How to Create a Character | Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage

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Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage – “read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion.”

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Creating characters is something that writers struggle with from time to time. How soon to give out the name? The distinguishing characteristics? The personal tics? If you are short on ideas for your characters, this article by Holly should give you some great tips for well-rounded characters. She suggests:

o Don’t start your character off with a name or a physical description

o Do start developing your character by giving him (or her) a problem, a dramatic need, a compulsion

o Don’t rely on crutches

o Do empathize with your character

o Don’t sympathize with your character

o Do write from your own life

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

 Link to the original article: http://hollylisle.com/how-to-create-a-character/

 

 

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27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors

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Celebrated authors, editors and illustrators write advice to young writers on their hands for ” Shared Worlds ,” a two-week creative writing summer camp at Wofford College.

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27 Pieces of Advice–all with a powerpoint on the hand of its famous author. Advice like:

o Write, finish things, keep writing

o Read widely, write often, keep going

o Write what you would love to read, finish what you begin to write

o Don’t take anybody’s writing advice too seriously!

o Trust your imagination, don’t be afraid to fail

o Start the next one

o Never give up!

 The consensus among these famous writers? Write, read a lot, and write some more!

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

 Link to the original article and all the writing advice: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/27-pieces-of-advice-for-writers-from-famous-authors

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Less the New More in Book Publishing? | Digital Book World

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[Article provided by News and Experts] In Book Publishing, Less Is The New More.

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Many accomplished authors are going to cringe at subject of this article, but it is a fact. LESS is truly the new MORE in Book Publishing.

The Amazon Kindle Singles Program is wildly popular, and authors are clamoring to get a 20-50 page book featured on this heavily promoted platform. Amazon itself is pushing these tiny books, and if authors don’t get on board and have some shorts offered in addition to their 500 page books, they will be mightily disappointed.

Adults these days definitely have ADHD from overload of rapid fire information. They feel that they just don’t have the time to devote to a behemoth of a novel. Sad, but true.

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

 Link to the full article: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/less-the-new-more-in-book-publishing/

 

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How to Set Up a Facebook Page for Business | Social Media Examiner

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Facebook Pages: learn the correct steps to create and set up a Facebook Page for your business.

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If you have not set up an author page on Facebook for your ebook promotion and marketing, then you are missing out on thousands of possible readers.

This very informative article takes you by the hand and leads you step-by-step to create your very own page for your website, author name, or book. You can create multiple business pages, so the sky’s the limit! At the very least create a page for your author name, where you can list your books and promotions on your page.

Here’s my page for my website: http://facebook.com/PhilosBooks

and an example of the page I set up for my author name: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Penelope-Silvers/547480878598060?ref=hlhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Penelope-Silvers/547480878598060?ref=hl

As you can see, all my books are front and center on my banner. VERY IMPORTANT: When creating any Facebook fan pages, make sure you are logged in as your personal facebook profile before creating. This allows you to switch back and forth between pages using the little gear on the upper right corner.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-set-up-a-facebook-page-for-business/

 

 

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Self-Publishing Success Stories: The Anatomy of a Kindle Bestseller

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Writing for writing’s sake is absolutely brilliant, but many of us have ambitions to be #1 on the Amazon charts, selling hundreds of thousands of books and raking in the cash! 

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Writing is hard work! That is a given, but once your book is actually written, how in the world do we enter into the ranks of the Kindle bestsellers?

This article by bestselling author Mark Edwards touches on some characteristics of what goes into a Kindle bestseller. Begin your journey armed with these tools, and you might also enter through the portals of the elite “bestseller” club.

1)  Get the BASICS right (GRIPPING book, great COVER, excellent book DESCRIPTION)

2) Write a MARKETING plan (this is tip most authors skip over)

 3) Get your books NOTICED (Twitter w/ tools such as Tweet Adder and Triberr)

 4) Identify BLOGS and SITES that might review your book (send a professional template requesting a review)

 5) Get into the ALSO BOUGHT Amazon “bar” of popular books

 6) Set up a BLOG and interview other popular authors

 7) Be prepared to WORK HARD!

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

 Link to the full article with all the details for your own plan: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/01/21/self-publishing-success-kindle-bestseller/

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Richard Branson’s 7 Secrets To Social Media | CEO.com

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When Richard Branson speaks, multitudes of people listen. An article on “7 Secrets to using social media” from the CEO of Virgin? I could not resist peeking at the article to see what Richard does that might help authors in their ebook promotion.

