Book Printing and Writing Tips: Writing Dialogue

Every good writer knows that dialogue is one of the key elements of any book. If it’s not conducted properly, dialogue can make the writing seem immature or unrealistic. It can even stop the story dead in its tracks. Good dialogue, on the other hand, draws the reader into the world the author has created. It serves to move the story along, provides valuable information to the reader, and brings the characters to life. However, even the best writers can have difficulty with this component of storytelling. To create the most effective dialogue, consider these important tips:

  • Pay attention to the way people talk. This can help you pick up on natural speech patterns and the expressions people use on a regular basis. It will also give you an idea of the flow and rhythm speech follows.
    • Refrain from making dialogue too consistent with reality. In real life, people use filler words such as like, uh, and um. These should be omitted in writing. In addition, you should only turn portions of conversation that are important to the story or characters into dialogue. Anything else can be summarized or cut.
      • Carefully consider the words and phrases that apply to each character. Make sure the dialogue "goes with" each role. For example, if a character is a swarthy pirate, he wouldn’t use perfect grammar – his "speech" needs to be more rough and less cultured. Dialogue can provide a each way to identify who is speaking within a passage.
      • Don’t provide too much information at once. Amateur writers have the tendency to force-feed information through dialogue. Characters should only say something that would come naturally to them. Important details should be spread throughout the story to pick up through a natural progression.
      • Stick with simple dialogue tags. “Said” is the most basic of these and in most cases it is all that is needed to identify the speaker. Some writers get too caught up trying to find synonyms for the word to add variety. Readers should be blind to tags as they read and using too many different words can pull them out of the dialogue.

      Following these tips will help make your characters and your dialogue come to life. Once you have perfected your dialogue and your manuscript is finished, all that’s left to do is contacting the book printer. CMYK Graphix has a professional book printing team that will help you customize and self-publish your manuscript into a completed and marketable book. They offer fast and easy book printing quotes online at http://www.cmykgraphix.com and do custom quotes by request. For more information, contact them at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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      Ergonomics Part Two – Stay Pain-Free (A Book Printer’s Tips)

      Long before a self-publishing author can even think about sending their manuscript off to the book printer’s, they will be investing hours upon hours in front of a computer or typewriter. The writing process can take its toll on an author because, in order to get any amount of work done, a writer is required to work in the same position for hours at a time. As a result they are subject to a real possibility of repetitive strain injuries. Fortunately the study of ergonomics has uncovered the secrets of positioning and equipment use that makes these injuries preventable.

      Ergonomics can differ depending on whether you’re writing by hand or typing at a computer. Since many writers do both at some point it is imperative you understand the differences. Here are a few more important tips for reducing your pain as a writer:

      When setting up your computer screen:

      • The monitor should be an arm’s length away and the screen should be centered in your line of vision.
      • The top of the screen should be level with your eyes.
      • Adjust the height or tilt of the screen to eliminate light glare. This will reduce eye strain.

      To reduce contact stress while writing manually:

      • Use the lightest hold possible on the pen while still maintaining control.
      • Refrain from leaning on the wrist or forearm as you work.
      • Use a pen or pencil with a rubberized grip or increase traction by wrapping a rubber-band around its barrel.

      To avoid awkward postures:

      • Position the elbow at an angle greater than 90 degrees.
      • Keep your hand relaxed and avoid forceful bending or hyperextension of finger joints when holding your pen.
      • Use a sloped desk to avoid bending the neck or rounding the shoulders forward.

      Everyone knows a great book isn’t written in a day. It can take several weeks, months, and even years before it’s complete and ready for the book printer’s. If you’re able to work pain-free you can work longer and those hours will be spent concentrating on your book and not the pain you would otherwise be feeling.

      Once your work is finished, you’ll need to send it off to the book printer’s so your work can get on to bookstore shelves as soon as possible. For more information about self-publishing, contact the expert book printers at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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      Writing Your Book: Fictional Character Development

      One of the most common goals people have in this country is to write the “Great American Novel”. Of course, most writers don’t simply sit down and start writing when the ultimate goal is a novel-length work. Many aspects of the book need to be planned out beforehand, including the plot and characters of the story. Compelling characters bring the story to life and, in many cases, can make or break it. Fictional character development is critical when writing a book: if a writer doesn’t develop their characters properly, the entire story can seem stagnant and unrealistic.

