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  • Helen S. Lann
    Sorry its taken so long for an update! I promise there will be one later on today! Thank you for your patience :)
    Time of the Gods
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    'Selene had finally done it. She had punched Max Cartwright in the face.' England, present day. When Selene runs away from home, she is found by a strange couple which kick starts a series of events...
  • Helen S. Lann
    And the second half :3

    Most agents and publishing houses also sell into the saying ‘Buy authors, not books’ – this means that they want people to write within the same genre. Look at Stephen King, you see him selling mainly horror or psychological thrillers, not books about romance. Not to say that there isn’t a little leeway – for example JK Rowling went from fantasy, to her latest book, which is commercial fiction.

    Then the day comes when your book is published…and then the work starts. It isn’t just up to the marketing team to promote your book, you have to as well. This has to be through social media, such as Twitter or Facebook, or through radio interviews, book signings – this list goes on! So if you are sending off your manuscript whilst still at school (something I wouldn’t suggest but that’s just my advice. There really is no rush to be published.)…please bear this in mind. This is an actual job.

    Another thing you have to bear in mind…although this IS a job, it doesn’t pay well. In fact often agents tell their author’s to not quit their day jobs. A lot of authors I know do in fact have to balance having a job and then the extra work with their novel.

    So… I hope this article has been useful for you! I don’t really have much else to say…I could go into more depth about query letters and the like, but I think giving you a brief overview is a nice way to introduce you into this industry.

    Hope you are all well!

    :)

    Helen x
    Inspired Insanity of a Kool and Kreative Kind (How to Write Totes Awesome)
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    A matrix for ideas and creativity, 'how to write'. Surreal, mordant wit plus comedy - a bit like life, right? More ambitiously trying to sequence the DNA of creativity (pretentious, moi?). And have fun...
    Helen S. Lann
    5 years ago
    Sure, no problem will go do so now :3 x
    Helen S. Lann
    5 years ago
    Royalty figures for new authors tends to be around 35% of the actual book price (although this can vary depending on the contract agreed) with the majority of it going to the publishing house and 10% (again varying upon contract) going to the literary agent. Advances for books can range from five thousand pounds (this is the average pay for a debut author for their first novel) to a five or six figure sum (although this tends to be for a three or four book deal). From what I have heard, the higher amount of books that you are signing up with, the higher the advance. Advances can also vary by how well the publisher thinks your book is going to sell, so unfortunately, I cannot give you a definitive answer on this one. <-- Is that ok?
    Helen S. Lann
    5 years ago
    I don't mind! Whatever you feel is best :3 x
  • Helen S. Lann
    Hey 50 shades, I have come with my guest piece. Thank you so much for letting me do this!

    A Movellian’s Pocket Guide to the World of Publishing.

    Hi there! I’m new to this site and as 50 Shades very kindly allowed me to write a guest article for this fabulous collection of work, so I came here with something that I really hoped would be useful for you.

    I am sure a lot of you are wondering what the heck I know about this very diverse industry. Well…I have met various literary agents (from Conville and Walsh and Christopher Little) and editors of publishing houses (like Random House, HarperCollins etc, including Barry Cunningham, the man who discovered JK Rowling) from my time at my writer’s circle and various writing festival’s, so I know a fair amount of what goes on behind the scenes.

    Many people assume that it’s quite a simple process – you write a manuscript, send it to an agent, who will either give it a yes or no and if you are one of the lucky ones your book will get published by one of the publishing houses.

    What people generally don’t take into account is exactly HOW many manuscripts agent’s get yearly. Within one month they can get anything from a few hundred to a few thousand. This is why the emphasis is put on sending work ONLY when you are sure you can’t get it any better – look at the competition it has to deal with! Most manuscripts are asked to be sent with a query letter and the first three chapters of your work. These three chapters will have to be as spotless as you can possibly get them and the query letter (basically an overview of what your novel is and a chance to say what other writing experience you have had – whether you have had anything else published) is the first thing that the agent will read of your work, and trust me, they will use what you write in that query letter to judge your quality of writing. On occasion they will ask for a synopsis to accompany this manuscript.

    If they find this query letter wanting, the manuscript enters a pile that most writer’s dread – the slushpile. These are the manuscripts that are given less priority and therefore take a lot longer to be read. In Random House I have heard there is a room full of boxes for the slushpile manuscripts.

    SCARY FACT NO.1 – AGENTS TEND TO ONLY TAKE ON A COUPLE OF NEW AUTHORS EACH YEAR FROM THE THOUSANDS OF MANUSCRIPTS THEY RECEIVE.

    If you do manage to get your agent to take you on, then things are relatively simple (from the author’s POV) from then on. Your agent will find you a publishing house to publish your book for you. Once they have secured a contract with this publishing house (this contract will cover copyright, royalties, translation rights) they will send your manuscript to the editor of said publishing house, who will do all of the corrections for your proof. Then it will be up to you to make these changes and then send it back. It isn’t until the third or final proofing of your manuscript that they will consider it ready for publishing.

    Meanwhile, whilst your book is in the middle of being edited, there will be other things going on: your book cover will be designed, the marketing team will be trying to think of a way to get your book noticed and some early copies of the book will be sent for reviews by newspapers or authors (this generally happens after the third proof).

    Now, most authors don’t know this, but in a lot of publishing houses it is actually the marketing team who decide whether your book is sellable…so not only have you got to impress the agents, but the marketing team too!
    Inspired Insanity of a Kool and Kreative Kind (How to Write Totes Awesome)
    Inspired Insanity...
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    A matrix for ideas and creativity, 'how to write'. Surreal, mordant wit plus comedy - a bit like life, right? More ambitiously trying to sequence the DNA of creativity (pretentious, moi?). And have fun...
  • Helen S. Lann
    Brilliant! Liked and good luck :3
    Stuck in the middle
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    A poem from the point of view from a tree in a war ground and what it see's. This is a competition entry so please like, fav and comment :)
  • Helen S. Lann
    I love this story. It's really good, the detail in this is superb and I'm very much intrigued to know where this is heading. Brilliant.

    Helen
    In Sheep's Clothes
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    What better way to destroy an invading enemy, than to destroy it from within? [New installment every week!] Rated 15+: Contains use of strong language, Violence/Gore and references to Adult themes.
    Midnight Rogue
    5 years ago
    Thanks, i'll be posting a chapter or so weekly once school starts up again. =)
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