Here’s a tiny taste of his “7 Secrets” to social media stardom:

1) He’s actually ON social media (He wants to communicate)

2) He tweets HIMSELF (he actually enjoys it)

3) He ASKS questions (people want to be heard)

4) He ANSWERS questions (his followers love him for it)

5) He TRAINS employees to be socially savvy

6) He relishes new OPPORTUNITIES (he’s adventurous)

7) He lives by the mantra ” Be AUTHENTIC and ORGANIC.”

The lessons to be learned from this? Your readers want to hear from YOU! They want to know your struggles, your joys, your fears, your successes, your failures. It truly does not take that much time if you incorporate a little time for communication into your day. Find ways to be a socially savvy author and find your fans!

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.ceo.com/marketing/richard-bransons-7-secrets-to-social-media/#ceoid=nlel246

 

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Four Things Indie Authors Need to Understand About Google Search | Successful Self-Publishing

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“Using google search correctly can help you sell books and reach readers.”

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I will admit that when people start talking Google SEO, crawling, indexing and search algorithmic rankings my eyes start glazing over!

I have used many different avenues for book promotion, but never gave much heed to Google search. Perhaps if we pay it a bit more attention, we might get better rankings, and possibly have better sales of our books.

One aspect of this article you might want to take a look at is how Google search works. Google has released an interactive infographic, “How Search Works” that will give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the process from start to finish.

 If you have some extra time left over after writing, and keeping up with all your other social media obligations, take a peek at Google Search and see if you want to add it onto your list of “Author: things to do”.

 ***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/four-things-indie-authors-need-to-understand-about-google-search/

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SOCL – Visual Social Networking for Authors (or Anyone)

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Pinterest versus Socl? Well, I really don’t think so. Pinterest is a huge monster – third largest social network in the world – and it’s humming with activity.

 

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Do you pin your books to Pinterest? If not, you should start–since it is the third largest social network in the world! I pin all my books on a couple of different boards, and I also have several other Pinterest boards relating to all things self-publishing. Pinterest requires you to find the pins and set them up attractively so that others will grab them and pin away!

There is a lesser known, but up and coming new visual network called SOCL. This article discusses this new social site that I hadn’t yet heard of–another ebook promotion angle worth checking into.

SOCL could work as another free visual site for exposure of your books to the world. Socl is the new guy in town, and a little more limited because users can only post what they can find on the search engine Bing. Advantages? Fast and easy to create your board. Just type in your search term and you pin directly from the results right onto your board.

Take a look at SOCL and see if there are ways to incorporate this new site into your ebook promotion and marketing plan.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/04/09/tips-visual-social-networking-for-authors/

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15 Common Grammar Mistakes – Writing and Editing

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This fun and informative infographic sums up several of my pet peeves. If you are going to write–then please learn proper grammar! When I am reading and encounter glaring grammatical errors, I just close up the book and put it away.

 It does take some practice, but this very important part of writing can be accomplished. If I see one more YOUR for YOU’RE or  IT’S for ITS, I think I will just scream!

This graphic can be printed out and tacked up on your wall for easy viewing and consulting while writing. Enjoy!

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

 Link to the original infographic: http://writerswrite1.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/15-common-grammar-mistakes/

 

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How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies

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Who will be the JK Rowling of self-publishing? Better still: who will be the legions who make an extra $1,000-$1,000,000 per year?

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Do indie authors have even the remotest of chances to become the next $1,000,000 success story? The answer is YES! This guest post on the blog of Tim Ferriss of the “4 Hour Body” and “4 Hour Work Week” has a wealth of information on selling ebooks in this new age of publishing.

Here’s a preview of what you will learn:

 o Why did best-selling Author Barry Eisler turn down a $500,000 offer from his publisher in favor of publishing his own books?

 o Why is Amazon now selling more ebooks than printed books?

 o How can you figure out what niche to choose in to publish your book?

 o How do you go about creating your ebook?

 o What about formatting and designing a cover?

 o What to do about marketing and promotion of your ebook?

 o What is the best price point for your ebook?

If you’ve given up writing an ebook for fear of the competition, read this article and start your planning today. The soon you get started, the sooner you could also have a successful book topping the Amazon charts. 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/04/04/how-to-make-1000000-selling-e-books-tactics-and-case-studies/

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