FAQ – Attention Writers!
If you haven’t already uploaded your manuscript:
Don’t distract your readers.
Double check your formatting before you post. Odd formatting or incorrect spellings can distract your readers from your story. Make it as easy as possible for them to be immersed in your world by taking the time to run spell check and add proper chapter breaks before you post. If you simply hit enter until you get to a new page, our e-reader doesn’t read that as a new chapter. Since Swoon’s e-reader is made to change text size for the user’s convenience, it can’t keep to the same pages as your uploaded document. Instead, use page breaks. To make a page break, simply click the “Insert” tab at the top of Microsoft Word and hit the “Page Break” button. Or, if you’re one of those people who prefer keyboard shortcuts, hit the Control button and the Enter button at the same time.
If you’ve already uploaded your manuscript:
Get the Reader’s Attention
One of the great things about your manuscript’s page is that with your short description and long description, you have two opportunities to get people interested in your book. We know that it could be difficult to pitch your work in just a few sentences but it’s important. This is your chance to grab a brand new reader (and rating). Think about it this way: Your short description is your tagline or what you might see on the cover of your book should it be published. For example, let’s take Marissa Meyer’s bestselling book Cinder. Its tagline is “Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time.” It’s short and pulls the reader in by letting them know up front that it’s a sci-fi fairytale. Although, for the Swoon Reads description, we might also add the words “cyborg Cinderella” somewhere since that is a cool hook. Your long description is what you might imagine to be on the cover flap or the back of the book. It should describe your main character, their problem or conflict, and a hook to keep your reader. Here’s the long description for Cinder:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…
Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her stepmother. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.
Try to make your copy as interesting and helpful as possible (without giving away too much!)
Don’t be limited by the written word. If you’ve done anything special for your book, like a book trailer, a short story, or a piece of art, feel free to add links to your long description. As for your cover image, we obviously recommend creating something unique, but if art isn’t your strong point, just use our standard Swoon Reads cover and try something else. Take this as an opportunity to think outside of the box. Write a song, create a power point, or make a video and link to it in your long description.
As a writer, one of the best ways to promote yourself on the Swoon Reads site is to interact with Readers and other writers. If someone comments on your manuscript, reply back to them and check out their profile to see if they’ve uploaded a manuscript. If they have, why not return the favor and read theirs? If you leave well written, honest, and insightful comments, readers might be encouraged to click through to your page and learn about your manuscript.
Let the World Know
And while interacting on the site is great, you should also reach out to people who are not on the site. The more people who know that you have a manuscript on Swoon Reads, the more potential readers you have. And more readers is always good! Link to Swoon Reads and your manuscript on social media. If your manuscript is on another site such as Wattpad, remember to let your readers there know that it is also on Swoon Reads and that you have the chance to be published. If you have a blog, do a post on Swoon Reads and your manuscript. And if you feel particularly inspired, reach out to other bloggers and see if you can work together.