Articles tagged "Romance Novel"

Your First Wedding Anniversary: The Gift of Paper

An anniversary is a special milestone in any relationship, but your first wedding anniversary is often one of the most memorable. Your first year as a married couple will become the first chapters in the story of your life together. It is often filled with firsts and other momentous occasions and should be celebrated in a way that highlights all you accomplished.

Traditionally, the first anniversary is called the paper anniversary. No one is quite sure of the symbolism, but there are several theories:

Paper:

– Represents the blank page
– Reminds us of the fragile and modest beginnings of marriage
– Symbolizes writing your future together
– Symbolizes the true interweaving of your lives
– Is a reminder of natural growth

Your first wedding anniversary is a good time to look back on the past year and your time together. One way to do this is to reflect on your love story and create something that captures you and your relationship. If you wish to abide by the traditional paper anniversary gift, consider committing your story to words and pictures and create a lovely book.

Writing a book may sound a bit laborious for many of people. If you are not someone who enjoys writing or feel you wouldn’t do your story justice, you can always commission an author to write it for you. You can find truly talented freelance writers online who specialize in these kinds of projects, to artfully construct a story based on your most important memories. When choosing a writer, it is important to pick someone who can capture your tone and personality to bring your story to life.

If you can’t wait for the “romance novel” version of your first year of marriage, try creating a memory book. You can combine your favorite pictures with your favorite stories to create a gift of paper that will be treasured long past your anniversary date.

Simply ask your partner to write about their five most memorable moments over the past year. Then take their words, add your five favorite memories, select pictures and use Lulu’s photo book templates to design your anniversary book. The end result will be a custom-made, unique and sentimental gift for your spouse.

Ultimately, your first wedding anniversary should be celebrated in a way you will remember forever. Creating a book about your journey as a couple is a thoughtful and lasting way to celebrate your love and look back on all that you’ve created – so far.


Inspiration, Collaborator, and Author Extraordinaire!

When I received Katie’s email, I was sure she had contacted the wrong Lulu.com. Why would someone from online jeweler Orla James be pitching an article for a self-publishing blog? However, when I read her pitch, I thought it was a brilliant idea. Thanks Katie!

Katie Jones loves to write, travel, practice yoga and read at every available moment! She adores living by the sea in Brighton UK with all of the creative opportunities that it brings.

Authors using Helix Review: Jack Gunthridge

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.02.07 AMFor the next installment of our series on the Helix Review, we spoke with Jack Gunthridge, author of the romance novel “Broken Hearts Damaged Goods,” about his experiences with the Helix Review.

Tell us a bit about your book:

When Jack and Liselle find themselves having been cheated on, they decide to use each other to get over the heartache.  They would be each others rebound so that nobody else would get hurt.

How would you describe your writing style?

My writing style is very natural and conversational.  I want the readers to feel the experiences of the people in the book.  With a romance, I want the women to identify with the female lead and to fall in love with the male lead.

Why did you decide to submit your book for a Helix Review?

Since I am a male author writing romance novels, I wanted to see how I compared to the more traditionally published female authors.  I wanted to see how I was similar and how I could set myself apart.

What did you learn from Helix?

The Helix Review allowed me to see the normal range of the pacing of the genre I am working in.  Given this information, I can better determine if I am on track with other authors, or if I might want to increase my pacing.

How are you going to use what you learned?

I plan on looking at my books more and dissecting it differently than I would with normal editing where I look at spelling, grammar, punctuation, and making sure the ideas are presented clearly.  I can now look at making my works fit more into the genre.  I can also balance this with what makes me unique as a writer.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?

It is definitely worth the money.  It lets you know where you are as an author.  Are your sentences too long?  Are they too short?  Where do you fit in with other authors?  How are you different?  It helped to answer a lot of these questions.

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About the Helix Review:

Back in May we launched an experimental new offering called Helix, and dubbed it The Personality Test for Your Book. Helix is powered by The Book Genome Project, a massive database of over 100,000 of the world’s best-known books. And basically, it gives you a way to upload your manuscript and get back an incredibly rich and unbiased perspective on your book.

Lulu authors are currently using Helix to gain a better understanding of their book for marketing purposes, and in some cases to gain insight into their writing style. For the first time, we’ve caught up with some of the earliest Helix Review customers to hear more about their book and writing style and what they hoped to learn from Helix.

If you are an author that has used Helix and would like to be featured in the future, please tell us about your experience here.

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