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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!



***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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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.

Penelope‘s insight:


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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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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The Marshall Plan® – Where to Get Writing Ideas

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Writeanovelfast.com provides tips and ideas for writing and publishing your novel faster. Veteran book agents and writers Evan Marshall and Martha Jewett pull from three decades of experience working with writers.

Penelope‘s insight:


The age-old question for writers is: “Where in the world do you come up with all of your ideas?” My response: “In this world we live in–the ideas are ripe for the picking!”

This very excellent article dishes up some juicy tidbits on a silver platter to spark your writing juices. Here’s a couple I plucked from one of my favorite topic scouting sites: YAHOO.COM


THE MAN WHOSE IMPEACEMENT VOTE SAVED ANDREW JOHNSON -After being impeached, President Andrew Johnson survived his 1868 Senate trial by just one vote. And to this day, how that vote was cast remains shrouded in controversy.

ROBIN THE BOY WONDER KILLED! – NEW YORK — The story of Batman and Robin is about to change forever. That’s according to The New York Post…

There is a constant barrage of these types of headlines every minute of every hour of every day. See if you can’t come up with a list of your own go-to sites for your Kindle Writing ideas.


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

 Link to the original article: http://writeanovelfast.com/wheretogetideas.htm#



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allAfrica.com: Africa – Travel Writing and Africa in the 21st Century

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allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience


Penelope‘s insight:


Are you a traveler? Even if you don’t travel to the far reaches of the world, you could write a travel book for Kindle. They are hot, and if you are an international traveler, you could piggyback off the success of HGTV’s “International Homes”. Match the books to their episodes.

People always want to know what is in different parts of the county–and the world. If you’ve traveled to a wonderful, exotic locale, write about it!

Here’s what you can do:

1) Pull out all your PICTURES – People want to SEE what you are talking about! You can easily scan in those pictures to add into your book.

2) Recreate your STORY from your pictures. If you can’t remember a lot of the details, another idea is to create a children’s book from the pics if you snapped lots of animals, flowers, trees and things that kids like.

3) Break down your travel story into a SERIES of books. You can use the same trip, but give each book a different subject, different title, but bundle them together.

Let your imagination run wild. If you are a journaler, even better! Pull out those journals and your pictures, and pore over them to recreate your story–and your book for Kindle.


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

Link to the original article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201302221181.html


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Live Radio Interview featuring Author Micki Peluso

Micki Peluso

Micki Peluso

Book: “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”

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and her contact info:

Facebook Page
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Twitter Page @MickiPeluso

 A Live! interview will soon be featured by this very talented author on

“Penelope’s Book Chat” on Blog Talk Radio

  February 22 @ 6:30 PM EST

This show will feature an interview with Micki Peluso, the published author of a beautiful and haunting memoir. This book is a tribute to her daughter, Noelle, and is also dedicated to all the children who have lost their lives to a drunken driver.  From book description on Amazon:  “Just when their lives are nearly perfect, tragedy strikes—and the laughter dies. A terrible accident takes place in the placid valley nestled within the Susquehanna Mountains in the town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. On a country lane just blocks from the family’s hundred year old haunted farmhouse, lives are changed forever. Micki and Butch face the horror every parent fears—awaiting the fate of one of their children. While sitting vigil in the ICU waiting room, Micki traverses the past, as a way of dealing with an inconceivable future.”  Kindle Book on Amazon:

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How to browse the Kindle Lending Library on your PC | PCWorld

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Your Amazon Prime membership entitles you to one free book per month.

Penelope‘s insight:


If you or someone you know is trying to check out a book on the Kindle Lending Library, you may become totally frustrated with the hoops you have to jump through, and chuck the whole idea before you check out even one book. When you become a member of Amazon’s Prime Program for $79/yr, they allow you check out one free book per month. How in the world do you find a book from over 300,000 available?