      To avoid these results, development of your fictional character should be done in the following ways:

      • Start with a physical description of your character. Are they tall, short, fat, or thin? Do they have any scars or other distinguishing traits? Keep in mind that a person’s physical appearance can affect the way people treat them and that should be taken into account in your story.
      • After you’ve formed your character’s body type, begin working on the type of clothes they wear. In real life, everybody has a certain style, even if it’s no style at all. A person’s clothes say a lot about who they are and serve as one of the first ways they’ll make an impression on others, so this detail should not be forgotten.
      • Now it’s time to develop the deeper aspects of your character. What type of personality do they have? How do they talk, walk, and think? What do they like and what do they dislike? What is their favorite color, food, or pet? As you’re working, consider how this personality might influence the story you’re writing.
      • Finally, it’s time for development of your fictional character’s background. You must be on an intimate level with each of your characters so you can weave their stories in a believable way. What has happened to them in their past that made them the person you are now writing about? What type of person are they in the present? What do they dream about for their future? Think carefully about this section. Oftentimes a character’s personal history can interfere with and relate directly to the novel you’re writing.

      Your fictional character development is complete! Even though the character will take on more depth as the story moves along, your character/person has been “born”. You now have a solid springboard for the rest of your story, which will only be enriched by the work you’ve just done. So get cracking!

      Once your masterpiece is finished, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. A professional printing company, CMYK Graphix, Inc. will help you self-publish your work so it can get on the shelf and in your reader’s hands in the timeframe you want. For more information on self-publishing, contact the expert book printers at Cmykgraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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      Self-publishing Tips – Writing an Acknowledgement Page

      There’s no doubt that a lot of time and effort goes into writing a book, whether self-publishing or going through an agent or a traditional publisher. An author is, of course, the heart and soul of their work, but it would be very difficult for them to complete such a time-consuming project without, at least, a little help. Family members, significant others, and even complete strangers can play a major role in making a piece of work come to fruition. The acknowledgement page of a book is intended to thank those people who heavily influenced you or your book as it was being developed.

      To start putting together your acknowledgement page, simply create a list of everyone you feel contributed to your work. This can be family members who cooked your meals while you were working, or who gave you a quiet space in which to write. It could also be a professional who contributed information for your research or someone who supported you spiritually or emotionally. For example, they may have prayed fervently for your success or encouraged you when you considered giving up.

      The following steps will help you work your way through a complete acknowledgement page:

      • First, compile your list together, along with the reasons why you’re grateful for each individual. This will help you pinpoint who had the most influence on your work as a whole.
      • Narrow down your list. Most acknowledgement pages are no longer than a half-page, so keep that length in mind.
      • Write the rough draft of your acknowledgement and have an unbiased individual review it for editing or suggestions regarding changes or information that could be omitted.
      • Write the final draft of your acknowledgement and save it with the same font size and font color as the rest of the book.
      • A completed acknowledgement page is generally placed in the book between the table of contents and the actual work.

      Once your acknowledgement page is complete, your manuscript is one step closer to being sent off for self-publishing so you can get it on the shelf as soon as possible!

      For more information on self-publishing your work, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. They offer options for authors considering self-publishing as well as other tools to help self-published authors promote their work. Call them at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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      Author Ergonomics – A Book Printer’s Tips To Keep You Pain-Free

      At some point, most writers have experienced some form of pain or cramping while honing their craft. A stiff hand and an ache through the wrist is often associated with writer’s cramp. Contrary to popular belief, however, writer’s cramp is not an overuse syndrome. Instead, it is a problem of lost coordination and control of movement arising in the basal ganglia of the brain. Specific, fine motor skills, such as writing and typing create localized, sustained muscle contractions that cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. When done in an improper position, these movements can lead to the development of repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. The position of the body and the objects you’re working with play a major role in eliminating the aches and pains you might experience while writing or typing.

      Here are some tips for reducing your risk of pain from the book printers at CMYK Graphix :

      While writing:

      • Use the lightest grip possible on the pen or pencil you’re using.
      • Use a felt-tip pen, gel pen, or roller ball so the tip glides easily over the paper.
      • Do not plant your wrist or forearm on the desk. Glide over the surface of the desk using your shoulder to initiate the movement of writing.

      While typing:

      • Refrain from slanting your wrists up or down. They should be held slightly higher than the keyboard.
      • Keep your shoulders relaxed and elbows unlocked.
      • Do not rest your arms on the arm rests of your chair.

      Sitting position:

      • Your feet should be flat on the ground with your knees at a 90 degree angle.
      • Your back should be resting against the back of the chair and the lumbar support should fit into the curve of your lower back.
      • Arm rests should fit just below your arms when your arms are at a 90 degree angle.

      By utilizing these tips you’ll see a vast reduction in the pain and cramping you experience as a writer. For most of us, that also means we’ll be able to write longer and focus more on the task at hand, which means your hard work will be finished and off to the book printer’s sooner than you could imagine. When that time comes, contact the book printers at CMYK Graphix, Inc. to self-publish your masterpiece.

