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How to Effectively Turn your First Draft into a Complete Manuscript

The feeling you experience when you complete a novel could be anything from exhilaration or relief, to even anxiety. Yes, you will be relieved because you finally completed that novel. However, the thought of what’s next could scare you a lot. Most writers, especially first timers, think that the first draft is the final version that is sent to publishers or editors. Well, the truth is, NO! It is a ...

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How to Format your Manuscript

Recently, I happened to be part of an unofficial meet comprising of editors and typesetters. We meet frequently to discuss the hurdles editors, typesetters, and any personnel from the operations face and try to come out with solutions from all perspectives. This time, when we met, there were a lot of issues discussed but one thing that was common and got my attention was the issue of poor formatting of ...

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How to organize your manuscript

A book is usually organized into Front Matter, Body Text, Back Matter and Cover Page. Some of them are mandatory and others are optional. In this post, we will look at some of the important elements in a book and see if you need to include them in your manuscript writing. There are other pages like the title page, half-title page and the copyright page which will be added by ...

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Publish a book for free on the Notion Press DIY platform

What if publishing a book was as easy as posting a tweet? That is definitely a lovely thought, and with Notion Press’ new DIY platform, book publishing may have just gotten as easy as it can possibly get. The first of its kind in India, the platform offers a simple 7-step method to publish your book. And you get to create your own designs for the cover and interior, just ...

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How to format your book using Microsoft Word

A book is hard to follow when there is no structure.  That is why the book must be properly formatted, with its interiors, the font, spacing, its title and structure all in place. The Notion Press platform offers an interior design tool with which you can format your book easily and make it ready for publishing. In case you have a finished manuscript, you can copy and paste the manuscript ...

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How to format your book using the DIY Publishing Platform

A good book must make for an enjoyable read. Imagine a case where a paragraph reads like this:  Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend,   and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."  Annoying, right? This is why the interior of your book needs to be designed wisely. This is where most authors find themselves in a fix. Designing the interiors and the cover of ...

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Internship Diaries- Aditi Shah

When I first came to Notion Press, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I loved reading and this was a publishing house, so I was excited about the possibility of getting to read a lot of books. I started working at Notion Press as an intern in February this year and my internship has taught me more than I had imagined. I am about ...

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A Beginner's Guide to Publishing Terms

A Beginner’s Guide to Publishing Terms

Certain publishing terms can be confusing when encountered for the first time. Here is a guide for you to understand what they mean. With the advent of the internet, people began consuming content in unbelievable proportions. The more information they consumed, the more they shared. Millions of people found multiple platforms to showcase their writings, musings and experiences – this was shared and read by others.For the longest time, book publishing was a ...

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How to publish an eBook in India?

The digital revolution is taking place in almost every sector in the world, including the publishing industry. Traditional forms of books will always remain and gain an immense love for readers and writers alike. However, eBooks, in a very short time have gained tremendous attention and popularity. Are you an aspiring writer waiting to step into the world of publishing? Fear not, eBooks are a great way to start off ...

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Ashwin Sanghi

Ashwin Sanghi, Shares His Authoring Journey

  https://soundcloud.com/kiruba-fm/ashwin-sanghi-one-of-indias-largest-selling-authors-shares-his-authoring-journey Ashwin Sanghi Kiruba: Hello and welcome to the First Book Podcast, India’s first and only podcast dedicated to helping first time authors. In this podcast series we have conversations with bestselling authors and business leaders to understand how they successfully cracked their first book. This conversation helps us to get a sneak peek into their journey as an author. This podcast is done in association with Notion Press, one of India’s largest publishing ecosystems.  In ...

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Anita Nair

Anita Nair, Best Selling Author of 17 Books Shares Tips For First Time Authors

Kiruba: Hello and Welcome to the First Book Podcast, India’s first and only Podcast dedicated to helping first-time authors. In this podcast series, we have conversations with bestselling authors and business leaders to understand how they successfully crack their first book. This discussion helps us get a sneak peek into their journey as an author. This podcast is done in association with Notion Press, one of India’s largest publishing ecosystems. ...

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Online Tools For Authors

Mind-Blowing Online Tools That No Writer Must Neglect

  Digital media has taken the world by storm. The labyrinth network of the World Wide Web has effortlessly engulfed us into its spell. In today’s digital world, there is an app or a tool for every act right from booking a cab to ordering food. When it comes to indulging in the plethora of services and helpful tools provided by the magnificent Internet, we writers are at a huge advantage. ...

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What Makes ‘A Game of Thrones’ Such a Popular Book Series?

What makes a book such a great read? When you sit back and relax with a novel and get so engrossed in it that you have forgotten how the day just went by. One such book that gives you this soul-stirring experience is A Game of Thrones series, authored by George RR Martin. Martin began writing the series in 1991 and published the first book in 1996. Since then, he has ...

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25 Inspiring Pinterest Boards For Writers

Many of us have a preconceived notion about Pinterest. We think Pinterest is only beneficial to designers, photographers, fashion bloggers, artists and the like. However, Pinterest boards are an amazing platform for writers too. Writers can use creative Pinterest boards not only to promote their articles or books and establish a brand for themselves, but also for the great platform of inspiration that it is. You will find a treasure trove of fascinating pins ...

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Seven Things One Should Know About Self-Publishing

  This activity is a bucket list staple. Most people hope to achieve this at some point in their lives. Statistics show that 80% of people in the USA want to write a book, but only a tiny fraction of them actually write one. Becoming a published writer seems to be the dream that most of us hope to magically accomplish. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to crack the secret code ...

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Five Things Every First-Time Author Should Know

Congratulations! It’s wonderful that you have decided to write a book. Writing is unlike other careers, as one usually does not pursue it for money or fame. One chooses to become an author, for it is a dream they want to see come true. Words are magic – they give you the power to weave a new world, characters, and scenarios and allow the reader to experience them in their ...

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How to Write a Novel – The Definitive Guide

Do you have loads of interesting stories to tell and a way with words? If so, you’ve already crossed two of the biggest hurdles on your road to becoming an author. If you’re passionate about self-publishing a book, don’t just jump the gun and start putting pen to paper. Take your time and educate yourself on how to write a novel. There are many elements that go into making a ...

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What is a Book Launch and How Does it Help Market Your Book

  This is it! It’s the most exciting day in your life and career as an author. After months, even years of writing the manuscript, it now rests in the palm of your hand. What do you do next? Launch it, of course! Now that you have solid evidence of your writing efforts, it’s time to let the avid readers out there know that there is something more to add to ...

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