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Online Writing Classes: Romance Writing Class Kicks Off

Online Writing Classes: Romance Writing Class Kicks Off

Online writing classes are fun. I started my writing career as romance novelist, way back in the dark ages, so our latest class helps you to write and self-publish Kindle romances.

If you knew me, you’d laugh at that notion of me as a romance writer.  I’m not a stereotypical romance novelist in the “hearts and flowers” sense. I comfort myself that Melvin Udall wasn’t stereotypical either. Few romance writers are as you’d imagine them to be.

Over the past couple of years, student authors have been asking me to create a romance writing class, so I have. I’m enjoying it hugely. The class is called Hot, Hotter, Hottest; a nod and a wink to what we’ll be covering; romance at various degrees of heat, from mild to smoking – sweet romance, to erotica.

Hot, Hotter, Hottest: Write Bestselling Kindle Romances

My personal coaching students in romance mostly write erotica. The huge success of Fifty Shades of Grey inspired them; I have no preference. I write whatever I’m inspired to write. Sometimes that’s sweet romance, and sometimes it’s steamy.

Writing Romance, Over Four Weeks and Six Months

Hot, Hotter, Hottest: Write Bestselling Kindle Romances is a four-week class. After the four weeks, students receive six months of Kindle Romance Writer Weekly, which continues the class, in a sense. We’ll all be writing together, which will help students to get beta readers, and to get honest reviews for their ebooks.

I’ll be writing with you. You’ll see my process, and since I do hours of research each week, I’ll be saving you time in doing your own research. It’s all experiential – you receive exercises with each lesson, and you send those to me. Your exercises build into a romance, which you’ll publish on Amazon.

Join us, if you’d like to write, and self-publish…. :-)

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Self-Publish: Write a Book and Publish it Fast (slides)

Want to self-publish? Many of my clients do, because there are many ways to use ebooks in your business. Authors have credibility which you can get in no other way.

Haiku Deck’s huge fun to use, so when I wrote 3 Easy Tips To Write a Book AND Publish It Fast, I decided to create a slide deck for it.

Enjoy. :-)

If you’re writing a book, or would like to, contact me. I offer mentoring as well as book coaching.

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Send to Kindle: Read Your Stuff on Your Kindle (or Kindle App)

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Send to Kindle

I’m a huge Kindle fan; I spend much of my day in the Kindle app on my iPad. Either I’m reading my own material, or I’m reading something for a client, or I’m reading for entertainment.

A couple of my writing students weren’t aware that you can use your Kindle for your own documents, so here’s an explanation of how it works.

By the way — sending your own docs is free, as long as you use wifi. If you’re using Amazon’s WhisperNet services, charges apply. 

Read your stuff on your Kindle, or in a Kindle app

Important: you don’t need to own a Kindle device. You can use the Kindle app on your computer, phone or tablet – no device necessary. I own a couple of Kindle devices, but rarely use them; the apps are handier, especially when traveling. You’ve always got your phone in your pocket or bag: the Kindle app’s very readable, even on your phone.

The ability to read your own stuff on the Kindle is very useful. “Your own stuff” may be PDFs, MS Word docs, or other popular file types. Visit Amazon’s Send to Kindle page for info.

Blogging? If you’re a WordPress blogger, you can install the Send to Kindle plugin so that your visitors can read blog posts later.

I’ve got the Send to Kindle app on my computer, so I drag files across to the app’s icon upload them. The next time I open the Kindle app on my iPad, the files are there, under Docs.

You can also send files via email. Just send them to your Kindle email address. (Add the address to your contacts list.)

Wondering how you can use the Send to Kindle facility?

1. Review long documents you’re creating: “publish” them to the Kindle

When you’re creating long documents (books, reports) send them to the Kindle to review them while you’re away from your computer. I often drag documents across to the Send to Kindle app so that I can do a final read-through before I send an ebook to a client.

2. Create yet another backup

If you’re truly paranoid about losing hours of work, send important documents to your Kindle address to create another backup.

3. Catch up on your reading

Brett Kelly’s just come out with version 4 of the excellent Evernote Essentials book. (It’s a free update if you own version 3.) I dragged it straight to Send to Kindle; I’ll read it over the weekend, while relaxing.

4. Create a reference library

Every business has business reference material, everything from legal documents to price lists. You can keep these references in your Kindle library, so that you can access them anywhere.

