Write Your Book: One Essential Trick

Write Your Book: One Essential Trick

You want to write your book, but you can’t get started. You’ve been planning the book for years. You know that the book will give you authority, and prestige, and you know you must get it done.

I’ve worked with many authors who are “writing a book.” Except they aren’t. They procrastinate endlessly. One client decided she’d write her book when she retired. By the time she contacted me, she’d been retired for three years, and still hadn’t started her book. (Yes, she did write it, and publish it, within a couple of months after we started working together.)

Here’s a secret: you don’t have to write “the book” right now. You can work your way up to it, by using Amazon.

Write a “Lite” Version: Have Fun and Be Playful.

You procrastinate because you want your book to be successful. You fear failure.

Amazon lets you publish your book fast. So, why not create a “lite” version of your book? This won’t be THE BOOK, the one you’re procrastinating on. It will be a version of your book. An experiment. It can also be your own private focus group.

For years, I’d advise authors who were unsure about a book to create a blog on their book’s topic. If their blog got attention, their book would too. On the other hand, if their blog was completely ignored, they needed to rethink their book. And yes, this worked for fiction too.

In 2014, Amazon gives you everything you need to test your book. Who knows? You may even make some money.

Vital: have fun with this. You’re not writing THE BOOK, after all. You’re experimenting; testing your idea. Be playful. Get it done. You risk nothing, and you may gain a great deal.

Give Yourself a Deadline.

Here’s the key: give yourself a deadline to write and publishing your book. Yes, the fun, “lite” version. You can create your book’s cover quickly: use Canva:

From go to whoa, the exercise won’t take you longer than five minutes.

I ghostwrite both fiction and nonfiction for clients. Although they’ll hire a cover designer when the book’s done, I like to include a cover in the MOBIs and PDFs I send them. Canva makes it super-easy for me. Thank you Canva.

Write your book, create a cover, and upload it to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

It’s a little trick to help you to write your book, and it works. Get started. :-)

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Productivity Tricks: Time Yourself

Productivity Tricks: Time Yourself

How often do you find yourself working hard, and achieving little? Usually this happens when you take your eye off the ball, so to speak.

An example. I’m ghostwriting a series of Regency romance novellas for a client, and I’m endlessly distracted by research — this morning I read about bag wigs for example. This took me on a journey of further reading, and before I knew it, I’d wasted 15 minutes on pointless research, since bag wigs were long out of fashion in the Regency period.

Obviously I have a problem with focus, so let’s look at some productivity tricks this week.

The first one: use a timer.

I’ve been using Repeat Timer Pro which is excellent. However, it doesn’t allow you to track your productivity, so I was looking for an app which would help me to do that. I’ve been hearing good things about Tomatoes (Mac), and since the app looks easy to use, I’ve just installed it.

Tomatoes app

Jens-Petter Berget said of the Tomatoes app:

I have full control over each day and how I’ll be working. Every completed pomodoro is archived. This way, at the end of the week, I can evaluate the week and how productive I’ve been. I’m also tracking all interruptions, to see what I can do to have more focus when I’m working.

We’ll see how it works for me. I’ve never followed the Pomodoro Technique in any meaningful way, but I do find that it suits me to work in 25 minute sessions for some tasks. You can work on anything if you know that a distasteful task will be over in less than half an hour.

When I first installed the Tomatoes app, I freaked a little, because I couldn’t see a clear way to edit the timers. In Repeat Timer Pro, you can set timers of various durations. I have a five-minute timer, for example, for free writes, which I do as warm ups for most projects, to clear my mind and help me to focus before I get started on a task.

In Tomatoes, you set one duration. I decided on 40 minutes, because 25 minutes isn’t long enough for most of my projects.

We’ll see how it goes by the end of this week; I’m hoping that using Repeat Timer Pro, and Tomatoes in combination, will help me to limit distractions, and increase my productivity.

If you’ve got a favorite productivity trick, please share. Leave a comment here, or on Google+.

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Write Kindle Romances: Special Offering

Kindle romances

Kindle romances are hot. Want to try your hand at them?

