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How to Write the Perfect First Page, Part 1 | Writing Rightly

How to Write the Perfect First Page, Part 1 | Writing Rightly | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it
Agents and readers alike make snap decisions based on the first page, so you better make it good!

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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 27, 2014 9:23 AM
Great Work, Penelope! Looking forward for Part 2. Thank you!
A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 27, 2014 2:23 PM

How many of you spend  hours on your first page.? We can always use a little help.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 27, 2014 11:45 PM

Yes, catching the reader's attention on the very first pages is primordial !

 

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9 Tips On How To Totally Crush Writer’s Block | Positive Writer

9 Tips On How To Totally Crush Writer’s Block | Positive Writer | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it
If you've ever been stuck, unable to write or at a loss for words, you'll want to read this.

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Penelope's curator insight, March 11, 2014 7:16 PM

 

Who of us hasn't suffered from writer's block?

 

Maybe you have a different term for it: stuck, burned out, or just plain uninspired? Whatever you call it, it stinks. Sitting down at the computer and the words just won't come? What's a writer to do?

 

The good news? If you've suffered from writer's block, you are a writer! Congratulations. So if you're not suffering, you're probably not writing.

 

There are nine actionable strategies in this article to to help us..and pronto!

 

1. Admit you get stuck from time to time.

2. Admit that it’s okay to get stuck.

3. Take a break.

4. Don’t self-deprecate!

5. Know that you’re better than you think you are.

6. Don’t describe yourself as a suffering artist.

7. Be audacious.

8. Accept discouragement as part of the writer’s life, but do not give in to despair.

9. Accept yourself (and your writing) as you are right now.

 

Sometimes writer's block is a sign that you are going to have a major breakthrough in your writing. Try to ride the tide,  break through that wave, and be assured you will reach the glorious shoreline.

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://positivewriter.com/writers-block/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PositiveWriter+%28Positive+Writer%29

Todd Bratcher's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:05 PM

Who of us hasn't suffered from writer's block? Maybe you have a different term for it: stuck, burned out, or just plain uninspired? Whatever you call it, it stinks. Sitting down at the computer and the words just won't come? What's a writer to do?

 The good news? If you've suffered from writer's block, you are a writer! Congratulations. So if you're not suffering, you're probably not writing. There are nine actionable strategies in this article to to help us..and pronto!

 

1. Admit you get stuck from time to time.

2. Admit that it’s okay to get stuck.

3. Take a break.

4. Don’t self-deprecate!

5. Know that you’re better than you think you are.

6. Don’t describe yourself as a suffering artist.

7. Be audacious.

8. Accept discouragement as part of the writer’s life, but do not give in to despair.

9. Accept yourself (and your writing) as you are right now.

 

Sometimes writer's block is a sign that you are going to have a major breakthrough in your writing. Try to ride the tide,  break through that wave, and be assured you will reach the glorious shoreline.

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Ten Myths about Writing - Writing Rightly

Ten Myths about Writing - Writing Rightly | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

"One thing I've noticed since I became serious about writing is that there are a lot of supposedly universal truths about writers, writing, and the business of publishing."


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Penelope's curator insight, January 20, 2014 10:56 PM

 

There are so many lists in the world of writing. Do this; don't do that. This one is a list of tenwith a few tongue-in-cheek's included. Read at the risk of laughter. We tend to need it after a long day of pecking away.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/14/ten-myths-about-writing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

 

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, January 21, 2014 7:12 PM

Really good article about the creative myths of success.

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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 | écrire et être publié | 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, 2014 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, 2014 2:11 AM

love writing what you love

♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, May 6, 2014 5:45 PM

Writing is love

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Should you Sell your eBook on Amazon or your Blog? - Jeffbullas's Blog

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Selling ebooks are maybe the biggest opportunity for a blogger to make money. But should you sell your ebook on Amazon or your blog? Here are some insights.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:38 PM

 

Jeff Bullas has given self-publishers some food for thought about whether to sell our books via Amazon or our own blog. He also gives some key steps on just what it takes to write an e-book.

