08-19-2009 02:42 PM
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08-19-2009 03:34 PM
But yea make an official myspace, hi5, facebook, twitter, webpage anything you can think of for your book and just add people. Don't be afraid or feel discouraged if they don't add you but the best way to put yourself out there is by literally putting yourself out there. Make flyers and put them out in your street on trees or posts. Then expand from there around you're friends houses and such. Near the school in the school.
Think of anything and everything.
Good luck with your novel. I wish you the best of luck and I can not wait to support you by being one of the first to buy it. xD
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08-19-2009 04:16 PM
James patterson tends to make television and radio commercials. I don't know if that's expensive or not, I'm just saying it seems to work pretty well for him.
08-19-2009 04:23 PM
you could talk about it here on bn
or basically what everyone is saying
anything like that...
lol but im so with ravenclaww on this one.. signed copy?? hahahaaa rotfl just kidding
so what is this book about????
"We could do pizza."
08-19-2009 05:21 PM
Well, to answer your question. It's titled "A Hero's Legacy: Shattered Friendship" It involves magic and is set in the middle ages and also has dragon riders (My favorite type of hero). I know some people will think that it's a pathetic rip-off of Eragon at first glance, but it really isn't. Anyway, It revolves around a 17 year old dragon rider named Michael Rinehart. He hasn't had the privalage to grow up alongside the other riders ever since his mother fled the capitol city after the event known as "The First Coming." There were many other riders but like his dad that he never knew they are all gone now. When he gets there ( After meeting his aunt and a few others) he finds out the God like riders are merely kids like himself. He becomes great friends with all of them (8 in total) except for Maxwell.
forgive me for being longwinded but I'm pretty passionate about this.
Michael didn't know his dad, but he has heard stories about how he saved the country. Unlike Michael howeverMaxwell does know his own father very well. He wants to kill him for taking his mother away from him and branding him the son of the traitor. Needless to say he's had a pretty rough life. Michael is loved and he is hated. They both used to be good friends but Michael doesn't remember any of it. Well, Maxwell's dad (Victor Douglas) along with Duke the minotaur and a necromancer named Ranmar are making their move to finish what ranmar started years ago. The boys are the only real chance that everyone has but their teacher, the last surviving rider of the previous generation, only learned so much himself before disaster struck.
When I wrote this story I had one main agenda that I wanted to stick with. To write a story that readers couldn't predict what would happen next. I don't like cliche's and if I can avoid it I'll do without. If anyone wants to know more about...well anything feel free to ask.
08-19-2009 05:27 PM
08-19-2009 06:54 PM
hey fabian, i was just wondering if it was very hard to get your book published? i ask because i am working on a book myself but i have no idea what comes next after it is completed. any advice?
( by the way your book sounds so interesting and i cant wait to read it)
08-19-2009 07:56 PM
I'm pretty new at this myself so I don't know how much my advice can help. I'll try anyway. First of all there are 3 types of publishing. Trade publishing, vanity and self publishing. Trade publishing is VERY hard to get into. Those are the big guys like random House. They usually only deal with established authors because they have a well known track record and they know that they will make money. For new unknown authors it's practically impossible to get their interest. vanity, is kind like slf publishing except that after you get published you pay for a lot of copies of your book. If you don't sell them yourself ( Think trunk of your car) you've pretty much baught a crapload of books. Now self publishing is what I'm doing. or a while slf publishing was looked down on, but now not so much. What happens with that is you pretty much pay for and supervise the making of your book. You find the editor and approve their work, create or buy a picture for your cover and a bunch of other things. There are numerous companies that help with this so it's not as hard as you think. For example. My publisher "Wheatmark" is a print on demand publisher. They have a staff of trained editors marketing anylist and designers. They handle almost everything that a trade publisher would except I am the final approving authority to any changes they make. The bigger guys take most of the "Rights" to your story so you have very little control over what they do. they could change the title, the cover, paragraphs and even hold your book until they feel the time is right to release it. Anyway, I would research the major publishing houses and mail in COPIES I stress COPIES of your manuscript for them to review. Oh, and I'm pretty sure you need a book agent as well. Don't get discouraged if they turn you down. J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and a lot of other great authores were turned down many many times before someone gave them a chance. For myself, I just want my story out there. If people love it then a major publisher will contact me and make me an offer. Since i still maintain ALL the rights to my work and I have a non-exclusive contract I still have the option of going the trade route. Be aware that self publishing can get pretty expensive. Editing alone for me was .02 cents a word that really added up at 94,000 words. So be prepared to spend a little money to make your book happen. Tye trade guys handle all tthe expenses themselves so you can see why they're so picky. All in all it's your choice. If you want to go big find yuorself an agent and keep on submitting your manuscript. All you need is one shot and I'm sure if you're persistent you'll get it. I hope that helped.