As I said here:

To sell ebooks, write what’s selling

Romance sells. Readers gobble it up in many different flavors: straight romance (contemporary or historical), erotica, paranormal romance (which includes sub-genres like vampire romance), young adult, and the HOT new flavor, new adult (just out of college)…

Romance is the hottest selling genre in fiction. You can make an unbelievable amount of money if you’re hard-working, and lucky enough to hit a nerve with readers.

We’re having lots of fun with our Hot, Hotter, Hottest: Write Bestselling Kindle Romances writing class. We ran an offering for the class when it was launched, but people missed it. So, in response to many requests, here’s the offering again.

Join us, we’d love to have you. Details here.

Write novels, novellas or short stories, your choice.

We cover writing at any length in class, so you don’t have to write full novels. It’s a great idea to start with short stories if you’re new to writing fiction. If you’re already writing at novel length, consider writing some short stories, they help with promotion.

Speaking of promotion, I know that many authors freak out about it. As I said in Writing Romance Fiction For Fast Promotions and Sales:

There are endless ways to promote your ebooks. The simplest way: don’t bother. Create a mailing list on aweber or similar, and include a little note in the back matter of your ebooks, telling readers how to subscribe, and leave it at that.

See you in class. :-)

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Writing Workflows: Write and Repurpose With Markdown

Writing Workflows: Write and Repurpose With Markdown

We’re all writing more these days: business documents, social media updates, and endless emails and messages. I’m constantly refining my writing workflows, and I’m sure you are too.

Markdown is at the heart of my workflows. I started using plain text with Markdown syntax as my preferred writing environment several years ago, purely to save time.

Here’s why. You can transform a Markdown document into HTML, RTF, or PDF and even EPUB in just a second or two. It doesn’t matter what I use to create a document; I can open it in Marked, and export it to other formats more or less instantly.

Markdown documents are just text, so you can write in Markdown on your phone or tablet – any text editor can create Markdown documents. I wrote a couple of blog posts on my phone at the hairdresser’s yesterday, for example. This morning I copied them to MultiMarkdown Composer, my current favorite Markdown editor to save as files. Then I copied the files as HTML with a couple of keystrokes, and posted them to a blog.

Write App: Elegant Simplicity and Perfect for Social Media

Since I write in Markdown, I’m always checking out text editors which offer Markdown options; I end up buying far too many of them. My excuse? Time. If an app helps me to save an hour or two a month, it’s well worth the money.

When I spotted that Write was out of beta, I had to get it. I’d heard many good things about it. TNW’s Nick Summers called it “gorgeous”, and he’s right.

Write’s perfect for writing snippets – short social media updates, and then repurposing them. For example, you might tweet something, then expand the tweet into a Google+ post, and expand it further into a blog post, or develop it into a presentation.

Alternatively, you can head in the other direction: create tweets and other social media posts from Markdown documents.

write app

As you can see from the above image, Write’s window is divided into three sections. Your library on the left (folders on your computer, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive etc.) The center area offers a search query box, and a file list. Then there’s the editor, which you can pop out into a free-floating window, either full-screen, or not.

However, Write really shines when it comes to sharing, as you can see in the image below.

sharing with write app

Write offers the usual Markdown sharing as HTML, PDF et al as primary options. I love the instant sharing to Twitter and Facebook. Just select a snippet, and if you’ve set up your computer to send social media updates, you can post an update at a click.

Write’s the Perfect Editor if You Use Markdown – or Even if You Don’t.

Use Write for:

* Quick social media updates;

* Emails, and documents you want to attach to emails;

* Web content;

* Basic business documents;

* … anything you choose, really.

I couldn’t see myself drafting long documents in Write, I prefer Scrivener. But for short documents, it’s perfect: you can focus on your writing, and can share it in many formats. My writing workflows have benefited from Write; yours may too.

Discover the Copywriting Course That Builds Your Copywriting Business in Seven Days

The Copywriting Course That Builds Your Copywriting Business in Seven Days

Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success helps you to build your own copywriting business in just seven days. It’s a complete program, with everything you need. Each day you have objectives and tasks. Just complete the tasks, to build your business.

Coaching is included, and no additional materials or purchases are required. Join us, you’ll have fun, as you build your business. :-)

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Your Own Copywriting Business: Start It in 7 Days

Your Own Copywriting Business: Start It in 7 Days

Want to start your own business? If you have writing skills, a copywriting business is a no-brainer. I started writing copy way back in the 1980s (eek! – the horror… I wish I were starting out today.)

