IvyVeritas

IvyVeritas

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    1. Re: Do you outline your stories?

      Before I started my story, I had the major story beats planned out for each of the five books, along with a rough idea of each character's progression. When I start a new book, I expand the major story (...)


    2. Re: Simple fantasy, not isekai, no LitRPG

      I think my story, The Eighth Warden, would match what you are looking for. It's classic epic fantasy, not isekai or LitRPG. It does start off a bit slow because I was trying to replicate the feel of a (...)


    3. Re: Why do most novel covers suck?

      This is literally the oppsite of what I want to do. What is the point of going through the effort of writing a novel if you just want to chase a trend? I want to tell the story that I WANT to tell. If (...)


    4. Re: Why do most novel covers suck?

      Oh, and back on the topic of why so many covers look copy-pasted - because many stories are written like a copy-paste. A young, aspiring author writes their first YA novel inspired by certain vampire (...)


    5. Re: Why do most novel covers suck?

      Professional cover designers create covers that are designed to sell books, based on the genre in which the book belongs. They have a good idea of what sells, which can vary by genre, and even by author (...)


    6. Re: How do you add a twist to a story correctly?

      I'm going to add one more note to tack onto my previous post above. Another option to avoid an unwelcome plot twist is for it not to be a twist at all, but rather the natural culmination of everything (...)


    7. Re: How do you add a twist to a story correctly?

      The best way to handle a plot twist is to plan for it from the beginning, so that the basic idea and story logic behind it (the part that allows readers to accept it) is completely interwoven with the (...)


    8. Re: How do you make a book cover forum signature?

      For more details, see Xian's comprehensive guide here: https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/107061


    9. Re: Can't think of anything

      When writing fantasy, I usually come up with the characters and setting first, and then design a story to fit. I'm pretty sure that's backwards from how I'm supposed to do it, but building interesting (...)


    10. Re: Looking for an Epic Fantasy that's under the radar!

      I think my story, The Eighth Warden, fits your requirements. Cast out from his knightly order for using magic, Corec has no idea what lies ahead. Leaving his homeland to make his own way in the world, (...)


    11. Re: Looking for Help: What Cover is the Best

      Option 5 is the closest to a professional-looking book cover, but Option 1 is the most eye-catching as a thumbnail. If you're trying to attract readers on Royal Road, options 2 through 5 are just kind (...)


    12. Re: Does Amazon self-publishing support all countries?

      My concern is actually how payments work. Iceland users the Krona, rather than the euro. We also aren't in the EU. I don't think that's an Amazon question but a bank question. Amazon will do automatic (...)


    13. Re: Does Amazon self-publishing support all countries?

      Amazon has the following regional stores: US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, JP, BR, CA, MX, AU, IN You can publish your books to all of them, even if you only have an English version. Though, of course, (...)


    14. Re: At what point should one get a profesional cover?

      I'd agree that you shouldn't pay for a professional cover unless/until you plan to release the book on Amazon. At that point, you should be treating it as a business expense for tax purposes. People on (...)


    15. Re: How to add your novel in your signature

      If you want to add the title of your story underneath the picture, see Xian's comprehensive guide here: https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/107061 Or, for a simpler version, just make sure the (...)


    16. Re: Rewriting Questions

      Regarding shifting points of view, I don't write LitRPG so we probably have very different reader bases, but I've got 17 different point-of-view characters at the moment, and my "main" character is down (...)


    17. Re: Questions about writing a character's personal thoughs

      Does this mean there is no universal standard for writing internal thoughts? Bonus question, is it ok to use the 'x' for sarcasm? Example: "The VirtualBoy was a 'good' console, according to (...)


    18. Re: Questions about writing a character's personal thoughs

      Definitely don't use quotation marks for internal thoughts. As for tags, you can do internal thoughts with or without them, or both styles, depending on context. If you don't use internal thoughts frequently, (...)


    19. Re: Does anyone has any experience with Ringdom?

      I've never heard of them, but as a general rule, if someone reaches out to you, they're probably not legit. Legit sites and publishers are overwhelmed with author submissions. They don't need to go out (...)


    20. Re: Cover Art for The Eighth Warden: Book 3

      I think I'll go ahead and add my covers for Books 1 and 2, so I can direct my readers here when I post this week's chapter. They might want to see the covers in full size, rather than the tiny thumbnails (...)