italy and talking about everything I was told it’s impolite to talk about ;) Check my books out here.

Book 4, Sex-O-S, will be released on November 1st! Cover reveal on September 1st!


Today was an incredibly productive day for me. I got to the office, then left to go to the Instagram for Publishers workshop at Facebook HQ. It was very informative. I learned so much about the platform. It’s amazing how quickly Instagram has evolved over these last few months. I find their Stories feature is much better than Snapchat, which is why I removed the app from my phone.

Also, I had a one-one-one with my boss today. My responsibilities are changing as of next week. I’ll be focusing more on visuals, doing artwork for the News & Reports team. Woo! I told her that I’ve been looking into some art classes and she told me to write up a proposal so that our Editorial Director can approve the costs. How great is that?!

And I pitched an idea to our New York Editor (she’s wonderful), a photo series, and she wants me to start it ASAP. I can’t wait to break out my Canon 7D and use it again. I’ve missed it.

Did I mention we were nominated for a whole bunch of James Beard Awards? Yep! Some of of our reviews, reports, and features are in the run. What an exciting time to be on this team! I’m so happy.

How was your Wednesday?

80/100 | Monday 1 February 2016

  • First day after publishing means meetings and workshops. Zzzzz…
  • Had a lecture after work, then headed to the library to avoid distractions.
  • Treadmilled at night.
Cast On


For The Power Of Mabel Week, day 3: The Future!

In high school, Mabel works in a yarn shop. One of her coworkers needs advice about unicorns and choices and growing up. Fortunately, Mabel has tea and a huge stockpile of knitting metaphors.

(They’re like 16; the owner of the Yarn Bomb is probably a witch; and Mabel’s yarn stash is infinite because Fidds and the Grunks give her money for it: Fidds so she can knit things for the poor and needy, the Grunks so she can knit things for their monster friends.)

The Yarn Bomb wasn’t usually busy on Tuesday evenings. All the kids had homework, or if they were avoiding homework could find something more interesting to do than hang out in a fiber arts store. The Old Biddies Knitting Group only met on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Mrs. Drummond and Mrs. Igorashi were working on large-form sculptures these days so they weren’t in every night like they used to be. They’d just published the workshop schedule for the next month, so there weren’t any classes.

It would be fine, Molly told herself. It would be fine and empty and she wouldn’t have to spend the whole time with her Chipper Sales Girl Face on and maybe she could read or do homework or … wallow in existential misery …

Yeah. Probably that last one.

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anonymous asked:

Hi there!~ I'm still in the process of writing my book and I was wondering if you had any tips for how to get people interested in it before it's published? :)

Yes! So many tips! 

Building “the platform”: how to get a follow before your book is published

These tips apply either if you did not publish yet or if you published, but are relatively unknown.  Readers can’t know your book is a wondrous whirlwind of emotions, action, and insightful bits because, of course, they did not read it yet.

1-The best way to sell your book is to write more books. If people like your style, they will keep reading. The more books (of good quality) you have available the easiest it is to sell them.

Look at the most famous authors out there. Did you read the first Harry Potter as soon as it came out? Likely not. It took years for the word to spread. I read my first one when the fourth one had just been published.

In my personal marketing plan, I started publishing only once I had four books ready to go with the plan of publishing them within one year (accomplished in November 2016, YAY!).

If you look at most Indie Authors who made it big, they did so after publishing eight to ten books. In my personal experience, which I shared with you in this guide, money started to trickle in after book 2 and increased with book 3 :)

2-Develop a presence online, which does not mean scream on social media for people to buy your book(s).

DON’T! Don’t message people you don’t know, don’t bother anyone. Would you buy someone’s book just because the author asked you to? Me neither! So please, stop wasting your time and being a pain in everyone’s arse.

DO! Show readers what you can do.


BLOG. What’s your style? I’m humorous, insightful, irreverent (or at least I try). I like to speak about important topics most people shy away from: hypocrisy, sex (the real thing, not cheesy unrealistic stuff), religion, mental afflictions, gender identity. I post writing advice, I post pictures of the places I talk about followed by lines in my writing voice, I try to entice readers by giving them free samples of what they might expect in my books.

I tried several Social Media: Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, etc…TOO MUCH.

Select whichever Social Media you enjoy, or dread less, and stick to that. 

Remember that it will take time! People will slowly warm to you, it might take months, even years in some cases!

Personally I have:

1-A main website (about 7,000 visits per week) populated with:

-My blog,

-A shop page that gathers all books and formats and where to buy them,

-Contact info-About section with my bio and some excerpts from various interviews and pictures from book signings and events,

-The Italian Saga section, describing the books, themes, showing reviews (and linking to Amazon, I hate to select only positive reviews, I like my readers to have a clear and complete view of the range of reviews),

-Upcoming events section with book signings, presentations, and other public appearances,

2-A Tumblr blog (3,485 followers) : I post the same content on my blog and Tumblr, but on Tumblr I have a lot of conversations with readers and writers. I love Tumblr ^_^

3-Instagram, because I love photography. To use pictures to my advantage I often write poetic lines or take pictures of my books,

4-Twitter (7,216 followers) where I push my content and try to help other writers,

5-A Facebook Page,

6-I wrote an Indie Author Guide, with all my advice, to help other writers (see below). The advice is sound and based on my experience, but it’s written in a funny, down to Earth voice

What is important: that your “handle”, the name you use, is always the same. Mine is @GaiaBAmman. I hope this helps :)

Who am I to give you advice?

I am Gaia B Amman, the author of the Italian Saga (#TIS), a series taking place in gorgeous Italy, and talking about everything I was told is impolite to talk about ;)

I published this article and many more in the Indie Author Guide (below).

Tumblrs can get it free here <3 The following publishing timeline is from the guide. Enjoy!

Five mistakes to avoid when trying to sell your indie book

1-You don’t know your genre. “It’s a weird book” tells me you did not do your research. Read, read, read

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

2-You don’t know your market. If you write young adult it’s perfectly fine to publish an e-book as most young adults (about 70%) read on kindles, phones, i-pads and similar devices, but if you are writing thrillers most of your audience buys books. Ergo, you won’t sell an e-book

3-You half-ass your cover. Truth is…most people don’t even read the books they buy (I am not talking to you bibliophile soulmates, devourers of the written word). The first reason why you grab a book is the cover, then you read the blurb, then, maybe, you buy the book

Originally posted by onwednesdaysweusemagic

4-You publish a book full of typos and incongruences. Some typos might not kill you, but readers paid for your book. Be professional. If you’re a bad editor hire one

5-You think that your book will sell itself. You have to spend hours per day researching, marketing, and networking. If your reaction is “my job is writing” then hire someone to do the marketing for you

Originally posted by personinistanbul

So, what are you waiting for! Get to work! ^_^