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Through Mundus Media Ink I am happy to provide services to the indie author community as well as to those authors who have signed with a traditional publishing company. At MMI we have a wide range of services to aid you in your publishing experience. Take your time and have a look through all of the affordable services we have to offer on our website. below are some of the more popular services we provide.

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Thinking you’d like more than just one service that we provide? Check out this package we’ve put together to save you some cash on your author brand image design.

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A collection of premade book covers for indie authors, affordable yet stunning designs. Once sold, a premade cover is not available for resale, i.e, you get a unique book cover.

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High resolution book cover designs for your eBook and print covers. No extra charges for stock images used in the design. You get a unique and stunning design that will skyrocket your book sales.

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A well designed book cover talks to the reader and convinces them to pick it up and have a look inside. An award winning illustrator, I will take the ideas inspired from your book as well as what you envision,  and illustrate a cover that will generate sales.

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If you’re looking for a map to illustrate the world you’ve created, you couldn’t have picked a better place to get it. Let our award winning illustrator work her magic for your book.

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Trying to attract attention to your books and your blog? Do you need an eye-catching banner for your website or social media page? We will design your banners to flow seamlessly with your brand and your books.

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Do you need an awesome image that will help you sell your books? Look no further. Our book teaser design will help you market your books across your social media platforms. We will create a beautiful design that will drive more traffic to your point-of-purchase.

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We create some of the best logo’s in the business! Get a logo that will grab the viewer’s attention with a design that reflects your publishing company or brand.

 

 

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Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories

If you’re a writer, you’re most likely writing for the shear love of it.

You’ve spent countless hours honing your skill and developing your stories.

The drawback to being a writer is the amount of time it takes to write your rough draft, complete your rounds of edits, and then set to work on publishing.

It can take years to complete a worthy story. Many stories never make it to the finish line. As a writer, you are left unfulfilled for horribly long amounts of time. This can be frustrating not to mention emotionally distressing.

The good news is that there is a solution to your troubles. You can take all of those brilliant ideas that invade your mind while you’re trying to focus on your main story, and map them out. You can write short stories and develop those great ideas as side projects.

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  • Today’s readers want shorter reads.
  • They satisfy an immediate need for the reader
  • They are a quick fix for a frustrated author
  • You can offer your short stories in exchange for email subscriptions
  • You can promote your upcoming novel with a free copy of your short story
  • The more books you have published, the more books you sell
  • Your short story will become a part of your body of work
  • Short fiction contests can build your bio
  • Your network will enjoy seeing that you’re a writer who has new stories to share with them often

How to Begin 

Brainstorm: Take the time once a month and do a brainstorming session. Write down all of your story ideas on small pieces of paper, fold them up and put them in a container, fish one out and you have your idea. Or, you can take the story idea that most resonates with you and move on to the next step.

Map out your short story: Get ready to make a list. This is the fun part. Now you get to map out your story and you’ll be surprised how quickly the ideas come for something you know will be only 5,000 to 30,000 words. Don’t worry a ton about the logistics, your first draft will be crap anyway. But not to worry, by the time you get to your last round of edits, you’ll have a great short to share with your readers or to sell to an audience that’s eating them up.

Not sure how to set up your map, I’ll show you:

The Map

  • List the beginning, middle, and end of your story in three acts. Here is your main story idea, a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Write down your idea and think about how you’re going to hook your reader with the beginning. Who is your protagonist, what are they doing, what are they going to be confronted with, how is this going to trip them up.

In the middle everything is a learning experience, this is where your character learns all of their lessons. Leave them nearly defeated.

In the third act your protagonist is ready to really go for their goal. Here is where they will end up, after a few minor successes, facing down their antagonist, win or lose.

  • After you’ve decided what your main story arch is, you can move on to the arch of each act. Divide each act into chapters. Typically it’s best to go with the same arch so splitting your acts into three chapters works well. You want to keep  the story flowing within your chapters and entice your reader to continue on to the following chapter. So here it’s not so much about a beginning, middle and end. You do, however, want to follow an arch that builds excitement and the need to know more.
  • Take each chapter and split it up into three scenes and repeat the above process, writing down the arch of the chapters. Keep the momentum going.

There you go, easy peasy, you have outlined your short story and have a compelling map to guide your writing process.

