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Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing & the Creative Life

Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing & the Creative Life | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"It is in the thousands of days of trying, failing, sitting, thinking, resisting, dreaming, raveling, unraveling that we are at our most engaged, alert, alive."


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Penelope's curator insight, October 22, 2013 9:52 PM

 

There is a mysterious and thought-provoking question; why do people want to write?

 

The answers are as varied as the individual writers themselves. The soul stirs, quickens, when pen is put to paper or fingers fly on the keyboard.

 

The writer's life is greatly romanticized. However, it requires grit. The truth is it can be very lonely. Take heed--if you choose this writer's life--you must drown in it.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/21/still-writing-dani-shapiro/

 

 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 25, 2013 8:30 AM

So many of these quotes resonated with me. Here's one: "The British author and psychologist Adam Phillips has noted, “When we are inspired, rather like when we are in love, we can feel both unintelligible to ourselves and most truly ourselves.” This is the feeling I think we all yearn for, a kind of hyperreal dream state."

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The Secrets of How to Write Short | TIME.com

The Secrets of How to Write Short | TIME.com | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"America's writing coach" explains how to artfully write a tweet, epitaph or ransom note."


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Penelope's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:41 PM

 

Brevity is beautiful.

 

Short is the new hot.

 

Polish your prose.

 

Land your keyword at the end.

 

Read on for the secrets.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/14/the-secrets-of-how-to-write-short/

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30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers

30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers | Education and Training | Scoop.it

The revered sage Frank Sinatra once said, "The best revenge is massive success."


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Penelope's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:03 PM

 

Have you ever felt the sting of rejection by publishers, family or friends? If so, you are in good company. Reading through some of these rude rejections experienced by 30 famous writers should give you the fortitude you need to keep on writing and publishing.

 

Famous authors such as:

 

George Orwell.  One publisher rejected Mr. Orwell's submission, Animal Farm, with these words:

 

It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA. 

 

And this one about one of my favorite authors: John Grisham. Mr. Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, was rejected by a dozen publishers and 16 agents before breaking into print and launching Mr. Grisham's best-selling career. 

 

Write on! 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.examiner.com/article/30-famous-authors-whose-works-were-rejected-repeatedly-and-sometimes-rudely-by-publishers

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The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) | WritersDigest.com

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) | WritersDigest.com | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Start your revision by addressing these, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.

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Jacques Goyette's comment, August 22, 2013 6:59 PM
I believe my writing to be exempt of these mistakes ! Reassuring !
Penelope's comment, August 22, 2013 8:05 PM
Same here! Mine is utterly perfect! ha!
Jacques Goyette's comment, August 22, 2013 9:02 PM
Ah,ah,ah ! That's the spirit !
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The Book Marketing Maze (Part 2) | Bestseller Labs

The Book Marketing Maze (Part 2) | Bestseller Labs | Education and Training | Scoop.it
11 MORE common book marketing mistakes that can cost sales. How to fix them and substantially increase sales. (Part two.)

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Penelope's curator insight, August 12, 2013 11:23 PM

 

Book Marketing. How do I count the ways?

 

Authors are confused about how to market their books, and rightfully so. It seems like an endless black hole of tips, tricks, and methods. Calling it a maze is right on! Some are so confused by it all, that they just don't do any marketing; this is a mistake.

 

This article is part two of an excellent guide for authors--help to navigate their way out of the maze. If you're stuck, begin with the first article, and then continue on with this one for 22 wrong turns to avoid.

 

Wrong turns such as:

 

o Hiding - Other authors can be support, not competition

o Ignoring your fans - Interact and communicate. They're people, too.

o Aiming for one big hit - Grow your career. It's a business.

o Build your blog - All authors need one.

o Unprofessional presentation - Please check for errors!