Back then, life was much calmer, and that was both good and bad. It was good, because there was much less pressure. Bad, for the same reason. You could go through periods of feast and famine. Today, marketing copywriters have many more opportunities, and if you market proactively, you’ll have a waiting list of clients.

I’ve been asked for a quick overview of Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success, so here we go.

Here’s what we cover in the seven days program. We say “seven days”, but you download all the material immediately, and then progress at your own pace. You can take seven days or seven weeks or longer; it’s up to you and the time you can spare.

Daily Lessons: Step by Step to Success.

This program’s been helping new copywriters since 2002; it was updated again in 2014. Over the years, I’ve kept the “day by day” format, because it provides a framework. You know exactly where you are.

Each lesson starts with Objectives. The objectives for Day One, for example, are:

  • Assess your skills and motivation.
  • Discover the copywriter’s basic tools: the brief, and the Writing Services Agreement.
  • Learn the fast and easy way to write excellent copy day after day.

Each day also has tasks. As you complete each day’s tasks, you build your business. The tasks for Day One are:

  1. Assess your skills and motivation.
  2. Create your own briefing sheets.
  3. Create your Writing Services Agreement.

You Learn Copywriting Basics: Your Exercises Give You a Kickstart on Your Portfolio.

You learn by doing, so each lesson has exercises, which you can share with me if you wish. Some students send me everything they write, others send me specific material on which they’d like feedback.

These early exercises build your initial portfolio, so that when you start marketing your business, you have something you can show your clients. Of course, we discuss creating a basic website – or not. Website/ no website is your choice. You may prefer just to create a profile page on about.me, for example.

You Learn How to Market Your New Business.

Hate marketing? Fear not. There are so many ways you can market your new copywriting business that you’ll easily find some marketing methods which are fun and enjoyable for you.

In my early years, I gave talks and presentations to any group which would have me. If you dislike public speaking, you can create simple presentations to upload to sites like Slideshare – no business attire necessary. :-)

My own copywriting business was strictly local for many years, until I created my first website in conjunction with my “Internet for business” book, which was published by Allen & Unwin. That plain and simple website got me huge and consistent opportunities – without updating. I didn’t create angelabooth.com until 2006. Today, you can win clients from all over the globe right away, if you wish.

Coaching Is Included: You’re Never, Ever Alone.

As with all our products, we include coaching in Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success.

Why? Two reasons. Firstly, I adore working with students. It’s always been fun for me because I learn a lot. It makes me think, and I get a big kick out of it when students start getting their own clients.

Secondly, we have students from all over the world, at many different stages of experience, who work with our programs. Wherever you live, we want to ensure your success with the material.

Questions? Thoughts, ideas? Get in touch. Julia and I love to hear from you. Enjoy the program. :-)

Discover the Copywriting Course That Builds Your Copywriting Business in Seven Days

The Copywriting Course That Builds Your Copywriting Business in Seven Days

Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success helps you to build your own copywriting business in just seven days. It’s a complete program, with everything you need. Each day you have objectives and tasks. Just complete the tasks, to build your business.

Coaching is included, and no additional materials or purchases are required. Join us, you’ll have fun, as you build your business. :-)





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3 Essential Copywriting Secrets for Today’s World

3 Essential Copywriting Secrets for Today’s World

Copywriting – writing to sell – is in many ways much easier than it used to be, it’s also harder, in today’s busy world. Back in day, you could write catalogue copy, or a brochure, and call it done. Today, both your catalogue copy and brochure-like websites need to be tagged with meta data, and supported with social media marketing.

Let’s look at three essential copywriting secrets for today’s busy and fragmented audiences.

1. Emotion First – THEN Make Them Think.

Arouse emotion in your audience first, THEN make them think. The old copywriting formula, AIDA (Attention, Interest, Desire, Action) is based on emotion. Emotion not only grabs attention, but it also inspires action. AIDA is useless without emotion.

The easiest way to arouse an emotion is via visuals. A recent post on visual content on the Buffer blog made this point:

The brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than it does text. We are wired to take in visual content faster and more effectively than we are words. Ninety percent of the information sent to our brains is visual; we’ve been trained to consume visual content as quickly as we can.

Bigger is better with visuals – viz print magazines and social media – for two reasons: emotion, and memory.

