Today, I setup my Ingram Spark account. I’ll be publishing my books through Ingram, and this is going to be my preferred Print On Demand service. That is because according to Kristen Joy, Ingram has better quality printing than Amazon’s Createspace.
I had been reading up on various articles, this article by gives a very detailed and in-depth comparison of the two. I really like it, because it explains a lot about how the distribution between the two company works, how much you will earn if you’re planning to get your book into bookstores, quality of the printing, ease of distribution, etc.
Giammatteo uses both Ingram and Createspace for various purposes. But I only chose Ingram seems to beat Createspace in various areas, and right now, I just want to keep it simple. Also, Ingram offers discounts to members in the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). I would like to join them as a member, but haven’t joined the membership yet. However, from time to time, ALLi would host these wonderful workshops to help new authors learn about the writing/marketing process, and during those times, Ingram would have offers for new books to be uploaded for free. How awesome is that deal!! Of course, I will have to work hard to get my book files ready first.
I entered a Writing Contest a few days ago. The topic of the writing piece is “First Meetings”, and the story must be under 1500 words in length. The main reason for me to enter this contest is because ALL the writers who submit their stories will be published! If I am able to do this, then I will have have a first published piece!
Now of course, I have started writing. And it is so much harder than I thought! Since the topic of the writing piece is “First Meetings”, I toyed with the idea of how I met my fiancé. But it’s not working. Something’s missing.
Last night, I was on twitter and came across “A Step-by-Step Guide To Build Your Story’s Plot” written by Patrick Moreau. It felt as if a ray of light suddenly broke through the clouds after I read this article!
Summary: how to build a strong story plot
In order to tell a great story, you need a strong CORE QUESTION. The core question has three parts: “ask”, “acceptance” and “answer”. The “ask”, or the question itself, comes from the conflict/challenge. The “acceptance” is where the character accepts the challenge. And the “answer” is the resolution. Your next step is to create a plot to bring the audience through the three parts. So that you can plant the question into their minds, and then bring them along to find out the answer at the end. In order to keep their attention, you need to keep the three parts to a 25:50:25 ratio. In addition, Patrick listed 6 universal conflicts to help you create strong characters. For the list of the conflicts, you can refer to #5 in his article.
That explains the reason why my initial idea about meeting my fiancé does not work, because there isn’t a conflict/challenge within the story. So I need to scrap this idea and try again. If you’re having difficulty writing a story like me, I highly recommend reading through this article!