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Whether in the shower, while jogging or half asleep - rest and distraction tickle out many an unexpected idea. Archimedes, for example, is said to have discovered the principle of buoyancy named after him in the bathtub. Whether you find ideas easy or hard to come by, you can boost your creativity with certain techniques to come up with a brilliant book idea.
Randy Ingermanson is a software developer. This job gave him a brilliant idea for planning novels. As a writer himself, he uses it successfully. The Snowflake Method. What is behind it and how can it be used to plan plot structure and characters piece by piece?
Your book is finished and ready for publication - but how? You've already decided against a publisher and in favor of a self-publishing service provider, but the number of providers is large and their services vary. Which one suits you and your book and offers the services you need? We show you what criteria you should look for when comparing self-publishing providers.
Almost 35,000 printed crime novels are available on the German book market, according to the Verzeichnis lieferbarer Bücher. By comparison, there are "only" about 20,000 titles in the romance genre. So the competition is fierce if you want to write a crime novel. But how do you write a crime novel that stands out and excites and motivates readers to read on?
There are a few reasons to publish your book under a pseudonym. Maybe another name is better to market or you don't want friends and colleagues to know about your book publication. But how can you find a suitable pen name and what are the disadvantages of a pseudonym in book promotion?
The book fairs in Leipzig and Frankfurt mark the highlights in the calendar of the book and media industry. For authors, they are ideal for direct exchange with readers. How could you organise your visit to the fair and is a fair suitable for your marketing? And under what circumstances should you forgo a trade fair appearance?
Sales of printed books grew 5.2 percent year-over-year in the U.S. in 2020, according to Nielsen Book Scan. How has self-publishing contributed to this? Are American self-publishers one step ahead of us in marketing? And what marketing measures can be implemented in Germany? An insightful analysis of self-publishing in the USA.
Trend sense and economic foresight are the hallmarks of a successful book publisher. You should also have these qualities as a self-publisher. But how does a book publisher work, what does the publishing industry in Germany look like at the moment and how will it develop in the future?
LovelyBooks is aimed at readers who not only want to read, but also talk about the books. In addition to reviews, it is especially about the exchange with friends and reading acquaintances and also the contact directly with the author. But what options are there to become active as an author on the platform?
What can you do to hook readers on the first page? How can you create an opening that captivates your readers, enticing them to devour the book immediately? Turn readers into sleuths who won't want to put your book down until they've solved the mystery of the beginning.
A good idea is not enough to write a book. It also takes time and the necessary tools to implement an exciting plot, to make characters authentic or to create emotions with sophisticated wording. You don't have to master all that if you want to have your book or e-book written. But how do you find a suitable ghostwriter, what are the costs and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
Whether in the book trade, in online shops or in your marketing activities: In order to make yourself "tangible" for your target group, meaningful information about you as an author is indispensable. But what should you look for when writing a CV?