I’m a writer, so I’m heavily focused on words, but visuals allow you to arouse emotions faster in your audience, and get them to remember more. Here’s an interesting PDF from hp on the power of visual communication.

Copywriting is persuasion, and there’s no persuasion without emotion.

2. What’s the Big Idea?

Every copywriting project depends on the power of a big idea, such as the idea (and the emotion) behind David Ogilvy’s classic Rolls Royce ad.

Your big idea is the message. You’ll leverage your message with content, so the more you consider your message, and its implications, the easier it will be to leverage.

Politicians know the persuasive power of repetition. They stay on message. You may repeat words in your copy, however, beyond words, focus on the emotion, and your big idea.

3. Leverage Your Message With Content.

Copywriting isn’t just advertising in today’s world.

From The art of adverts: How social media is changing the way companies speak to consumers:

“The guys get together in the morning and say, ‘what’s happening, what’s in the news and in the online space’,” he says. “It might be something relevant to one of our brands and we need to come up with an idea and get it out there in a short space of time.”

Today, your copy needs to be leveraged with content, in any way you can manage it.

You’re running a small business; you don’t have an advertising agency to do your social media for you. Indeed, social media can seem like a nuisance. At best, it’s an afterthought.

What if you switched that around, and made social media the focus of your advertising? Start paying more attention to social media. You may find that social media not only enhances what you spend on advertising, but helps you to spend less.

As John Wanamaker said: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.”

In summary, consider emotion first, then focus on your big idea, and leverage it with content. These copywriting secrets are essential today.

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Writing Fiction: You’re a Publisher Now

Writing Fiction: You're a Publisher Now

You’re writing fiction. Start thinking of yourself as a publisher, rather than as an author. Fiction is big business: prepare for success.

Labels are important. I’ve just written about the “copywriting” label on my freelance blog to make that point. If you’re writing fiction now, unless you opt for the traditional publishing route, you’re a publisher.

The “self publisher” label terrifies some writers. It shouldn’t. Believe me, if you ever experience traditional publishing, you’ll more than happy to go it alone. So accept the “self publisher” or “indie” label, and wear it with pride.

Writing, and Publishing: Create and Promote.

Here’s how self publishing works.

  • You write something;
  • You upload it to Amazon;
  • Done.

Does it sound simple? That’s because it is. There are endless misconceptions about self publishing – such as, it costs thousands. It doesn’t. Self publishing is free.

Another misconception: you need to market your books yourself, if you’re a self publisher. If you’re traditionally published, your publisher does it for you. That’s a myth. Whichever form of publishing you choose, YOU DO IT, no one else.

So, you’ve written, and you’ve published. Now it’s time to promote.

“Create and promote” is one of my favorite mantras which I share with writers constantly. Promotion is simple if you’re a self publisher – two words: publish more. The larger your publishing catalog on Amazon, the more Amazon will help you by promoting your books for you in its “Recently Published” and “Also Bought” categories.

Create a Publishing Schedule.

Create a publishing schedule. Decide what you’ll publish, and when. You may not keep strictly to your schedule, because life gets in the way. However, having a schedule will help you to treat writing fiction as a business, rather than as a hobby.

Watch what other self publishing writers do. Currently there’s a mania for bundles on Amazon, because bundles sell. If you’re just starting your business, you won’t have the material for a bundle. Consider writing four short stories, selling them individually, and then compile them into a bundle. You’ve now got five ebooks in your publishing catalog.

Everything you publish promotes everything else. If you want to do additional promotions, you can. Create a blog and a Facebook page, so that you can add your readers to a mailing list. There are endless things you could do to promote your fiction. Things will fall into place for you when you start thinking of yourself as a publisher.

Make the Switch to Fiction With our Complete Fiction Writing Package

Storytellers' Bonanza - Write Novels And Short Stories FAST

Two of my most popular fiction writing programs have now been combined into one package. (They’re still available separately.)

If you haven’t tried your hand at fiction, you’ll love this. New writers have been asking me for a special deal on the two programs, because they want a complete grounding in fiction.

So here you go: Storytellers’ Bonanza – Write Novels And Short Stories FAST – Complete Fiction Writing Package.

