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Jack Kerouac’s 30 Revelations for Writing Modern Prose | Open …

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Jack Kerouac is the patron saint of every starry-eyed, born-too-late, wanderlusty hipster scribe who falls in love with the poetry and visionary power of their.

 

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Was Jack Kerouac the patron saint of writing? Could even a saint have used a good edit now and again?

 Despite his aversion to tidiness, Kerouac, like almost every writer, made lists; one in particular is thirty guidelines he called “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose”.  This article highlights ten of them.

 Writers–don’t take this list to heart, and think you must follow them to write. Each of us has our own style and must follow our own path. These guidlines are more for a chuckle than advice to dive into for your own writing. Stay true to your own voice.

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

 Link to the original article:

http://www.openculture.com/2013/01/jack_kerouacs_30_revelations_for_writing_modern_prose.html

 

 

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4 Reasons Why your Facebook Page Sucks | Jeffbullas’s Blog

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It has been one year since you launched your Facebook page and you still have very low number of likes but most importantly none of your fans is talking about your brand. The reality?

 

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Want to use Facebook to promote your books? It better have content to draw people in! I love this post by Jeff Bullas, which gives us some great strategies that we use NOW. Why does your Facebook page suck? Maybe you have a problem in 1 of 4 areas:

 1) No social media strategy (What is the goal of your page?)

 2) No updated content (No new posts, no new visitors)

 3) Your content is boring (Yawn…. Be Creative!)

 4) You do not post any photos (People love pictures they can repost – ‘Nuff said!)

 Pick one or more of these tips and take your Facebook page from suck to Super!

  

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/12/17/4-reasons-why-your-facebook-page-sucks

 

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50 Ways To Reach Your Reader #6: Newsletters & Mailing Lists | Successful Self-Publishing

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Indie authors often don’t think about building a good e-mail database but an accurate and comprehensive database is a very valuable commodity.

 

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Indie Authors should consider creating a database of readers who will look forward to your e-mails. Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) could disappear tomorrow, but you will still have your database close by. How to do this? 

Create an opt-in or sign up form on your website or blog so your website visitors can subscribe easily. Make this very visible on all pages of your site with compelling ad copy to invite people to sign in. Remember to have an opt-out option as well. Sign up with a well-known email autoresponder service provider. What do you say other than, “BUY my book”?

Here are some ideas as to what you can send to your readers:

 *  “Behind-the-scenes” reports of your experience with the publishing process (you could create videos)

*  Your creative process (what makes you tick?)

*  Tips about writing or publishing or anything related to the content of your books or anything that you, as an author, are expert on

*  Exclusive content — recipes, photos, personal informationStories or poems

*  Breaking news about your subject matter (watch the headlines)

*  Interviews with other authors in your genre (I use Blog Talk Radio)

*  Book recommendations/reviews (Goodreads is great for this option)

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/reaching-readers-email-marketing-for-indie-authors

 

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WRITING WISDOM | Creative Writing Classes – Fiction, Screenwriting, Nonfiction and More

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Teaching more than 6,000 students a year, Gotham Writers’ Workshop is New York City’s largest private creative writing school for adults and teens. 10-Week classes are offered at multiple locations in New York City and Online at WritingClasses.com.

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This is a rather long article on “Creating Compelling Openings”, but well worth the read. Beginnings are the most important part of your story, and if you miss the mark here, you might just lose your reader for good. 

“They call me Ishmael.” “None of them knew the color of the sky.” “They threw me off the hay truck about noon.” All irresistible openings. Why? They show a compactness and a confidence and that transfers to the reader. 

Another opening technique that is simple and yet highly effective, that is, grouping things in threes. Laura Hillenbrand’s nonfiction book, “Seabiscuit: An American Legend”, opens this way: 

“In 1938, near the end of a decade of monumental turmoil, the year’s number-one newsmaker was not Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hitler, or Mussolini. It wasn’t Pope Pius XI, nor was it Lou Gehrig, Howard Hughes, or Clark Gable. The subject of the most newspaper column inches in 1938 wasn’t even a person. It was an undersized, crooked-legged racehorse named Seabiscuit. “

It’s a matter of rhythm, of melody, but it’s also a matter of symmetry. There are numerous iconic examples: yin-yang; two-faced Janus; the masks of tragedy and comedy; before and after, and so on.

 It’s a matter of rhythm, of melody, but it’s also a matter of symmetry. We usually associate that word with a one-on-one relationship. The left side is symmetrical with the right side. There are numerous iconic examples: yin-yang; two-faced Janus; the masks of tragedy and comedy; before and after, and so on.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/MoreInformation.php/info_type/NL/item/4917?utm_source=Gotham+Writers%27+Workshop+List&utm_campaign=716c0bc371-12_27_12_Jan_13_NL12_14_2012&utm_medium=email

 

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