Are you in a middle of a book project now? When writing a book, you often include quotes by other authors.
In today’s training, I am going to share a time-saving tip on how you can properly reference quotes inside your book.
Watch the Video Below:
Finding Appropriate Quotes for Your Book
I’m in the middle of a big book project, and I’ve talked a lot about it. It’s called Broken Crayons Still Color.
And what I want to share with you today is a tip on how to find the references for quotes that you want to include in your book.
If you’re going to include quotes in your book, you need to include references, and the references should include;
- The book
- Edition of the book, and;
- Where in the book the reference comes from
If you’re like me then you are the type to find references all over the place. And most of the time, you are not sure exactly how to locate where the quote is in the book. Sometimes, you maybe don’t even have the book yourself.
My mom was here recently and helped me with my first ColoradoWritingRetreat.com last weekend. She showed me this quick tip on Amazon. I’m going to show you a couple of things you can do if you have quotes that you want to reference in your books.
Finding Quotes on Good Reads
So first of all, you can start on Good Reads when looking for quotes. If you go over to Community tab and look at Quotes, you will find quotes from books that you want to include.
So I put in “Corrie ten Boom Hiding Place” and what it did is bring up popular quotes for Corrie ten Boom. These are quotes that were tagged with Hiding Place, or that are from the book Hiding Place.
And this is the quote that I’m looking for. I love this quote, and it is perfect with something I’m sharing in my book.
Using Amazon to do the Referencing
After finding the quote, let’s then go to Amazon and try to find where exactly in her book is this quote written. Look in the print book and not the Kindle book, so you don’t want to choose the Kindle Store. Come back up and choose Books.
I then chose Hiding Place and found Corrie ten Boom’s book on Amazon. Then you have to open it up. Make sure it’s the print version; you can see which version you’re on because it is highlighted here.
This is a great tip my mom shared with me. She’s a professor at a seminary for years and always had to have references for everything she shared.
She said she had always used this little Search Inside This Book option which I didn’t even know was there! It’s right
here on the left-hand side of the preview page.
So when I went and entered the exact quote that I was using, guess what? It t tells me that the exact quote is on page 12 of the Hiding Place. It is so amazing!
I don’t have to go to my library or buy the book! I can simply go to Amazon.com, go to the print copy of the book, and use this little Search Inside feature on the left-hand side. That way I can now accurately reference the quotes I’m using.
Isn’t it incredible?
If you have any questions on this please just leave it in the comments box, I would love to help you with it! I hope you found this tip valuable.
If you did, share it with your author friends because this is a time-saving tip and I’m so glad I found out about it. I’m excited to share more training and more tips with you soon.
Until next time!
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