Have you always wanted to write a novel? If your have then time has come to put pen to paper, or byte to RAM and actually tell it to world.
Unless you don't keep up with trends, and as your on Internet that probably not you anyway, then you will already be aware of Stephens Kings decision to write his latest novella in electronic format. To me this was no surprise; in fact I was far more surprised that nobody had done it before.
His only mistake may be in timing. Is world quite ready for a monitor and a television at bottom of bed?
If its not, it very soon will be with rush to produce more functional and user friendly palm sized computers, and when they become commonplace, every single author on planet will have access to an audience of billions.
So what do you do? Type out fifty thousand words and that's it!!!! You're suddenly a published author?
Well not quite……
Imagination, creativity and being able to hold together a jolly good plot are only part of real story. Transferring that document onto a webpage requires a set of completely different skills. None are complicated or hard to master, but for novice many frustrating hours can be wasted learning pitfalls.
In this article I hope to pass on some of what we have learned in
creating caelin day websites to hopefully make this part of
publishing process easier.
The very first thing any reader will see is how you present your work, and using poor grammar or misspelled words, especially on a 'writers' site immediately presents you to visitor as being unprofessional. They don't know you, and if their first impression is that you can't spell then their second thought will probably be to click away.
Though in reality precisely correct spelling is impossible in a worldwide context. For example American English can be different from British style both in written and spoken form, and even best spell checking software can "misread (mis'red? Mis'reed?)" an intention. Check to ensure that words chosen convey intended meaning by asking someone else to read work after it has been spell checked, and to look for words that may infer entirely different things from place to place, culture to culture.