A Kin Books novel from beginning to end

Kin Books first book is set for release October 2018! So we would love to show you how we get from manuscript to full publication.

First step: Editing

Kin will provide feedback to all novel and novella length submissions. Once a submission is accepted it goes through multiple editing stages where we work with the author to produce the best work possible.

Second step: Beta reading

Kin Books will send every novel it publishes to Beta readers. Each reader provides feedback on the novel, which helps us determine how we approach advertising, the length of the initial print run and the final edit of the story.

Third step: Book design

Kin Books’ does all it’s design and typesetting work in house with Head Designer Gemma. Kin Books’ aim is to present a consistent design across all publications.

Fourth step: Marketing plan

Every Kin Books novel will have it’s own unique marketing plan to ensure we reach the right audience. It’s very important to seek input from the Social Media Manager when creating a plan.

Final step: Printing (or file creation) for sale

Kin Books will determine the best print run for each novel we publish, meaning, some books may have large runs and some may be published primarily as an ebook. When we print we aim to use the most sustainable printing processes available at the best price.

Thanks for reading!

Tighearnan

Time for creativity when adulting

For some people creativity is their world, it is the thing they live for the most. They are able to dedicate their time entirely to their creative endeavor. Writers, artists, musicians, we all know that one person that seems to always have time to create their masterpiece. I am not that person! Let’s be realistic… most of us aren’t.

Over the years I have had to learn to fit my creative pursuits into the rest of my day-to-day life. You know, fit it around all that adulting that we have to do, the boring stuff. I have come to know myself and what I am really, really bad at (such as getting around to writing blog posts for our business) and what I am good at (like fixing the website when it crashes). I also know how all of these things can be used to help me make time for creativity in my life. Here are some of my tips for people like me, who want to be more creative.

Plan your work

I’m a chronic planner, I have a notepad and a list for everything. I’m even one of those weirdos that writes a packing list for travel, complete with a day-by-day schedule of what I’m going to wear to maximise my wardrobe and carry less clothes. Where I come unstuck with my planning is when it involves being creative. My creative brain is a mess. It is like a completely different person has taken over my psyche and if they touch a notepad and pen it’ll burn them like a demon with a crucifix. I just can’t do it!

When I finally get to be creative, I have clear direction and more importantly, a clear head. I’m sure a lot of you are thinking, ‘but where is the spontaneity and fun that comes with being creative without a plan?’ I still get that, I’m not actually doing the work when I’m planning, I am setting goals, determining time frames and making lists. When I finally get to be creative, I have clear direction and more importantly a clear head.

Schedule time for creativity

Everyone has a schedule that includes a number of boring adulty things, like the dentist visit you have every six months, dinner at seven with the in-laws and leg day at the gym (my least favourite). These are things I schedule into my life and I don’t even like doing them (sorry in-laws). So I decided to schedule in the things I do like doing, like being creative.

As a photographer by trade, I started scheduling in a weekly photo trip in my city. I chose somewhere I hadn’t been before, or been to in a while and I just wandered around snapping away. Pure bliss.

When I want to write, I do something similar, I take my notebook (or laptop) for a walk to one of the beautiful parks in my city, sit myself against an obliging tree and just write whatever I want.

If I didn’t schedule the time in, I would never do it.

Don’t let the world get you down

We all have those down days, weeks or months (April, I’m looking at you…) and the first thing to suffer is our creative brain. This year I had the worst April in my life (ok, so I can be a drama queen), but I was been incredibly demotivated. As a consequence, I noticed that the things I love doing were the first things I ignored.

Why stop doing the things that actually make me happy?

What about this blog post?

I just told myself to get this blog post done, “just get on with it!” I realised that I spent the last hour having a blast doing what I love and before I knew it, it was all over and I could start the next masterpiece!

In the appropriate, allocated time, of course.

