This past week, we covered: writing fiction, freelance writing, fast writing, and much more.
If you’re self-publishing, take a bow. You’ve become legit. Yes, no need to hide in corners any longer, feeling somehow less legitimate than “real” authors.
If you’ve ever done a coaching class with me, you know that one of my favorite comments is: “you’re over-thinking this.”
In the early 1980s, I decided that I’d write and sell a novel. I gave myself until I was 40 to do it. If I didn’t manage to do it in ten years, I promised myself I’d give up my dream of becoming a novelist. Amazingly, I managed to get a contract from British publisher Macdonald Futura for a series of romance novels in less than six months.
Here’s how I did it: I created a plan, and I worked the plan.
Publishing fiction is all about platform — making your name.
You can publish all the nonfiction ebooks you please, and even if you write several truly horrible books, you can recover from it.
Fiction isn’t like that. Write a stinker, a novel which truly annoys readers, and you’ve lost those readers, perhaps forever.
Every so often you come across a tip which is just BRILLIANT.
Here’s a truism all writers should take to heart: “If you want to make money, help other people to make money.”
Blogging is no longer a hobby; it’s now become big business. Are you taking advantage of this change?
Few writers are, and this means there’s a big opportunity for you.
If you want to sell your books on Amazon’s Kindle store, you need to make sure that your books are found.
Working with clients who know you is easier than getting new clients each week. Spend some time thinking about how you can stay in touch with your clients.
Let’s start by talking about stress. Stress is a constant for many writers, and this stress develops from fear. If you’re stressed, please use the Easy-Write Process. I use it every day, and have taught it to thousands of writers. It eliminates stress.
Oddly enough, I’ve found that I use my iPad to write IN my office. I always have the outline of my current novel Work in Progress (WIP) on the iPad screen. It’s propped next to my oversized monitor. When I get an idea, or a bit of dialogue pops into my mind, I tap it into Drafts, then carry on with whatever I was doing.
This week a writer called me. She’s had an unfortunate experience. A couple of months ago she published her first novel on Amazon. The novels’ a typical “vampire with a touch of humor” tale, she says. Everything was fine, she was even making a few sales.
My confession up front: I don’t like authors who use Twitter to market their books.
Here’s why: they do it badly. Dozens of tweets a day with variations of : “read my amazing book ____ (title) Please RT” is not marketing. It’s spamming. It’s also stupid.
A writer told me: “I want to write a book, but I’m too busy… It takes too long for the money to come in…”
That’s definitely a challenge for authors: if you depend on the income from your writing, how do you keep the money coming in? You need months to write and sell your book.
A couple of writers have asked me for a step by step process to write fast, quality content, so here it is.
Yesterday, I chatted with a writer who’s getting her first book ready to post on Amazon. She’s panicking about the possibility of one-star reviews.
One thing shocked me when I asked for your biggest challenge (in our poll). Almost every writer felt inadequate.