Monthly Archives: March 2013

Margo Berendsen: Love story plots, or 13 ways to mess with your characters

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Are you considering writing a romance novel for Kindle? They are hot sellers, and you’ve got countless romance genres to choose from. If you are stuck for ideas, this excellent post will jumpstart your thinking in the area of love.

This author gives us Love Story Plots, or “13 different ways to mess with your characters.” You can even cross over into the paranormal romance genre. (Movies: “Avatar” or the “Twilight” series).

If you are considering the YA (young adult) romance genre, a great example are the Kindle book covers of a very successful romance novelist, Rachel Hanna. Make sure that you aim for a great plot that appeals to your chosen audience (this may take some research), and an eye-catching book cover. Here’s an interview that I had with Rachel recently. You can listen in to get some ideas of your own, or just take a peek at her beautiful covers. Her audience loves her!

 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/philosbooks/2013/03/01/interview-with-best-selling-romance-novelist-rachel-hanna

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://margoberendsen.blogspot.com/2011/02/love-story-plots-or-13-ways-to-mess.html

 

 

 

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George Will: The art of good writing – STLtoday.com

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George Will: The art of good writing STLtoday.com You will not want to skip anything in William Zinsser’s short essays written for the American Scholar magazine’s website and now collected in “The Writer Who Stayed,” a book that begins with him…

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

On writing from Elmore Leonard, “I leave out parts that people skip.” Take note all indie authors and self-publishers wanting to make their own special noise on the Kindle marketplace.

Our “endlessly supple” English language will, William Zinsser says, “do anything you ask it to do, if you treat it well. Try it and see.” Try Zinsser’s short essays for the American Scholar magazine’s website and now collected in “The Writer Who Stayed,” a book that begins with him wondering why “every year student writing is a little more disheveled.”

I find it a shame that newspapers had to “dumb down” the articles to read at six grade levels. The ebook marketplace is getting fierce, but as the cream “also rises”, the best, brightest and superbly written books will rise to the top of the heap. I still have faith.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/george-will/george-will-the-art-of-good-writing/article_7d165c9d-fadf-56f5-ad1d-a07169cfbf26.html

 

 

 

 

 

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“I Wasted $8000 On Kirkus Review Advertising.” An Indie Author’s Story | Successful Self-Publishing

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I wasted $8000 on ads that were never going to do anything for me because display ads don’t work for books. Susie Jenkin’s story

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Be forewarned. This is but one indie author’s story of wasting $8,000 on display advertising for her book! She got ONE response from a huge display ad that she paid for–and that was from a PR agent.

The big publishing houses are going to be relentless in the next few years as they fight back against the self-publishing craze. They have to come up with new ways to make big bucks.

This author brings it down to brass tacks: EGO. You better have your ego in check, and look out for your own best interests. The big publishing houses are only looking for the next almighty dollar, and it’s up to you to make sure it doesn’t come out of your pocket. This very reason is what drove me to set up a company to help authors, in both publishing and promotion of their books in a very cost effective manner.

 ***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/indie-author-says-kirkus-reviews-a-waste/

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Beware Random House’s Ebook Imprints – Forbes | Self-Publishing

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Random House’s ebook-only imprints have come under fire for having predatory and abusive contract terms.

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Another great case made for self-publishing: YOU RETAIN CONTROL and PROFITS and the KNOWLEDGE of the ANALYTICS of your book. Sure, your book may be sitting out on Amazon, or Smashwords, or the i-bookstore, but you can pull it at any time and put it on your own website for sales.

I have heard the same story time and again from friends who have had their books published by one of the big publishers. They sign a contract, which pretty much signs away their rights. They pay out thousands and thousands of dollars for what? The book is published, but that didn’t include any promotion. These authors are kept in the dark about the number of sales, they don’t see royalties, and they are being treated as if they absolutely have no right to know how their books are doing. They are frustrated and discouraged.

Personally, I will stick to self-publishing and my books will remain my sole property.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2013/03/10/beware-random-houses-ebook-imprints/

 

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The Real Value of Social Media | Author Book Promotion

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The most valuable part of social media is driving recommendations and natural and authentic social mentions from your customers.

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OK. I think we need to strip out all the hype and nonsense and go back to the basics of what social media is really all about–relationships.