Getting it right: Helpful techniques to improve your final story draft

It’s pretty rare to get something right the first time, which is great! If we got things right all the time, then there would be no point in practicing, no reason to grow, everything would be easy. Probably too easy to make life a challenge worth accepting.

It’s pretty rare to get something right the first time, which is great! If we got things right all the time, then there would be no point in practicing, no reason to grow, everything would be easy. Probably too easy to make life a challenge worth accepting.

Included in the very long list of things you will not get right is your writing. You won’t get your stories right the first time, most likely you won’t get them right the second time either, or the third, fourth, or fifth time.

It will take time to get it right.

Give it a couple of days

The most important thing that any writer can do is to step away from their work and come back to it later. Time away from your text means time you can spend on you, improving and thinking about you. It may seem hard but your characters are fictional, you are a real person and you need to do what is right for you.

It may take a long time to get your work right, a certain J.R.R Tolkien took years to complete the Lord of the Rings. He was too busy doing professor type things like marking, tutoring, translating and editing the works of his peers to be overly worried with publishing fantasy novels.

So go outside and get some sunshine, you should enjoy your life too!

Give it to someone else

You are too close to your work to be objective, so the best thing you can do to combat your feelings is to get some feedback. A friend or family member is a good place to start, but don’t rely on them for complete objectivity, just take what they give you and work on their suggestions. You can then move on to one of your cruel friends, acquaintances and random strangers you meet at parties.

For every author who claims divine insight, there are thousands of works waiting to be shaped from raw clay into a true work of art by a skilled editor. My favourite example is that of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, which was heavily edited by his friend and fellow writer Ezra Pound. Thankfully Eliot took Pound’s advice, cut his original poem dramatically and The Waste Land is now considered one of the great poems of the 20th century.

Give it a name

They say not to give names to the farmhouse chickens, lest they end up on your plate. Fortunately, your writing isn’t a chicken and is unlikely to be served with roast potatoes for Sunday dinner. So name the thing! Even if it’s just an interim name, nothing can give you a deeper connection than hammering down the title of your work.

Far from just a method of describing something you’re working on, a name can help you figure out exactly where the story is going. There have been some great working titles that haven’t made it onto covers, but describe the story perfectly, many of them were only changed at the behest of the publisher.

Don’t give up

It may take time to publish your work, or you might even publish and notice that your text needs revisions, some authors may not even have the chance to see their work published. Writing and editing to produce an amazing manuscript can take a long time and even when you finish you might find the timing just isn’t right.

My favourite story of determination is linked with one the greatest books of the 20th century. The book wasn’t published until years after the author’s death, but it would not have been published at all without the commitment of my literary hero, Thelma Toole. Who was Thelma Toole?

Thelma was the mother of John Kennedy Toole, author of the classic American novel A Confederacy of Dunces. After John’s tragic suicide in 1969 Thelma hounded publishers trying to get her son’s book printed, convinced that her son’s talent needed to be shared. Finally, in 1976, she got her foot in the door with the novelist Walker Percy who championed the work until it was published in 1980. It won a Pulitzer Prize the next year.

So even if it doesn’t happen right away…

It can still happen. Just know this, eventually, if you keep trying you will get it right.

Be popular at parties, with literature

Learn how to beguile your fellow party-goers with quips, quotes and keeping it in your pants (not safe for kiddies).

(Warning: Adult orientated content)

We all know that one person at parties who is the centre of attention, they light up the room with their presence. If you want to be an Adonis or Venus with all the classical endowment of a marble statue designed by a german sausage maker, then this is not the blog post for you.

This blog post will help you find interesting literary tidbits to share with your friends, so that you can actually have a coherent conversation with people your own age. Yay!

Brush up your Shakespeare

The odd quote from the bard can lend a touch of class to any conversation. If you’re at a party and drop a line or two, people will think you an educated and well informed party-goer. So pick yourself some great lines and bust them out around your favourite people.

Be warned, more than a pithy quip or two and you may find yourself labelled as an insufferable wanker with all of appeal of an Adam Sandler Netflix movie.