 Here are the exact steps you can use yourself or (be a friend) direct someone else who is ready to tear their hair out from the process:

 1. Head to http://Amazon.com.

 2. Locate the left edge of the search bar, click little arrow next to “All”, then click “Books”.

 3. Now click “Go”.

 4. Scroll down until you see Amazon Prime in the lefthand toolbar. Click the “Prime Eligible” box.

 5. In the following page, in the Format area, click the header marked “Kindle Edition”.

 At this point you are finally able to view every single book Amazon allows you to check out as part of your prime membership. You’ve got 6 sorting options, and may want to view “Most Reviews” for best results. Amazon has their act together in most places, but they may want to tweak the steps for their customers in this area.


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

 Link to the original article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028407/how-to-browse-the-kindle-lending-library-on-your-pc.html 

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Apparently, Size Really Does Matter

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For Indie Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors, writing multi-book series is clearly a tremendous advantage.  Read On »

Penelope‘s insight:


When writing a book for the digital marketplace, think “SERIES”. For the young adult (YA) genre, first Harry Potter burst onto the scene, followed by the Twilight books, the Hunger Games trilogy, and more.

Writing a series has become a crucial marketing tool for indie authors in garnering new readers that will hungrily stay tuned for more of your work.

The key is to offer your first book in the series for .99 or even better–for FREE permanently. This book should be set to release a few months ahead of the entire series. It will do your promotion work for you.

The disadvantage? Series books must have bigger concepts and lots of surprises. The advantage? Marketing a series is easier, and you will have a built-in audience for future books. This could transform your writing career from a hobby into a very profitable business.


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

 Link to the original article: http://indiereader.com/2013/02/apparently-size-really-does-matter



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A Celebration of Life in the Midst of Tragedy

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…And the Whippoorwill Sang…by Micki Peluso

This book left me breathless. From beginning to end, I was spellbound by this haunting and beautiful memoir by Micki Peluso, written as a beautiful love story to her daughter. This story was a celebration of life in the midst of tragedy. It is a tale of love, laughter, and then many tears as a tight-knit family experiences a wonderful life and then a grievous loss together.

The story begins with the family in the ER at the hospital, reeling from a fateful chain of events. It then quickly moves back in time to the very beginnings of Micki and Butch more than a decade before–from their crazy double matrimony ceremony with her mother, to keeping their new marriage a secret, to Micki being thrust into the role of wife and mother at a very young age.

We are drawn into the fun and crazy patchwork quilt that made up the Pelusos and their friends. Yes, there is a tragedy in the loss of their daughter, but the author has chosen to take out her grief on the written page, and allow us a glimpse into their lives. I am thankful that she has, because the story of Micki, her family and her precious daughter showed us the fragility of life–and truly touched my heart.



How to Time Your Social Media Updates

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Penelope‘s insight:

Authors! If you are promoting your books and taking the time to twitter and pin, why not make sure your words are reaching the largest audience possible–for the greatest impact?

This article is a great eye-opener for me, and reiterates that there are good, better and best times for tweeting. What is your target audience for your books? Are they in school? At work? At home? When, exactly would they be checking their social media updates?

Think about a few little tweaks you can make to time your updates to your reading audience, so your words will not just be echoing in the wilderness.

Here’s some guidlines that you can put into practice right away:

  • Make posts and tweets at daytime, especially between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m (EST) on week days. These are the hours when your tweets receive maximum impressions.
  • Make posts over the lunch hour when many social network users have time to look at their social network platforms. Before school (4 a.m to 7 a.m EST).
  • Time of arrival at work.
  • At the end of business days

You may also want to run some tests to see when your tweets garner the most reactions, and try to post the same message multiple times. Test different types of content. You can create several different Twitter channels to send out different messages. Remember–timing is important for your social media marketing to have an impact on your audience.


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

 Link to the original article: http://blog.insideview.com/2013/02/06/how-to-time-your-social-media-updates/#comment-18331



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