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Be an internationally sought-after bestselling author with your own books and live only from writing - you are not alone with this dream. In reality, unfortunately, only a few authors can live off the sales of their books. How much do publishing and self-publishing authors earn and is there any chance at all of making a living from writing?
Despite the lull in the book market, the number of visitors to author readings is developing positively: according to Statista, in 2015 there were around 10.53 million people in the German-speaking population aged 14 and over who were interested in attending readings. So a reading can be a chance for you to get to know your audience and market your book.
There's no magic formula, but: professionalism and craft can help you. How do you write a book with authentic characters and an engaging plot? Looking for tips on what makes your genre special, how to find an appropriate book title, or how to avoid writer's block? Plan and write a book step by step from idea to publication.
Every mystery writer knows: the resolution of a mystery should never be anticipated. But this much can be said: If your crime novel or thriller ends up in the wrong "genre drawer", you will lose valuable readers and book sales.
Especially as a writer of suspense literature, you should know the difference between a crime novel and a thriller. What characterizes a classic crime novel and what is a thriller? We explain the typical characteristics of both genres and clarify why a clear categorization of your book as a thriller or crime novel is so important.
In Germany, one thing has to be in the book in any case: the imprint. This is required by law. Because of other laws that don't deal with the imprint. Because someone might think you've harmed him. Insulted him. Stolen his sentences. Then he looks at the imprint of your book and knows immediately who is responsible. It sounds threatening at first. But the opposite is true: A correct imprint in your book protects you from trouble. It can also be typed quickly. This text tells you how to do it in five minutes.
"German Lesson" by Siegfried Lenz, "Shining" by Stephen King and "The Plague" by Camus have one thing in common: they are all about writer's block. The fear of the blank page. You know how it is: the famous first sentence just won't come to you? Or you're stuck in the middle of a novel and can't get any further? Don't despair! Even the most famous authors have had it once. There are usually harmless reasons behind writer's block. But how can you overcome your writer's block?
"All rights remain with the author" is a frequently propagated promise. This is completely superfluous, at least when it comes to copyright. No one can take that away from you if you have captured your own ideas in a text. You are and will always remain the author. But it is not quite that simple....
Winning the attention of a book publisher for your own manuscript is a real challenge. Editors have unsolicited manuscripts piling up on their desks. What should you look out for to stand a chance with a publisher?
A book lives from strong content. But if there is a lack of correct book typesetting, this content does not come into its own and the book looks unprofessional. But what is behind the term "book typesetting" and how should a book be structured?
Every book has its genre - it wouldn't be one without it. Why is that? Books are, after all, products of thought. And thinking means breaking new ground. Isn't the genre of books like a well-trodden path?
No, more like important route information. A via ferrata is not a highway, a romance novel not a book of advice. That's why, for books, the genre is indispensable for orientation. In marketing Link to tredition article on marketing, but also in the writing process. What book genres are, which ones there are and how you use them in your writing, you will learn in this article.
Every life is unique. When you write a (auto)biography, you have to convince your readers that the life story you write is extraordinary and worth reading. In this article we would like to support you in this. We give you tips on how to proceed with the structure, research and layout.
In addition to marketing measures on social media platforms, the classic book recommendation in the press is also an important tool to make you and your book better known. To reach journalists, you need a press release. But how do you actually write something like that and to whom?