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11 Visual Exercises – Turn Book Dreams into a Published Book!

Imagine Yourself as a Published Author

Imagine Yourself as a Published Author

“Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.”
Quincy Jones

 

Imagine.

You. Published author.

Your published book on Amazon’s shelves.

People spotting your beautiful book cover as they search for a book to buy.

Readers buying your book.

Logging in to your Amazon bookshelf and seeing numbers popping up under month-to-date sales.

Wouldn’t that be exciting?

You’ve just spent the last few months or years writing your memoir, romance, mystery or non-fiction story. The material is amazing. You’ve gone over it with a fine tooth comb and it is perfect. The story has been burning in your chest to be told. This story has become your baby. You know the world needs to hear what you have to say.

 

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” 
– Brian Tracy

 

You say you’re not even close to completing your book?

Think it can’t be done?

Have you even gotten started?

Maybe you need some inspiration about right now.

 

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”
– Sun Tzu

 

Here’s a goal for you.

Kindles Wrapped under the Tree

Wrapped Presents are waiting under the Christmas Tree

Christmas is close at hand.

Christmas morning will find millions rubbing the sleep from their eyes. They run into the living room to check out what Santa brought.

Christmas trees are lit up all over the world.

The tinsel sparkles.

The lights will be twinkling.

Presents are wrapped and waiting.

Kindles are under the Christmas tree.

Kindles under the Christmas Tree

There’s a Kindle in one of those packages!

These are gifts to new readers of ebooks.

Recipients will be excited that they received their brand spanking new e-reader.

They will, of course, need books to fill it up.

They will be heading over to Amazon to find books for their new  Kindle.

This is the first of October.

You have three months.

Let’s do a little exercise together.

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Picture your book as completed.
  3. What does the cover look like?
  4. What color is it?
  5. Is there a picture on the cover or just text?
  6. Picture your title.
  7. Picture your name under the title, with the word “author” after your name.
  8. Picture your book in the listing of your chosen category on Amazon.
  9. What would it feel like to hold this book in your hand?
  10. Who is the first person you would share it with?
  11. Take Action

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
– Pablo Picasso

 

Now you’ve imagined your book, the Kindles in hand at Christmas, now is the time to take action. (Tweet)

Imagine your Author Name and Book Title on this Book Cover

Imagine your Author Name and Book Title on this Book Cover

Now is the time to write.

 

“The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead! ”
– George S. Patton

 

The next post will help you do this.

 

Try the visual exercises and tell me what you imagine.  What is the title of your book? Color?  What are you doing to make this book a reality?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

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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.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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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Author John Grisham Fan Q&A – TIME.com

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This former lawyer—and lawmaker—found his greatest success writing legal thrillers like The Client and A Time to Kill. His latest book, The Appeal, is out Jan. 29.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

How do I love John Grisham? Let me count the ways… His lawyerly books don’t read like a stuffy, dusty  law journal, but instead more like “Law on Speed”.

When I stumbled across a fan Q&A with this baseball-loving, former lawyer I just had to stop what I was doing and revel in his words. His newest book, “Calico Joe” weaves together mystery and his love for baseball into a very intriguing story. I don’t care much for baseball, but I truly did enjoy this novel.

Pause for a moment with your coffee or tea, and enjoy some words of wisdom from one of my favorite authors.

*****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.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1706764,00.html

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Tips on Effectively Conveying Character Emotion | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books. From The Alliance of Independent Authors

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All successful novels, no matter what genre, have one thing in common: emotion, writes Bella Puglisi one half of The Bookshelf Muse blogging duo, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

Penelope‘s insight:

Character emotion is one of the hardest things for most of us writers to nail down in a novel. This post will give you a heads up any time your character is up against a wall–and you can’t put your finger on the proper emotion to describe it.

Next time your scene needs a little more emotional oomph, remember these tips:

1) Whenever possible, show the emotion instead of naming it outright.

2) To show emotion, choose physical, internal, and mental responses for your character that are fresh and not overused.

3) Choose cues that are specific to your character and make sense for him or her.

Check out this new book, or just use the quick start guide in this blog post to get your wheels turning.

Here’s the link to the original post: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/tips-on-effectively-conveying-character-emotion/

 

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This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly” at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

 

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YOU can write for Kindle!

Did you know you can write a book for Kindle?

