Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Need for Editing

If you are a new author than this post is for you. Most established authors know exactly why editing their manuscript is necesssary. I will try to cover some of the major reasons on this blog post.

First of all, we need to understand what exactly does editing mean. Editing is the process of selecting and preparing writtten, visual, audible and film media used to convey information through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work (Wikipedia: free encyclopedia).

Secondly, editing is important because you want your readers to come back and buy your books. If your book is hard to understand, your readers will become annoyed and irritated. If errors are distracting than they may simply put the book down because they can not get into the story-line. Some people don’t think that misplaced commas matter but let me tell you that they do.

Next, editing your work will cut out the clutter. You will notice that some things in your manuscript should be left out, due to redundancy and unclear expressions. They will often bore or confuse the reader.

Last of all, editing is important especially to the publisher. If you are searching for an agent or a publisher, you need to present your work as clean as possible. Most agents will put your work down if they cannot get through all the typos, incomplete sentences, comma splices, subject-verb disagreements. The list goes on and on.

Here at Garrison Publishing- we offer editorial services at a low fee. Come check out our packages. We have some of the lowest print packages available with marketing services available too.

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Writers Born to Create

Student Reading a TextbookWere you born to write?  Writers are usually very creative people who love to invent anything from new stories to artistic related projects. Being creative doesn’t necessarily mean you can draw or sculpt something. Creativity deals with inventing new ways to look at the world around us. Creative people use the right side of their brains more. This means that the right brain or right hemisphere is more dominant than the left side. The right side deals with expression and creative task.

Characteristics of People that have right brain dominance are:

  • More expressive and share emotions
  • Love reading fantasy
  • Love listening to music
  • enjoy creative storytelling
  • considered dreamers
  • like to act out stories, such as in plays
  • Prefer to learn through free exploration
  • Enjoy interacting affectively with others
  • Like organizing things to show relation
  • right side controls body
  • Prefer visual instructions
  • enjoys art and attending plays
  • Enjoys writing fiction
  • Gets Bored easily
  • Thinks about more than one thing at a time
  • Has difficulty staying on task
  • Intuitive

Related links:

http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/a/left-brain-right-brain.htm

http://www.rightbrainintelligence.com/braindominanttest.htm

http://www.monroeinstitute.org/resources/brain-hemispheric-preference

Creating a Successful Business in 5 Steps

Businessman with Cell Phone Jumping
If you are eager, willing and have a strong desire to succeed, you will. First you must have passion that drives you that extra step toward your goal. Anyone can become successful and achieve what they want in life with desire and passion. Below are 5 Steps that will lead you into the right direction.

1. Determine your objective- Business is only one objective. Also, Family, children, happiness are some other objectives of which people pursue. Which one are you striving for?

2. Test your passion to succeed. If you are willing to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble then your passion must not be where it needs to be. A strong passion will take you through the storms, difficulties in life, through the negativity and criticism of others telling you that you can’t. Get out of your comfort zone. Expect people to tell you no. Every single successful business has had someone telling them no. They didn’t give up with the first no and they are still moving forward.

3. Take steps toward your objective. Come up with different ways to help you achieve your goal. Do you want to own your own business? Think of something that you are good at. Yes money plays a role here. Find a way to start a business with the budget you have. If you want to start a big business, then think about your budget, if it doesn’t allow it, then you might want to start off slowly to help you achieve that bigger goal. Learn to handle your money wisely.

4. Give it your all. Don’t be afraid to achieve. Don’t be afraid of what others think of you. If your objective is to be happy. Focus on everything in life that makes you happy. If something drags you down and makes you depressed, then run from it. Don’t walk, but run. If your objective is to be successful in business, then do whatever it takes to meet your end goal. If someone tells you ‘No’, then move it and don’t worry about it. There will be lots of ‘No’s’ until you finally get a ‘Yes’

5. Be involved. Listen to advice from other successful entrepreneurs. Read articles, books about finance, business, and take notes. Attend business conferences and don’t forget to ask for advice.