08-19-2009 09:01 PM
OK fabian your book sound good, and ill give it a try! (hehe i love dragons, i mean theyre dragons!) i wish you luck and god bless. and thx for the publishing advice, i was wondering too.
now marketing, i agree with whats said about, create pages, grab peoples attention. just tell people about it, get them interested! start with family and friends, and ask them to pass it on. and continue telling people. youve cought all our attention
08-19-2009 09:11 PM
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I've got a quick question that I feel would best be answered by a teen. My book contains a bit of blood and some pretty detailed fight scenes. Nothing rediculously gory like guts falling out or what-not, but I'm still wondering if a knife through the heart just may be a little too much... Maybe I'm just being paranoid, or maybe it just means I'm turning into an overprotective parent. (sigh) I feel old now.
Lol don't worry. It's all fine. I thought the same thing when I was writing my story.
The king demands his soldiers to capture babies and put them in a pile in the middle of this village. And then he burns them alive. It's pretty descriptive about how the mothers react and such. It was hard to write and I had some people shun me about it but in the end it's worth it. Gore and blood and fighting is what grabs the readers attention.
I also want to say Thank You. I haven't written in months but just reading what you're saying is giving me inspiration to write again and I feel all of these ideas rushing to my head haha. I had writers block.
And your story sounds awesome. I tried the whole dragon thing with Eragon but it was a let down. Perhaps your story can pick it up for me. Again good luck xD
Oh and don't worry about what it's reccomended to. Books are always like that. Like Harry Potter was a kids book but it turned out EVERYONE loved it. Who knows what may happen with yours.
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08-21-2009 10:34 PM
fabian, i wouldnt worry about the gore and blood. look at today's society and whats on television. what is socially exceptable is something that changes all of the time and i understand why you might be a little about worried the age group who might get there hands on your book. it might put your mind at ease if it says somewhere in your book or on the cover of you book what the age demagraphic is for cofusions sake. i hope that helps.
08-22-2009 10:51 AM
I think that if you went to a local book store in your town, and did an author signing once the book was released that would be a huge thing for promoting your book. A local author did that at our Waldens, and I was really interested because it really shows aspiring young authors that they can be successful at it too. But ya, what others have said about Facebook and so on is a good idea.
As for the gore, don't worry about it. Writing "he was stabbed through the heart" really isn't that graphic. It's once you get into describing blood and organs spilling out that it gets a little more mature.
And ya Raven has a good point. I haven't written in months and I was really passionate about my writing. This thread definitely re-inspired me. Oh and I hate Eragon with a passion, and I'm glad that you weren't deterred to write a Dragon rider type story. The whole genre's overshadowed by Eragon. It sounds really good, and I'll definitely read it. Good luck on your promoting!
08-22-2009 08:17 PM
Whohooo! I just checked online at www.aheroslegacy.com and it says "Welcome To:aheroslegacy.comThis Domain is Reserved - Web Site is Coming Soon"
Needless to say I am frickin excited! I know it's not much but I get excited easily. In case you're lost I spoke to my marketing anylist and she told me she was reserving the site for me a while ago. Okay, now that that's over I guess I can go back to writing now. later!