 

Write the very best book you possibly can. This is a marathon--not a sprint-- and read the article for 7 more great tips on wrong turns to avoid.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://bestsellerlabs.com/the-book-marketing-maze-part-2/

 

 

 

Jacques Goyette's comment, August 14, 2013 9:23 PM
It really is a maze and Penelope provides good advice to get out of it !
Penelope's comment, August 14, 2013 10:08 PM
Thanks, Jacques. Jonathan provided the article, and I shared it! Glad you liked it.
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You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself

You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself | Education and Training | Scoop.it
You love writing, the process of developing a story idea, fleshing out the characters, “drawing” the setting with your words and crafting the best story that was ever written. Dreams of top awards dance in your head – hold on right there.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:53 PM

 

Whoa, horsey. Before you start envisioning the writing awards that are going to grace your mantle, start at the beginning. If you have chosen "writing" as your profession of choice, then be a "writer," and write! The more you write, the more prolific you become. That should be a given--unless you are meant to be in some other profession. 

 

In any type of business, the company will usually send you to classes to learn different aspects of your job and improve your skills. When I worked for a major computer company, I had to stay over in Chicago for two entire weeks to learn about all the ins and outs of computer hardware. Yawn. Not my strong suit, to be sure, but it was important to my career, nonetheless.

 

Find ways to improve your craft. My Kindle is currently full of "how to" books on creating characters, plotting or writing faster. I just read a fantastic book called "2K-10K," where the author kept meticulous records of when and how many words she wrote, and came up with a simple, but profound method for increasing her output. It opened my eyes.

 

Another easy tip? I just interviewed an award-winning children's author who found a method that worked for her to zoom her writing along. Whenever she hit a snag, and wasn't sure what to write, she filled it up with XXXXXXX's and came back to fill in later. Ingenius!

 

Find your own writing shortcuts, implement them, and those awards will be gracing your mantle before you know it.

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://authormingle.com/writing-tips-and-techniques/youre-a-writer-make-it-easy-on-yourself/

Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:20 PM

some warm encouraging advice for getting past those writer's block blues ... with quotes from Hemingway.

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How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started) | Education and Training | Scoop.it

I'm not going to tell you that you should write every single day, nor am I going to list out reasons that would make my arguments general enough for everyone."


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Penelope's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:29 PM

 

This author makes the case for writing every day and I have to agree with him. Some of the ways that writing can help us:

 

o Writing Helps with RECALL - Remember inportant details

o Writing Keeps Me IN CHECK - Manage your feelings

o Writing Helps Me Share My THOUGHTS - Just get it out!

o Writing Helps Me COMMUNICATE in Life - Become more eloquent

o Writing is REWARDING - Satisfcation from finishing something

 

However, where we part ways in the "how" of the writing. He found that he wrote better and more easily with an app called "Day One" http://dayoneapp.com for the iphone. I personally still like my trusty journal and the feel of the pen to the page. There is no one way to write--just do what feels right to you!

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://lifehacker.com/how-writing-regularly-changed-my-life-and-how-you-can-746865755

 

 

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101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams | Your Writer Platform

101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams | Your Writer Platform | Education and Training | Scoop.it
What does it really take to build a writer platform? Learn the most important aspect to building your writer platform, and 101 quick ways to get started.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 8, 2013 4:09 PM

 

This creative article is like handing you a writer's "promotion bible." Scan down the list to see how many things you have already stocked in your arsenal. For the actions you haven't yet taken, don't fret, but just gradually add in one new one each day, or if that is too overwhelming in your already bulging to-do list, make it one new one per week.

 

Ones I especially like? Get some business advice and offer your advice and expertise on writing forums.

 

Enjoy!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/actions-to-build-writer-platform/

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Why a free chapter is a lousy thing to give away if you want to sell a book

Why a free chapter is a lousy thing to give away if you want to sell a book | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"The days of being teased are over. Do we really want to play the warehouse food sample game?"


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Penelope's curator insight, June 27, 2013 11:56 AM

 

Quite a few authors are giving away a free chapter to their work on their blog or other writing sites. These sites are hoping to be the place where the author first shelved parts of their mega best-seller.

 

The problem? If your book is on Amazon they already provide a free sample download, so are you providing any extra value? I don't believe so.