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5 Writing Tips Which Will Change Your Life

5 Writing Tips Which Will Change Your Life

Let’s look at some writing tips which which will help you to develop a writing process which suits you. After working with students for many years, I’ve convinced that 90% of their challenges arise because they don’t have a process. If you don’t have a process, these tips will change your life.

Your process eliminates challenges like:

* Procrastination;

* Weak writing;

* Lack of clarity;

* Poor results – your writing won’t do what you want it to do;

* And on, and on.

You’ll develop your own process over time. These tips will help.

1. Start With a Blurb.

Perhaps you’ve made this nasty error as I have: you didn’t read something carefully enough. You simply assumed. And you made a horrible mistake. Once I almost signed a book contract before I realized that the sneaky publisher had included a clause which assigned the copyright in the book to the publisher. That was a close call.

Other things I didn’t read carefully include:

  • A copywriting brief. I quoted on catalog copy which I assumed would take three hours. It took most of a weekend – and I couldn’t invoice the extra work, since it was my mistake;
  • A book proposal. I blithely wrote a proposal for a light, sweet romance. When I reread the contract, just before sending the proposal, I realized that I’d been thinking of a phone conversation I had with a ghostwriting client… I wrote the proposal for the wrong book. Sigh…

I could go on.

Over the years, I’ve learned to write a blurb, before I write anything at all, even an article. A blurb’s just a short description. It may be just a sentence or three. Or several paragraphs.

I write the blurb on an index card. When it’s time to work on the project, I find the card, and reread it.

Your blurb not only prevents mistakes, it keeps you on track. Your writing is less likely to go off on tangents.

Before you read on: write a blurb for a project you’re working on. Blurbs can save your sanity.

2. Write Drafts – as Many as You Need.

Whenever I start a project, I just start writing. If it’s a long project, I create a bunch of index cards in Scrivener. This acts as a basic outline. If it’s something short, I create a bunch of headings in Markdown, then I write away.

Your first draft is written straight through, without stopping if it’s a short project.

By “without stopping” I mean without correcting errors or going back and rewriting. You’ll stop after 20 minutes or three hours, whatever time you have to write that day. The next day, start writing again – keep moving forward.

If I need to look something up, I just put “XXX” into the text, and keep writing. I do brainstorming right within the draft itself, because it’s useful later.

Think of your first draft as being similar to an artist’s sketch. It’s nowhere near complete, it just gets you started.

3. Rethink, When You Revise.

Once your first draft is complete, read it without changing anything. I like to create a PDF for the reread, so that I can’t tinker. If it’s an ebook, I’ll save it as a MOBI (Kindle) file, and read it on my iPad.

Your aim at this stage is simply to see the project as a whole. You want to see what you have. Your creative mind thinks in wholes, not parts. If you resist the urge to make notes too soon, you’ll get better ideas.

Next, without going back to reread, make a revision plan. I create one revision note per project in Evernote. I drag the note into the sidebar, so I can find it quickly.

Then I rewrite, according to the plan in the note. With fiction, I delete superfluous scenes, and create new ones. With nonfiction, I create examples, explanations, and exercises.

4. Consider Your Transitions.

Once your revision is done and you’ve read through your project again, consider the transitions. Does one paragraph lead on to the next?

With fiction, are the characters’ motivations clear? It’s a good idea to create a timeline for your fiction too. You don’t want a character to have a three-month pregnancy, or (as I read recently) to travel from London to Scotland in eight hours. Yes, that’s possible today. However, the book was set in 1806, when the trip could take a couple of weeks, if not longer.

5. Read It Aloud.

Your final step, aside from proofreading, is to read your project aloud. Yes, you can whisper if you like. :-) Reading aloud solves a lot of problems. You’ll catch many errors this way – and you’ll grain fresh inspiration.

I use a program called Text2Speech for proofreading. It’s a Mac app. Both Windows and Mac have built in apps which will read text, so explore your operating system’s Help files.

So there you have it. A basic writing process. Customize it to suit the way you like to write.

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Make Money Self Publishing: Use What You Have

Make Money Self Publishing: Use What You Have

You want to make money self publishing, but you’re not a writer. On the contrary: write something, anything, and you’re a writer. As I tell my copywriting students, if you can write an email message and get a response, you can write copy. Similarly, if you want to write an ebook – to make money, or get leads for your business, or build your platform – you can.