 

Ultimately, it pays to write short stories. You can use short story writing to explore different genres that you might not try otherwise. Your shorts can attract an assortment of new people to your network that may not have found you beforehand, this can lead to some really great feedback on your weekly posts. It’s acceptable to jump genres as an author within the short story realm. Writing in several different genres gives you the freedom to sharpen your skills as a writer by diversifying your writing.

I like the idea of trying your voice in different genres, it strengthens your creativity and provides a platform for you to have fun with your writing. I suggest writing at least one short story to see if it’s something that might appeal to you. You might decide you enjoy the process so much that it becomes a part of your regular writing habit.

What are your opinions about short stories, would you ever try writing one?


book-wall-1151406_960_720Check out:

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story

9 Ways Writing Short Stories Can Pay Off for Writers

 

Vote for Your Favorite Sci-Fi Cover

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I have just finished up designing these five sci-fi book covers.

They are all for sale at $75 for each premade cover design. There are no hidden fees. When you purchase a premade book cover from the gallery, it is immediately removed and no longer offered. The cover you purchase on the premade cover designs page is unique and will not be offered for sale again.

Each premade cover design package comes with your Trade Paperback cover, your  free eBook cover, plus two free 3D covers for use on your website or in your social media marketing methods.

Vote for Your Favorite Book Cover Design

You can find the poll to vote below. Take your time but remember that these are merely concept cover designs, so the image quality might not be as good as the final cover would be.

My favorite is Aurora, and then Moon Base Eleven. 🙂


Be sure to come and see me for your next book cover design.


Eye-Opening Writing Tips

4815205632_632ee48a71_bA lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist.

Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more. Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf upon submitting Lolita, which would later go on to sell fifty million copies. Sylvia Plath’s first rejection letter for The Bell Jar read, “There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.” Gertrude Stein received a cruel rejection letter that mocked her style. Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way earned him a sprawling rejection letter regarding the reasons he should simply give up writing all together. Tim Burton’s first illustrated book, The Giant Zlig, got the thumbs down from Walt Disney Productions, and even Jack Kerouac’s perennial On the Road received a particularly blunt rejection letter that simply read, “I don’t dig this one at all.”

So even if you’re an utterly fantastic writer who will be remembered for decades forthcoming, you’ll still most likely receive a large dollop of criticism, rejection, and perhaps even mockery before you get there. Having been through it all these great writers offer some writing tips without pulling punches. After all, if a publishing house is going to tear into your manuscript you might as well be prepared.

Advice From the Best


The first draft of everything is shit. -Ernest Hemingway


Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass. -David Ogilvy


If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. – Dorothy Parker


Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? “She drove me to my practice at four in the morning,” etc. Writing is not figure skating or skiing. Your mother will not make you a writer. My advice to any young person who wants to write is: leave home. -Paul Theroux


I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. — Harper Lee


You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ― Jack London


Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. — George Orwell


There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ― W. Somerset Maugham


If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King


Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. – Neil Gaiman


Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die. – Anne Enright


If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do. – William Zinsser


Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. – Kurt Vonnegut


Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. – Ernest Hemingway


Write drunk, edit sober. – Ernest Hemingway


Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of Lincoln’s Melancholy I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly. – Joshua Wolf Shenk


  1. Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. – Mark Twain

Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you. ― Neil Gaiman


Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. – Oscar Wilde


You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ― Ray Bradbury


Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously. – Lev Grossman


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Source: http://thoughtcatalog.com/cody-delistraty/2013/09/21-harsh-but-eye-opening-writing-tips-from-great-authors/

What Is Being An Indie Author All About

By Michelle Rene Goodhew

If you are an independent author or a writer on your way to becoming published, this articles for you.

Sitting on your laurels and basking in the glow of being published is not necessarily success.

Success is also about amassing a fan base of the work you have written, of receiving the payment that comes from your words being appreciated by a large assortment of the public.

Your book deserves the kind of time and attention that creating a best-seller requires.

I’m not saying that getting to the point of publishing does not deserve a feeling of success, but it may be only a point on the road to success, not a stopping point.

Becoming a successful author is more about a structured system of actions, business savvy, marketing strategy, and your ability to maintain a healthy and positive attitude. You are responsible for discovering just how good things can get, what real and full potential your book has. Becoming a successful author requires that you put in the effort required to give your book its best chances at becoming a worthwhile work of art.

