Jemi felt a chill. She shivered. It was as if a damp shadow encased her. Frostiness, unlike anything she had known, seized her small frame. Even the chilly mornings of Dor could not match this sensation. The coolness of the recent rain did not come close to this frigid feeling. For the first time ever, fear of the unfamiliar filled Jemi. The air loomed with unknown gloom and darkness dropped about her.
Jemi’s head throbbed with pain. Worry filled her mind stealing away any peace God had for her. Hadn’t she just been walking along the coast of Dor staring out at TheGreat Sea on her way to collect water? She had hurried to the new well. It had been raining, raining hard. The merchant’s ships had arrived. Rezin asked her to see his camels. What had happened? Where was Dor?
She tried to lift her body from the ground. Pain seemed to flow like blood through her veins. She whimpered. Then with a slight moan prayed, “Dear God, I suffer and need your strength. Please, Lord, fill me with peace as you did for my ancestor Job.”
Jemi’s Noble Quest (Whispers of Messiah): Coming soon through Amazon Publishing
There has been a tread in the last few decades, yes young writers some of us have been penning words for a very long time, to write a book in first person. Let’s take a look at “why”.
Two older sources below gave some interesting points. Although, as a writer of third person fiction I don’t totally agree. I do however, understand what these sources are attempting to reveal.
The protagonist, the leading character of the book, easily can connect with the reader. Or should I say the reader can connect with the protagonist.
First Person Perks
The reader gets inside the characters head
The reader becomes the “I” in the story and has an emotional reaction
The reader becomes the character’s best friend
All these things are happening because there is no filter, a narrator. The reader attaches with the “I” character and doesn’t need to sit and listen. Or do they?
From 1884-2020 books have been written in first person. One of the oldest being The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
“He was sunshine most always-I mean he made it seem like good weather.”
Attractions to First Person
Comes across as a diary
Who doesn’t want to read a diary? Perhaps, that is the main attraction for writing in first person. It appears the larger audience who are interested in first person books are YA. Maybe in their youth they are struggling to find a future direction. Who knows?
What about third person books? Where do they stand?
From 1884-2020 books have been written in third person. An older example is from Little Women.
“There are many Beth’s in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”
Third Person Benefits
The narrator can float between characters
The reader can know the thoughts of multiple characters
The reader isn’t limited to one person’s point-of-view
“As the author of a novel, you get to decide who tells your story. Writing in the third-person point of view is like hearing an announcer call a sporting event—a narrator gives a play-by-play of the plot from an outside perspective.”
So who doesn’t want to be a sports narrator? Perhaps, the reader who wants to peek inside a diary. Both first and third person points-of-view have their place on the book shelf.
Will I change my writing to first person? I think not. I like the challenge of third person. It would drive me nuts to continue writing “I” this, “I” that or wherever“I” may lead. The only time I would consider first person book would be a children’s book.
It was ancient, their home, tall and stately. There they stood still staring through the veil of night. Waiting, wondering and watching each taking their turn while others rested.
It was said by many, “In their dreams they sleep with the moon.” But it was of no concern for soon break of day would come. Their silhouettes would stretch wide against cloudless sky.
Silently, with massive wings they would dive to feed. Raw carrion (caribou, cougar, coyote); it made no difference to the vultures. They had waited under a pale moon dreaming of this moment.
One may wonder of their care-free lifestyle. Perhaps if a day, week or year without the work of the messy vulture we would realize their need in our communities. There are stains upon the earth and it’s a vulture’s dirty job to do a janitor’s difficult work.
What’s in a book? Well, there’s a front, middle and back. When self-publishing an authors looks at a book in a whole new way. I came across the term Front Matter while going through KDP’s instructions. I thought, “What’s that?” It’s simple. Today I will explain the biology of a novel.
The Front Matter (first part of the book) can consists of: Title Page, Frontispiece, Accolades, Copyright Page, Dedication Page, Table of Contents, Epigraph, Preface and (or) Foreword. After all of that information an author won’t need to write a thing! Not every book has all the topics above. Some things to consider is what genre are you writing for, how much information do you want to share and what’s your personal choice? After all the book is being self-published, so the author isn’t stuck in a square peg if they happen to be a circle. There is no publisher to answer to or to help if you need questions answered.
Title Page, the full title with the author’s name as shown on the cover
Frontispiece: a illustration or photo opposite the title page on the left
Accolades: basically, quotes from notable people about your book… if you don’t know anyone popular don’t use them
Copyright Page: if you don’t have copyright yet, say pending
Dedication Page: the name of the person/persons the book is dedicated to and why
Table of Contents: chapters in your book and page numbers (it should list Front & Back Matter)
Epigraph: A quote regarding the subject matter (poem, song, another book, etc with permission)
Preface: the author’s note regarding the book (don’t give anything away!)
