On October 30, 2013 Amazon.com announced that it would begin offering a digital literary journal weekly. Their plan is to publish fiction-including work from debut authors and stories from around the world translated into English-and poetry. Day One will showcase one writer and one poet per week. Day One will be priced at $19.99 a year and publish direct to Kindle or the Kindle app. You can learn more about this brand new literary effort by Amazon here.
Are you sitting and staring at a blank notebook on your desk? It’s a common problem among writers. You’ll find lots of advice on how to outwit the dreaded writer’s block but here’s an idea that may be new to you. Instead of starting at the beginning of your book start at the end. Pretend your book is in your publisher’s hand and they are asking you to write the book jacket copy. You’ll need to write something concise and intriguing to get readers to buy your book. You might want to do some research first by reading the jacket copy of books in your genre. Don’t agonize over this exercise… it’s meant only to stimulate you to write a brief outline of your plot. Once you have this done go back to that blank notebook and use this copy to outline your book. You’ll find it much easier to get started in outwiting writer’s block.
“People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.”
― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors
From the author of “The Author’s Quick Guides…” comes an interesting article about critical book reviews. Every author has received a critical book review at one time or another. Our first inclination is to feel upset and think “How dare they…” but truly what an author should feel is gratitude. No book is perfect and a critical review can help an author pinpoint his or her imperfections and weak spots so that they can either revise the book or do a better job with the next book.
The moral of the story is to be grateful for a critical book review and ecstatic about a positive book review. Both have a place in the life of an author. To read the entire article click “Why Critical Reviews are Good for Your Book“.
The “Author’s Quick Guide to Engaging Your Fan Base” is an e-book for Kindle written by Kristen Eckstein, the Ultimate Book Coach. From the description of the book Eckstein says “The secret to engaging your fan base is to help them, and help them profitably. By helping them invest in themselves, you’re giving them an incentive to change their world and achieve their dreams. Engaging your fan base in this way will ensure their ongoing support of you in the future. It’s the foundation to an amazing and brilliant relationship!”
This affordable e-book is just one of many written by the author to help you sell more books!
Penny C. Sansevieri of Author and CEO, Marketing Experts, Inc. discusses the ins and outs of selling your book in bulk in the article “Courting Catalogs and Bulk Sales”. What we got out of the article is that to sell your books in bulk you need to think creatively. The other issue to keep in mind is that bulk purchases can take time so be patient. To read the entire article yourself click “Courting Catalogs and Bulk Sales“.
Thanks to Daily Writing Tips and author Ali Hale we have an excellent article about 25 different writing software packages for writers. It’s true that you can use your pen or pencil and paper or your laptop but writing software offers so many perks that it may be worth your time and/or money. Read “25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About“!
Watch this video from award-winning author, and master writing instructor Mary Carroll Moore. She teaches the storyboarding technique. You’ll learn:
How a storyboard designs your book’s flow of chapters and ideas
How to handle your book’s creative tension
—and avoid writer’s block
Why you can throw away your outline
—random writing leads to perfectly linked chapters
Join Nick on Write Hacked (formerly Live Hacked) as he shares his marketing plan for a self-published book. There is quite a lot of detail in the over 4,000 words so you can save it to your computer or register for the newsletter and get a ready to read downloaded copy. The best thing about this marketing plan is not only the detail but the emphasis on starting your marketing plan before your book is published. You can read the entire post here.
“Vernon Downs” by Jaime Clarke will be available in December from his small publisher Roundabout Press. Clarke says that the book will be available on Amazon.com in April of 2o14 but he doesn’t want readers to buy it from Amazon.com then or now. As publishers know Amazon.com offers such discount prices on books that there is little left for the publisher or the author. Buying directly from the publisher means the publisher, and author, will make more money.
We want to know if this will become the trend. We all love getting discounted books from Amazon.com but publishing companies and book stores have suffered and/or closed because of this. What can we all do to change this?