 

If you are using a free chapter givewaway to get an e-mail address, so be it. You are creating a relationship with your reader, and that is a good thing. Maybe instead you should give away an audio sample instead of the written sample. Get creative with this, and use the giveaway before the launch of your book to send people to your written work.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.takepermission.com/writing/free-chapter-give-away-publishing-mistake/

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Four Crucial Steps to Writing and Publishing Your First eBook

Four Crucial Steps to Writing and Publishing Your First eBook | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Here are four steps to ensure the smooth writing and publishing of your first ebook.

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Penelope's curator insight, June 17, 2013 8:13 PM

 

Writing and publishing an ebook in four easy steps? Too good to be true, but at least these will get you started, if you are still sitting on the fence about it. Here are the four:

 

STEP 1: Identify your AUDIENCE - If you could sell your book to just one person, who would that person be? Make a list of their attributes.

 

STEP 2:  RESEARCH the gaps - What do readers wish the books in this marketplace would also include?

 

STEP 3: WRITE! - There's nothing to sell if you don't have a book!

 

STEP 4: PRODUCTION: eBook editing, design and programming - Hire a professional to help you if you have the funds to do so.

 

Writing and publishing to Kindle is not a "get rich" quick scheme. If you make it your job every day, then put in the work necessary to make it a success.

 

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

 

Read the rest of this article on The Future of Ink:  http://thefutureofink.com/four-crucial-steps-to-writing-and-publishing-your-first-ebook/

 

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How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First

How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First | Education and Training | Scoop.it

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 | Education and Training | 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

 

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

 

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

 

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Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques - Writing Rightly

Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques - Writing Rightly | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Are you mesmerized by the beat of the content drum? There's no shortage of advice on how to create "great content."


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Penelope's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:04 PM

 

Writers are apprentices. We should continually be working on our craft. Perfect it? Nah. But we can always improve.

 

This wealth-of-tips article was quite a find. The 12 tips are like tiny gold nuggets. If you apply even one,  it should actually take your writing--as it is right now--and color it golden.

 

A few nuggets:

 

o  People love STORIES--don't be afraid to tell one

 

o  Apply a little ALLITERATION - Using the same letter or sound to start multiple words in the same sentence. (EX: Write the way you want)

 

o  Consider CADENCE - Play with syllabication. Just as in music think "rhythm"  (Quick and the Dead)

 

o  Power of THREES - Give examples, adjectives, and sentences in three's (3 little pigs, 3 wishes, etc.)

 

o Longish SENTENCE, then a short one. The short one will sound TRUE.

 

Read through all the tips to pick up some new ideas to add more color to your own writing.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.websearchsocial.com/take-writing-from-meh-to-memorable-with-12-simple-techniques

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Are You Writing in the POV You Think You’re Writing In? - Marcy Kennedy

Are You Writing in the POV You Think You’re Writing In? - Marcy Kennedy | Education and Training | Scoop.it
By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Point of view problems are the most common problems I see as a freelance editor. And I’m not surprised. Point of view is a difficult concept to master, yet it’s also the most essential.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 11, 2013 7:12 PM

 

Master your point of view (POV) and you have mastered a major part of writing a great story.

 

For those who are new at this lingo, point of view is simply the view from which the story is told. Who's doing the talking? Whose head are you in? POV comes in 4 types:

 

o Second Person - Tells the story using YOU

o Omniscient - Told by an all-knowing narrator

o Third Person - Told from "perspective" of single character

o First Person - The character is telling the story (uses I)

 

For specific examples of each, and further explanations, check out the article in its entirety.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://marcykennedy.com/2013/10/writing-pov-think-youre-writing/

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 19, 2013 4:18 PM

Helpful description of POV. 

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10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story - Writing Rightly

10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story - Writing Rightly | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"Always keep in mind what is expected in the genre you’re writing. If you’re writing a category romance, then the hero and heroine must unite at the end."


