Do I really need an editor?

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Some new writers who are entering the ever-expanding self-publishing arena may try and cut corners. Thinking they don’t need an editor. Well, having faced this dilemma myself when I was a newbie I’m here to tell you this:

Don’t even think about it!

A good editor, in addition to fixing grammar,punctuation and spelling mistakes, can also help make your story better by finding plot holes. Notice how I said good editor. There are a lot of bad editors out there, and when you’re first getting started it may be difficult to tell the difference between a keeper and someone who isn’t pulling their weight.

I’ve had this issue, and it took me years before I found an ideal editor. Experience is the best teacher, and after a few bad experiences it becomes easier to weed out the bad editors.

So don’t skip out on finding a good editor, beta-readers are fine, but should be used in addition to a solid editor.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

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How to write a strong book blurb

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While my editor continues to churn out another edited copy of my upcoming Young Adult novel, Guns And Dogs, I’ve been working on the blurb. Not easy, despite the fact that I’ve had a lot of practice.

The key to writing a good blurb is fill it with all sorts of action-packed information on your book, but without giving away the plot which would act as spoilers.

Since this is my first true YA novel, I’ve decided to fill it with all sorts of information that I feel my prospective readers would enjoy.

To view what I’ve written so far click HERE. And please keep in mind that it’s still a work-in-progress.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

3 signs of an amateur writer

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Ok so you’ve written a book,had it edited and are now ready to publish it online. You think that’s enough? Well think again.

It appalls me to see how many so called “writers” out there hurt themselves by making such rookie mistakes. Yes I know we’re all green when we first put ourselves out there but here are a few tips to make sure you are coming accross as a professional, and not some wanna-be.

1)Calling yourself an “award-winning writer”: Ok so you won Joe-Bob’s creative writing contest. So what? Have you won a Pulitzer? Or a Hugo? There are so many “Awards” out there it’s funny how newbies think this will come across as impressive. When these writing contests solely exist to generate income. Save the personal accolades for when you win a worthwhile award.

2) Using a Twitter Auto DM to spam your book: This is one that really fucking pisses me off. The impersonal DM. If I’ve followed you that does not give you the right to send me this DM. First off, it’s really annoying, and 2nd it makes you come across as a spammer who is only interested in marketing their products, instead of genuinely connecting with someone who is a living, breathing person.

3)Craft: quite possibly the most important of them all. If you think you’re a writer just cause you slapped a few pages together and have joined all the other wanna-bes out there, go to the back of the line. I see so many poorly-edited books out there, with crappy covers that look like they were designed by a 4 year old. When you’re trying to navigate the literary jungle, you want a book that shines on its own and is properly formatted, edited, with a professionally designed cover. Don’t care how small your budget is, there’s tons of great artists out there that can make your beloved book look like a winner.

So there you have it folks. Some solid advice from someone who’s made their share of mistakes and has lived to tell about it. Writing is serious business, so make yourself look respectable when putting books out on the market. It just might make all the difference.

 

Special holiday price for THE LEOPARD VANGUARD

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Well the holidays are here again. Geez! Is 2015 almost over? Seems like the older I get the faster time flies. Ohh well. To celebrate the yearly Holiday tradition I am offering my debut novel THE LEOPARD VANGUARD for only 99 cents through the end of the year.

This is a steal. Over 350 pages of action, excitement, and adventure at over 90% off the list price. Besides, don’t you want to learn what an Incantra is?

Click HERE to read a free sample.

Whether you decide to take advantage of this deal or pass on it, I want to wish all my friends out there the best holidays ever.

Your Friend,

T.A. UNER

Work resumes for The Leopard Apocalypse

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At long last,yesterday, I resumed work on The Leopard Apocalypse. As I mentioned earlier, this was a project that has been on hold since late 2012. Now that I’ve sent Forever Mars and Guns And Dogs to my editors, this frees up time for me to get back to the third Tome of my flagship Leopard King Saga series.  At least until Forever Mars and Guns And Dogs come back for another round of editing.

I do think The Leopard Apocalypse will easily be the longest book in the series. How long? Well, best to stay tuned for more information.

Why the Struggle is the Victory

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Let me tell you something. Something about myself. It’s not often I talk about my past, but in this case it could help you.

I wasn’t always writing. I mean, I did, but it didn’t last long. My first story was back in the 5th grade, decades before the independent publishing era began, even before the internet became a household necessity.

My first story was about a robot called “JetThrust.” He flew around Earth saving earthlings from deranged scientists, evil alien robots and flame-spitting dragons. It was a handwritten story scribbled on loose-leaf paper, stapled inside a folded piece of construction paper. Artwork featured throughout the story was provided by yours truly.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this.

Alright. So here’s the moral of the story: I quit writing. I got caught up with the wrong crowd. I got sent to a boarding school that served bad food, and when I “graduated” I didn’t even have an acceptance letter from any relevant college.

Now, I know there are people out there that deal with much bigger issues, and to me those are the real heroes of society, not the ones the paparazzi media will have you worship.

My point is, I struggled. I had to work various jobs while going to community college, and back then, I was upset that things weren’t going my way. The jobs I worked brought me face-to-face with people whom I would rather not discuss. But here’s the proverbial silver-lining: Those struggles are what got me to pick up my writing again. Those experiences, while painful, are now, and will always be, a part of me.

Don’t ever misunderstand your pain, it’s what gives you strength, experience, and maturity.

So when you look back at your life, and you remember your struggles, and situations that you’d wish you could forget, remember this…you’re still standing.

And that’s your victory.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing, sales & marketing, and life. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

Which book has Romance, Mystery and Epic Fantasy all rolled into one?

Have you read theThe Leopard Vanguard? It’s an epic fantasy filled with everything a reader could ask for. To read a free sample, click HERE.

Have a Great New Year!

Ring in the new year with something different ! 99 cents buys you action and adventure in 2015.

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Find out who the Leopard King is…

To celebrate 2015 I am offering my debut novel The Leopard Vanguard for only 99 cents. This deal is only through New Years Day, January 1, 2015.

Find out what all the excitement is about. Take your first step into my Historical Fantasy series the Leopard King Saga where a great mystery hides a hidden evil.

Action, Adventure, Romance: All for under a buck. Click HERE to read a free sample and take advantage of these huge savings!