Just use what you have. No matter how old or young you are, you have endless topics for nonfiction ebooks, based on your own experiences, and those of your family, friends and colleagues. You can even use the events of your life for fiction.

A BIG tip: when considering nonfiction topics, remember What’s In It For Me (WIIFM). Everyone is totally consumed with self-interest. It’s hard to get anyone to buy an ebook that’s just the story of your divorce. However, an ebook that covers what you learned from going though your divorce, and how that information can help others, can sell.

Writing Nonfiction: What Do You Want to Learn?

Writers are often told to “write what you know.” New writers approach this in a narrow fashion. The truth is, you can only write what you know. Everything you write, whether nonfiction or fiction is colored by your perceptions, and your own version of truth.

You don’t need to have an experience to be able to write about it. Thriller novelists write about serial killers; no one expects them to kill anyone… We all have the same emotions, so a thriller writer can easily use his imagination to feel himself into the skin of a serial killer.

So saying “write what you know” isn’t helpful. You can’t avoid doing that. When it comes to nonfiction, it’s more useful to suggest: “write about what you want to learn.”

Way back in the 1980s I got interested in the Internet. This was long before the Web. A Melbourne academic got me a connection, and from then on I become engrossed in the online world of BBSs. Eventually, I subscribed to CompuServe. Those early online experiences triggered an interest in tech, and for many years, I wrote tech articles for several computer magazines. I wrote what I wanted to learn.

Ask yourself what you want to learn. Maybe you want to learn online dating, or how to cook like Julia Child (a blogger blogged her Julia Child cooking experiences; that blog became a book, and then a movie), or how to home-school your children.

The Benefit of Writing What You’re Learning: Beginners’ Mind.

People want information, and they’re willing to pay for it. However, at any given period, there are many more people who want to learn the basics of a topic, rather than advanced material. You need to write what you experience as a beginner, rather than waiting until you become an “expert.”

Here’s why: you’re only a beginner once. When you achieve deep knowledge about any topic, it’s challenging to write for people who are new to a topic. You can’t wash away your experience.

So, in conclusion, if you want to make money self publishing, go for it. Use what you have, and write about your experiences learning something new.

Write Short: Sizzling Success From Short Reports and Short Stories

Write Short: Sizzling Success from Short Reports and Short Stories

Use your spare minutes; turn them into cash. Write and sell SHORT products you create, both nonfiction and fiction. You’ll discover a great new write-and-sell strategy, and will develop your own profitable income streams which will boost your hourly rate into the stratosphere. Get started immediately.

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Write Novels And Short Stories FAST

Storytellers’ Bonanza – Write Novels And Short Stories FAST

I’ve had questions about our new program, Storytellers’ Bonanza – Write Novels And Short Stories FAST – Complete Fiction Writing Package from people who write as a hobby, and would like to self publish.

The gist of the questions: can you really write a novel in 30 days? Yes, you definitely can. Fiction Frenzy: Write Your Novel in 30 Days, which is part of our Storytellers’ Bonanza package gives you day by day instructions.

You Can Write Fast, Because You Have a Deadline.

The beauty of the “30 day” novel writing process is the deadline. Thousands of NaNoWriMo novelists write a novel in 30 days every year. In 2013, half a million people took part. You don’t have to wait until National Novel Writing Month next November however, you can do it in the next 30 days.

Remember, you don’t have to write 300-page novels. You don’t have to write a novel at all. You can write short stories, or novellas, at any length you choose. Short stories in some genres, like erotic romance and mysteries, sell very well indeed. Readers love short pieces they can read on the train on the way to work, or at bedtime.

One of my students made a commitment to write TWO erotic novels for the Kindle every month. When we last chatted, she had EIGHT novels on Amazon, under a couple of pseudonyms. She’s well on her way to making a very nice income.

That’s the benefit of putting your novels onto Amazon. Write one, write as many as you like. Your novels can be bought this month, next year… forever. They provide you with a passive income stream, and the more you write and develop a readership, the more you sell.

Storytellers’ Bonanza is a comprehensive package which helps you to write fiction, and self publish it. If you’re writing as a hobby, as most of the NaNoWriMo participants are, you can turn it into a career. Coaching is included with the program, so you can get the help you need.

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