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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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4 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts | Jane Friedman

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If other authors are like myself, they are always keeping their ears perked up for any creative ways to improve their marketing efforts. It’s a constant and ongoing effort–but one that must be done if we are to see any sales of our books. Another great article by Jane Friedman, and some new ideas to ponder:

1) Use your WEBSITE for hard selling – People don’t normally buy from BUY MY BOOK!! posts. Use social media for relationship building.

2) Brainstorm your MEANINGFUL relationships – Divide the list into 3 groups (Groups A-C) and send different announcements to each one. NOTE: Very few authors do this one.

3) Brainstorm the GATEKEEPERS to your readers – Example: Fitness blogs would be the gatekeeper to your readers if you write exercise books. Can you write a guest post? Contribute in some way?

4) Invest in professional DESIGN and PRESENTATION – This one goes without saying, but one that unfortunately gets left in the dust. Your books are your business–your store. Do people want to come through your front door? Make sure you have: Professional website, book covers, author photo, business cards, tweet avatar, facebook page, etc.

Incorporate these tips into your ebook promotion and marketing, and you will tap into some areas that may bring new readers your way.

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

 Link to the original article: http://janefriedman.com/2012/05/18/4-ways-to-immediately-improve-your-book-marketing-efforts/

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Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers

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“Books have changed forever, and that’s good. Writers will find readers and make more money going it alone, like me.”

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Hugh Howey wanted to find out if there were other success stories out there when he posed a question on the Kindle Boards. He started a thread entitled “The Self Published Authors I Want to Hear From.” He wanted to find those making $100 to $500 a month. He had a sneaking suspicion that there were many. He said that every response he received started with a variation of: “I’m actually making a lot more than that.”

 How about these stories:

o JAN STRNAD, a 62-year-old educator hoping to retire in four years. In 2012, he made $11,406.31 from his work.  He now makes around $2,000 a month.

o ROBERT J. CRANE, His monthly income had gone from $110.29 in June to $13,000+ in November.

o RACHEL SCHURIG has sold 100,000 e-books and made 6 figures last year.

o RICK GUALTIERI cleared over $25,000 in 2012 from his writing.

o AMANDA BRICE writes teen mysteries and adult romantic comedies in her spare time. She averages $750 a month with her work.

Do you have story inside of you just waiting to be heard? Never has there been such a time in history that doors to publishing success are flung as wide open as they are today. Just think–if you start your writing today, you could be the next self-publishing success story tomorrow!

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

Link to the original article: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/04/hugh_howey_self_publishing_is_the_future_and_great_for_writers/

 

 

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How To Use Twitter Lists

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I have set up a couple of “lists” on Twitter but this post delves further into some great ideas you can use to maximize your ebook promotion and marketing. You first want to make sure to categorize your “followers” and decide if you want the lists to be public or private.

If you are a writer, set up some lists for readers you know follow your books in the genre you write. Then you can tweet specifically to that list when you have a new book coming out–without wasting the time of all others on your list. Let’s say: SFR (Science Fiction Readers) could be an example of this type of group.

If you are looking for reviews, set up lists specifically for persons who have expressed an interest in this. For example: SFRV (Science Fiction Reviewers)

If you belong to a Facebook Writers Group you could set up another list to tweet to your Writer Friends (FBWG – Facebook Writer’s Group)

I wish I had started setting this up from Square One, but it’s never too late. We just have to start from where we are. Happy Tweeting!

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

Link to the original article: http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/how-to-use-twitter-lists

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50 pieces of writing advice from authors

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Writers – well, good writers anyway – understand words. They have this uncanny knack of knowing which one to use and when – and just think, there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of the blighters.

 

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Hover over a picture and mine yourself a quote from one of 50 Writers that you can latch onto and gleen from. Here are a few of my favorites:

ERNEST HEMINGWAY – “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

HARPER LEE – “Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself… It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”

SYLVIA PLATH – “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” 

EDGAR ALLAN POE – “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” 

W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM – “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

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

 Link to the original article and all the quotes and quotees: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/50-pieces-of-writing-advice-from-authors

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Authors: when is the most productive time to write?