If you think this seems too far-fetched and you don’t believe in yourself, let me be your encourager. Start by answering these simple questions:

Have you written an essay or term paper in high school or college?
Do you know to research on the internet or in the library?
Have you written a poem?
Have you written a letter to a loved one?
Have you written a sentiment on a birthday card?
Have you sent e-mails, or texts, or tweets?
Do you regularly post on Facebook?

If you answer YES to any of these, then you can write a book.

This will be the first in a series of posts that will give you your own ideas for your very own book that you can begin to craft for Amazon Kindle–and share with the world.

It does not have to be a huge book. You can publish short stories (fiction or non-fiction) from 15-30 pages to start. Remember, you can always do a small test book just to get the hang of what it involves. It doesn’t have to be a best seller right out of the gate. Sometimes it is easier to start with a non-fiction book.

Start brainstorming. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • What are your PASSIONS (think: hobbies or ANY life experiences)

Do you sew? Write computer code? Bike? Play Warcraft? Raise children? Raise goats? Live on a farm? Grow flowers? Collect toy trains? Cook? Bake? Entertain? Belong to a book club? Retired? Professional? You get the picture.

Start making a list. Get a notebook just for this pursuit.

I’ve got a spiral bound, 5-subject notebook that has 5 colored dividers. In the first section goes all the brainstorms of all the ideas I have for writing. Start your Kindle journey by brainstorming everything you like or know something about. You don’t even have to be an expert at it. Make a list. It doesn’t matter if you think it is stupid, or that you think nobody would want to read what you write about. Just write it down. This is just for you. The list might look like this:

  1. Mother (or father) to two children
  2. Speak a foreign language
  3. Grow flowers from seed
  4. Run my own farm
  5. Race dirtbikes
  6. Love motorcycles
  7. Grow my own organic vegetables
  8. Exercise daily (biking, running, soccer, basketball, football)
  9. Great organizer
  10. Know how to budget
  11. Spiritual
  12. Love to travel to new places
  13. Have a dog (or cat)
  14. Married (or single)
  15. Love to sing
  16. Play Piano (guitar, sitar, ukelele, banjo)
  17. Great at cutting hair
  18. Woman of a certain age
  19. Man of a certain age
  20. Divorced and dating

If you have more, keep adding to the list. See how many you can come up with. This is going to be your springboard for your first small book. In the next post, we’ll go into narrowing down the list to #1, and how to expand the material into a book. Have fun!

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Time Travel to Ancient Rome


by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I am not big on historical fiction, but when I began reading Francine Rivers’ epic novel of love in ancient Rome between a weathy Roman and his sister’s slave–I was hooked! This is the first part of a three part triology. Rivers’ thorough research of this time in history will have you right there in the dingy underbelly of the coliseum alongside the slaves and the lions, and you will experience their fear as they are led to their slaughter. She then transports you into the inner sanctums “larariums” or “bibliothecas” of the wealthy Romans. You will taste the disgustingly rich foods (pig’s teats) that the Romans gorge themselves on. You will be transported back to a time that we have only read about in history books, but in these books you will live it, and you will learn the actual Latin words that they spoke. You will find yourself touched in your soul as you close the last page.

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Kindle FIRE is Hot!

I just had an opportunity today to view the New Kindle Fire for myself, and I will have to say that it is fabulous! Not only can I get my reading books online, but also movies, news, and articles with colored pictures that come alive. I would recommend you take a look at the new options the Fire provides. You may, like myself, get so hot you’ll burn up your fingers using it.

Chuck Garfield, field editor

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-Tablet/dp/B0051VVOB2/ref=sr_tr_sr_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1340925661&sr=1-1&keywords=kindle+fire

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Kindle and Me

I love BOOKS and I LOVE Kindle!

I fought getting a Kindle for the longest time, but since I received one for Christmas 2 years ago, I have never looked back!

Now I just have the super simple one, with the basic grey screen and black letters, but that’s fine with me. I may upgrade to the Kindle Fire one of these days if I want to add more color into my life.

I loved my Kindle so much that I wanted to publish and my first book is up and going on the Kindle store:

http://www.amazon.com/Sweepstakes-Contests-Confessions-Admitted-ebook/dp/B007ZJGOTK/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336694784&sr=1-2

If you would be so kind, please take a look and give the book a “Like” for me. I would really appreciate it. If you decide to purchase, please leave me a review! I am currently working on several others that will be published soon.

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