Other related links: http://www.showcasingwomen.com/why-your-over-achiever-attitude-may-be-getting-in-your-way/

http://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/finding-your-passion/

http://ezinearticles.com/?10-Steps-to-Success-in-Direct-Sales-and-Marketing-For-Tough-Times!&id=496831

Explain Why You’re Making a Career Move

Making a career change could be exactly what you need. Don’t let fear of failure or someone else tell you that you can’t succeed. Stay motivated and determined and you can succeed.

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Your decision to shift careers is often hard to translate to others. People may question whether it’s too risky to leave your current company or if you’re really qualified to enter a new field.

But you can address the skepticism of potential employers, colleagues, and others by doing these three things:

• Connect the dots.
Make it clear you’re not starting from scratch. Link the skills you used in your previous roles to what you’ll be doing in the future.

• Tell a story.
Create a coherent narrative of your career trajectory. People will understand more easily if they see the move as a logical extension of the past, rather than a rupture.

• Focus on the value you bring to others.
People sometimes view career transitions as a sign of narcissism or a midlife crisis. Don’t reinforce that by making it all about you. Instead, focus…

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Elements in Literature

Student Reading a Textbook

There are basically six different elements in Literature that make up a story. The plot, theme, setting, characterization, conflict and mood. Each person can analyze the elements in a different way. A teacher summarizing a story to her classroom could identify the story elements as:
1. characters
2. setting (person, place, time)
3. plot (ideas and events of story)
4. problem (conflict)
5. solution (resolution)

Another teacher might separate the character by using his character traits or actions. Or she could define the action words to describe the character and what he does. Examples are:
a. dependable (Tom never missed a day at work even if he was sick.)
b. credible (The witness spoke the truth which persuaded the jurors.)
c. ethical (She held her business to a higher standard.)
d. loyal (Devoted to his friend, he stood behind him.)
e. caring (He loved his friend like a brother.)
f. intelligent (He brilliantly answered the question.)
g. comforting (Jonas hugged the little girl because her dog was killed.)
h. patient (He waited patiently for the doctor to arrive.)
I. caring (He cared for his sick animal.)
j. self absorbed (He smugly looked at the others and said, ” I don’t care what you think.”)

Another might describe the elements of literature by defining the text by asking questions about the story, looking at how the story (text) is written or looking at the organization of the story… what order of events take place. How is the plot written? Some authors write in a set order while others rearrange the story from ending to beginning and vise-versa. No way is incorrect, just the way the writer chooses to write the story.

Other related stories:
http://ezinearticles.com/?5-Essential-Elements-of-a-Short-Story&id=7429750
http://ezinearticles.com/?Character-or-Plot:-What-Drives-Your-Writing?&id=7783325
http://ezinearticles.com/?On-Writing—What-Is-the-Definition-of-Literature-As-a-Genre?&id=6671263

6 Steps Toward Business Success

Businessman with Cell Phone Jumping

There are a few things that will help you take the right step toward success. Whether you are a small business just getting started or a larger corporation, these basic steps will lead you to a successful business.

1. Research and Take rapid Action. What this means is that you should do some research about your product… Find out what sells, who the buyer is, what a good price for your product is and then take immediate action. Whatever you need to do to accomplish your end goal is what you need to do. Don’t wait for someone else to help you, don’t wait for the economy to get better, take swift action now.

2. Make a business plan. A business plan is a written decision-making document detailing information about your business, including goals, plans to reach those goals. Usually a budget is set up to help decipher how much money is spent for marketing, daily operating expenses, utilities, etc…

3. Personal branding is a must for the new entrepreneur. People need to know what your company or business is all about. Personal branding could be a logo design, trademark, a set of business guidelines, website or place where others come to learn about you.

4. Stay active. Seems pretty easy and self-explanatory but most often businesses give up before they become successful. They work hard for the first few months but give up due to lack of resources, time, energy and faith.  We are Garrison Publishing are willing to help you stay focused.

5. Market and Advertise your business. Whatever product or service your business provides, you need to have a marketing plan in place. Look at your business plan and make sure that you are carrying out your business advertising goals. Analyze these marketing goals and make sure to follow them regularly.

6. Stay motivated. Nothing kills a business more than lack of determination. Don’t give up so easily. Every business will have stumbling blocks in the way. Your job is to find a way around those. Hang around positive people. Nothing hurts a business owner’s determination more than listening to negative people.