Do: Choose your quote wisely. A little less ‘My salad days, when I was green in judgement’ a little more ‘That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold’.
Don’t: Rock up in tights and start yelling ‘a plague o` both your houses’.

The classical world is so now

We all have that one friend/enemy/twat that came along because their mother needed to clean the basement. You know the one, always has to be right, never shuts up about how smart they are, writes smarmy blog posts for their publishing company. You can defeat them and their ‘in 10 minutes’, YouTube heavy education with actual facts that you actually read, in a book!

Read far enough back and you will inevitably find that this type of person has always been around, telling you things you already know. So grab that dusty copy of Thucydides from Grandpa’s shelf and get your classics on.

Do: Talk about the artistic and philosophical wonders of the ancient world
Don’t: Mention the fact that most people died of stabbing, nailing or dysentery

I’ve been meaning to check that out

You are an interesting person and your reading habits are interesting. People should know if you are reading the latest Tim Winton, Kate Forsyth or Grug. You should tell them and you should tell them at parties, with glowing reviews!

Seriously as a rule it is best to wait until you find something that is a bit more unique than the latest half baked, top ten, snooze fest. But when you do find a rare gem you should let people know, or just open up a copy of Grug.

Do: Talk about your latest great find that is not on the top ten bestsellers
Don’t: Continually bang on about Harry Potter for ten years

Adapt to survive

We live in an age of adaptation from the timeless renderings of Jane Austen wet tshirt contests to the languid poetry of the Stan Lee’s Marvel universe. Like a beautiful butterfly in a glass case, adaptations take the uniqueness of an original work and staple them to the back of a tacky box for public display…

It frustrates the hell out of fans of the books and introduces non-fans to works they thought were to boring to read. A perfect recipe for a party conversation!

Do: Talk about the original book and how you love it
Don’t: Give everyone an hour long lecture on how much better the book is and call everyone in the room a miserable cretin for only watching the theatrical release

Sexy moves from sexy books

The erotic novel is a modern literary staple. Thanks to the introduction of large print and irresponsible parenting all ages can now grab a copy of their latest Harlequin and while the night away. Yes everyone from 7-77 can get their fill of an exotic variety of overbearing alpha males whose shenanigans, in the real world, would end with them being slapped with a myriad of harassment suits or assault charges.

The erotic novel is no longer just the realm of 45 year old serial divorcees or 16 year old serial masturbators. The erotic novel is putting its best foot forward in a library, carpark or bus station near you. So why not discuss it!

Do: Tell Brad about that one amazing chapter, you know the one, you saucy minx
Don’t: Tell the entire room, seriously Linda, we did not need to hear that

Remember

A little book talk can go a long way, it may not make you an object of desire, but it might just keep people interested enough in your company to invite you again!

Working for the win: Becoming a better writer through the work we do

I have had a lot of different jobs, from selling beds to shelving books and even flipping burgers. I have had a lot of jobs partly because I’m still working to find my niche, partly because flipping burgers pays significantly less shelving books. As a writer I’ve found my work environments have influenced my writing and helped me to build useful relationships

By Tighearnan

I have had a lot of different jobs, from selling beds to shelving books and even flipping burgers. I have had a lot of jobs partly because I’m still working to find my niche, partly because flipping burgers pays significantly less shelving books. As a writer I’ve found my work environments have influenced my writing and helped me to build useful relationships.

You’ll find your way

It took me years of work to realise what I wanted to do with my life and even now that I’m an author, I’m also a partner in my own publishing house and a librarian! Would I like to be just one thing? Yes. Do I know what that would be? Well… also yes but it took me years of solid work to realise how much wanted to do what I want to do and how important it was to commit.

So don’t be too concerned if your first job is not exactly what you wanted. It’s a rare case to find someone who is in the job they will occupy for life, particularly at an early age. Keep working and you’ll find your niche.

