How to Use the Snowflake Method to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

Posted by October 1st, 2014

DJ Lutz

NaNoWriMo is only one month away! October is the perfect time to start outlining your novel before the mad rush of writing begins in November. Book Country member D.J. Lutz shares how using the Snowflake Method can help you make NaNoWriMo a success!

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Hi, my name is DJ, and I am a recovering pants’er.

What do I mean by pants’er? Well, in late October, 2008 I discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and decided I could scribble out a 50,000 word first draft by the end of November. No prep, no editing, just flat out stream of consciousness clacking on the keyboard. Fueled by venti Americanos with extra shots of espresso, I would go on to write my first ever novel PECOS BILL AND THE CURSED GOLD by the seat of my pants.

I finished well over the requisite 50k word count. Of course, the novel had no discernable structure other than “ramble,” which I don’t think counts. It was, however, fun to write and the experience taught me about the time management and discipline professional writers need to be successful. But as a coherent novel it lacked. Everything. It was time to research the craft of writing. Continue reading

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Last Day to Enter the Write Your Best Book Creativity Kit Sweepstakes!

Posted by September 29th, 2014

Write Your Best Book Creativity Kit

Today is your LAST chance to enter Book Country’s Write Your Best Book Creativity Kit Sweepstakes! Enter for a chance to win a set of tote bags, journals, a lovely Penguin mug, and a wide selection of books to help unleash your creativity! Books include WRECK THIS JOURNAL by Keri Smith, MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVER by Elizabeth Lyon, and EVERY IDEA IS A GOOD IDEA by Tom Sturges. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM ET! Continue reading

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New Waiting to Be Discovered Books!

Posted by September 25th, 2014

Waiting to Be Discovered We’ve just featured ten new books in the Waiting to Be Discovered section on the Read and Review page. Take a look and help your fellow writer by leaving a review! Continue reading

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Member Spotlight: Meet Writer Kelley Mork

Posted by September 24th, 2014

Book Country Member Spotlight: Kelley Mork

We are happy to have Kelley Mork on the Book Country Member Spotlight! Kelley’s New Adult book WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER was featured in the Top Rated section in August. Kelley shares why she favors free writing and her advice to writers starting out on social media. Connect with Kelley on Book Country. 

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Janet Umenta: The New Adult genre has really taken off in the past few years. What do you love about New Adult and what led you to write in this genre?

Kelley Mork: What led me to write New Adult?  It was a total fluke!  I had never heard of the term “New Adult” until I started exploring the best category to put my story into.  When I read the definition (New Adult focuses on characters that are around college age (18-25) tackling the everyday “being an adult” issues.) I realized that not only was it a fit, but I had been reading books like this for quite some time!  I’d always assumed the books were “general fiction” or “romance”, but just with younger characters.  Continue reading

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Enter the Write Your Best Book Creativity Kit Sweepstakes!

Posted by September 23rd, 2014

Write Your Best Book Creativity KitBook Country is happy to announce the launch of our Write Your Best Book Creativity Kit Sweepstakes! With fall beginning and #NaNoWriMo fast approaching, many of you are starting new manuscripts or revising old ones. Our HUGE creativity kit is full of all the things you’ll need to write your best book: journals to write your thoughts anywhere you are, a coffee mug for your required dose of caffeine, and a bunch of great books to boost your confidence and creativity! Our kit includes, but is not limited to:

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New Top Rated Books for September!

Posted by September 18th, 2014

Book Country Top Rated Books

We selected 10 new books to be featured in the Top Rated section the Read and Review page. The insightful feedback you give to your peers help make Book Country such a supportive community for writers. We are excited to share with you the books that garnered so much positive feedback! Continue reading

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7 Things You Need to Know to Write the Best Title for Your Book by Keith Ogorek

Posted by September 17th, 2014

Your book title is your first marketing decision

Choosing a title for your book is certainly a creative decision, but it is also your first marketing decision because your book title can greatly help or hinder the sale of your book. While most authors usually have a title in mind when they first start writing their manuscript,  it is worth considering the following tips before you select a final title for your book.

Short can be sweet…and memorable

Best title for your book Think about the book titles you remember. I suspect many if not have short titles. So try to come up with a title for your book that has no more than four or five words at most. For whatever reason, it seems like a lot of titles have three words in them. The Hunger Games and The Tipping Point are examples. Keep that in mind as you craft your title.

Avoid words that are obscure, hard to pronounce or spell

Sometimes in an attempt to be provocative authors will choose words that are unusual in an attempt to standout. Don’t be tempted. Obscure words are great for scoring points in Scrabble, but for book titles. Continue reading

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Audio and Video for Marketing? Why Not?

Posted by September 16th, 2014

Arnold Baruch

There are so many ways to market your book these days! Book Country member Arnold Baruch shares his experience producing audio and visual content for his book EXODUS, STAGE LEFT, Top Rated on Book Country. Connect with Arnold

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People all around the world listen to books these days, not just read them.  In fact, the number of audio books released each year is now approaching 10,000, having grown at a 12.7% clip from 2009 to 2013.  It’s now a $2 billion industry!   But here we are at Book Country, most of us (like me!) struggling to perfect our work and get noticed in a tough industry: print and/or e-books. Continue reading

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Read and Review New Waiting to Be Discovered Books!

Posted by September 12th, 2014

Waiting to Be Discovered Books

We’ve uploaded 10 new manuscripts in the Waiting to Be Discovered section on Book Country. The books range from Contemporary Romance to Hard Science Fiction. Reviewing other writers’ work helps your writing as well. Check them out! Continue reading

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5 Considerations for Sequel Writing by Hillary Jacques

Posted by September 10th, 2014

Hillary Jacques on sequel writing

Welcome Urban Fantasy author Hillary Jacques! Hillary has been a Book Country member since 2011, workshopping THIS IS DALTON and BROKEN IN. Her new book, CARNIEPUNK: RECESSION OF THE DIVINE, will be out in December and is published by Simon and Schuster. Hillary shares advice on sequel writing. 

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Writing a first novel is like going on a carnival ride in a foreign language. Even when you think you know what’s happening, there are these moments of pure discovery where you round a corner and find a ghost town or a nemesis long thought dead. It’s almost magical. And then comes the sequel.

Writing a sequel isn’t as simple as getting in line for the ride again. Nope. The author boards, ticket in hand, but instead of bumping along a familiar set of tracks, there are all these considerations to deal with. Details, development, and continuity. Half of them have been explained before, and the other half have changed. So what do you do? Continue reading

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