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10 Fears That Only Writers Have

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As a writer, I've picked up on several absurd fears that I have relating to my work. Maybe more people than just writers have them, but I think they're especially common in this line of work. How m...
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Fear: Mystery. . . or Knowledge?

Fear: Mystery. . . or Knowledge? | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
I've heard from several people lately that in order to create fear in your writing or a drive for the reader to know more, writers need to remember to include a good sense of mystery or the unknown. This camp includes J. J. Abrams, who is known for loving the idea of the "mystery box"--something…
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My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Desperation Sets In

My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Desperation Sets In | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
Please vote for The Grim Reaper: And Company! here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB Going into this, I knew there would be high points and low points. A few days ago was a high point. Today is a low point. The paid advertising has ended and I've exhausted my ideas. Yesterday I even started a Facebook game (totally unsuccessful) and…
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My Kindle Scout Adventure: Day 1

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I'm losing track of what part I am at this point. Today is the first day of my campaign on Kindle Scout. All day I've been passing the link out, sharing on social media, and brainstorming of ways to get word out. I do have competition--four or five other books also started their campaign today.…
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My Adventures with Kindle Scout (Part 1)

My Adventures with Kindle Scout (Part 1) | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
I'll admit, I've been too busy for blog posts lately. Writing and editing and more editing has kept me working full-time--but with a temporary lull and a new publishing adventure on the horizon, I'...
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How to Find Images for Your Book Marketing Campaigns

How to Find Images for Your Book Marketing Campaigns | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
Your book marketing assets should include images that will elicit an emotional response and get people to pay attention. But where can you find them?
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Promoting your Series: Free vs. 99c

Promoting your Series: Free vs. 99c | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
I was reading Tara Sparling's interesting post on free books, where she complains about authors pricing their books too low. Amazon agrees with her. I believe that’s why they only start offering 70...
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Want to Be a Writer? It's Time to Act Like a Writer | WritersDigest.com

Want to Be a Writer? It's Time to Act Like a Writer | WritersDigest.com | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
I realized I wasn’t taking my writing like a job. When I finally turned that corner, my career took a big leap. Here's how you can do the same.

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What I Learned from Writing Anonymously

What I Learned from Writing Anonymously | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
I've been building quite a bit of recognition lately, and it's a mixed bag. People have expectations, and I need to be careful to keep my writing quality at its best and to work to keep improving. ...
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Avoiding Writing Paralysis Due To Over-Analysis | - Linkis.com

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I wouldn't think that anyone still over analyzes their work before publishing, but it still happens. The sweet spot is between quickly written drafts and a few hours of consideration before publishing.  That said, here are some ideas to overcome analysis paralysis.

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I wouldn't think that anyone still over analyzes their work before publishing, but it still happens. The sweet spot is between quickly written drafts and a few hours of consideration before publishing.  That said, here are some ideas to overcome analysis paralysis.

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How To Write Better Fiction

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Sometimes a scene in a story has nothing wrong with it (nothing obvious, anyway) and yet it doesn’t work. It’s a necessary scene, important to the story, but it feels flat and uninteresting. People who read it will notice it’s a bit lacklustre, but not really know why, or how to fix it.

 

Usually it’s a more sedate scene, a moment of discussion or reflection, maybe dialogue heavy, but artificially turning it into an action scene doesn’t feel right.

 

For those instances, I offer the following techniques to make a flat scene more immediate and engaging.


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Nice tips on livening and improving fiction scenes!

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How to Please Book Reviewers | Self-Publishing Advice for Writers

How to Please Book Reviewers | Self-Publishing Advice for Writers | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
Bookblogger and indie author Debbie Young offers advice about how to get reviewers for self-published books - and how not to upset reviewers!

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Writing Advice From Writers You Can Trust

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20 great articles on writing and self-publishing a book - Writing advice from writers you can trust collated by Novel Experience

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Pros And Cons of Professional Book Formatting

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  Every year, I look forward to attending the online self-publishing conference called Indie Author Fringe. And every year, I've had fun entering the amazing drawings at IAF, and I've won some pretty amazing prizes. I recently redeemed my free ebook formatting from Vellum. I chose a serial I'd written on a blog in college--not something…
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5 Things I Learned After Kindle Scout Rejected My Novel

5 Things I Learned After Kindle Scout Rejected My Novel | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
It's been old news for me since Friday night--my book got rejected by Kindle Scout. It held on much longer than I had expected, but what I didn't expect was the sudden wave of realizations that hit me moments after I got the email. I've been thinking about this the wrong way, for the most…
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Amazon has officially won the multibillion-dollar self-publishing market

Amazon has officially won the multibillion-dollar self-publishing market | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the world, is chopping off its self-publishing arm. The company said Tuesday (Jan. 5) that it has sold Author Solutions—the self-publishing author-tools platform that it bought in 2012—to an unnamed affiliate of US private equity firm Najafi Companies for an undisclosed sum. "With this sale, we reaffirm our focus on consumer book publishing through...

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This is shocking news, but I'm kind of glad to hear it. Author Solutions has so many issues that it's probably for the best that Penguin Random House cuts off their ties.

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How to grow your fiction email list

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How to grow your fiction email list

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Self Editing Tips For Writers

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Self editing is clearly a cheaper option, or is it. What if it all goes terribly wrong?

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Brian S's curator insight, October 19, 2015 7:13 AM

Whatever way you look at it, editing is an essential part of the writing process.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Successful Author?

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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Successful Author? Take our quiz!

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500 top authors line up for new attack on Amazon over 'book monopoly' claim - The Drum

500 top authors line up for new attack on Amazon over 'book monopoly' claim - The Drum | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
A group of more than 500 prominent authors says Amazon.com Inc. has “unprecedented power” over the book...

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Becoming a Publisher: A Positive Choice for Authors

Becoming a Publisher: A Positive Choice for Authors | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
The book is written, proofed, edited and re-read until you feel as if your eyeballs will bleed, you've "sent it out" and now the wait begins.
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How to Improve Your Description Copy to Sell More Ebooks

How to Improve Your Description Copy to Sell More Ebooks | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
Your book description on retailer sites like Amazon is one of the most important ebook marketing elements at your disposal. Your cover and title will catch potential readers’ attention, but your de...
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Showdown: Yarny vs. Litlift

Showdown: Yarny vs. Litlift | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
Writing your novel as a Word document might be simple, but it comes with a lot of risks. The file could be lost. Your computer could get smashed on by a visiting elephant. Or you could find yoursel...
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5 Ways to Save Money On Self Publishing: cut costs without cutting corners

5 Ways to Save Money On Self Publishing: cut costs without cutting corners | Finish That Novel | Scoop.it
You want to save money on self publishing, but you don't want to cut corners. Your book is an ambassador for you. There are five ways you can save...

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Nice tips!

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