Writing Short Fiction Roundup

Writing Short Fiction Roundup

Over the past week or two, we’ve been talking about writing short fiction, in conjunction with the prelaunch of our new program, Kindle Short Fiction Domination: Today’s Blueprint For Writing Success And Income.

Kindle Short Stories: Profitable, And Fast To Write

Today, short stories are profitable. Amazon doesn’t care whether you publish a 90,000 word novel, or 9,000 word short story. Ebooks can be any length you choose.

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Write And Sell Kindle Short Fiction: New Online Class

Over the past few months, I’ve been tinkering with my Kindle short fiction publishing, and working with several other writers. We’ve developed a blueprint which works across genres. Our new online class gives you that blueprint. You’ll write, and sell, using a plan which works.

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Write And Sell Short Stories: Conflict Is Essential

You need conflict on every page of your story. How do you achieve that? That’s easy. You add conflicting emotions. We’re human. We’re conflicted. All of the time. So are your characters. If you can take that insight, and use it, your stories will be much more powerful, and you’ll collect fans.

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Write Short Stories Readers Love (And Read)

If you want to keep readers reading: start in the middle. In a word: ACTION. Skip introductions.

It’s essential that you start a short story as close to the end of the story as possible. Experienced authors do this instinctively with short fiction. Their goal is to grab readers, and keep them reading.

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We’ll be talking more about writing short fiction. Short stories and novellas are huge fun to write. And now they’re profitable too.

Keep an eye on the Just Write a Book Blog, and on the Fab Freelance Writing Blog for more.

Kindle Short Fiction Domination: Today’s Blueprint For Writing Success And Income (4-week class)

Short Fiction Domination

Want to write short fiction and build a successful career? For the first time in decades, it’s possible to write short stories and make a great income. Each week, for four weeks, you receive a new lesson, in PDF format, via a download link sent to your email inbox.

As we move through the class, you’re not only writing your own short stories, you’re also discovering the Kindle short fiction BLUEPRINT… What to publish, and when, so that your Amazon income steadily increases. Join us. :-)

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.

11 Minutes To A Rock-Solid Writing Habit

11 Minutes To A Rock-Solid Writing Habit

If you know that you procrastinate, so that your writing doesn’t get done, here’s how to develop a writing habit. It works to build any habit, and all you need is 11 minutes — daily.

You know you should be writing, but…

You’re watching a DVD, or Netflix, or you’ve just spent an hour on Facebook when you should be writing. You tell yourself that you’re tired, and you’ll write tomorrow.

Except you don’t, sadly. Procrastination has you in its deadly grip.

It’s time to free yourself.

If you can spare 11 minutes a day, you can do it.

Commit to 11 minutes, and magic happens

Years ago I read somewhere that it takes 11 minutes to change a mind-state. That stuck with me. One day, before heading out for my walk, I focused on my mental chatter: I hate exercise, I have so much I should be doing, I don’t have time… kvetch, kevetch… OK: mind-state — resistant and resentful.

I looked at my watch.

11 minutes? Let’s see. Would my mind-state change?

I kept walking, and took my emotional temperature every few minutes.

At 11 minutes precisely, I started to enjoy the walk. It was fun.

Coincidence, I decided. So I kept watching for ways I could test the “11 minutes” theory again. I tried it on a writing project I’d been avoiding. On household chores. On calling people I didn’t want to call.

It worked. Each and every time, I knew that I only had to survive 11 minutes, and if I could do that, my mind-state would change. It would become a healthy, positive, and often creative, mind-state. That was well worth 11 minutes.

Why the 11 minute trick works to build a writing habit

When my writing students procrastinate, and can’t get motivated, I suggest the 11 minute trick to them. If they can open a computer file, and stick with their writing for 11 minutes, their mind-state will change.

Why does this simple trick work to build a writing habit?

Once you’ve seen the trick in action, you realize that your emotions change: they change constantly. Emotional resistance to writing no longer bluffs you. You may not be “in the mood” to write when you start writing, but you know that you will be — in 11 minutes.