November is “National Novel Writing Month”. If you have been struggling to finish your novel then this month is the time to do it! Not only can you finish your novel but if you finish in November you can have it up on Kindle and Nook for Christmas. If you need some help sign up for “NaNoWriMo“. You’ll get daily reminders and lots of encouragement for FREE! You can’t beat that with a stick! Click the link to join.
Thanks to Daily Writing Tips we have a great article “7 Types of Headline Headaches“. Authors often spend more time on creating their headlines or chapter headings than they do while actually writing. News sites are particularly guilty of using confusing or inaccurate headlines. In his article Mark Nichol says “However, in publications that are not carefully edited, especially on post-it-right-now websites, headlines can invite the wrong kind of curiosity, combined with confusion or derision, when they’re published with errors. This post examines various types of common mistakes.” To read the entire article click the link above!
This new book by author S.J. Scott is available only for the Kindle but given that you can read Kindle books on other devices might be a good resource for authors. The goal of the author is to get you writing 2,000 every day of the week.
The author says “Do you struggle to write every day? Many people dream of becoming a successful author, but can’t *find* the time to write. The truth is this: Great writers don’t have more time than you do. They make time to write. Not only do they make time, they also follow specific routines that help them avoid writer’s block altogether. By developing the “writing habit” you’ll have the confidence to sit down in front of a computer every day, knowing the words will come.”
Click the book image to learn more!
Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn has written an article from information included in Stephen King’s book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft“. He offers seven tips from King including “Everything Begins With Rejection”, “Master the Fundamentals Of Writing” and “Always Be Honest”.
Our favorite quote from the article is “To be a good writer, you must master the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and style. Use only the vocabulary that you feel most comfortable with. Know your grammar.” Too many authors forget the basics of good writing because they see badly written books like “50 Shades Of Gray” selling millions of copies and getting made into a movie. This book was the exception to the rule and writers need to understand this.
Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Readers can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.
This book is really for people who want to sell what they write. This book is particularly helpful for new writers but will also help writers who haven’t been able to get sales.
A client forwarded this article to us today. You’ll love “7 Things Authors Can Do While Waiting for A Book to Be Published” by Shelley Hitz on The Future of Ink Blog. Shelley gives us seven things to do while our book is awaiting publishing. For self published authors you can work on these items while you’re writing the book or better yet hire a Virtual Assistant to do this grunt work for you. To read the full article click the link in the title above!
To help potential readers bond with you be open about your life, your past and your dreams. Don’t reveal information that would be damaging, obviously but help people see the best in you. Even if you write about business talk about your hobbies. Got a passion for golf, chess or animal rescue? Talk about that too. Nothing is irrelevant if it gives potential readers an insight into how your mind works. Dozens of famous authors like John Locke and Amanda Hocking shared themselves with potential and current readers and it helped them sell books. It can work for you too.
The Writer’s Block: Living a Writer’s Life blog has a mini Q&A with author Wendy Call from the upcoming book “Everyday Book Marketing“. Wendy discusses her book, book promotion and gives advice for new writers. Our favorite quote is “This is no time to be shy. Nor humble. Put yourself out there; push yourself a bit past your comfort zone.” All writers should heed this advice and learn to become their own best supporter. You can read the Q&A here.
Amazon.com has started cracking down on authors who publish erotica. This popular niche has blossomed in the past year with writers literally coming out of the woodwork to write these racy tomes. In the past Amazon.com published any and all original erotica stories but a backlash has started. In an effort to clean up their catalog some erotica stories are getting unpublished and blocked.
According to erotica authors there are ways to avoid having this happen. The key is to create an inoffensive cover, title and cover. Then add a disclaimer to the description about the book contents. If this doesn’t work pick up the phone and call Amazon.com. Many authors are reporting that a simple phone call can clear up many problems.
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Marie Force, has conducted a survey and announced the results in her blog post “The Readers Sound Off! How They Read, What They Like and Where They Find Us”. 2,951 people replied to the 44 questions in June of 2013 so the data is still very new. To read the results of the survey read “The Readers Sound Off“.