 

He says if you can write a blog post you can write an e-book. I tend to agree with him on that point. However, you will need to possess more patience to continue writing and actually completing an book, versus a 500 word blog post.

 

Myself? I spent literally two years studying up on all the aspects of self-publishing. There may be some who pick it up a lot faster than this. However, I wanted to study all the ins and outs, pros and cons. There is a lot of planning that goes on before the actual writing.

 

Okay, so should you sell your book via Amazon or on your website? It's really up to you. Unless you have a blog or website that currently has gangbuster traffic, start with Amazon for the traction. You can always move your product to your own site at any time.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/10/08/should-you-sell-your-ebook-on-amazon-or-your-blog/

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17 Famous Quotes On Writing That Every Wannabe Author Should Memorize - Writing Rightly

17 Famous Quotes On Writing That Every Wannabe Author Should Memorize - Writing Rightly | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

17 quotes from famous authors about how to write well, including how to start a story, choose the right words, and edit it.


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Penelope's curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:30 PM

 

Quotes are little gems for the day that can keep us going and spark our writing. Served up to you on a silver platter are 17 juicy morsels from famous authors. We have quotes on:

 

o Getting started

o Word choice and punctuation

o Story development

o Editing

o and why Simplicity is always key.

 

Here are a few:

 

“Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at  your own joke.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby"

 

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”

 - Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451"

 

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”

 - Mark  Twain, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

Check out the article for more thought-provoking quotes to keep you writing!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.businessinsider.com/quotes-on-writing-from-famous-authors-2013-9

 

 

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Mining Your Central Plot Nugget: A Lesson In Writing From John Grisham

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Writing for any reason is fantastic but if you want to write a story that people actually want to buy and read, then you have to consider issues around story structure, plot, character and the other tools of fiction. "


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Penelope's curator insight, July 19, 2013 2:58 PM

 

If you are writing an ebook, the writing part does not change from that of a traditional book. Good writing might get you a few sales, but fantastic writing will put your book in the Amazon spotlight.

 

One of my favorite authors--who I consider the master of plotlines--is John Grisham. His neighbor, and writer of this article, was a fledgling writer and fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of Mr. Grisham.

 

We are going to learn one of the lessons he gleaned at the master's feet: a lesson in mining the central plot nugget. What is the secret? Sit up and listen closely.

 

1) Find the KEY idea. One that can be expressed in a single sentence. If you can't do that, trash it, and move on.

 

2) Craft an OUTLINE. Don't rush this process. This student's outline took an entire year!

 

3) WHAT is the book really ABOUT? Find the locus of your plot. Toss away everything until you get to the core. Peel away the layers of the onion. You've got to mine that central plot nugget, zero in on it, or your novel will wander all over the place.

 

As authors, we love to write. We want readers and we want them to love our books. Why write if you are going to write meandering messes? Personally, I want to write books that compel, excite and provoke.

 

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/06/30/mining-your-central-plot-nugget/

 

 

 

Jacques Goyette's comment, July 25, 2013 8:31 PM
At first, you may start with a general idea, not a key one, such as : what could happen when... or if ... And then it becomes clearer as you write on. And it is the same with the general outline which clarifies as you progress.
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Shut up and write the book! 

Shut up and write the book!  | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

I’m working on the followup to Steal Like An Artist, my book about how to be more creative in the digital age."


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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:27 PM

For me, it would be more « stop socializing and write the book » !

Penelope's comment, July 2, 2013 3:33 PM
Ok, Jacques! Now get off twitter and go write now! ;)
MHB Numerik's curator insight, July 9, 2013 3:42 AM

Conseils très judicieux. "Stop researching" est celui qui me  semble le + urgent de suivre, en ce qui me concerne ;)

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7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books : Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn

7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books : Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

Today we’re delighted to invite guest blogger Karen Rowe to Spirit Authors. Karen is a ghostwriter and editor who works with non-fiction authors. Today she “tells it like it is” about the many ways authors deceive themselves.

 

It takes an average of about 400 hours to write a book. That’s a lot of time and effort. I’ve had many authors approach me who have poured blood, sweat and tears into a manuscript without the first clue how to get their book edited and published properly and out to the masses. Others have published their book without one ounce of marketing. And it has flopped. When I asked them about this, I find that they’ve been making assumptions based on myths they believe about the publishing industry.