Send to Kindle’s an excellent utility. Give it a try.
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Writing a Book? Check Out My Blog for Authors

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My Just Write a Book Blog

I’ve received several email messages about my “write a book” blog post. I’m glad you like the tips. :-) If you want more tips on writing and selling books, check out my Just Write a Book Blog.

Over the years, I’ve written many books for major publishers, both fiction and nonfiction, and of course, I ghost books. While ghostwriting is lucrative, it does shorten the time I have to write my own books, so I’ll be cutting down on that this year.

If you’re looking for something specific on the above blog, use the Search function in the top of the sidebar on the right. I tend to write about whatever people have been asking me, or whatever catches my attention.

There’s a free report you might find useful in the sidebar too.

Questions? Just ask. Either Julia or I will respond.

Ebooks: A 3-Minute Strategy to Write and Sell

If you’re getting into self-publishing, you need a strategy which you can put to use immediately.

I’ve created an easy one for my book marketing students. You can understand and memorize this simple presentation in three minutes. Then put it to use — use your creativity.

Here’s a quick transcript of the slides.

1. Kindle Ebooks in 3 Minutes Write Your Ebooks FAST

Presentation: Angela Booth angelabooth.com

Twitter: @angee

Writing Genii: writinggenii.com

2. 3-Minute Strategy • Select a topic that sells • Decide on an angle • Define your “hook”

For nonfiction

3. 3-Minute Strategy • Choose a genre • Character, setting and plot • Theme and meaning

For short stories

4. Create a List Outline

5. Write!

6. Publish on Amazon Kindle

7. Promote…• Review copies• Twitter, Facebook• Blog• Blog tour• GoodReads, LibraryThing• Reader list

8. The Easiest Promotional Method: Book Two

Each book sells the next, so write your next book.

9. Cherish Your Readers (Build Platform)

10. Survey: What Did Your Readers Love?

11. Give Your Readers What TheyWant in Books Two and Three

• Is your ebook selling? • Write a series. • Talk to your readers… • Give them what pleases them… and • Magic happens. You’ll sell more ebooks.

12. The Ebook Revolution Is Here: Get Help Now

• Want help writing and selling your ebooks? • Angela’s been doing it for years. • Get help now…

13. Contact Angela Booth: get help with your ebooks today.

Want Your Book Reviewed? Learn How to Pitch

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I’ve got blogs. LOTS of blogs. And I’m a reader, and review books I like. (Please notice the “like” part, because it’s important.) My reading’s primarily for pleasure, although I read for work, too.

I’m not stingy, I buy the books I want to read. I buy LOTS of books. I’ve downloaded some 1500 ebooks to my Kindle, 99% per cent of which I’ve purchased. Reading’s my primary pastime, and I know what I want to read. Since I read so much, I’m always looking for new authors. I spend hours prowling Amazon and other online bookstores.

So, what with all the blogs, and people knowing I read and write the occasional review, I get lots of review requests. Most are very annoying.

A typical request starts with a snippet like “I read your blog” or “congratulations on your impressive blog”… I delete those at once. Which blog, for crying out loud? Even the simplest online search will turn up the fact that I have endless blogs, and each blog has its own audience… an audience the author wants to attract.

I also get Twitter messages, and these are a problem all on their own, as this post, 5 Tops Tips For Approaching Book Reviewers by Amazon Hall of Famer Janet Boyer, points out:

“Two: Don’t pitch via a blanket Tweet that says ‘Hello, I’m looking for someone to review my book. You can read about it on my website at ______. Thanks!’ Yes, this is an actual Tweet I received recently. When I checked the writer’s feed, he had just pitched a dozen or so others…all within minutes. Do. Not. Do. This. Not only is it unprofessional (and I can’t believe I even have to mention it), but it will NOT garner a reputable reviewer’s notice. Be a professional. Pitch via email just like you’d pitch an agent or editor. Don’t be lazy.”

(Read Janet’s article, she gives great advice on pitching your books.)

How to pitch your book

Pitching your book is a marketing exercise. On my “write a book” blog, I give you advice on writing your books, and on marketing them. If you’re going to write books, marketing is essential, whether you’re self-published, or are published traditionally. Marketing is NEVER optional. For the past 30 years, it never has been.

Here’s how to pitch, in a nutshell:

* Know your book. Write a short blurb — a description. Keep it under 100 words, preferably under 50 words;

* Make a list of reviewers, who review your kind of book;

* Approach each reviewer individually. Ask for a review, after telling the reviewer why you think he/ she might be interested. Viz: “I read the post _______ (post title and URL). You gave some great time management tips. I’ve written a book _____ (title of book), which helps business people to save time on social media. Could I send you an ARC in PDF format? I’m available for an interview if you’d like to chat about social media or time management in general.” (ARC = Advcanced Reading Copy.)