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Penelope's curator insight, August 23, 2013 4:07 PM

 

Writing endings for our stories could be the easiest thing in the world or the hardest. The best way to begin is to ponder on what kind of ending is expected for the genre in which you are writing. If you are writing a category romance, readers are going to expect the love interests to finally get together and have a happy ending. There have been exceptions (Romeo and Juliet or Love Story). If you are a reader anticipating a romantic story and happy ending, do you want to read a tragic ending? I don't.

 

The 10 tips presented should give you a great beginning to write your own ending. Check out the article for all the details.

 

1. Always keep in mind what is EXPECTED in the genre.

2. Avoid the dreaded DEUX EX MACHINE (gods taking care of it).

3. Think APPROPRIATE ending rather than satisfying ending.
4. NO MISERABLE ENDINGS for characters to no real purpose
5. Struggling? Compose an EVENT. Bring most characters together
6. REALLY struggling—go back to the BEGINNING.
7. When the story is over—STOP.
8. BEWARE of TOO MUCH BUILD UP with too quick a resolution.
9. No need to tie up every little plot string, but TIE UP MOST of them
10. EPILOGS: I kind of like them (peek into the future)

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://debravega.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/10-tips-for-writing-endings-to-your-story/

 

 

 

Kimberley Vico's curator insight, August 24, 2013 12:40 AM

Like a strong beginning, you ought to have a good ending ~ in any story!  Give it a try...!

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11 Must-Haves for Author Websites - BookBaby Blog

11 Must-Haves for Author Websites - BookBaby Blog | Education and Training | Scoop.it

A website is the most essential tool in an author’s marketing toolbox. In addition to serving as the online home for your book, it’s great for marketing, promotions and building a community around your book.

Whether you have a simple site for a single book or an elaborate site for multiple books and products, here are 11 must-haves for all author sites:


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Barbara Ford's curator insight, August 20, 2013 5:45 PM

I beginning to really like lists.  Perhaps it's because the time to read long, involved articles just isn't sufficient anymore....more articles, less time = opportunity for lists to fill the gap.  This list compiles common sense items that may already be known by many, but perhaps only practiced by a few. If you are an author with a website, the few minutes it takes to review this list will be well spent.

Penelope's curator insight, August 20, 2013 10:09 PM

 

This post gives us a nice, concise list of must-haves for authors. Of course, the author's blog must be number one. Remember, you must have a home for yourself; this is where you live, and where your books hang out. Here's a couple of others:

 

o information about new releases

o contact information

o testimonials and recommendations

o calls to action

 

Read the article for more great must-haves.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/08/11-must-haves-for-author-websites/

Penelope's comment, August 20, 2013 10:10 PM
Lists are great and easy to remember. Pick something off the list you don't have, and try to implement it.
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5 Traits of the Successful Author - Writing for Kindle

5 Traits of the Successful Author - Writing for Kindle | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"Again, writers write. One of the main reasons I am such a proponent of blogging is that it trains writers for a professional pace. It trains us to meet deadlines."


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Penelope's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:56 PM

 

o Passion

o Self-Discipline

o Humility

o Healthy Relationship with Failure

o Perseverance

 

These 5 characteristics of good writers apply to writers of traditional books as well as ebooks.

 

Writers must have PASSION for what they are doing, or they will burn out. Writing is not an easy profession. It is very self-motivated. You will soon find out if you have it--or you don't.

 

It goes without saying that writers must have SELF-DISCIPLINE. The nun in the Catholic school is not standing over you with a ruler any more. You must push yourself to write. Blogging, as well as content curation is a great way to practice the skill of writing.

 

Writers never stop learning, and that takes HUMILITY to admit this. Most feel that they are never good enough. This pushes us to strive to be better at what we do.

 

If we FAIL, we learn to pick ourselves up over and over again. Book not selling? Figure out why. Haters leaving one star reviews? Make the book better.

 

Walking hand-in-hand with all of the above, is PERSEVERANCE. Without it, we will be like a wisp of smoke that will get carried away with the first big gust of wind. Start the story, and stick with it all the way to the end. Keep going. Never, never, never give up.