      For more information, contact the experts at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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      Tips To Help You Copyright Your Book

      In the United States, most creative works produced privately and originally after April 1, 1989 are copyrighted and protected whether they have a notice or not. Publication or registration with the U.S. Copyright office is not required for a copyright to exist. Your book copyright and your ownership of this right occur as you create it.  Your creative work must exist in a tangible form – such as on paper or a computer disk. Major advantages to registration include the following:

      • A copyright registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin before the owner can file an infringement suit in court. Filing before an infringement takes place allows the copyright owner to seek statutory damages and attorney’s fees and not just damages and lost profits.
      • It serves as prima facie evidence in an infringement suit of the existence of a valid copyright.

      As you can see, it can be a good idea to copyright your book. Even though the process is not difficult, it can be helpful to have a guide that will spell out the steps to take in order to obtain a copyright.

      Before you begin the application process, you must first prepare your manuscript. The entire piece of work needs to be submitted so be sure to check that all editing, both for grammar and for the story, are completed. When you are certain the work is finished, visit the official site of the U.S. Copyright Office. This is where you’ll find all the appropriate paperwork to file your copyright application. You will be instructed to select a form for submission depending on the type of novel you’ve written.

      Once the paperwork is completed it needs to be sent with your manuscript and filing fees to the Library of Congress. Instructions and tutorials on the U. S. Copyright Office page will guide you regarding procedures and the fees you’ll need to send, which can range anywhere from $35 to $65. Approximately six months after you register your work, you should receive a certificate stating that everything is in order and that you are officially part of the copyright office. When publishing your book, you should display the following in the first pages of the novel:

      • Your copyright stamp of approval. Put the copyright symbol on the book by either adding a circled "C" in the front section (imprint page) of your book or the word "copyright" with the date and author’s name following it (example: Copyright 2009 John Doe).
      • An acknowledgement that you own the book.
      • The publication date.
      • The Library of Congress catalog number.

      Keep in mind that you can not copyright the title of the book or the names of the characters. A copyright protects how you used the words within the body of the book only and doesn’t protect the words themselves. Also:

      • Watch your timing: if you file for the copyright before your book is published, you’ll have to refile for another copyright of your book after it’s published. So, you’ll have two copyrights for the same work and you will have paid two fees. If wait until after your book has been published before getting a copyright, you will have to send two bound copies of the book to the copyright office along with your registration paperwork.
      • When you copyright your book, you are generally entitles to the rights to your manuscript for your lifetime plus 70 years.
      • International copyrighting does not exist. Different countries treat copyrighting differently, although most will protect foreign works under certain conditions.

      For more information regarding how to copyright your book, or for other question regarding the book printing process, contact the book printing experts at http://www.CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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      Book Printing Tips – Setting Up An Author’s Website

      You have written your novel and are eagerly awaiting the completion of the book printing so you can see your dream come to life. Time to sit back and relax, right? Wrong! Book printing is only the first step in selling your self-published book – you need to market it, too. Like any other product, you will sell more books if more people are aware of its existence. In today’s internet-based world, having a professional-looking author’s Web site can be one of the most important steps you take in promoting your work.

      Fortunately, it’s possible to create a professional author Web site for free with limited design or programming skills using a blog host such as WordPress or Blogger. To successfully promote an author and his or her books, a professional Web site should have some very specific pages:

      • The Home Page – this is the first page readers will come across when they visit your site. In some cases, it may be the only page you create. It should include vital information such as:
        • Your full name or pseudonym if you choose to use one.
        • A book cover image of your most recently published work. Ideally, this cover will be a link to Amazon or some other Web site that allows the reader to purchase your book.
        • A jacket flap summary of your novel.
        • Contact information, either as a form or a link to your email address.
      • About the Author Page – this should include basic facts about you, including::
        • A biography that focuses on the parts of your life relevant to your book.
        • Information about current projects you are working on.
        • Any other contact information you wish to share, such as a Facebook fan page or a Twitter page.
      • An Events Page – this page offers easy access to updates regarding your professional schedule. This should show readers:
        • All scheduled book signings, conferences, and school visits you will be attending.
        • Any current news, such as a new book deal or publication of the book in a different country.

      The creation of these and any other pages you can think of (such as a Published Novels Page or an Author’s Blog) will help create a baseline marketing tool that all your other promotions can spring from. Be sure to refer to it during any promotions and your word-of-mouth marketing is sure to increase.

      For information on book printing and how to self-publish your book, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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