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Successful Self-Publishing Authors Are Entrepreneurs | The Alliance of Independent Authors’s Blog.

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What entrepreneurs and self-publishing indie authors have in common.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Self Publishing Authors = Entrepreneurs.

The sooner indie authors begin to see themselves as entrepreneurs, the sooner they can make headway (on their own terms) with their writing futures. 

This is second-nature to me, and I suppose I take it a bit for granted, since I have lived with an entrepreneur for a quarter of a century. I have watched him build companies from the ground up with absolutely nothing.

Compare self-publishing tasks with tasks of the classic entrepreneur, and they are no different. Writing a book and marketing said book is no different than creating a product or company and sending it to market.

As a writer and self-publisher, you must realize that you have now become an entrepreneur. An edit to your manuscript may not be what’s needed–it may be an edited perspective.

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

 Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/successful-self-publishing-authors-are-entrepreneurs/

 

 

 

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7 Things Marketers Should Know About Tumblr – Ebook Promotion

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As the 32nd most popular website in the world, Tumblr is a big opportunity. But you can’t approach it as you would other marketing strategies.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Tumblr is one of those back-of-the-burner sites that I have heard about, thought about, but haven’t done much with until recently.

I went as far as pinning my book covers on this site which is the 32nd most popular site in the world. I do know that it is popular with the younger crowd, so the approach needs to be a bit different than on other social media.

Here are 7 things you should know and then head on over to Tumblr, create an account, and try it out:

o Forget MARKETING – shift focus to your audience

o Provide great CONTENT – give stuff away for free

o Provide EVERGREEN CONTENT – Create content with LEGS

o Create CONTENT people will SHARE – Good photos do well

o Occasionally create LONG POSTS – creates spikes of traffic

o TAG wisely – Tumblr relies on tags, not keywords

o Interact with OTHER Tumblr USERS – this platform is SOCIAL

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/how-to-use-tumblr-for-marketing.html

 

 

 

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The digital truths traditional publishers don’t want to hear – The Guardian (blog)

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The Guardian (blog) The digital truths traditional publishers don’t want to hear
“Digital book distribution is available to anyone who wants it.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

I was interested to read insights by Barry Eisler, best-selling traditional and now-self-published author. He asked the question, “The choices are good for writers, so why are legacy publishers so angry?”

Book distribution via paper publishing has been in existence forever, until the introduction of Amazon Kindle in 2007. Has it only been 6 years?  The writer could hire out everything EXCEPT distribution. Now the tables have  clearly turned. The writer has the world at his or her fingertips.

 85% of a writer’s revenues were turned over to the book distributor for an entire publishing package. A writer can now take 70% of the profits their self-published book between $2.99-$9.99 on Amazon.

 Traditional publishers are scrambling. Who’s in the driver’s seat now?

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

 Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/apr/29/digital-truths-traditional-publishers

 

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Handwritten Manuscript Pages From Classic Novels – Writing History

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“These days, almost all works of literature are written on computers — from their first inklings, saved in a document called “notes,” to their final, emailed-out drafts — and even, increasingly, read on them. “

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Novelists in this century have it made with Microsoft Word and writing programs such as Scrivener to organize all their thoughts, edits, and ramblings and tie them all up in a neat little bow of a book.

This article gives us a pictorial glimpse into the writing minds of some very famous authors. I enjoy analyzing ones such as the manuscript for Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary”. I can just picture him sitting at a small desk, in a hard wooden chair, with only a small candle lighting the way. He’s got the crinkly paper twisted in such a way (as we were taught in elementary school) to force his writing to head uphill all the way. The first page of Vladimir Nabokov’s first draft of “Invitation to a Beheading” would barely retain any of the first writing, as all of his edits take over the page.

These snippets of pieces of manuscript history are fascinating, and should make us feel very fortunate that we have all the tools readily availalble to us to enhance our writing.

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

 Link to the original article and all manuscripts:http://flavorwire.com/387994/handwritten-manuscript-pages-from-classic-novels/view-all

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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.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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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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.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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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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.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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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