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Penelope's comment, June 11, 2013 10:04 PM
Too funny, Jacques! Love it! ;)
Jacques Goyette's comment, June 11, 2013 10:48 PM
or maybe «True Lies», but that title's already taken !
Penelope's comment, June 11, 2013 11:12 PM
That was a great movie with, Ahrnold!
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DON'T TALK ABOUT IT---Drive the Flaw to the Surface for Great Fiction

DON'T TALK ABOUT IT---Drive the Flaw to the Surface for Great Fiction | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

This can be easier when the plot problem is clearer. In murder mysteries, the goal is to find the killer. In thrillers? Locate the terrorists and stop the bomb. But what about the more existential stuff?"


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Penelope's curator insight, May 24, 2013 1:41 PM

 

 

Don't be easy on your protagonist. Drive their demons to the surface. People don't want to read about the weather. They want to read about the struggles of your hero or heroine. What is the problem they need to solve? What are they fighting against? How do they dig themselves out of the hole they, as the antagonist, have put themselves in?

 

Characters want something, and the deeper the want, the more compelling the drama. Desire is the crucible that forges character because it intrinsically creates conflict.

 

Great questions to keep in mind as you are writing.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/dont-talk-about-it-drive-the-flaw-to-the-surface-for-great-fiction/

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 25, 2013 8:39 PM

Right. But also, don't exaggerate. We don't want to learn about their favorite breakfast cereal, or heir regular AA meetings ! A traumatic event is ok to mention, but once is enough, we get it ! No need to remind us about it when the character is dreaming, getting to work, having his cereal breakfast ...  

Penelope's comment, May 28, 2013 1:45 PM
I agree with that analysis, Jacques. Get to the point, right?
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Successful Self-Publishing Authors Are Entrepreneurs | The Alliance of Independent Authors's Blog.

Successful Self-Publishing Authors Are Entrepreneurs |  The Alliance of Independent Authors's Blog. | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

What entrepreneurs and self-publishing indie authors have in common."


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Penelope's curator insight, May 7, 2013 6:51 PM

 

Self Publishing Authors = Entrepreneurs.

 

The sooner indie authors begin to see themselves as entrepreneurs, the sooner they can make headway (on their own terms) with their writing futures.

 

This is second-nature to me, and I suppose I take it a bit for granted, since I have lived with an entrepreneur for a quarter of a century. I have watched him build companies from the ground up with absolutely nothing.

 

Compare self-publishing tasks with tasks of the classic entrepreneur, and they are no different. Writing a book and marketing said book is no different than creating a product or company and sending it to market.

 

As a writer and self-publisher, you must realize that you have now become an entrepreneur. An edit to your manuscript may not be what's needed--it may be an edited perspective.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/successful-self-publishing-authors-are-entrepreneurs/

 

 

 

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Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly

Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

I spent the morning working with a very talented writer. An extremely well-placed agent had recently rejected her manuscript, but told her that he’d be happy to consider a revision, or anything else...


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Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, March 14, 2014 6:19 PM

via Penelope

 

♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, March 15, 2014 12:27 PM

Everyone has a story!

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 15, 2014 8:46 PM

Great article Penelope ! Congrats !

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The Report – Author Earnings | Writing for Kindle

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Hugh Howey, Best-selling author of "Wool" and "Dust" blows the lid off Amazon author earnings.


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Penelope's curator insight, February 13, 2014 8:14 PM

 

The self-publishing community is all abuzz.  Hugh Howey's latest report on author earnings is creating quite stir. Why?

 

Here are some statistics that might blow away the uninformed:

 

o  Most readers don’t know and don’t care how the books they read are published.

 

o   Indie and small-publisher titles dominate the bestselling genres on Amazon.

 

o  Indie authors are outselling the Big Five. That’s the entire Big Five. Combined.

 

o  86% of the top 2,500 genre fiction bestsellers in the overall Amazon store are e-books.

 

o  Self-published authors on Amazon’s platform keep 70% of the total purchase price.