A Structured System of Actions for Indie Authors

A Structured System of Actions:

Get on board with the self-publishing industry. Take the time to establish connections and network your author brand. It’s important to connect with other authors, people involved in the publishing industry such as editors, reviewers, bloggers, readers, journalists, radio hosts, television hosts, producers, directors, media personnel, and graphic designers…anyone in the industry that could help you succeed. Connecting to groups of people that might have an interest in your author brand is a bit more tricky, but enormously necessary in getting the word out there about your new book.

Talk to the people in your network, comment on their posts, wish them happy birthday, laugh with them, cry with them, but make them remember who you are. People that care about you are 95% more likely to purchase your book and recommend it to others. As an author you attain an almost immediate celebrity status, leverage that status with a network you develop through careful consideration of who would be driven or motivated to purchase your book.

That said, know your brand. Read more about author branding here. Knowing your brand is crucial in growing your following and establishing interest in your book before it is published. If you have already published, it won’t hurt to revisit your brand and begin again with a possible rewrite or by starting to establish a larger following by gearing your writing and marketing efforts in relation to your brand.

Indie Author Business Savvy

Business Savvy:

Becoming an independent author is very much similar to becoming a business owner. It is like launching a start-up. Your business as an author requires almost daily attention. It pays to be educated, get to know the publishing industry by reading blogs from other authors or articles and books related to the business of self-publishing. These are resources you can use, and people you can network with, all of which will help serve you on your road to becoming a best-selling author.

Knowledge is power. The questions you have can be the subjects of articles that you write and can begin to amass a following to your blog that you will have created on your author website. Yes, you have to establish certain accounts and will have a schedule and a list of daily actions to perform much like a business owner.

Treating your writing as a business will ensure that you give it the respect that it deserves and the attention that it requires in order to be successful. Just as it requires three years for a business to become established and start to see profits, so will it be for your business of writing. Buckle down and take the necessary steps required to learn the ins and outs of your trade and discover how to make an impact and up your profit margin.

Marketing Strategy for Indie Authors

Marketing Strategy:

After you create your online presence you can begin implementing a marketing strategy immediately, before you publish. Marketing your book is about marketing your author brand and developing your author platform. Do this now so you don’t make the mistake of having to back-track later. It’s no fun to be sitting on a published work with the crickets chirping because no one knows who you are or what you have published.

If you are a shy individual, it’s time to get over it or you’ll most likely never get anywhere in the publishing world and remain a nobody. You can’t expect to reach success without hard work, creative planning, and decisive action. You are now a business owner with a product you need to sell to be successful. Learning about the world of social media will help, understanding marketing strategy will help too, but there is nothing without your ability to take action on what you have learned.

Your marketing strategy will determine the number of books that you sell, period, beyond the purchases of family and friends. And let’s face it, is that really all you’re aiming for, to be published, only recognized by your immediate peers, not having used the huge assortment of assistance, guidance, support, and resources that are available to you. Do you really want your book collecting dust, or are you hoping that a fairly large number of people will enjoy it, dreaming of getting to that place where you can truly feel successful and call yourself an author. Setting up and working a well thought out marketing plan will get you those sales, and it’s worth it.

Healthy and Positive Attitude for Indie Authors

Your Ability to Maintain a Healthy and Positive Attitude:

In the publishing industry, success can be more easily acquired if you maintain the right mindset. It is important to remember that you live in a universe of abundance. That when you think a thought, at least ten thousand other souls are thinking of something along the same lines. A person with a positive outlook would see that as ten thousand possible purchases already attained from the point of concept in creating their best-seller. That ten thousand people would find your subject matter intriguing and would be inspired to buy your book is a completely realistic idea.

The world’s population is currently 7.3 billion people, that brings your immediate readership to a statistic of .00000137 percent of the world’s population at the moment you thought of your plot. If ten thousand people buy your book, you are already a best-selling author. The odds are already stacked in your favor. You can break onto the New York Times Bestseller List in certain categories with sales as small as 3,000 copies sold. It all depends on the category of your book and what else you’re competing with in a certain week. Three thousand copies, Can you believe it? If your wonderful book doesn’t make it, remember that there are many other marketing tools that can help propel your title just as well: other newspaper lists, awards, editor’s recommendations, reviews, and word of mouth. If your book is good, people will find it and love it!


So it’s time to get your head in the game. You are responsible for using the resources you have at your disposal in your marketing efforts in order to catapult your book to success. What’s that old motto, you don’t know until you try? Well doesn’t your mark on the world deserve your best efforts just to see how many people will experience the appreciation of what you have created? This is your baby, treat it as such, and give it the care and attention it deserves.


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