It’s important to work

Don’t starve for your art, it’s a little clichéd and a lot irresponsible. Think about it, if you’re living and not working someone is paying for it. Don’t you think they would like to explore their artistic side, don’t they deserve happiness? Yes they do, so don’t rely on others, earn your own dough.

When you work you get into good rhythms and figure out the best way for you to work, at your job and at your writing. Work for a while and you will start to figure out how to find the time you need to do things you want as well as the things you need. Really useful when you need to edit you own work or meet an important deadline.

Take your experience with you

The best part about being out in the wide world is you get to meet people who you wouldn’t normally hang out with. Some of the best friends I have made have come from some of the ‘worst’ jobs because you can’t hide who you are in a less than ideal situation.

Not only does meeting different people grow your social circle and build you networks. The people you meet can inspire the characters that you write about. I’ve met my characters at bus stops, on the other side of a counter and even flipping burgers. Meeting these people in person doesn’t just help you to build a character profile it helps you empathise with them on a personal level. This will come across in your writing.

You aren’t the only one

Everyone has to work at some stage in the life and a lot of the work you do, won’t be satisfying. A lot of authors have had to work odd jobs: William Faulkner is said to have written ‘As I lay dying’ on quiet night at the office, Jack Kerouac was dishwasher, Franz Kafka was a clerk and Agatha Christie worked as an assistant to apothecary.

The thing about work, is you need to adapt yourself to your organisations goals, sometimes your ideas will be accepted and praised, sometimes they will be rejected. Dealing with rejection is important, because you will face it often in your artistic career. Better to learn how to take rejection while you’re being paid then getting rejected for free.

Finally

Remember, it’s important to keep perspective, if you’ve worked your fill and just want to write, do it, you’ve earned your chance to fulfill your potential. But you if you haven’t worked much and need some perspective doing a job is a great place to start.

Pride in publishing

Our aim at Kin Books is to be a publisher that fosters new writing talent, publishing good books by great authors. We want to fill the gap between the big publishing houses and the self-publishing community by providing the service authors want from a publisher, with access to an open community of writers and readers…

Author: Tighearnan

Our aim at Kin Books is to be a publisher that fosters new writing talent, publishing good books by great authors. We want to fill the gap between the big publishing houses and the self-publishing community by providing the service authors want from a publisher, with access to an open community of writers and readers.

First, we want to identify talent

We often see new writers struggling to get the recognition they deserve, large publishing companies will ignore talent and settle on books from established authors that guarantee they will sell the most units. While we will work hard to sell your work, we believe that the true mark of a great author how they write, not just what they write.
We will start with two submissions period for novels every year, this will give you time to prepare your manuscript to the point where you can be proud of you work and it also mean we can give your work the care and concentration it deserves. We like to think our selves as more of a bespoke publishing service, but that means we can only publish so much. Even if you don’t receive a letter of interest, we will keep your work in mind.

Second, we want to help you get published

When we started Kin Books, we wanted to give authors the opportunity not just to be published, but to receive feedback on their work. New authors need feedback, it is the best way to understand which improvements can be made to a work so that it can receive the recognition it deserves.
We aim to respond to each Australian novel submission with feedback that will help you improve your writing style, so even if we don’t pick your book up, you can take it to any publisher with a chance of having them consider you work.

Third, grow an interpersonal community

The more members of a community, the larger an audience will be and the more support authors will have when writing. We want to grow a community of writers from the ground up, without charging for the privilege.
We do have a range of tools, online and in the community to publicise every work and attract the funding we need to continue our work, but we want to meet you and find out who you are so that we can grow together.

Fourth, plans to grow

If our plans work, then we can change and adapt our business so that we can publish more books, with a shorter turn around and employ more people! Before we even start on novels we aim to publish short stories as ebooks through our website to grow the fan base of our authors and help everyone earn some money for their work.

Finally

What we need is support from everyone. Read a blog, like a page or buy a short, because the more people know about us, the more people know about the work we publish.
Check out our first publication, coming soon…