 

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/5-traits-of-the-successful-author/

 

 

 

Jacques Goyette's comment, July 25, 2013 8:33 PM
I feel the 2nd and 4th traits are the hardest to get Under control.
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10 Writing Tips From Joyce Carol Oates - Writing Rightly

10 Writing Tips From Joyce Carol Oates - Writing Rightly | Education and Training | Scoop.it
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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Are Self Publishers the Cool Kids Of The Industry? - Writing for Kindle

Are Self Publishers the Cool Kids Of The Industry? - Writing for Kindle | Education and Training | Scoop.it
By Terri Giuliano Long for IndieReader.com For years, self-publishing was widely considered an embarrassing fallback option.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 10, 2013 6:43 PM

 

Self-publishing now considered nouveau? That is almost laughable, considering it wasn't that long ago indies were relegated to the dark alleys of the publishing world. If you did self-publish, you wouldn't dare tell anyone. Heaven forbid!

 

Self-publishing stars are now raking in seven figure deals! Now we have options. If you don't want to field rejection after rejection, and have your fragile author's ego stomped upon, then self-publish and feel out the territory. Find your readers. You can always go back to the traditional publishers--if that is your desire. You now have a choice.

 

If you are a hardworking author, you can feasibly take a book from draft through editing and design to quality publication in three to six months—far faster than the year or more required by traditional publishers. Speed-to-market can have an enormous impact on sales, particularly for books with seasonal or topical appeal.

 

Authors, it's now up to you. Which door will you choose?

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/self-publishers-authors_n_2909998.html

Jacques Goyette's comment, July 11, 2013 11:22 PM
Nicely done Penelope. Hope this will Wake some to the realities of publishing !
Penelope's comment, July 11, 2013 11:30 PM
Thanks, Jacques! I always wanted to be one of the "cool" kids! About time I say. ;)
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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 | Education and Training | 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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Giving It Away: Why Fiction Authors Should Offer Free Ebooks by Jason Kong — The Book Designer

Giving It Away: Why Fiction Authors Should Offer Free Ebooks by Jason Kong — The Book Designer | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Giving It Away: Why Fiction Authors Should Offer Free Ebooks by Jason Kong explores the reasoning that suggests new authors spread their work as widely as possible."


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Penelope's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:52 PM

 

Personally, I am a bit conflicted about giving away free writing work, and the jury is out on how well it actually works.

 

We all know the success of "50 Shades" and "Wool", but not all writers will have success like these two. These stories were posted on writing sites for readers to discover; they found them, and passed the word.

 

I am currently working on some flash fiction (500 word story), and considering offering one or two on my website for download. This could be a great promotional tool, leading to my other books.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/06/give-it-away/

Jacques Goyette's comment, June 20, 2013 5:51 PM
As for many other things, there are good and bad sides to giving your book for free.
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How To Sell 8 Million Books | Bestseller Labs

How To Sell 8 Million Books | Bestseller Labs | Education and Training | Scoop.it
The method that led author Ray Bradbury from his first $15 short story to selling millions of books.

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Penelope's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:49 PM

 

What was the secret of Ray Bradbury's breakthrough; the elusive secret that authors would give their right arm to learn--the one that allowed him to sell 8 million books?

 

He only made a mere $15 for his first paid piece when it was published in the "Super Science Stories" magazine in 1941. But then, the "secret" propelled his work to super stardom. His masterpiece, "Fahrenheit 451" was his 1953 science fiction classic in which he envisaged a world where books were outlawed. It took him only 9 days to write!

 

His secret? Write from your insatiable FASCINATIONS and PERSIST. Very simple but profound advice. Try this yourself and see if your own writing doesn't take flight.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://bestsellerlabs.com/how-to-sell-8-million-books/

 

 

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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 | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Karen Rowe is a ghostwriter and editor. Today on Lynn Serafinn's Spirit Authors blog, she talks about the many ways authors deceive themselves.

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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!