* Follow up on each message you’ve sent, without being obnoxious. In other words, if you don’t hear from the reviewer in a week, send a second message, referencing the first one. You can follow up again, a week later, again referencing the first message. Email messages and Twitter DMs are missed, or go astray;

* IMPORTANT: Be genuine. This goes a long way. If you seem to be a nice person, a reviewer, even if he doesn’t have time to review your book, might suggest someone else who can help. Or he might even skim through your ARC, and tweet about it. Reviewers love books and reading. They also love people who write books, so if you’re genuine, you’ll get help.

Pitching your book to potential reviewers isn’t rocket science. Reviewers are people. You’re a person too. Think about how you’d behave if you met the reviewer offline. How would you introduce yourself? How would you talk about your book? You’re sending a message to a real person, who’s reading his email messages, or Twitter account. Be real. Be genuine. You’ll get reviews.

Ebooks: Don’t Panic, More Ebooks Means More Readers

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If you’ve just gotten into ebooks, you may be wondering whether you’ve missed the window of opportunity.

Mark Coker’s published an article, Mark Coker: 21 Book Publishing Predictions for 2013: Indie Ebook Authors Take Charge, which is causing consternation on some writers’ discussion groups:

“Some industry participants – some authors included – fear this glut, because they think it’ll either increase competition or decrease discoverability. Yes and no. More high-quality titles than ever will be released, because the barriers to publication have been eliminated. Readers will discover the best books and propel them forward through word of mouth. More poor-quality books than ever will also be released, and these books will be summarily ignored by readers, reviewed poorly, and will fail to spark word of mouth. Yes, competition will increase, but so will author opportunity, because more readers than ever will be reading ebooks.”

Writers currently publishing ebooks, and those writers working on their first ebook, are panicking. Don’t. Believe in yourself.

Yes, books long out of print will appear as ebooks. More ebook originals will be published. That means millions of new ebooks.

However, the global market for ebooks is growing too.

Reality check: if you truly fear this brave new world, consider that the last thing the world needs is another book. If you don’t have a business or writing plan, and look on writing and publishing ebooks as some sort of “get rich quick” scheme, don’t waste your time. Writing any book is hard work. If you’re not wholeheartedly part of this business, find something else to do.

If you’re publishing ebooks, keep creating good books. That’s all that’s necessary. Put your heart into your books. Don’t fear “competition” — competition always means that there’s a market.

Way back in 2000, ebooks seemed to be the big new thing. It took the Amazon Kindle — and print book prices — to develop a real ebook market.

Another thing. People who read are a tiny portion of the population. I read somewhere that we make up just 1% of the population. My hope is that tablets will grow the number of readers. Ebooks are now so easy to download and read, that could happen.

Encourage reading. Read to your children. Kids who get the reading habit have a big advantage in life.

And don’t panic. I’m excited (thrilled) about the growth and development of ebooks. It’s a dream come true for me, and there’s room for everyone.

Want help writing your book? Contact me to discuss my book marketing and promotion services.

 

Kindle Fun: 30 Days Of Novel-Writing

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I’ve been working on a series of novels for the Kindle platform since the start of the year. Everything was going well, then life and work caught up with me, and I found that my novels had been pushed to the back burner.

It occurred to me that it would be fun to create a month-long challenge. I mentioned it in my writing tips ezine, wondering whether other writers were experiencing the same difficulties in making time for their novels.

As it turns out, they were.

Here’s an excerpt of Day 9. We discussed getting ready to publish your novel, and brainstorming.

Get Ready to Publish While You’re Writing

Start thinking about publishing now, before you finish your book. I posted this article on the blog: “Kindle Publishing: 3 Simple Ways to Increase Your Sales”.

Read the article, and make some notes on what to do once you upload your novel to the Kindle book store.

Today, let’s look at a tactic which will not only help you to write, but will also help you to build your enthusiasm for your book: brainstorming ideas.

Brainstorm Ideas: Ten Ideas Are Better Than One

You can brainstorm whenever you get stuck, or you can brainstorm everything. I like to brainstorm everything from titles and character names, to motivation and ideas for locations. (On Day 14, we’ll be looking at location. Your locations are as important as characters in your novel.)

