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.

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.

Fiction Writing Program Demystifies Plotting for Writers

Fiction Writing Program: Plotting for Writers

Angela Booth has just released “Hot Plots: Craft Hot-Selling Fiction in 5 Minutes (or less)” — a new fiction writing program for Kindle authors who want to write fast, while writing well.

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and Kindle Unlimited, offer opportunities to make self-publishing a viable writing career. Even new authors can experience the joy of winning readers, while they build their skills.

However, there’s a challenge for all authors, whether new or experienced: writing more. Angela’s students discover that their income drops if they don’t publish regularly.

Angela says: “Writers spend so much time planning that they stifle their creativity. They lose trust in themselves, and hunt for plotting formulas. They write much less than they could, and their book sales drop.”

The Hot Plots program reveals that plots are characters in action, with a simple five-step process. The process works for all kinds of fiction — short stories, novellas and novels. It also helps writers to plan series and serials.

Angela developed Hot Plots for those of her students who swore that they couldn’t write fiction because they had “no imagination.” She proved to them that they could write fiction which sells. Established authors found the program freeing. One student said: “for the first time, I feel as if I’m in control of my writing. I’m writing more, and selling more copies of each book.”

“From Idea to Scene, to Story: Hot-Selling Fiction Secrets” is included as a companion program to Hot Plots. It helps authors to focus on scenes, as they develop their stories.

More information on Hot Plots is available here.

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

How to profit from your writing: online store.

Writing Journal 70: My 3 Best Novel-Writing Tips

Writing Journal 70: My 3 Best Novel-Writing Tips

My writing journal for Tuesday, October 21, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Today will be a short writing day. I have three meetings this morning. I’ll get my fiction and nonfiction ghostwriting commitments out of the way, then I’ll need to prepare for my meetings.

The mystery novel flows. Again. I manage another 2,400 words. I have no idea what’s going on. It may seem odd to quibble when a book’s going so well. However, it’s so unusual, that I can’t trust it. What if I suddenly realize that my sleuth is an idiot, and that a child could pick the murderer in the first chapter? Maybe I’ve just got to stop looking a gift horse in the mouth. :-)

Onward with nonfiction: 1,400 words.

With those out of the way, it’s time for Honey’s breakfast. She’s a good eater, but she’s also fussy. She prefers her meat without vegetables, and she’d eat kibble all day long – but it has to be her favorite brand. I eat my own breakfast, while skimming through email.

Then a short timer session on the holiday copywriting projects for my client, before I prepare for my meetings.

Back again: mid-afternoon

I’m back. The meetings ran long again, as they always seem to do.

It takes me a couple of hours to write up my notes from the meetings, and add the projects and tasks which emerged from them to my schedule for the next three months. This is the busiest time of the year for some of my clients – this means it’s a busy time for me too.

I’ll be subcontracting some of the projects, so I spend an hour on the phone, discussing briefs and schedules with my subcontractors. I make some notes for the briefs, and send them off.

Then I return phone calls, check clients’ blogs to make sure that scheduled posts have been published, and the working day is over.

With NaNoWriMo coming up in just over a week, readers have asked for some tips.

OK… :-)

My 3 best novel-writing tips

1. Summarize the story as soon as possible

Over the years, I’ve learned how to outline fiction. However, I’m still a pantser by nature. (That is, a person who wings the story, discovering it with the reader.)

Ideally, you’ll outline the bare bones of the story in a paragraph before you start writing.

Something like this:

newly married Sarah witnesses a murder. Her new husband is one of the killers. He threatens to murder her parents and sister if she talks. Sarah knows that her husband wants her dead. Can she escape him and bring him to justice?

That’s not enough to start writing. You need to know the kind of person Sarah is. Over the course of the story, Sarah will grow as a character, from ____ (fill in the blank) to _______ (fill in the blank.)

Once you’ve got that, you can go deeper into developing the characters and plot.

If you’re a real pantser, and your brain freezes when you try to outline, just start writing. I talked about story-starters here.

Big tip: even if you’re a pantser, outline as soon as you can. I’ve found that if I hit 10,000 words, without an outline in sight, the book’s going nowhere. This happened to me a lot in my early years, and dead-end stories are one of the reasons that I force myself to outline, whether I want to or not.

2. Keep writing! Think, right in the project

Once you start your novel, keep going. Write every day. And by WRITE, I mean exactly that. Start tapping the keyboard as soon as you sit down. Keep going, until your writing time runs out.

Talk to yourself about the novel as you’re writing, if the words won’t flow.

Something like this:

OK, now Sarah realizes that one of the men in the group is her husband Ben. How does she react? What’s her first thought? Maybe it’s disbelief — maybe she has to stop herself from calling his name. Etc.

Keep writing.

3. Watch your characters’ arcs: novels are about change

Novels are about people. We read fiction to learn more about ourselves, and others. So, your people are more important than the plot, and in fiction, your characters change. Try to get a handle on your characters as soon as you can.

If I decided to write the novel about Sarah and her murderous husband, I’d think about Sarah. What kind of person is she when the story starts? How does she change over the course of the novel?

Viz:

Maybe Sarah is the baby in her family. She’s always been protected by her parents and older siblings. She’s never had to think for herself. She’s naive, in a word. Over the course of the novel, Sarah learns to think for herself. She’s much tougher than she ever imagined. How will we show Sarah changing? We need one incident to show naive Sarah early on, and then a similar incident at the end of the book, to show that Sarah’s experiences changed her. She’s tougher, and less trusting, She no longer takes people and situations at face value.

Hmmm…. Sarah’s growing on me. Maybe she’s a widow, with a six-year-old son. Ben’s he second husband, the polar opposite of her first. The child could make the story much more dramatic…

Enough. If I don’t stop now, I’ll end up outlining the novel. :-)

You don’t need to know all the details of a character’s arc. As long as you have an idea of the kind of person a character is at the start of your novel, and how the character ends up, you’re good to go.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, good luck. :-)

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.