 

o  It is also worth noting again that self-published authors are earning more money on fewer titles.

 

o  More writers today are paying bills with their craft than at any other time in human history.

 

o  Our data suggests that even stellar manuscripts are better off self-published.

 

o  There are no short cuts, just a lot of effort and a lot of luck.

 

Do you think you have a self-published book inside of you screaming to be written? This is a long report, but well worth the time. These stats from Hugh might be the push you need.

 

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://authorearnings.com/the-report/

 

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Will NaNoWriMo Help You Publish A Novel? Why This Self-Published Author Thinks It Will

Will NaNoWriMo Help You Publish A Novel? Why This Self-Published Author Thinks It Will | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

Fantasty writer Chele Cooke makes a great case for aspiring self-published authors to use NaNoWriMo as a stepping-stone to publishing a novel - as she did for her  debut novel, Dead and Buryd."


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Penelope's curator insight, November 6, 2013 7:25 PM

 

Do you need a kick in the pants to get your novel written and published? This author thinks NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) may be just the kick you need.

 

You have one month to write and finish a 50K word novel. I'm signed up with the NaNo website, but just use it as a personal kickstarter to get one novel finished and restart a stalled one.

 

If you need a fire under your britches, sign up and see where it leads you. You may just get your novel published in time for Christmas!

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/will-nanowrimo-help-you-publish-a-novel-why-this-self-published-author-thinks-it-will/#comment-143424

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10 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo - Writing Rightly

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10 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo

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Penelope's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:46 AM

 

In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I'm posting this informative (and amusing) article from the NaNoWriMo blog.

 

I have been signed up with NaNoWriMo for the past four years, but have not gone through process. For someone who needs a kick in the pants, this might be your gig.

 

Some of the 10 reasons you should frantically push through November and get a 50,000 word novel written?

 

o You love to write - what better reason!

o You have  story just burning to be told

o You want to escape chilly winters of the Northern Hemisphere

o You want to escape sunburns of the Southern Hemisphere

 

Read the post for the other six tips, and get started on your novel--today! You now have 24 days left to finish. Ready, set, go!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/32671611607/10-reasons-you-should-do-nanowrimo

 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 6, 2013 10:13 PM

Come on, you know you want to write.

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10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives

10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives | écrire et être publié | 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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10 Writing Tips From Joyce Carol Oates - Writing Rightly

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Joyce Carol Oates is one of our favorite writers and writing personalities. A prolific tweeter, the 75 year old today put out 10 pieces of great advice for writing on her Twitter account.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 19, 2013 2:11 PM

 

What is the old saying? To be successful, follow the advice of successful people. It is easy to search out the advice, but if it is not applied, then it becomes worthless.

 

One of the world's foremost authors, Joyce Carol Oates, dishes out some quick advice via one of my favorite social mediums: Twitter. These top ten countdown tips (ala David Letterman style) are short and actionable enough for anyone to implement.

 

Writers have heard many of them before, but there are some new ones. How about #4? Keep in mind Oscar Wilde: "A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/18/joyce-carol-oates-writing_n_3617152.html?utm_hp_ref=books

 

 

 

 

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Key Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book

Key Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

From the article intro: "Inspiration hits. The light bulb goes on. You’ve got a passion, and you pursue it.

 

You see a need, and you fill it. There’s a question, and you answer it. You have a purpose, and you fulfill it.

 

These are all great reasons to begin writing a nonfiction book. And most writers, when struck by a good idea and the desire to write, simply begin writing.

 

However, an even better reason exists to take a bit of time before you beginning writing to evaluate your idea—at least if you want your book to be successful.

 

Evaluate? I can hear you groaning. No one wants to evaluate anything, especially that book idea you are so psyched about.

 

If you simply want to write the book of your heart and you don’t care how many copies you sell, great. Go for it.

 

If you want to write a successful book, meaning one that sells to lots of readers or to a traditional publisher and to lots of readers, however, it behooves you to take the time to consider if your idea is a good one by industry standards.

 

To do this, I suggest you discover nine things about your book idea. Once you have this information, you’ll know if your book has a chance of success."

