World Building Tips for Authors

Published by on September 22, 2016 8:30 am


When writing a story, it’s important to not only fully develop your characters but also the world in which they live. World building is a crucial element of storytelling, whether the world exists in a fictional place or a real place. It’s not just about deciding on a setting, but developing that setting down to the smallest details that will guide the story. Here are 5 world building tips:
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The Importance of Consistency in Book Writing

Published by on September 2, 2016 8:30 am


No matter what your writing background may be, when you set out to write your first book, you’ll quickly realize that writing a book is unlike any other form of writing. For starters, a book is much longer than say, a blog post or an article, which means that it will take more time to finish it. While there’s nothing wrong with taking breaks as you work on your book, it’s necessary to ensure that important elements of your book remain consistent. Especially after an extended break, it’s a smart idea to re-read what you’ve written to ensure that the new content you begin to write continues to flow with the previously written content. Here are three important elements of a book that must remain consistent throughout:
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The Importance of College Internships

Published by on August 29, 2016 8:30 am


We get it. The life of a college student is a busy one. You’re juggling schoolwork, extra-curriculars, full or part time jobs, and a social life (if you have any time left over!). However, it’s highly recommended to make some time for internships throughout your college career. If you are interested in a career in writing or publishing (or any career for that matter), an internship is going to prepare you for the “real world” and help you land a job after graduation. Here are 3 of the top benefits of internships:
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Have Realistic Expectations for Your Book’s Success

Published by on August 17, 2016 8:30 am


Have Realistic Expectations for Your Book’s SuccessSo you’ve decided to write and publish a book. Congratulations! While it’s necessary to set goals for yourself throughout the writing and publishing process, it’s also important to have realistic expectations. There are no guarantees and if you go into the process understanding that, it will be more enjoyable (and less stressful) overall. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
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AtlasBooks signs Double Take for distribution of graphic novels

Published by on August 16, 2016 11:59 am


AtlasBooks, the distribution division of Bookmasters, has signed a new sales and distribution agreement with Double Take, LLC (2T), the comic book and graphic novel publishing arm of leading video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ: TTWO).

2T’s partnership with AtlasBooks will make their graphic novels available in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

“In reaching this agreement with 2T, we have added a world-class graphic novel publisher to our expanding list of distribution clients,” said Jon Ackerman, senior vice president of sales at Bookmasters. “With graphic novel experience on our leadership team at Bookmasters, we look forward to growing our market share in the horror category, with YA readers in high schools and libraries, the general trade, and anywhere 2T’s imaginative writers and artists may take the genre.”

Launching a “new comic book universe” on September 28, 2016, 2T will be publishing 10 graphic novel titles (see info sheet here) whose stories are set in the world established by the 1968 cult classic horror film, Night of the Living Dead. Each of the 10 titles will stand on their own; however, they will be connected in a shared universe that includes hordes of walking dead, teams of teen super heroes, angry scientists, and attractive aliens. The stories will also contain interesting factoids about the 1960s, including medical procedures from the era and “Then & Now” pages featuring all things popular from 1966: recipes, TV shows, and then cutting-edge technology.

“Mostly, our creators tell new stories starring new characters—secret service agents, 51-foot women, and indestructible teens,” said Bill Jemas, general manager at Double Take. “If you love Night of the Living Dead, you won’t be disappointed; as you will be able to follow your favorite characters from their first appearances, through their dying breaths, to their first baby zombie steps.”

“We believe that 2T is producing some of the best comic books in the industry,” said Michael Coast, story editor at 2T. “Our books appeal not just to hardcore comic book fans but to readers who are new to graphic novels as well. Our partnership with Bookmasters will help us reach this wider audience so that they too can enjoy our exciting stories, interesting characters, and world-class art.”

About Double Take

Sixteen years ago, Bill Jemas played a lead role on the team that transformed Marvel from an insolvent comic book publisher and toy manufacturer into a world-class entertainment company. In 2013, Take-Two Interactive Software hired Jemas to start Double Take.

In conjunction with their graphic novels, 2T has developed the world’s first native mobile comic book player. Using panels to create a stop-motion animation effect to bring each story to life, the mobile player gives readers the optimal digital reading experience.

In the past year, Double Take has made samples of their digital comics available to thousands of readers, logging more than 500,000 digital comic views via Comixology and doubletakeuniverse.com. The 10 titles due out in September will also be available in this mobile format.

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About Bookmasters & AtlasBooks

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the U.S. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as book manufacturing, print book distribution and fulfillment, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. Bookmasters’ trade distribution arm operates as AtlasBooks. To learn more, visit www.bookmasters.com.

AtlasBooks signs Christian Focus Publications for North American distribution

Published by on August 10, 2016 10:30 am


AtlasBooks, the distribution division of Bookmasters, has signed a new sales and distribution agreement with Scotland-based evangelical publisher Christian Focus Publications.

Founded in the early 1970’s, Christian Focus has 1,300 active titles and publishes 50 new titles each year. The titles in their four imprints (Christian Focus, CF4K, Christian Heritage, and Mentor) span across categories including Biblical studies, biographies, fiction, theology and doctrine, Christian life, church life, children’s, and youth, and have been translated into more than 70 languages.

Following their departure from Send The Light Distribution (STL), Christian Focus’s partnership with AtlasBooks made their titles available in North America effective August 1, 2016.

“The Christian Focus team is an exceptionally gifted group,” said Randy McKenzie, sales manager of the Christian division at Bookmasters. “Their titles are among the best in the Christian market. We are honored to represent their list and to assist them with their mission of spreading the Gospel message through their books.”

“Our decision to choose Bookmasters as our U.S. partner followed real, prayerful consideration,” said Willie Mackenzie, director of publishing at Christian Focus Publications. “We were impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of Bookmasters and look forward to working with them in the years ahead to ensure our books reach an ever-growing readership.”

About Christian Focus

Founded in the early 1970’s, Christian Focus publishes Christian books with the express purpose of staying faithful to God’s infallible Word and reaching out to the world with the Gospel to equip readers of all ages for life, work, ministry and mission. To learn more, visit www.christianfocus.com.

About Bookmasters & AtlasBooks

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the U.S. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as book manufacturing, print book distribution and fulfillment, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. Bookmasters’ trade distribution arm operates as AtlasBooks. To learn more, visit www.bookmasters.com.

The Writing Process Doesn’t Need to Be Linear

Published by on August 4, 2016 8:30 am


While it’s easy to break a story apart into a clean beginning, middle, and end once it’s complete, that might not be the order in which it was written. Authors often have a tendency to want to write a story in a linear fashion, because it many respects, it’s the natural progression we experience in daily life. They start at the beginning and gradually work towards the ending. While that approach may sometimes work, in some cases, it can also be somewhat limiting.
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