Great Books Week on October, 2023: What are some really great books?!?
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I just finished (like as in 5 hours ago) City of glass which is the third book in the mortal instruments series its what my friend would call a "cheesy romance". stephenie meyer gave it high praise. the hourglass door is could deffenatly be the next twilight although it has nothing to do with vampires(but it kinda has a cliff hanger so you might want to wait until next summer when the 2nd book come out), vampire kisses was really good. vampire academy, my mom said hunger games is really good but I haven't read it(next on my list though after I finish anne of green gables) walk two moons was really good, just ella and its sequel palace of mirrors, eragon, found, princess academy, dragon rider, nacy drew, I really like R.L stines books even though they aren't the best written books the plot pulls you in there was one that took place in the 1800's but I cant remember the name, I, coriander, A series of unfortunate events, spiderwick, theif lord, circle of magic, lilys ghosts, gregor the overlander, percy Jackson series, uglies, and blue bloods. thats all I can think of right now. I know there are some other good ones I am leaving out, but I hope this helps. oh and NEVER under any surcomestances read the inkheart series. It was a waste of my time and it took me three months to get thru the third book because I would get sooo frustrated with it I would hide I some where I couldn't see it and start on a new book. usually the longest it takes me to read a book that size is 2 weeks and thats only if I have TONS of home work and like no time to read.
edit: the "city of" series you were talking about up there^^^(srry I forgot your name!!) is the mortal instruments series that I talked about very first.
edit: OH MY GOSH!!! I can't believe that I forgot I'd Tell You I Loved You but Then I'd Have to kill you(has absoulty nothing to do with killing) it is about a girl named cammie who goes to an all girl school for spys, when she is out at town taking a test she meets this guy and starts secretly dating him. Its an amazing book. and the second on Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is also very very good! and the third one just came out Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover. I haven't had a chance to read it cuz there was a few people with holds on it at my library.
How can i get my book published?
If you have already written a book or have a great idea for a book, one way to capitalize on your idea or finished manuscript is to publish it. Generally speaking, there are two distinct ways to publish a book. The first way to publish a book is to publish it on your own. With today's technology, you can literally write, edit, include photos and graphics and publish a standard type book for less than $30. In fact, using self publishing techniques from the point where you upload your photos and text files to the point at which your book is delivered to your door can take less than a week.
The other way to publish a book is mainly for those that would like their book to be a commercial enterprise. This course of action can be extremely complicated, time consuming and costly. Here are some tips on publishing your book as a commercial enterprise.
A Literary Agent Can Help
If you are seriously considering writing a book or have already written a book and would like to sell it to a publisher you will need a literary agent. Literary agents are used by publishing houses as filters. They usually only accept projects that have potential and weed out the weaker book ideas or manuscripts. It is important to note that many authors that are looking to publish their book for monetary gain do not write their book until they are picked up by a publisher.
Finding a Literary Agent
In order to find a literary agent you must create a query letter and proposal. Query letters are usually one page letters with a short summary of your idea or book, who you are and what your qualifications to write the book are. If a literary agent is interested in the idea, then he or she will ask for a proposal.
A proposal is usually several pages long with a synopsis and more detailed info on your book or your idea. Below is a general outline of what is included in a general proposal.
Include a cover letter to introduce yourself, your project and your objective.
2-3 pages outlining your idea. These pages should contain compelling information regarding what the book is about, how your book will be unique from others, the market that you would like to target and how you can reach that market. Pretty much you are selling your book idea, so be extremely convincing.
If you have written the book already, you can add a page or a small excerpt of the book. If you haven't written the book, it is wise to add a small writing sample (less than one page).
Include information about yourself and why you are qualified to write this book.
Include marketing information or a marketing plan to help them understand why you think this book will be a good seller and any ways in which you can help promote your book.
It should be pointed out that a literary agent is not cheap. Most literary agents charge a commission of 15% if they land you an offer. While not cheap, literary agents are extremely necessary because publishing houses only go through certain channels to green light books. If you have already wrote a book and are sending them to publishing houses, the chances are they will not get picked up, mainly due to the fact that not many publishers have time to read a 400 page book.
Find an Editor
An editor is a professional that will help you develop your book into its full potential. While an editor does check over grammar, he or she is more interested in focusing on creating a masterpiece out of a simple idea. This means that the editor will ask you to rework sentences, chapters, etc to bring out nuances in characters or to help tell the story. Since an editor works closely with you, you will want to pick out a person that you trust and has good ideas. Some editors constantly clash with authors; however they tend to bring out the best in an author and are worth their weight in gold. It should be noted that some literary agents will request who your editor is before considering you as a client. Therefore it is a good idea to hire an editor before you seek a literary agent.
Finding a Publisher
Once you have a literary agent that believes in your book or idea, they will contact various publishers to help sell your book. This process can take a few weeks to as long as a few years and it should be noted that there are many books that never get picked up.
Closing on a Publishing Deal
If you are one of the lucky authors to have a book that a publisher is interested in printing, you will most likely need to talk to the publisher or have your agent talk to the publisher in order to create and close on a deal. If your book is already complete, the publisher will possibly ask you to fine tune some of the pages or change some things around to make the book more marketable. If you have just an idea, the publisher will ask you and your editor to develop a book that fits their criteria. Some publishing houses will specifically outline a book; others will give you much more creative control over the finished product. Obviously it is ultimately up to you whether you accept the terms of the publishing house and write the book as stated or reject the terms and shop it around for an offer more to your liking.
What to Expect on a Publishing Deal
Generally speaking, when you sign a deal with a publisher, you will receive an advance of royalties. An advance is a non refundable payment that is usually applied to all royalties that are made from the sale of your book. Generally, an advance will cover the sales of the book the publisher expects to make for a term of one or two years. Advances can range widely. For instance, top authors can receive advances of several million dollars; a new author with a book on a small niche might only bring in an advance of several thousand dollars. Each book and each publishing house varies.
Royalties is the other component in payment for your book. Royalties vary as well from publishing house to publishing house, as well as for each individual author and each individual book they sell. Royalties in general are from 6% to 10% of the retail price of all paperback- type books and from 6% to 15% for all retail price hard covered books. It should be noted that special format books, such as coffee table books or reference books can be less, because of the special production costs involved
Hope I helped! =)
harry potter books!!!?
The books are great. I started reading the series the week the last book came out and I never put those books down. Seriously... two weeks of my life were those books. I don't remember anything but reading... and that just goes to show how they really keep you reading. Not to mention how much I cried while reading those books (and I don't cry often). Movie versions of books are never as good as the book... NEVER. Give the books a shot. They are great =]