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Vanity Publishing v Self-publishing

Which Should You Choose


Many new writers are often unclear on how to go about publishing their books. Getting Traditional publishers to take them seriously is an arduous process, which often end up in rejection letters. Some chose to go the self-publishing route; some get published by vanity publishers.
So, what you might ask is the difference between Self-Publishing and Vanity-Publishing?

In self-publish you have full control of your work. You are responsible for doing everything yourself. It is up to you to ensure your book is properly edited and you have a good cover that will catch the eyes of readers. You know all the cost involved and you know how your money is spent.
Vanity publishers can be tricky. They will give you a glowing review about your book, shower you with praise and give you false hope about making you a best seller. All this however comes at a price. The problem is once you pay up front, there is no guarantee you will make your money back. Vanity publishers are not interested in promoting or selling your book. They have already gotten paid so the rest is up to you.

Another thing I must make clear. If you decide to go the self-publish route you do not need to pay someone to do so for you. Uploading your manuscript to Amazon or other publishing website is quite easy. Instead invest your money in a good editor who will help to shape your work. 

New Book

Cover Photo and Synopsis

Hi everyone. Here is a synopsis of my current work in progress

Darlene Wellington is devastated by the discovery that her husband Charles is having an affair with his secretary. Darlene is comforted by Pete, a stranger she meets at a club. He is a life savor at a time when she needs a shoulder to lean on. Pete makes it clear that he wants more than just friendship. However, a decision does not come easy. Will Darlene forgive Charles and try to save their marriage? And can things ever go back to where it used to be when trust is broken?

Tell me what you think of the cover.

Writing Dialogue

How Easy is it?

I must confess that when I just started writing I struggled with writing dialogue. I realized this was something I had to work on. When writing dialogue the writing should reflect the tone of the character. One has to craft in a way that it does not become monotonous.

In trying to not keep repeating words such as, “said or replied” do not go overboard with alternative words so your dialogue sounds unnatural. Don’t use the words: barked, growled, shouted, or hissed in a conversation where they seem out of place. In fact people don’t bark, hiss, or growl.

When it doubt read the dialogue aloud and see if it sounds natural. Another thing to pay close attention to, is where you put your quotation marks and full stops.

Two People Having Coffee While Talking · Free Stock Photo
Your dialogue should reflect the tone and mood of your characters.

Writing Imagery

Why it is Important

The use of imagery is very important in writing. Incorporating the five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching help to make your story come alive in the reader’s mind. You can draw them out of their world into your story with imagery. Take a look at the paragraph below.

    “When we got to the river, Pete and I were in for a big surprise. The calm water we had waded through earlier was now a raging torrent, murky with mud and sediments rushing from upstream.  A feeling of helplessness gripped me as I gazed over the water to the bank on the other side. There was no way we could to get across.” (from Broken Trust)

From the use of imagery you are able to visualize this couple standing on the bank of a river unable to cross.

Muddy waters of the Wye © Pauline E cc-by-sa/2.0 :: Geograph ...

By using imagery you can make your readers more engaged in the story.

Writing That First Book

Tell Your Story

Have you dreamed of writing a book, but each time you think of starting it, you put it off. The reality of life is that you will never finish something unless you start it. You don’t have to know how your story will end. Just start with that first page or that first chapter and watch your story grow. Stop procrastinating and start on that first page. Good luck, and happy writing.