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I read this article on cracked.com yesterday, entitled “5 things you can do right now to be instantly smarter.”

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Could the best time of day to write be when you are tired, frazzled, and at your worst? Apparently, experiments have shown that our brain adapts to new and crazy ideas when we are annoyed. When we’re at ease our brain is comfy and rejects ideas that seem too weird. Huh? 

I am trying to get my writing done first thing in the morning when I am fresh, and my mind hasn’t been overtaken by all the gobbledegook on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and e-mail. This seems to be working for me. I jump in with both feet, get the required (my own goals) amount of writing done, and get out.

The ideas that come to me are fresh from the dream state, and not affected by all of the other social interference out on the web. I think each person has to find their own writing bliss, embrace it, and reject what doesn’t work. The whole point is to get it done, and be pleased with your finished work.

 

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

 Link to the original article and the full interview: http://crimsonleague.com/2013/03/31/authors-when-is-the-most-productive-time-to-write/

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

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These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

I am tucking this list of Pixar’s “22 Rules of Storytelling” into my writer’s toolbox to pull out when I am working on my writing for Kindle. I can readily pick up some new ideas by quickly scanning the list, and referring back to these rules could truly get you out of some stuck-in-the-mud storylines.

I’m fondly recalling Pixar’s Movie, “Up”. If they used these rules in writing the love story of Carl and Ellie, then these rules would also work great for romance stories written for Kindle. Their beautiful story in the movie is the shortest, most eloquent and touching love story I think I have ever seen. Although it was between two digitally created characters, every time I watch it, I sob like a baby.

Pixar knows of which they speak. This one is a keeper.

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

Link to the original article: http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/07/pixars-22-rules-of-storytelling/

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Ebook Promotion — What’s Working at Amazon in 2013? | Self-Publishing

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Amazon isn’t the only place to sell your ebooks, and I’ve had some luck with Apple and Kobo of late, but it remains the big dog in the house.”

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There are so many ways to market our ebooks, and authors are always trying to decipher how to make sales in the ways of “least resistance”. Not that we are a lazy bunch–quite the opposite–we are just overwhelmed with choices.

 This excellent article sums up what the writer feels first is “Not Working at Amazon” anymore, then she tells what “Is Working”.

 Let us sum up what is NOT WORKING well anymore:

1) TAGGING (Amazon got rid of the keywords on the book page)

2)  “Post-Free” KDP SELECT BOUNCE (It’s not as good as it used to be)

3)  Using AUTHOR NAMES in your book descriptions

4)  KEYWORDS in the TITLE fields (Amazon is cracking down)

5)  BIG VENUES for advertising your ebooks (Amazon again cracking down)

 Is anything working? Let’s sum up what MIGHT BE WORKING:

1)  Putting out your WORK FREE on the net, and put it out EVERYWHERE

2)  ADVERTISE where it is effective (Bookbub and Goodreads)

3)  WRITE more books! (Best marketing you can do)

 

Think “Whole Series” or “Multiple Series” so readers will buy more from you!

Hope this sparks some great ideas for you in your own marketing campaign. Happy book selling!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.lindsayburoker.com/amazon-kindle-sales/book-promotion-whats-working-at-amazon/

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This Itch of Writing: Showing and Telling: the basics

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Writing, talking about writing, reading writing and sometimes hating writing:
a blog by novelist Emma Darwin

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This is one of the best articles I have seen on the Writing Basics of “Showing” and “Telling”. The author would rather call it “Evoking” and “Informing” and I tend to agree.

Beginning writers naturally do more telling than showing, which is usually where we all begin. Once you get into the process of writing on a regular basis, you want your writing to “evoke” some kind of emotion in the reader.

Not that telling is wrong. There is a place for telling. Children’s stories will use the “telling” or “informing” of a narrator more than the “showing” or “evoking”. Once upon a time…

Take a look at the article for some very specific examples, and another helpful writer’s tip about “psychic distance”.

   

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

 

Link to the original article and the full interview: http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/showing-and-telling-the-basics.html

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