I do a lot of brainstorming, in every draft. I FORCE myself to come up with ideas. There’s a reason for this. The first idea which pops into your head might be great. However, that’s unlikely. It’s much more likely that the tenth, or 20th idea, will be just what you need.

Try to surprise yourself. At the level of a scene, every character in the scene needs an agenda: a goal. Brainstorm a goal for every character in a scene. Rarely will a character reveal his/ her goal. This means that every character in your scene is hiding something. Brainstorm characters’ secrets before you write a scene. Your scenes will be suspenseful. Your readers will keep reading.

Want to join the Challenge? You can. :-) You may surprise yourself at how much you get done in 30 days.

To Get Known, Go Where Your Customers Are

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Web content is an asset. Once you’ve got it, you can use it to get traffic, and customers. Therefore, when you think about your content — your text, images and videos — consider how you might leverage that content.

One of the easiest ways to leverage your content is to compile some of it into ebooks. The benefit? You show up where your customers are.

If you’ve got content in the form of articles, you’re all set to do that, because “where the customers are” lately is on Amazon.

Here’s a great idea on how to do it from: 4 Steps to Publish an E-Book: Tap into Your Existing Articles:

Go through your existing articles and find three, four or five articles with a common theme. You’ll probably find that a few topics naturally pertain to your area of expertise.

If you have three to five articles, you’re in great shape. The articles may be used “as is” or you may need to finesse the intro’s and outro’s to flow seamlessly. If you have more than five articles, you can publish them; however, you should think about choosing the top five that best fit your theme.

Kindle mania: remember, it’s entertainment

I bought Amazon’s first Kindle, and hated it. I’m a fast reader. The dinky little buttons just made my thumbs more sore — I have RSI already, and don’t need reading to make it worse.

Then along came the iPad, and the Kindle app for the iPad, and I’ve been hooked on Amazon’s Kindle ever since. God bless Amazon, they make a LOT of money out of me, but since I love reading, I don’t begrudge a penny. I digress…

I read for fun. Your customers read for fun too, on their Kindles or via apps. So, you can compile your content into ebooks, but do remember that ebooks are entertainment, first.

Make your ebook content fun — think “For Dummies” style. Informative, yet light and easy. No one’s under any obligation to read your content, and if it’s not fun, they won’t read.

Please don’t over-promote in your ebooks.

By all means add “Brought to you by” to the front matter, with your company name and URL. You can even add a snippet at the end, telling your readers whatever you want them to know about your company.

Keep your promotional ebooks fun, and go where your customers are. You’ll get known, and good things will flow from that.

Kindle Publishing: Write a Book and Get Published

Kindle Publishing  It’s never been easier to write a book and get it published. Once your book is written, you can upload it to Amazon so that it’s available for millions of people to buy.

A research study suggested that 10 per cent of the adult population of the US wants to write a book. If you would like to, it’s no longer a dream. You can act on your inspiration with confidence.

You may be wondering how much this will cost you. Amazon Kindle publication is free. There’s no charge for publishing your book, although of course Amazon keeps a portion of sales. Nevertheless, Amazon will give you a healthy share of the profits. All that’s required is for you to write.

Can’t write? If you’d like to have a book published under your name, but don’t want to write it, you can hire a ghostwriter.

Ghostwriters have always written a good percentage of published books, especially bestselling books. Celebrities, business leaders, and others don’t have time to write, so they hire writers.

Although many people want to publish a book for the satisfaction of having done it, many more want to make money from their efforts.

You can certainly treat writing books as a profitable business.

The first step is to decide what you will write — or what you’ll hire someone to write for you. Published books may be either fiction, or nonfiction. Fiction means novels and short stories. Nonfiction works are factual, and include biographies, how-to books, recipe books and many different kinds of reference books.

If your goal is income, rather than creative satisfaction, you should probably decide to write nonfiction. For nonfiction, writing ability is less critical. On the other hand, fiction is entertainment — you need to manipulate the reader’s emotions. This takes skill.

When choosing a topic, think about your own life experiences. If you can teach a skill, then you already have the topic for your book. Alternatively you can research a topic, in order to write a book based on the experiences of others.

Of course, you won’t be able to publish your book alone. As Kindle publication becomes more competitive, authors are hiring editors and proofreaders as well as cover illustrators to give their books a professional appearance. They want to get as high a reader feedback rating on Amazon as they can; this leads to more sales.

So what are you waiting for? If you want to write a book and get published, start today.

Want help writing your book? Contact me to discuss my book marketing and promotion services.