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

Should you Sell your eBook on Amazon or your Blog? - Jeffbullas's Blog | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it
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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7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books : Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn

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

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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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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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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/