Forward: written by another person (scholar, friend, family member or someone popular)
The Body (second part of the book) is where the story takes place. But there can be extra things, including Prologue, Introduction, Chapters, Epilogue, Conclusion, and Afterword.
Prologue: used for fiction and sets the stage for your story
Introduction: used for nonfiction and tells of your subject matter
Chapters: hopefully, you have them already written
Epilogue: used for fiction and can wrap up the book (best used for series)
Conclusion: used for non-fiction and sums up the book’s main ideas
Afterword: any final thoughts
The Back Matter (the third and final part) which can contain Acknowledgements, About the Author, Copyright Permissions, Discussion Questions, Appendix, Chronology, Endnotes, Glossary, Index, or Bibliography List).
Acknowledgements: more “thank you’s” to those who helped
About the Author: a summary of your writing endeavors
Copyright Permissions: anything you’ve borrowed from another (song, poetry, artwork, etc)
Discussion Questions: academic prompts
Appendix: used for nonfiction to give updated information
Chronology: used in nonfiction (in other wards, timeline) of the list of events
Endnotes: supplementary notes mostly used in nonfiction
Glossary: definitions (words, characters or settings)
Index: specialty terms in alphabetical order
Bibliography: a list of research material used.
Does it seem overwhelming? Yep, but necessary if you decide to self-publish. This article was written by the help of Reedsy. Here is the original information…
A writer’s life is in a type of metamorphosis, as life passes by and years unfold a unique change has occurred in their writing skills. From poetry to prose, academics to artistry, or musing to marketing; all become steps toward transformation.
Writing skills are being edited as time reveals new voices in an author’s abilities. In some societies this is called progression; I’d like to think of it as a type of metamorphosis. Whether one believes in a God who over-sees all or some evaluation of life, there are changes happening daily.
It’s no different for a writer’s life. Maybe they began writing letters to a pen-pal or scribbling notes to a friend. Words grew until their skin became too tight. Then the word critter within had to be fed and fed and fed until it was fully satisfied. Finally, content with itself the writer’s words rests and waits for the next stage. While under its protective covering something special takes place. One day amazing emerges. What takes flight is a book author!
“Symbolism is the practice or art of using an object or a word to represent an abstract idea.”
“Symbolism is a literary device that uses symbols, be they words, people, marks, locations, or abstract ideas to represent something beyond the literal meaning.”
Do you remember your school years? I’m not talking about the new box of crayons, the smell of books, or even the new clothes your parents bought. Do you recall the new academic elements you struggled with and thought you’d never get a good hold on how they worked? Where did you turn? Of course an older sibling who achieved straight (A’s), your very-best friend who would do anything for you or your favorite teacher who spent time with you after school was out. Someone held your hand, that’s what Reedsy has been for me these last few weeks.
Reedsy has answered many questions for me. Granted I’m a newbie there, but so far I am advancing forward to my end goal of being self-published. What can they provide? Just about everything. In the weeks ahead I’ll cover their services. Does everything cost me something? Not everything, there are several free articles which can help a writer to understand the process of self-publishing. If an author chooses to acquire professional help Reedsy has it. That help comes in a multitude of services. All you need to do is request a service from five professionals out of several, wait for their quotes and pick who fits your needs best. I believe, Reedsy is an endlessly pool of help.
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By next month the cover to my book, Jemi’s Noble Quest, will be finished by a Reedsy book cover designer. I connected with her after requesting quotes from five different designers. At first, I was confused which way to go about picking the right fit for me. I prayed. One by one as I reviewed the individuals who I had requested (their bio, samples of their covers and quotes) I decided on the person I felt I could work with the best.
Stay tuned… I’m excited to share more about Reedsy in the weeks ahead. We’re on this adventure together!
“Oh, Kenziah, you worry too much.” Jemi looked eagerly about as she continued, “Smell the spices, and enjoy the colors before us. These are our people. This is our home village. Father is respected and honored here. We are descendants of Job, who was one of the wealthiest men of the Syrian Desert! Job was a man of great integrity just like our father. God will provide, as he did in the days of Job. His hand is upon us even in this time of difficulty. You need to have faith, sister.”
Who is Jemi?
How can Jemi be related to Job?
When difficulties come will God really help?
Jemi’s Crimson Shawl & Hints of the Light
A crimson shawl is a life-line to Jemi. Why is Kenziah so protective? What is this mysterious Light? Read the book and find out.
Jemi’s Noble Quest: Coming soon through Amazon Publishing