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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell--Don't Show--and Write More of What You Love! PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell--Don't Show--and Write More of What You Love! PHILOSBOOKS | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 3, 12:14 AM
Perhaps love, as you wrote and they sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGIfE9uhxSE - will port you out of the sick mood. As to my "stopping", old love doesn't rust, explains.
Ali Anani's curator insight, April 30, 2:11 AM

love writing what you love

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Writing is love

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10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives

10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Bestseller Hugh Howey offers a list of tips that tend to surprise new writers, particularly those who are self-publishing or considering it.

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Penelope's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:02 PM

 

Aspiring and even self-published authors are inundated with so much information coming at us at the speed of light; it sometimes feels as if our heads will explode.

 

Bestselling author, Hugh Howey, gives us some more great advice to chew on, and attempt to cram into our cranial. Some has been rehashed, but we can all use a refresher. Here is a quick summary:

 

 1.   Asking people to buy your book doesn’t work.

 2.   The people who sell your books are your existing readers.

 3.   There is no promotion as strong as writing the next book.

 4.   An undiscovered book remains fresh and new.

 5.   Give your books away. You need to build up a fan base.

 6.   A good agent is your best friend.

 7.   An email list is more powerful than Twitter or Instagram.

 8.   Videos are worth a million words.

 9.   Be yourself.

10.  Authors are not in competition with one another.

 

Remember, BIC (butt in chair). Keep writing, then there will be books to promote.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

 Link to the full article: http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/09/10-counterintuitive-tips-for-self-publishers/comment-page-1/#comment-309414

 

 

 

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11 Visual Exercises - Turn Book Dreams into a Published Book! - PHILOSBOOKS

11 Visual Exercises - Turn Book Dreams into a Published Book! - PHILOSBOOKS | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"Some easy tips to help you turn your book dreams into published book reality."


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Penelope's curator insight, October 11, 2013 7:38 PM

 

I speak to many aspiring authors who are just downright afraid to write and publish. They feel that they have nothing worthwhile to share with the world.

 

If you have the God-given desire to write--then you must at least try! Don't live a woulda, coulda, shoulda life.

 

This article shares some tips to help those people stop dreaming and start writing and publishing. The steps are simple, but it may just be what turns "aspiring" into "publishing."

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

 Link to the full article: http://philosbooks.com/10-visual-exercises-turn-book-dreams-published-book/

 

 

 

 

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Why Slow is Good - Writing for Kindle

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Penelope's curator insight, August 28, 2013 7:48 PM

 

This article made me smile, and I believe it is something that newly minted self-published authors need to hear. The Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking stories are few are far between. Quick riches is not the status quo on Amazon. Slow and steady wins the race.

 

August Wainwright sheds some sensible light on sustainable growth. It is possible to make a decent living from your books, but it most likely won't happen overnight. He puts himself up for display as an example of an author who has had book sales, but would be considered a failure by the world's standards. However, his books are selling--and the numbers continue to rise. This is success.

 

He makes mention of Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers." A common theme that appears throughout Outliers is the "10,000-Hour Rule." Gladwell claims that greatness requires enormous time, using the source of The Beatles' musical talents and Gates' computer savvy as examples.

 

Remember, your books remain on the Amazon shelves and through time and additional books published, promoted, new fans made; sales can pick up speed. Most series don’t find success until at least the third book. Most authors don’t find success for the first few years, maybe even the first decade. Keep writing and keep publishing.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

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http://www.norulesjustwrite.com/why-slow-is-good/

 

Jacques Goyette's comment, August 29, 2013 5:22 PM
Most series don't find success until at least the 3rd book ! Good to know if you're heading that way.