Why did people like to watch the Andy Griffith show? Because we enjoyed watching the relationships and the interactions between these quirky characters! They were authentic and we loved them. People are relational. We still crave and thrive on real relationships–no matter what’s going on in the world around us.

How can we develop our “relationships” with our readers? The same way it’s always been throughout the centuries. Talking with them, interacting with them, finding out what they like and don’t like about our books. Getting to know them!

Think like there is “no box”. How can you engage your readers TODAY? How can you form your own relationships?

 

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

 Link to the original article:

http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2253646/the-real-and-hidden-value-of-social-media

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The Power of Words | Writing Tips

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Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposeful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.

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This beautiful video is a less than 2 minutes, but I guarantee it will be time well spent– and will give you new “vision”.

 

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

 Link to the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU&feature=player_embedded

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Upcoming Facebook Changes to Affect Indie Authors

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According to Social Media maven Mari Smith, Facebook is about to make changes that will affect indie authors who use the social networking site to promote their books. 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

I don’t usually scoop on this day, but this was a true scooper!

Facebook is holding a press conference next Thursday apparently to unveil an all-new News Feed for both mobile and desktop. Maybe with filtered streams other than Top Stories or most recent? Possibly even a single column Timeline rollout. These include a Photos feed of Facebook and Instagram photos (Think: author photos and book cover photos). Cool!

Also, check out Facebook’s “Graph Search”. Click through to the article to find out how to get your Facebook author page “Graph Search ready”. It is supposed to excite users with thousands of ways to search for things related to our interests and friends.

What could this mean for us authors? Instantaneous updates of our photos to mobile phones and desktops from our FB pages!

 

***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/upcoming-facebook-changes-that-will-affect-indie-authors/

 

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Survey: Nearly 4 in 10 Women Have Decreased or Stopped Using Social Media

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Remember the Roman Empire? It was the most influential force in the world. The place everyone wanted to be. The center of all news, art, com (Market research is beginning to show women decreasing or cutting off their use of #social media.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

This is an interesting article to me. Whether this trend continues of women decreasing or stopping their social media use remains to be seem.

An interesting statistic: A higher percentage of “defectors” fall into the 18-24 age range, which puts social networks with a younger population at a higher risk for losing valuable members. These sites include Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

If your books are targeting specific niches for women, you may need to tweak your marketing efforts. Are we ever going back to print advertising? I don’t think so. But newer marketing methods are always evolving, so we need to keep our finger of the pulse of women–some of the biggest consumers.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2013/03/survey-says-nearly-4-in-10-women-have-decreased-or-stopped-using-social-media.html

 

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Always Writing: All Indie Authors Need to Read This!

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I’ve seen lots of changes going on with Amazon, and wasn’t sure what was happening, but this author gives an interesting perspective. He suggests it is not Amazon who is afraid of the success of some indies–but actually the big publishers.

First, the tags disappeared on our books. Of course, we can still “tag” when we set up the book for upload on Amazon. We can set up 7 of them. When on our book page, readers cannot add any tags of their own. 

Then, the “likes” on the books disappeared. Mine came back for a short time, but are gone again. Personally, I think it is fun and interactive to have the “likes” there. Sure, it can be abused but mostly likely is not in most cases.

This last Grammy Awards is a perfect example of how independents are taking over. More than half the awards went to artists who published under their own labels. Even the song of the year has no major label backing.

What are the big publishers afraid of? Little indie publishers selling a few hundred or thousand books–compared to their millions?

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://neilostroff.blogspot.com/2013/02/all-indie-authors-please-read-this.html?spref=tw

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Here’s How Seth Godin Writes | Writing Prompts

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When Seth Godin talks, people listen. We’ve been listening for years to this bestselling author of 17 books with a storied background in publishing.

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Here’s my takeaway from reading the interview with the iconic Seth Godin. Be yourself–and be remarkable! Status Quo stinks. You are unique, you have a story to tell, and you have fans who are waiting to hear your story.

Have you heard negative feedback about your writing? Here’s what Seth Godin heard. His high school English teacher wrote in his yearbook: “You are the bane of my existence and it’s likely you’ll never amount to anything.”

Don’t listen to the negative voices around you. Write what you like to write and write like there’s no tomorrow!

 

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

 Link to the original article and the full interview: http://www.copyblogger.com/writer-files-seth-godin/

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