 

Useful for beginners. 7/10

 

Full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/05/write-a-non-fiction-book/ ;


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Penelope's curator insight, July 5, 2013 3:27 PM

 

Very good advice before you attempt to step off into the precipice of the ebook publishing world.

 

How many authors have spent months and months on a book--only to find out it doesn't sell because people don't care? Too numerous to mention. Get the facts, analyze and then begin your writing.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/05/write-a-non-fiction-book/

 

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How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First

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I've christened May the How To Sell Self-Published Books Month here on Catherine, Caffeinated, but before we get into the nuts and bolts of marketing and promoting your book, we need to have a little tough love session first..."


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Penelope's curator insight, June 11, 2013 10:23 PM

 

Cower down and prepare to be chastised by the caffeinated Catherine. She'll tell you what you need to do to self-publish, but first she's going to give it to you from the School of Hard Knocks.

 

Let's sum it up, shall we? Then you can go read the full article for yourself:

 

1) By Default, NO ONE CARES about your book - This is sad, but true. Check out the bin of $1 books at Dollar Tree

 

2) Your book is a PRODUCT, and it had better work - It's a business! Forget the romance side of it. Keep that in your books.

 

3) Social Media is about CONNECTION - People don't want to be sold to. A presence online takes time to build, so don't tick 'em off the first day.

 

4) You can't sell NEW concepts with OLD Ways - If it's for sale online, then promote it online. John Locke did not become that million book seller until he "focused" on online promotion.

 

5) You are NOT the next AMANDA HOCKING - You must work HARD. You may not hit the big time, but you can still sell some books.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://catherineryanhoward.com/2012/05/05/how-to-sell-self-published-books-read-this-first/

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:16 PM

Very good advice to consider before self-publishing.

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5 Common Mistakes that Will KILL Your Novel

5 Common Mistakes that Will KILL Your Novel | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

Even literary fiction involves some outside force that is causing the contemplation, depression, rebellion, etc...


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Penelope's curator insight, May 31, 2013 3:47 PM

 

Some interesting points to keep in mind to keep your readers reading. You don't want them to become bored, so each scene needs to move the plot forward. If it starts dragging, so does the reader.  Keep these points close by when writing. These are 5 common problems to new writers of fiction:

 

#1 No Core Antagonist (No BBT)— creates a "soap opera effect"

#2 Antagonist is a Caricature—leave the mustache twirlers to cartoons

#3 Antagonist is Weak—should present BIG stakes for protagonist

#4 Not Enough Scene Antagonists—in other words, more than one

#5 No Scene Antagonist—every scene must have dramatic tension

 

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Link to the original article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/5-common-mistakes-that-will-kill-your-novel/

 

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Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue

Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

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Penelope's curator insight, May 21, 2013 12:15 AM

 

Yackety Yak. Blah Blah Blah. We talk every day and in every way. Is it always effective talking? Not really. But when it comes to our writing of dialogue inside of our stories, it better be.

 

When a writer goes on for a page or two or three describing what kind of coffee a character is going to order at the cafe, my eyes start to roll back in my head, and I am more than likely to slam the door on that story.

 

Dialogue is war! If you write dialogue--make it tight--and make it right! Make sure it is going to advance your story. I am still basking in the "afterglow" of all of the wonderful dialogue and storytelling from the remake of the "Great Gatsby" movie. Ah, but that is a post for another day.

 

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Link to the original article: http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2010/08/tips-for-writing-effective-dialogue.html

 

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

very instructive advice. De bons conseils pour écrire des dialogues réalistes.

Penelope's comment, May 21, 2013 3:17 PM
Merci'!
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27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors

27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it
Celebrated authors, editors and illustrators write advice to young writers on their hands for " Shared Worlds ," a two-week creative writing summer camp at Wofford College.

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:41 PM

Very good advice from bestselling authors.

Jacques Goyette's comment, April 26, 2013 7:56 PM
A lot of people seem to appreciate this article. Keep up the good work Penelope.
Penelope's comment, April 26, 2013 9:48 PM
Thanks, Jacques! These articles are fun to seek out and read! :)