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650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing: NYTimes.com

650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing: NYTimes.com | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here are 650 student opinion questions that invite narrative and personal writing, all together in one place.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 8, 2016 8:55 PM
Wow! Over half a million writing prompts to fire up creativity. Something for everyone.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 9, 2016 2:20 PM
Need something to get you--or your students writing? Great prompts.
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So You Want To Write A Book

So You Want To Write A Book | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
25 things to keep in mind.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 20, 2016 11:31 PM
Writing a book is hard. Very hard. This article gives you permission to feel the pain, and push through it anyway. Print it out and pin it up on your wall.

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

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4 Steps to Read Like a Writer - The Write Practice

4 Steps to Read Like a Writer - The Write Practice | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When we read, we change our world, and we write because on some level, we want to do the same for others. Do you want to write something that affects others the way you were affected? Then you have to learn to read like a writer—with your brain turned on.

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Penelope's curator insight, February 25, 2016 5:25 PM

 

Read like a writer if you want to learn and grow and find what engages an audience. Use the little post-it notes, as the author suggests, to mark parts of the book that speak to you.

 

Ask three questions as you read: What was Powerful? Why was it Powerful? How did it achieve that Power?

 

Was it dialogue? Character? Or something else? Doing this will help improve your skills and find the elusive voice.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/read-like-writer/

Flurries Unlimited's curator insight, March 10, 2016 10:22 AM

 

Read like a writer if you want to learn and grow and find what engages an audience. Use the little post-it notes, as the author suggests, to mark parts of the book that speak to you.

 

Ask three questions as you read: What was Powerful? Why was it Powerful? How did it achieve that Power?

 

Was it dialogue? Character? Or something else? Doing this will help improve your skills and find the elusive voice.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/read-like-writer/

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The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else

The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

"In the first of a three-part series, author Jonathan Gottschall discusses the science of storytelling—not just escapism, stories have real power to hold human attention and shape our thinking."


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Penelope's curator insight, January 28, 2016 2:40 PM

 

Coke gets it! They are master storytellers as well as syrupy drink makers. Take a peek at a Coke commercial and ask yourself, "What makes this work so well?" Then take the lessons and transfer them to your own stories.

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3020044/the-science-of-storytelling-how-narrative-cuts-through-distraction

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10 Powerful Secrets of Bestselling Authors - Write to Done

10 Powerful Secrets of Bestselling Authors - Write to Done | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If you want to write a bestseller, learn these 10 secrets of bestselling authors! You'll learn how to launch a career as bestselling author. Anyone can do it!

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Penelope's curator insight, November 5, 2015 7:47 PM

 

There are secrets everywhere and from everyone on how to write a bestseller, but these tips are some of the best yet!

 

Love the suggestion that after your fifth #5! novel you will find your voice. And great writing and great marketing always go together. Keep penning those novels!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writetodone.com/secrets-of-bestselling-authors/

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How to find a beta reader for your self-published book | Self-Publishing Advice

How to find a beta reader for your self-published book | Self-Publishing Advice | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

U.S. fantasy author Michael La Ronn offers top tips on how to find beta readers to help you improve the quality of your self-published books


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Penelope's curator insight, April 24, 2014 6:30 PM

 

So you've written a book. Now what? Many authors use "beta" readers. That is, a person who will read your book draft and give you constructive criticism.

 

The writer, Michael La Ronn, shares some thought-provoking suggestions on how to find your perfect beta reader through Goodreads.com. Goodreads was just purchased by Amazon, so it could be the perfect match for author and reader.

 

Apparently, YA, epic fantasy, romance, and sci-fi authors may have an easier time finding their readers. Persistence is the key, according to La Ronn, and he gives several great tips on searching for and cultivating the author/beta reader relationship.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-how-to-find-beta-readers/

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The digital truths traditional publishers don't want to hear - The Guardian (blog)

The digital truths traditional publishers don't want to hear - The Guardian (blog) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

The Guardian (blog)
The digital truths traditional publishers don't want to hear
"Digital book distribution is available to anyone who wants it."


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Penelope's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:20 PM

 

I was interested to read insights by Barry Eisler, best-selling traditional and now-self-published author. He asked the question, "The choices are good for writers, so why are legacy publishers so angry?"

 

Book distribution via paper publishing has been in existence forever, until the introduction of Amazon Kindle in 2007. Has it only been 6 years?  The writer could hire out everything EXCEPT distribution. Now the tables have  clearly turned. The writer has the world at his or her fingertips.

 

85% of a writer's revenues were turned over to the book distributor for an entire publishing package. A writer can now take 70% of the profits their self-published book between $2.99-$9.99 on Amazon.

 

Traditional publishers are scrambling. Who's in the driver's seat now?

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/apr/29/digital-truths-traditional-publishers

 

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What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page PenguinRandomHouse.com

What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page PenguinRandomHouse.com | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

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Penelope's curator insight, August 17, 2016 10:26 PM
A powerful opener to your story. How important is this? Very. 

Now, coming straight from the mouths of Penguin Random House editors, we find they want to be wowed, and find an authentic voice. Readers do, too.

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24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing 

24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, my first novel Prep came out. Three novels later, here's what I've learned about the publishing industry and writin

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Penelope's curator insight, April 26, 2016 10:32 PM
The business of writing is a serious business. How about stirring in a dash of fun to lighten things up. There may even be some kernels of truth in these 24 things!

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The rise of the short story - The Star Tribune

The rise of the short story - The Star Tribune | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Baxter, professor of creative writing at the University of Minnesota and winner of the prestigious Rea Award for the short story, said that short stories differ from novels in more than just length. “The intensity level is higher. These landscapes are more like ones lit by lightning than by candles or incandescent lamps.”

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Penelope's curator insight, February 17, 2016 7:58 PM

 

I'm not surprised about the popularity of the short story. Attention spans in this culture are nil, and a tiny, compact story is about all people feel they can fit into their schedules. This is good news for writers, too. Short stories can be fun to compose, and to make them truly digestable, it takes quite a bit of skillful editing.

 

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 Link to the original article: http://www.startribune.com/the-rise-of-the-short-story/363868601/

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.

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A. G. Moye's curator insight, January 26, 2016 3:06 PM

Anything to help get your career rolling in writing. 

Penelope's curator insight, January 27, 2016 1:56 PM

 

Great resource for writers--beginners and pros alike!

 

 

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Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/

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Which Subscription Service is Best for Self-Published Authors: Kindle Unlimited, Scribd or Oyster? | Mediashift

Which Subscription Service is Best for Self-Published Authors: Kindle Unlimited, Scribd or Oyster? | Mediashift | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited e-book reader subscription program caused a real commotion in the publishing industry last month. But how will this “Netflix for books” model affect the self-publishing industry? Is Kindle Unlimited the best, or should self-publishers join the Scribd or Oyster programs instead? How do you get in? Read on for a comparison of these top three reader subscription programs and best recommendations for self-publishers who are looking to add these channels to their revenue streams....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 11, 2014 8:56 PM

Carla King compares the three major e-book subscription services with tips for self published authors

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Price times units sold

Marianela Camacho Alfaro's insight:

"Publishers have defended agency pricing as a way to ensure that healthy competition is maintained among ebook retailers. If all outlets offer a book on equal terms (went the argument), the price incentive disappears and stores compete on service. This is one of the reasons many European markets maintain fixed-book-price laws.

Arguing that the largest retailer should offer discounts that few or no other retailers can match potentially hastens the loss of smaller, independent stores. If you believe that support in niche markets comes largely from these kinds of retail outlets, weakening them is a bad move."

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