Other related links: http://ezinearticles.com/?5-Success-Secrets-In-68-Seconds&id=7490978

http://ezinearticles.com/?Positive-Thinking-Success-Secrets&id=7209108

http://ezinearticles.com/?Using-Inspiring-Quotes-to-Find-Success&id=7246845

http://ezinearticles.com/?100-Mental-Training-Success-Tips-Home-Business-Entrepreneurs-Should-Know-and-Do&id=4025835

Writing for Different Genres Can be Tricky

booksThere should be a distinct difference in writing for Children than Adults, because of the subject matter. Children are not capable of understanding the same things as an adult would. A theme, topic, or focus is much different for children, because their ability to grasp material and their awareness to data is much more limited than someone much older. A child’s communication and intellectual skills require memory, understanding and concentration. It is harder for a child with a small attention span to be able to sit down and read a story than a child with a longer one. Secondly children have to be able to reason and separate what they have read, understand the difference in what is fiction or fantasy. Next children have to understand vocabulary and understand descriptive language that is talked about in the story. Last of all, children have to be able to develop their own ideas of what they are reading, from things that they have learned about in the past. You would not talk about a complex topic to a small child that has no possible understanding of the subject. To be able to write or teach a young child, you have to be able to get down to their level of thinking by considering their intellectual development or understanding capabilities. This can be done by repetition of words, simple sentences vs. complex sentences and the use of pictures for descriptive purposes.

Then writing for historical fiction books instead of a plain literature fiction book has major differences? The fact is that writing in this genre is very difficult considering all the factors that go into this. Not only do you have to write the book, you have to study the person or time frame to a great extent. No one wants to portray a historical figure in a way that would be inappropriate of that person. Writing fiction does come so much easier than nonfiction because you can make the story and plot go as you would like it to go. When writing a historical fiction book one must consider the readers. What does the reader expect when buying this type of book? Another point is that an author must tell the reader in plain terms what this book is all about. Is this book merely for pleasure? Is this book a thorough detailed biography. Is the book written about someone famous but written in a completely false pretense. Even so, the author must consider whether writing about a real person without telling the whole truth could have some consequences to it. Whether it was written in a completely immoral way or in a way that was to entertain the reader. You must do your research, research things about your main character but watch the way the references portray your character. Do they give a precise time frame of events or leave some things to the imagination? Therefore I hope that this topic brings to light some important issues that an author should take into consideration in writing in this genre.

Now books written in the crime mystery genre are top sellers right now. Movies about detectives, murder, crime are making the list for books and films. This genre is interesting because it keeps the reader guessing on what will happen next. A hint of danger lures the reader into a web of deceit hoping to discover the truth before the end of the story. The author shouldn’t give too many clues to who committed the crime before the end of the book. Danielle Steel’s book Betrayal gave the answer in the middle of the book, leaving this reader wondering how she was going to end the story. I think it would have been better to find out much later than so early in the book.

Reasons to Self Publish Your Book

selfpublishSome good reasons to self publish with Garrison Publishing are listed below.
•100% royalties received by the publisher
•100% control of how your book looks
•You choose the cover art, illustrations that go into the book
•Author keeps rights to the book
•Different choice options to choose from
•Marketing package available
•ISBN provided
•Marketing consultation available
•Author support
•Website hosting available
•Digital Book distribution
•Social Media tips available
•Print on Demand (No need to buy excessive copies of books. Order amount you need.)
•Soft and Hard cover availability
•Full color Cover
•Digital PDF available
•Copyright
•Editing Availability
•E-Book option

Why Choose Self Publishing

An author who decides to self-publish basically becomes their own publisher. They are in control of every aspect of their book publishing process. They have options from hiring proofreading editors to hiring self publishing companies to edit the final text. The author provide the funds required to publish the book, as well as the cover art. The author is responsible for marketing and distributing the book, filling orders, and running advertising campaigns. Some self publishing companies offer marketing packages for advertising purposes for a small fee. The author receives most of the royalties if not all. They keep their book rights. They are in control of every stage of publishing their book, from writing the manuscript to marketing and distribution.