Try the trick

Not in the mood to write? Look at your watch.

Start writing.

Your emotions will change. You’ll become intrigued by, and engrossed in your writing… in 11 minutes.

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets
Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Whether you’re a new fiction writer, or are an experienced pro, you need hungry markets for your books. Genres come in and out of fashion. Discover the hot genres on the Kindle Store — and write what’s selling NOW.

Our comprehensive new program not only reveals the hottest selling genres, it also helps you to write and SELL them. Enjoy. :-)

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.

Alternote: The OS X App Making Evernote Easier

Alternote: The OS X App Making Evernote Easier

“Evernote needs a dashboard,” I decided a few years ago. I kept hoping that Evernote would develop one, but they didn’t. “And a word count where you can see it, not hidden away…” No joy there, either. Until Alternote.

Alternote is a fascinating new OS X app that’s just what I wanted. It functions as an Evernote dashboard: I can view only those notebooks I want to look at. I can have a list of favorite notes.

And there’s a WORD COUNT (yippee!) in the bottom right of each note. (I’m wiping away tears of joy here, trust me.) Word count’s hugely important to writers.

What I like most about Alternote

See above — I can use Alternote as a quick way of getting things done in Evernote.

I love Evernote’s Mac app, but with over 6K notes, it becomes hard to get stuff done, because:

  • It’s easy to be distracted with notebooks and notes;
  • No easily visible word count when writing (see above);
  • Too many notebooks. Yes, distraction again. I’m a Gemini, and we love bright shiny objects.

You can keep up to 100K notes in Evernote, but I weed out my notes and notebooks regularly. Many notes expire; that is, they’re only useful for a limited time. A goals list for example, is time-limited. Once you’ve achieved those goals — or haven’t achieved them — the outdated list’s just a distraction.

So, the biggest plus for me with using Alternote is that I can cut down on Evernote’s distractions.

I also like the Markdown facility; I write almost everything in Markdown. You can repurpose at will in Markdown, especially with The wonderful Marked 2 app.

In summary: if you’re a Mac Evernote user, and want an app that acts as a useful front-end/ dashboard, give Alternote a try.

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets
Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Whether you’re a new fiction writer, or are an experienced pro, you need hungry markets for your books. Genres come in and out of fashion. Discover the hot genres on the Kindle Store — and write what’s selling NOW.

Our comprehensive new program not only reveals the hottest selling genres, it also helps you to write and SELL them. Enjoy. :-)

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.

Kindle Fiction Boom For Savvy Authors

Kindle Fiction Boom For Savvy Authors

Clever authors are enjoying something of a boom on Amazon’s Kindle Store. 69% of the 50,000 bestselling ebooks on Kindle Direct Publishing are genre fiction.

Choosing a hot-selling genre makes all the difference to sales. Our latest program, Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets, gets authors up to speed on genres.

From the press release:

A “genre” is simply a category of fiction. Genres include romance, mystery, thrillers, and fantasy. There are dozens of genres, and even more sub-genres of these genres.

Angela Booth believes that authors can sell more ebooks when they narrowly target their latest ebook to a well-defined genre. “With a million new ebooks released on the Kindle Store every four months, getting their new ebooks found is a real challenge. By targeting sub-genres of popular genres, authors can increase their visibility, and therefore their sales. They can also find loyal readers.”

Angela’s students have found that their sales increase when they target their ebooks to specific sub-genres within genres. She says: “An author can write wonderful books. With a little effort, that author can help readers to find his books — and sell many more ebooks than he otherwise would.”

How to find top-selling fiction genres on Amazon

I discussed finding top-selling genres in this article, Write And Sell Kindle Fiction: Focus On Genre.

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets
Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Whether you’re a new fiction writer, or are an experienced pro, you need hungry markets for your books. Genres come in and out of fashion. Discover the hot genres on the Kindle Store — and write what’s selling NOW.

Our comprehensive new program not only reveals the hottest selling genres, it also helps you to write and SELL them. Enjoy. :-)

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.